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Find the best live TV show tickets in Los Angeles for free

Attend the taping of your favorite L.A. TV show from the live studio audience with tickets to Ellen, The Voice and more

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Looking to catch the live taping of your favorite sitcom, talk show or competition? Lucky for you, there's a pretty good chance it’s filmed in Los Angeles, and, if there’s a live studio audience, you can bet that there’s a way to get free tickets for a filming. We’ve rounded up TV shows to watch live in studios from Hollywood to Culver City, along with tips for procuring free taping tickets. We've also got you covered on the best hotels in Los Angeles if you’re visiting from out of town.

Some shows permit day-of standby lists or first-come-first-served lines for any last-minute planners, but it's always best to try and reserve tickets in advance. Tickets are typically non-transferrable, so be prepared to show your ID. Many shows ask for audience participation in the form of cheering and clapping, so don't be surprised if your involvement is bigger than that of a seat filler. Depending on the show, audience members may be able to bring cell phones into the studio, but some will direct you to leave your devices behind. Depending on the show and your seats, you may even have an opportunity to interact with the host  so come camera-ready.

Snag a seat on the set of Ellen or come on down to The Price is Right with our guide to getting TV show tickets in L.A. Be sure to check the ticket websites for updates on hiatus schedules, COVID vaccination requirements and more.

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Talk show tapings

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

You love her, your mom loves her, quite frankly, everyone loves Ellen. It’s no surprise, then, that her daytime talk show—packed with celebrity guests and generous giveaways—is one of the toughest tickets to score in town. There are guaranteed tickets available for reservation online (try to check show dates as early as possible), or you can take a chance and wait in the standby line for a select number of “day of” tickets. Those interested in same day tickets are asked to call (818) 954-5929 before noon.

Taping times:
Typically Mon–Thu, 4pm

Location: 
Warner Bros. Studios
4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Attend a taping at Jimmy Kimmel Live Studios to see a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, comedians and more. The show has comedian and host Kimmel sussing out his take on pop-culture topics and events in the news. Musical guests stage performances outdoors, which will require a separate (but still free) ticket. For day-of tickets, a standby line forms in front of the studio about 90 minutes before call time.


Taping times:
Mon–Thu, 4:15pm

Location
El Capitan Theater
6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

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British comedian—and Carpool Karaoke king—James Corden hosts CBS’ after-hours chat-show featuring celebrity guests from screen and stage. Have a kooky hidden talent you’re willing to share with the world? You might be able to skip the ticketing process by getting cast for the “Stage 56 Bar Tricks” segment. Day-of standby tickets are doled out on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 3pm.


Taping times:
Typically Mon–Fri, 4pm

Location:
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

Temporarily unavailable

Get political in the audience for HBO’s roundtable conversation moderated by host Bill Maher. Each episode features a mix of bold-faced names from the week’s news and pop culture, ready to share bold opinons. Audience members must be a minimum age of 16 and parents are advised that the material can get a bit mature for young ears. 

Taping times:
Friday, 5:30pm

Location:
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 

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If you’re still repping for #TeamCoco, make it official with a visit to see the series in person. The TBS show features the signature quirky humor of the red-headed comic Conan O’Brien, who formerly hosted Late Night and then, briefly, The Tonight Show for NBC. 

Taping times:
Mon–Thu, 3:30pm

Location:
Warner Bros. Studio
3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank

Things get real on the set of Dr. Phil’s raw talk show, where the psychologist attempts to help people through mental health problems, behavioral issues, relationships and more. Due to the material, audiences must be over the age of 18 (16 with a parent present).

Taping times:
Mon–Wed, 8am

Location:
Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Competition show tapings

The Voice

Must be fully vaccinated, wear a mask and produce a negative COVID test.

Settle in for a one-to-four-hour taping at this music competition show, where celebrity judges Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and new judge Ariana Grande look for the strongest vocalists in the U.S. The show progresses in four different stages: blind auditions, a battle phase, the playoffs competition and the live performance shows. Warm up your own voice before you get there because they’re looking for fans who are willing to scream and yell loudly for performances they like (and don’t like). 

Taping times:
Days and times vary depending on rounds (typically Mon–Thu)

Location:
Various studio locations
Los Angeles

Must be fully vaccinated; ages 12 and up

Witness some of America’s top talent, from musicians, comedians and dancers to magicians, acrobats and more hopeful stars, at one of the live tapings in Los Angeles. This season, the show welcomes host Terry Crews, along with celebrity judges Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara. Cheer, gasp and awe at contestants vying for their chance to win America’s hearts and the $1 million prize.

Taping times:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays (typically at 3pm or 7pm)

Location:
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

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The Price is Right

Temporarily unavilable

If you’ve ever spent a sick day in front of the TV, you already know everything about this storied game show. Fervent fans start lining up at CBS Television City hours before both tapings in order to be screened. Expect the audience to be filled with a range: college students from the Midwest to grandparents who watch the show religiously.

Taping times:
Days vary (typically Mon–Thu), 9am and 1pm

Location: 
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 

The nationwide search for the country’s top vocalists have begun, and now you can catch the top singers during the live studio audience shows starting in the spring. With host Ryan Seacrest and judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, the show continues its 20th season in its quest to find the next American Idol.

Taping times:
Days and times vary

Location: 
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

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Temporarily unavailable

Steve Harvey’s lively game show invites two teams of families to face off in groups of five to see who can guess the most number of matching answers to general survey questions. The winner of the first competition rounds have a chance to win thousands of dollars in the Fast Money phase.

Taping times:
Typically Mon, Wed, Fri–Sun, 9am and 1pm

Location: 
NBC Universal
1000 Universal Studios, Universal City

Temporarily on hiatus

Experience this fierce, energy-packed dance competition from the seat of a live studio taping. You’ll witness the skills, passion and talent of top contenders, from intimate audition phases to the finale. The show has a casted audience, so be sure to check the website for details before requesting tickets. 

Taping times:
Days and times vary (typically Sat, Sun, Mon at 3pm)

Location: 
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd, Hollywood

Comedy and sitcom tapings

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