How to Attend Live TV Tapings in Los Angeles

Big Money Week on "The Price is Right"
Big Money Week on "The Price is Right" | Photo: "The Price is Right," Facebook

Going to a live TV taping is one of the best tourist experiences, and there’s no better city to join the audience of a popular show than here in Los Angeles!

Watching the behind-the-scenes of TV productions while getting up-close with celebrity hosts and guests is one of the best things to do in LA. And tickets are free! Whether you attend a talk show, game show, or talent contest, you’ll never watch TV the same way again.

Here’s how you can apply to join the audience of 10 shows that are produced right here in LA – but plan ahead, as many have a waiting list that fills up fast.

American Idol - Red Studios Hollywood

The enormous success of American Idol has transcended television to become a pop culture phenomenon, spawning not only similar shows but also launching the careers of superstars Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert.. You can sign-up to rub shoulders with all the show’s glamour, A-list judges and star-reaching singers as part of its on-camera audience. Enter your info on the online form and you’ll be notified when tickets are released.

Red Studios Hollywood (846 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles 90038)

"America's Got Talent"
"America's Got Talent" | Photo: NBC

America's Got Talent - Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Created by original American Idol judge Simon Cowell, America’s Got Talent is one of many shows indebted to the Idol format (albeit open to all ages and not restricted to just singing). Sign up for tickets and witness the diverse performances and famed judges, including Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara; and host Terry Crews.

To minimize lines there are two daily ticket distributions, so be sure to choose only one arrival. If tickets are not yet available for your chosen date or all shows are full, submit your info to be notified when tickets are released. Children aged 8 and older can attend (accompanied by an adult).

Pasadena Civic Auditorium (300 E Green St, Pasadena 91101)

"Dancing with the Stars" 2023
"Dancing with the Stars" 2023 | Photo: ABC

Dancing with the Stars - Television City

Dancing with the Stars is back this Fall with hosts Alfonso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough. An all-new cast of celebrities and the show's pro dancers will brave the dance floor for the very first time, including: Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, Xochitl Gomez (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), supermodel Tyson Beckford and Greg Brady himself, Barry Williams. Each week the celebs and their partners will perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of experts - Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough - as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Sign up for tickets and be sure to arrive early on the day, as there’s a line to join and entry is first come, first served and not guaranteed.

Television City (7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 90036)

"Jeopardy!" set

Jeopardy! - Sony Pictures Studios

Airing since 1964, Jeopardy! is one of those shows that everyone knows – which makes being in its studio audience even cooler! Tickets for this trivia-fest are free, but also extremely limited and only available on a first come, first served basis. Jeopardy! tapes five shows a day with two different audiences, so if you’re a true fan you’ll watch the taping of either two or three episodes. Jeopardy! allows children as young as 8 (accompanied by an adult), but keep in mind that tapings take 3-4 hours from arrival to final taping, which might test the patience of youngsters.

Sony Pictures Studios (10202 W Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232)

"Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" | Photo:

Jimmy Kimmel Live! - El Capitan Entertainment Centre

Long-running late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! accepts ticket requests for its studio audience and is conveniently filmed right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If selected, you’ll need to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the check-in deadline. Fans are processed on a first come, first served basis and tickets are issued in excess of capacity, so arrive early. Taping typically lasts around 90 minutes. Cellphones, cameras, backpacks etc. will need to be checked with security and retrieved as you exit.

El Capitan Entertainment Centre (Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028)

"The Kelly Clarkson Show"
"The Kelly Clarkson Show"

The Kelly Clarkson Show - Universal Studios Hollywood

The first winner of American Idol and still among the most famous, Kelly Clarkson has hosted her eponymous variety talk show since 2019. Free tickets to attend a taping of the multiple Emmy Award-winning Kelly Clarkson Show are sometimes available just a week in advance (but don’t bank on it), with 200 tickets released for each of two tapings per day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays. Tapings are at 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., with the actual filming spanning around 90 minutes. Same day tickets are sometimes available 45 minutes before the listed times from the standby line in Universal City’s Curious George Parking Garage, Level B1.

Universal Studios Hollywood (100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City 91608)

Big Money Week on "The Price is Right"
Big Money Week on "The Price is Right" | Photo: "The Price is Right," Facebook

The Price is Right - Television City

TV’s longest-running game show, The Price Is Right has brightened American homes since 1956. You can play your part in this legendary production, currently hosted by comedian Drew Carey, by signing up for updates on the show’s next season. Tickets are generally released about a month in advance. A “Priority Ticket” guarantees admission as long as you arrive prior to the time on your ticket, while a “General Ticket” is first come, first served (though you’ll normally be admitted if you arrive 30-60 mins early). Group bookings (parties of 15-25 people) should contact for further information.

Television City (7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 90036)

"The Voice" Season 24
"The Voice" Season 24 | Photo: NBC

The Voice - Universal Studios Hollywood

The Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice returns with vocalists from across the country competing in Season 24, which premieres on Sept. 25, 2023. The Queen of Country, Reba McEntire claims her red chair alongside last season's champ, Niall Horan, and returning superstar coaches John Legend and Gwen Stefani as they vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon.

The Voice tapes twice a day, at 10am and 3pm. Request tickets at the NBC website.

Universal Studios Hollywood (100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City 91608)

"Wheel of Fortune" Season 41
"Wheel of Fortune" Season 41 | Photo: YouTube

Wheel of Fortune - Sony Pictures Studios

Wheel of Fortune co-hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White are one of TV's most recognizable and longstanding duos. You can join Pat and Vanna – hosts since 1981 and 1982, respectively – at twice-daily tapings (noon or 3:15pm) at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. Pat has announced that Season 41, which premiered in September 2023, will be his last as host of the classic game show, so if you're a fan don't miss your final chance to see him before Ryan Seacrest takes over in 2024.

Tickets are often available just days in advance and can be requested for up to four people, age 8 and up. A limited number of VIP seats are available to members of the show’s Wheel Watchers Club. For larger groups, call (818) 772-6788.

Sony Pictures Studios (10202 W Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232)

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