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Even if you're not a Los Angeles local, it's more than likely you're familiar with this delicious landmark:

That's Randy's Donuts, a staple of LA since 1953 and consistently rated one of the most delicious doughnut shops in the country. All of its doughnuts are handmade, affordable and heavy on the toppings. Good doughnuts aren't just an LA thing, though — there are amazing doughnut shops from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon and everywhere in between.

So why is it that if you're not from LA you still recognize Randy's Donuts? Probably because it's one of the most frequently used LA locations that has been popping up in movies, TV shows and music videos for years.

In celebration of , we figured we'd let you know that, no, you're not crazy. That same doughnut shop does keep popping up in the things you watch.

Here are just a few:



In the hit indie film Dope from Rick Famuyiwa, the new director of The Flash, Randy's Donuts plays a huge role in one of the most memorable scenes from the movie. It's even the focal point of one of the coolest trailers in recent memory.

Iron Man 2

In a rather divisive movie, the scene with Nick Fury coming to find Tony Stark downing some doughnuts — Randy's Donuts, in particular — is universally adored. So yes, that means Randy's amazing doughnuts are officially canon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Mars Attacks!

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.
Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

This underrated sci-fi classic from director Tim Burton used Randy's Donuts as the location for Lukas Haas's character Richie, renaming it Donut World and moving it to the Midwest.


Any good disaster film will wreak havoc upon notable landmarks, and Roland Emmerich's 2012 made sure to throw Randy's Donuts into the mix when John Cusack and his family are trying to escape the destruction of Los Angeles.

Earth Girls Are Easy

Image Credit: Lionsgate
Image Credit: Lionsgate

A bizarre '80s musical sex classic starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans, Earth Girls Are Easy showcases Randy's Donuts as an obstacle for a car that winds up out of control. Don't worry about the logistics.


The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

One of Fallon's ongoing sketches features him jumping through famous landmarks, so of course Randy's Donuts got to participate.


Image Credit: Fox
Image Credit: Fox

When Fry and company stumble upon a beach full of 20th century landmarks in the Season 1 "When Aliens Attack" episode of Futurama, Randy's is included among things like Big Ben, Mount Rushmore, the Sphinx and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The Simpsons

Photo Credit: Fox
Photo Credit: Fox

The better-known doughnut shop on The Simpsons (besides the Kwik-E-Mart) is Lard Lad Donuts, but there is another location in Springfield that resembles Randy's.

Music Videos

Justin Timberlake's 'Can't Stop The Feeling'

Released just last week, J.T.'s latest music video features a man credited as Galen getting down in front of Randy's Donuts.

Becky G's 'Becky From The Block'

One of the main locations in Becky G's 2013 video is — you guessed it — the iconic Randy's.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Californication'

No California song with a video is complete without a tribute to Randy's, and in RCHP's 1999 video for "Californication," you can see it rolling across the street in the virtual world that's featured — long before 2012 pulled the same trick.

Randy Newman's 'I Love LA'

One Randy begets another in Randy Newman's so-delightfully-1983 LA love fest music video.


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