Everyone likes to binge-watch an entertaining, compelling TV series. With all the different streaming services offering unlimited options, there’s a massive amount of variety in what we have available to us to watch. You can watch a show about just about anything - including self storage.
Working in the self storage industry, we notice when something related to storage shows up in our entertainment. It’s part of working in a niche industry - we see something related to what we do and it grabs our attention. It just makes sense that self storage is bound to pop up sooner or later. And sure enough, it does pretty frequently.
A while back, we presented you with our top 10 unforgettable self storage moments in TV and film. Silly, sure - but you might remember that self storage showed up in some high-quality entertainment - and it’s only getting better. Just as fast as the industry is growing, so are pop culture references to self storage. Read on for 10 more unforgettable self storage moments in TV and film - and next time you’re cruising for something to watch, consider these options.
Police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stars SNL alum Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta and Upright Citizens Brigade veteran comedian Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle. In the Season 3 episode "Boyle's Hunch," the two go undercover as artists to attempt to catch a thief who is stealing priceless artwork that is hidden in - you guessed it - a storage unit.
“Project Runway” is known for giving designers unique challenges to create high-fashion looks from just about anything. Candy, trash - you name it. In “The Highest Bidder,” Tim Gunn takes the designers to a storage auction, with the goal to create a new garment from whatever the storage unit they buy contains. Check out that dress made from a soccer ball!
In the third movie in the Lethal Weapon franchise, LA police Sgt Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and his partner Sgt Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) arrest a man for trying to rob an armored truck, unaware of the man’s ties to Lieutenant Jack Travis, who has been stealing guns from evidence storage facilities and selling them on the black market.
Even quirky (and very entertaining!) animated series “Bob’s Burgers” contains references to self storage. Season 3, Episode 9, "Bob Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" finds the family at a storage facility after Uncle Ernie dies, and Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) has inherited the contents of Uncle Ernie’s storage unit.
“Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” It’s funny, it’s really weird, and it’s even a little dark. This animated series is known for its bizarre characters and storylines, and “Storage Zeebles” is certainly a strange one. In this episode, crazy neighbor Carl buys a storage unit and discovers the Zeebles, a strange species from a magical forest.
Who doesn’t love a suspenseful crime series? “The Killing” is even more chilling and compelling than its name suggests. In Season 3, Detectives Linden and Holder find some very damning evidence in a storage facility while on the trail of a serial killer, then find something even worse in the trunk of a taxicab.
“Orphan Black” is an enigmatic drama that explores themes of personal identity. It follows main character Sarah Manning’s quest to find out more about the origins of a scientific experiment that produced dozens of human clones - including herself. In “To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings,” we find out that Sarah’s clone Helena has been living in a storage unit, where Sarah’s friend Felix has found some interesting information.
First of all, if you haven't watched “Fringe”, you're missing out on some fantastic television. This sci-fi drama is produced by JJ Abrams (known for gems like “Lost” and “Alias”) and follows the Fringe Division of the FBI and their pseudo-scientific investigations of unexplained events. The pilot of the series brings us to a storage facility when lead character Agent Olivia Dunham and her partner Agent John Scott are sent a tip that sends them on a mission to track down a biochemical laboratory. What happens there? Well, you’ll have to watch - the entire series is a result of the explosive event!
I’ll keep this brief because I could talk about this series all day (it’s incredible!). Season 3 of “Fargo” follows an intricate crime story involving a unique cast of players, and among them is wealthy widow Ruby Goldfarb, who is known as the “storage queen” since she made a fortune from self storage. Watch this one if you love great acting.
Acclaimed Netflix original series “Ozark” is getting a lot of attention, and the first few episodes get straight to business. The series follows a family forced to relocate and continue laundering money for a drug cartel. Jason Bateman’s character, Marty Byrd, visits a storage facility in Episode 2 after his family relocates to the Lake of the Ozarks from Chicago, and he has special plans for a specific boat storage unit.
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