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A Popular Sci-Fi Show Forced The U.S. National Park Service To Post Warning Signs Where?

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Cover art for the show Alcatraz

Answer: Alcatraz

Between January and March of 2012, Alcatraz, a serialized sci-fi thriller and drama, aired on FOX. The show focused on the history of the prison island and how an unexplained event in 1963 led to the prisoners and staff appearing in the present day. The opening sequence of the show begins with a sweeping view of the island and actor Sam Neill explaining:

On March 21, 1963, Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred off the island. Only, that’s not what happened. Not at all.

Not at all indeed—the show depicts an alternative history of Alcatraz that involves many locations on the island that don’t exist (and were, in fact, filmed in Vancouver). The compelling story of the show has led to more than a few fans searching the island for their favorite spots from the show, often putting themselves in danger as a result of their explorations of the aging infrastructure outside of the approved tourist areas. As a result, the National Park Service has posted multiple signs around the island bearing this text:

The TV show Alcatraz is fictional, many areas it depicts are not real. Closed areas protect you, historic structures, and nesting birds.

A much better (and park ranger approved) plan would be to enjoy the spooky, atmospheric, and fictional interior of Alcatraz from the comfort of your living room.