There are a number of good movies and television shows have been set or filmed in Silicon Valley, California over the years. Check out this guide to some of the best TV shows and movies that were filmed in this tech industry hub.
Movies Set in Silicon Valley
Jobs (2013) The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs.
Palo Alto (2013) Shy, sensitive April is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy. Emily, meanwhile, offers sexual favors to every boy to cross her path -- including both Teddy and his best friend Fred, a live wire without filters or boundaries. As one high school party bleeds into the next -- and April and Teddy struggle to admit their mutual affection -- Fred's escalating recklessness starts to spiral into chaos. Starring James Franco who grew up in Palo Alto, California.
The Social Network (2010) Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. Directed by Aaron Sorkin.
What Dreams May Come (1998) After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife. Several scenes were filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area including a few in San Jose and Silicon Valley. Starring Robin Williams.
Harold & Maude (1971) Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. Many scenes were filmed in San Mateo County and San Francisco.
Television Shows Based in Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley (2014-2016) In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. An HBO comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge's own experience living and working in Silicon Valley, California.
Betas (2013-2014): In Silicon Valley, the right algorithm can make you a king. And these four friends think they've finally cracked the code. An Amazon original series.
Start-Ups: Silicon Valley (2012) Teaming up with internet entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, this Bravo reality series captures the intertwining lives of young professionals on the path to becoming Silicon Valley's next great success stories.
Mythbusters (2003) A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them. Most of the scenes were filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area including frequent filming in San Jose and Silicon Valley.
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) A history of the feud between Apple and Microsoft, starring Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates.