En español | Art imitates reality, or is it the other way around? That doesn't seem to matter for the legions of television fans who, unable to get enough of popular programs, seek out the real-life locations where their favorite shows were filmed.

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Here are five destinations where you can take individual or guided tours for an up close look at the places behind the programs.

1. Hampshire, EnglandDownton Abbey

Located about 60 miles west of London, Highclere Castle has been the impressive country seat of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon since it was completed in 1878. That's reality. But on television, it's the home of the aristocratic Crawley family and their unending personal dramas, as depicted in the smash PBS series Downton Abbey. Take a self-guided tour of the castle and its grounds, or from London hop aboard a luxury coach for a guided peek at the Crawleys' digs as well as at the charming Oxfordshire village of Bampton, which doubles as Downton Village in the show.

2. Albuquerque, New MexicoBreaking Bad

Albuquerque tourism has gotten a discernible boost from the critically acclaimed AMC show about meth-making high school chemistry teacher Walter White. You can visit popular Breaking Bad pilgrimage spots — including Walt's house and the industrial laundry housing his meth lab — on your own or via organized trolley or bike tours. For the range of options (plus info on local Breaking Bad merchandise of questionable taste, like "meth" candy), check the website of the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.