Defiance's Gateway Arch and 18 more landmarks that starred in sci-fi TV

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May 6, 2013

Even if your show isn't realistic, it never hurts to have a real-life set piece to show off.

Whether thousands of years old or just incredibly visually distinctive, landmarks around the world have always been a part of sci-fi TV. Sometimes they add production value, sometimes they serve as visual metaphors, and sometimes they just look cool, but they're always popping up to lend an element of the familiar to even the wildest of sci-fi adventures.

So from the St. Louis Gateway Arch on Syfy's Defiance to the Golden Gate Bridge on Star Trek, here's a look at more than a dozen iconic landmarks and the sci-fi shows they've lent their images to.