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TV show tickets in LA

Score TV show tickets to a live studio taping—think Ellen or Jimmy Kimmel—thanks to our handy TV ticket guide

Photograph: Bob D'Amico, courtesy ABC
Jimmy Kimmel Live.

There is a pretty good chance your favorite TV show is filmed in Los Angeles, and, if there's a live studio audience, you can bet that there's a way to get tickets for a filming. We've rounded up the essential TV shows to watch live in studios from Hollywood to Culver City, along with tips for procuring free taping tickets, when to line up and the best hotels in Los Angeles to stay in if you're visiting from out of town. So skip that museum and 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 LA.

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Talk show tapings

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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.

Taping times:
Mon-Thurs, 4pm

Location: 
Warner Bros. Studios
4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank

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Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Attend a taping at Jimmy Kimmel Live Studios to see a diverse line-up of guests including celebrities, athletes and others. 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. 

Taping times:
Mon-Thurs, 4pm

Location
El Captian Theater
6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

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The Late Late Show

The Late Late Show

British comedian—and Carpool Karaoke king—James Cordon 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. 

Taping times:
Mon-Thurs, 4pm

Location:
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

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Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher

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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Conan

Conan

If you're still repping for #TeamCoco, make it official with a visit to see the show 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-Thurs, 3:30pm

Location:
Warner Bros. Studio
3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank

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Competition show tapings

Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars

Live out your ballroom dancing dreams vicariously through B-list celebrities during this weekly live show at CBS Television City. Plan to arrive early and dress up like it's a night out on the town. Guests are encouraged to wear cocktail attire: jacket and tie for men (no jeans allowed) and dresses or other snazzy outfits for women. You might even get to take a spin on the competition floor before things get started. 

Taping times:
Mon-Tues, 3:30pm

Location:
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

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The Voice

The Voice

Settle in for a two-hour taping at this music competition show, where celebrity judges look for the strongest vocalists in the US. The show progresses in three different stages: blind auditions, a battle phase 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:
Tues-Thurs, 9:45am and 2:30pm

Location:
NBC Universal Studios
4012 Lankershim Blvd, Universal City

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Jeopardy!

Jeopardy!

The famous quiz show has been on the air since 1984. Competing on the show as a contestant requires a preliminary audition and selection process that may take up to a year. You don't have to compete to watch from the audience, though. Expect Trebek-groupies and bookish fans, including families, from all over the country and age groups lining up as early as two hours before the actual taping time.

Taping times:
Tues and Wed, 11am and 2:15pm 

Location:
Sony Pictures Studios
10202 West Washington Blvd, Culver City

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The Price is Right

The Price is Right

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 325-member audience to be filled with a range: college students from the Midwest to grandparents who watch the show religiously.

Taping times:
Tues-Thurs, 8:30am and noon

Location: 
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 

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Comedy and sitcom tapings

Two Broke Girls

Two Broke Girls

This sitcom stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as diner waitresses trying to make a living in New York City while planning to live the dream of owning their own cupcake shop. You can see if their journey as a member of the live studio audience. 

Taping times:
Wednesday, 5pm

Location: 
Warner Bros. Studios
3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank

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The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon take over the roles of Oscar and Felix in this contemporary reboot of the 1970's television series based on the classic Neil Simon play. Watch the actors workshop scenes before your eyes as a member of the in-studio crowd. 

Taping times:
Wednesday, 5:30pm

Location: 
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Ave, Studio City

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America's Funniest Videos

America's Funniest Videos

If you thought that Snapchat and YouTube had rendered the concept of a TV show of videos of people doing silly irrelevant things, well, you might be right, but this show is still kicking—and now it's hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro of Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Taping times:
Sunday, noon and 4pm 

Location:
Manhattan Beach Studios
1600 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach

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@Midnight

@Midnight

This Comedy Central late-night show features Nerdist star Chris Hardwick as the sardonic host. Comedians join him to break down the latest internet trends and compete to be named funniest person of the day. 

Taping Times:
Mon-Wed, 3:30pm 

Location:
Hollywood Center Studios
1040 North Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles

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Coming to town and need someplace to stay?

The best hotels in Los Angeles

There's nothing wrong with staying at a solid cheap hotel, but sometimes you want the very best. What exactly gives a resort the distinction of being one of the best hotels in Los Angeles? Is it being by one of LA's best beaches? Or proximity, whether by foot, train or car, to the top Los Angeles attractions? Is it a room so decadently comfortable that you never want to leave? Or a top-notch hotel brunch? These accommodations manage to check those marks and more to earn a spot in our list of the very best hotels in Los Angeles.

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By: Michael Juliano

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