Obliterated is a booze-soaked actionfest and one of Netflix’s latest hit shows, landing in the overall Top 10 shortly after making its premiere on November 30. Starring Shelley Hennig, Nick Zano, C. Thomas Howell, and more, the raunchy comedy follows an elite team tasked with stopping a nuclear bomb from going off in Las Vegas.
The catch? Everyone is high and/or drunk after a night of premature celebrating, having erroneously believed they’d already stopped the bomb, only to be proven wrong before it’s too late.
The show boasts a unique premise in that it takes place in a short amount of time, mostly in one night, almost like the funnier companion to a show like Kiefer Sutherland’s 24. Obliterated‘s entire plot hinges on the fact that its characters need to save the day while inebriated, so there can’t be any time-skipping or chances for them to sober up after their night of partying. What better place to do something like that than in Las Vegas?
Obliterated filmed on location in Las Vegas
For those curious, yes, the series really did film in the city, though that’s not the only place filming occurred. We see characters running through the desert, along the Vegas strip, casinos, and many other locations Vegas is known for, so it would have been hard to fake all of that. But there is one early scene that does manufacture a fake view of the city.
During the party scenes and the scenes in Ivan Koslov’s penthouse, filming actually took place on a set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Production built a 19-foot high x 60-foot long LED video wall to create the “hotel’s” sweeping views of the city.
One of the show’s big action sequences involving the party bus took a signifiant amount of maneuvering and stunt work to pull off. According to one of the show’s creators, Josh Heald, the police were a big help in making that scene happen during a busy Vegas night, per his interview with The Daily Beast’s Obsessed.
"“They told us we were only able to shut down the street for five to seven minutes at a time, but sometimes we got 15 minutes. They held traffic while 17 precision drivers, two stunt drivers with a camera car, and a very scared director—me—sat in the passenger seat watching. They really were careening down the strip at 80-90 mph!”"
As for the cast, they filmed the interior scenes from a soundstage, but the stunts were really on location. Toward the end of the season, another big stunt filmed on the corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard, so for anyone who thought Obliterated looked fantastic in terms of its stuntwork and locale, it’s because they really did shoot a lot of it on location in Vegas!