There's nothing more "Hollywood" you can do in Hollywood than attending a TV show taping. It's a great opportunity to see your favorite television stars live and in person, it's one of the best free things to do in LA. There are definitely seasonal highs and lows with most shows taking the summer off and beginning taping in the fall, but you can usually get TV show tickets to something taping somewhere in LA, even in the off season.
Most production studios are much smaller than they appear on the tube. The audience is no more than 20 or 30 feet away from the actors or talk show host, so it's a very intimate experience.
Some TV shows tape in Burbank, Studio City or Culver City, but there are still plenty that tape right in Hollywood.
You should plan to spend 3 to 5 hours to attend a taping. Tickets are available through ticket brokers, also known as audience services. See Getting Tickets on the next page for more information.