Self Storage: A Sensation in the Entertainment Industry

When you and your buddies are having a friendly discussion of classic movies and hit TV shows, self storage is the last thing that comes to mind. Your favorite celebrities, movie scenes, and sitcoms are hot topics but self storage…not so much. Hold on; you may be surprised to know that self storage has been appearing in movies since 1931 and most recently in some very popular cable TV shows.

Self Storage on TV


The acclaimed Netflix hit “Ozark” has been getting alot of attention for the last few years. In case you haven’t heard of it, the series follows a family that is forced to relocate from Chicago to the Ozarks so that they can continue laundering money for a drug cartel. Jason Bateman’s character, Marty Byrd, visits a storage facility in Episode 2. The property owner shows him a boat storage unit that is full of abandoned police evidence from a defunct meth-smuggling operation, but that won’t work for laundered drug money.

Dead To Me

This dark comedy stars Christina Applegate as Jen, a recent widow who lost her husband in a hit and run accident. During her quest to solve this crime, she bonds with Judy in a support group. These two women each have shocking secrets that could destroy their lives. Without being a spoiler, let’s just say that there are numerous visits to a storage facility; vehicle storage keeps this drama interesting.


Another hit where self storage plays a big part is “Shameless.” The series portrays the dysfunctional Gallagher family. The alcoholic patriarch Frank (William H. Macy) is a single father who is supposed to be raising his six children. In reality, Fiona, the eldest sister, has been raising her siblings and holding this crazy family together for years. When Fiona leaves Chicago for greener pastures, she leaves her young adult sister, Deb, with $5,000 to take care of the family. Deb uses the money to buy high-end designer clothing, shoes, and accessories for her new “career.” She keeps this clothing in a self storage unit that looks like a cross between a walk-in closet/dressing room, complete with carpeting, lighting, and garment racks. Your teenage daughter needs this.