This Friday is going to be bittersweet for “Bosch” fans. The latest season of the Amazon Prime procedural will finally be hitting the streamer, but the day also marks the popular series’ end. Season seven is, sadly, the show’s last. Based upon the bestselling book franchise by author Michael Connelly, “Bosch” has been a staple of the Amazon lineup since its debut in 2014 and is the platform’s longest-running original program, accumulating legions of devotees throughout the seven years it has been on the air.
The modern-day noir (of which a spinoff is currently in the works) follows tenacious LAPD detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch (Titus Welliver) as he traverses the City of Angels relentlessly protecting and serving its many citizens, living by the credo “Everybody counts or nobody counts.”
Set and filmed in L.A., the drama showcases the city perhaps better than any other production in television history. That is largely thanks to Connelly, who serves as series creator and executive producer and is fastidious about portraying a realistic Los Angeles onscreen. As writer/producer Tom Bernardo told Curbed, “He was in this really privileged position to be able to say, there’s certain non-negotiable terms. And one of them is, we have to shoot in L.A., and we have to capture L.A.” The reality of the city is so tantamount to the show that the exterior and parking lot of Hollywood Community Police Station (an active, working LAPD station!) regularly plays itself in episodes! (For interior scenes, the production team painstakingly re-created the inside of the building – “right down to the scuff marks on the walls” according to the Los Angeles Times – at Red Studios Hollywood.)
Other famed local spots used include Hollywood’s oldest restaurant Musso & Frank Grill, the oft-filmed Boardner’s bar, which as its website states has been “a Hollywood institution since 1942,” Grand Central Marketplace, the downtown L.A. food emporium originally founded in 1917, and the iconic Biltmore Los Angeles, one of the city’s most beautiful and historic hotels.