Los Angeles is typically seen as the hub and mecca of all things movie, but don’t be fooled — it’s also an amazing place for TV fans to check out as well. The city is a veritable goldmine of television goodness, from amazing filming locations to tons of history, and even plenty of chances to watch your favorite shows live. Sound overwhelming? Don’t panic; we’ve got the rundown on the places in Los Angeles that are must-see for every die-hard TV fan.
The Paley Center for Media
If you’re looking for an intense and immersive television experience, the Paley Center is one location you can’t afford to miss. It’s simply a treasure trove of TV goodness: there are exhibits on everything from costumes from your favorite shows like The Mindy Project, features on the history of television noir, and special screenings of classic series. But perhaps the center’s biggest claim to fame is PaleyFest, where all walks of television stars assemble to discuss their show. You can attend an event or hit up a tour, but whatever you do…don’t miss out on the Paley Center.
Warner Brothers Studio Tour
OK, it’s not all focused on TV (there’s plenty of movie magic to appreciate as well), but for a comprehensive look at Warner Brothers‘ television shows, it’s hard to beat this legendary tour. You can sip coffee in The Central Perk from Friends, peek in at a taping of The Big Bang Theory, or see what the cast is getting up to on Fuller House. Every tour is different depending on filming schedules, so you never know what you’ll see. For hardcore TV fans, there’s a six-hour deluxe tour that fully immerses you in the Warner Brothers world.
Live TV Tapings
Although a lot of your favorite shows don’t allow for a live studio audience (can you imagine being on-set while they filmed Game of Thrones?), there are still quite a few opportunities to make yourself part of the entertainment. In Los Angeles, you can request tickets for talk shows Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Ellen Show, or competitions entertainment like The Voice and Dancing With The Stars. It’s a singular experience to be part of the crowd, and a must if you’re a fan of any of those shows. Keep in mind that tickets are limited, so get ready to plan ahead if you don’t want to miss out.
Many of your favorite TV moments were filmed on sound stages, but an impressive number took place right in Los Angeles. With a little research, you can easily set up your own customized tour of the city and some of its famous filming locations. Grab lunch at Urth Caffe , like the cast of Entourage, before heading out to Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park to see where they shot some of the original Star Trek series. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the nineties you can swing by the Walsh house from 90210 (the original, not the remake). Enjoy a fancy dinner at The SmokeHouse, where the wedding of Jim and Pam from The Office (the American-version, obviously) took place. A good way to finish off any television tour of LA is with a stop at the original Batcave in Griffith Park, where the late, great Adam West chilled out in between fighting off villains. Find out where your favorite shows were filmed and get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience you could only find in Los Angeles.
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