Show Tapings

Connecting Fans to Shows

Live tapings are FREE and give you the opportunity to be a part of the creation of some of your favorite television sitcoms, talk-shows, game shows and reality competition series. You can experience the in person bloopers, behind the scenes camera movements and be in the presence of some of the greatest talent just as an audience member. The sets for sitcoms are configured for audience visibility with each set lined up in a row with no fourth wall letting the audience sit in the raised seating to watch on monitor and in person.

Tickets are mainly secured through three companies – On Camera Audiences, Audiences Unlimited (TVtickets.com) and 1iota. Both companies provide online advanced signup (available about 30 days out) and ticket requests through their websites.

On Camera Audiences
Here is a list of some of the more popular tapings. On Camera Audiences has a great selection of non-scripted television and game show tapings to enjoy. Please check the website for the numerous other shows that will indicate what is currently taping and what is on hiatus (not in production.)
Competition Show Tapings: “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars“, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The Masked Singer,” “World of Dance
Sitcoms and Comedies: NBC “Abby’s,” Netflix’s “Alexa & Katie,”

Audiences Unlimited – TVTickets.com
You will find pilots, “The Big Bang Theory,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and many Disney show tapings.

1iota: Create a free account with the full name that appears on your license to submit ticket requests
“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Voice,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Brothers Lot in Burbank)
Tickets to see Ellen are handled by her own site “ellentube” by clicking on the available calendar date and filling out the form. You are only permitted to “submit and attend one taping per season.” The ‘Day of Tickets’ call before noon (818) 954-5929

Many of the popular sitcoms do not tape regularly in the summer but will pickup when fall comes around. I think it can be fun to attend a pilot taping otherwise known as the first recording of a new show that will possibly be picked up for a network’s fall programming schedule. The show has not been established with any viewers so you will be going into see a fresh creative concept and fairly new put together cast. I had the chance to attend the pilot taping of the mega hit for NBC Two Broke Girls. I had the best time seeing the comedy rewrites on the spot and the instant cast chemistry in the scenes and in-between.

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    American Idol, America's Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance
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    Sitcoms, Pilots, Talk Shows, Last Man Standing, The Conners, The Big Bang Theory, The Ranch, Mom
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    Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Voice, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Movie Screenings
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    Taped Talk Show Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres

Some Things to Keep in Mind...

Plan in Advance

  • You cannot submit a request for tickets for dates that have not been listed. However, if you know a show will be in production you can anticipate when taping dates will be posted and to check back on the website frequently. Tickets are reserved usually at first come first serve basis by requesting them online.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows sitting and standing. You may be waiting outside in line under the sun. The taping stages an get chilly so a light jacket might be something to bring. If you are part of the on camera audience follow the dress code and suggestion to create the “atmosphere of the show”
  • You might be surprised on how early your check in time is compared to when the show actually tapes live. A show taping at 7pm may have you arrive at 4pm. You will most likely skip a meal during the entire taping process so have a go to spot to eat at before or after or food prepared at home when you are done. Some tapings might provide you with candy, water and sandwiches/pizza midway through the show but not something nutritiously filling.

Bring your excitement, energy and patience!
When attending a taping you will most likely have to wait for a good period of time to check in, be escorted over, and placed in seats. Talk show and live shows usually require less time commitments. Your energy helps fuel the scene and performances of the show and a warm-up comedian/audience-energizer will help keep that energy flowing in-between setups or commercials.  If you go to a sitcom taping they will usually tape in the scene order as the episode is written so you can understand the storyline but be prepared to see numerous takes. Pre-recorded material of guest artists on a reality competition show or pre-recorded scenes of a sitcom will be shown at the appropriate time.

  • Having a ticket does not guarantee admission! The tapings are overbooked on purpose to compensate for no shows.  Production or the fire marshal could also reduce the audience capacity or seats given to VIPs.

Check emails, confirmations and/or Ticket Details

  • Respond immediately to emails letting you know that your requested for tickets has been granted. Follow the further instructions to secure them.
  • You might have to leave you phone behind locked securely in your vehicle because it is not permitted or have to turn it completely off. Refer to the specific show guidelines most likely listed when you have a confirmed ticket
  • Park at the designated location according to your specific taping location
  • Check the name on the confirmation email and/or printed tickets that it matches your ID which will be on the audience list.