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This is a list of TV series that are either about OpenStreetMap or use OpenStreetMap and give credit.

TV series that mention the OSM project in the dialogue

Year Film or Series (mention episode) Mention of OSM Remarks
2022 Super Pumped (TV series).
Season 1, Episode 3, "War"
The scene is from a meeting at Google HQ with Travis Kalanick (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Larry Page (Ben Feldman).
Dialogue excerpt : [1]

- "How does route planning work? That's... is that OSRM, or are you using our APIs?"
- "It's open-source."
- "Open-source what?"
- "OpenStreetMap, I'm pretty sure. It's... it's really advanced. We have the best guys on it."
- "You don't actually write code, do you, Tyler?"

"OpenStreetMap" is definitely not quite the right answer when someone from Google is asking you, "How does route planning work?" Additional unnecessary remark, such as "I'm pretty sure. It's... it's really advanced. We have the best guys on it," does not exude technical confidence.

Larry had already guessed two of the possible alternative options: either using "our APIs" (which is Google Maps Platform's Routes API) or OSRM (one of the currently available OSM-based routing libraries). Instead of answering with "OpenStreetMap", Tyler should have explicitly mentioned the exact OSM-based routing library that they use (it's probably one from these).

TV series about OSM

Year Tv Series Chapter Subject Link to video Remarks
2020 Now Go Build Season 2 (episode 2) Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) works in the Philippines YouTube Removed from YouTube, after A Call to Correct Narratives about Geospatial Work in the Philippines

TV series that use OSM

While there may certainly be many tv series that unintentionally use OpenStreetMap as a prop element, or intentionally but neglected to provide credit, some tv series have intentionally used OSM-derived maps or OSM data in production and provided attribution in the tv series's end credits.

Year Tv Series Chapter Credits OSM? Use of OSM Remarks
2010 K9 Episode 4: The Bounty Hunter unknown K9 BountyHunter.png

video excerpt
2014 Tatort Episode 919: Winternebel unknown TatortWinternebelOSM-1.jpgTatortWinternebelOSM-2.jpgTatortWinternebelOSM-3.jpg
Source: Parked image proposals
2014 The Last Ship Season 1 Episode 10: No Place Like Home at 06:08 No Map shown on screen (Location shown)
OpenStreetMap in The Last Ship
2016 Grimm Season 5 (chapter 10 & chapter 11) No Confirmed. Used as a basemap of Wolfach (Germany)
OpenStreetMap in Grimm 5-10
OpenStreetMap in Grimm 5-10
OpenStreetMap in Grimm 5-11
2018 Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry's Mysterious World of Maths Episode 1: Numbers as God Yes A woman is using website on the phone showing some streets. End credits state "Openstreetmap contributors".
2018 Parfum Season 1 (Episode 5 time: 54.10) No Confirmed. Used as a basemap
OpenStreetMap in Parfum S01E05
2018 Ahora Noticias Season 2018 Yes Confirmed. Used as a basemap
TV News Channel "Ahora Noticias" from Santiago, Chile, has a traffic section at the mornings that shows map data from OpenStreetMap with an ultra visible copyright notice!
2021 Lupin Season 1 (chapter 3 time: 21.51) No Confirmed. Used as a basemap of Paris (France)
OpenStreetMap in Lupin 103
2021 Sophie: A Murder in West Cork No
2021 Clickbait Episode 2 No Confirmed. A map of Piedmont, CA
2021 Kastanjemanden Episode 2 No Printed map with handwritten annotations. OSM Carto rendering style. Location shown: Ordrup, Denmark
2021 Alex Rider Series 2, Episode 2 No Unconfirmed. A map of London, GB around St. James's Park & Lambeth. Data likely derived from OpenStreetMap, although potentially with modified naming and style.
Mobile device showing OpenStreetMap in Alex Rider (TV series)
Mobile device showing OpenStreetMap in Alex Rider (TV series)
2022 Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes Episodes 1–3 No An OSM-derived map of Chicago metropolitan area
2022 HPI: Haut potentiel intellectuel Season 2 (chapter 3, time: 1:54) No An OSM-derived map of Lille metropolitan area
OpenStreetMap in HPI s2e03
2023 NCIS: Hawaiʻi Season 2 (chapter 21, time: 38:34) No Confimed. An OSM-derived map of Caracas metropolitan area
OpenStreetMap in NCIS s2e21
OpenStreetMap Venezuela in NCIS s2e21

See also

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