Seeing Stars: Free Tickets to Studio Tapings


3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA. / (818) 840-3537

Most of the shows which appear on the NBC television network aren't actually taped at NBC Studios in Burbank.

In recent years, tickets were available to shows such as "The Weakest Link," "Family Feud," & "Late Friday", all of which taped live at NBC, but at this time, there is only one show being taped live at NBC: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

(They also shoot the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" here, but no studio audience is allowed.)

All of the other shows which air on NBC are taped elsewhere.

For instance, NBC's hit "Joey" tapes at the nearby Warner Brothers Studios, and "Will & Grace" tapes at CBS Studio Center in Studio City. Yet both are aired on the NBC network.

A few other NBC shows tape at NBC's
New York City studio, including "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

If you go down to the NBC Ticket Counter in Burbank (the same office from where you can take a guided tour of the NBC Studio), they will give you a sheet that lists all of the TV shows currently airing on the NBC network, which studios those shows are taped at, and the different phone numbers to call to get tickets to those shows.

You can get tickets to almost all other NBC network sitcoms by calling Audiences Unlimited at (818) 506-0067 or NBC itself.

If you want to see "The Tonight Show," you'll want to go straight to NBC Studios, where those shows are taped. These tickets are available in-person from their Ticket Counter on the actual day of taping, or in advance, by mail.

To pick up your tickets in person at NBC: first phone (818) 840-3537 to find out about the week's taping schedule. When you've decided what show taping you want to attend, come to the ticket office (on the west side of the studio facility) on the day of the taping, and get your tickets.

To receive tickets by mail, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

      NBC Tickets
      3000 W. Alameda Ave.,
      Burbank, CA 91523

and ask either for tickets to a specific taping date, or (if you don't know exactly what show you want to attend) ask for a "Guest Letter," which will include a schedule of taping dates, and which can later be exchanged for tickets on the day of the show. If available, tickets will be mailed to you two to three weeks in advance.

Phone first, before actually coming to a taping, to be sure about times and dates (which aren't known until about one month in advance).

Tickets to TV tapings are free. Tickets do not guarantee you a seat, since they distribute more tickets than they have seats; seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis among ticket holders. Come early, since people tend to line up for popular shows. One must usually be 16 years of age or older to attend a taping (this age limit is strictly enforced for "The Tonight Show"). No cameras or cellular phones are allowed at the tapings.

Tickets to "The Tonight Show" are available only on the day of the taping, not in advance. (For more information about tickets to "The Tonight Show," see the separate article in this section.)

Parking: street parking only.

Hours: The ticket office is open from 8 AM to 4 PM weekdays (hours vary on weekends, depending upon their taping schedule - they don't tape every day).

 Getting there: NBC Studios is located in Burbank, between the Ventura (134) Freeway (on the south), Alameda Avenue (on the north), California Street (on the west), and Bob Hope Drive (on the east). It's just a mile and a half northeast of Universal Studios Hollywood. / From the Ventura (134) Freeway east, take the Bob Hope Drive offramp; turn left (north) on Bob Hope Drive (go back under the freeway), then turn left again (west) on Warner Street.

[You can access NBC's official website at http://www.nbc.com.]



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