Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Meet the Public

Him(now renamed PaleyFest)

at the Dolby Theatre
at Hollywood & Highland, in Hollywood
(310) 786-1016 or (323) 466-1767

Each year, the Museum of Television & Radio (now known as "The Paley Center for Television") in Beverly Hills conducts a special program, a celebrity affair of the first magnitude, which offers you a marvelous opportunity to see some of your favorite TV stars up-close and personal.

Not only can you see some of your favorite stars in person at this event, but you can actually talk to them!

Mrs. MaiselThe Television Festival (now known as PaleyFest) has been a part of the Hollywood scene since 1983. It is held for two weeks each March, and it features star-studded reunions, bringing together the cast members and producers of classic TV shows, past and present, for special screenings of their classic TV episodes. Best of all, the event is open to the general public (for a modest admission fee), so you can be a part of it.

The Festival sometimes reunites the entire cast of a beloved TV show (such as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" or "Veronica Mars"), often for the first time since the show went off the air.

See the details below about this year's schedule

But most of the events feature popular shows currently on the air, which in recent years, has ranged from "The Big Bang Theory" to "Westworld".

The screenings and reunions are usually followed by discussions, with the celebrities fielding questions from members of the audience. So you not only have the opportunity to see your favorite stars, but you have the chance to talk to them as well.

This year, the 37th annual Paley Fest will take
place from March 13 to March 22, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre), the home of the Academy Awards show), in the Hollywood & Highland center, in the heart of Hollywood.

(Tickets sometimes sell out to members only, so you might want to consider joining - it costs $77 - to get first crack at the tickets.)

In 2022, the 39th annual PaleyFest was  held
from April 2 to April 10
, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre.

The  shows honored this year were:

April 2: “This Is Us

April 3: “Superman & Lois

April 3: “Black-ish

April 6: "Ghosts" and "The Neighborhood

April 7: “Hacks

April 8: “Cobra Kai

April 9: “Riverdale

April 9: “Better Call Saul

April 10: “A Salute to the NCIS Universe Celebrating: "NCIS", "NCIS: Los Angeles", and "NCIS: Hawaii

April 10: “Emily in Paris

( Click here for more details. )

As you would expect, these screenings are not free. Ticket prices are $25 to $70 per event for Paley members. For the general public, tickets are $35 to $90 per event (as of 2020). Over 10,000 people attend the festival, and the most popular events can sell out quickly."

And there's a bit of a catch.  Tickets go on sale to Paley members first, and to the general public a few day's later, which gives members a big advantage on getting tickets. (You can become a member for $77, here. )

If you have money to burn, you could drop over $1,300 on a "Showrunner Pass" that guarantees you early admission to all 12 events at the Festival, as well as premium seating, parking, a year's membership at the Paley Center, and an invitation to three private after-parties. Or around $215 for a "Studio Pass" that gets you premium seating for three of the shows.

Tickets to the general public are available via TicketMaster.

But tickets to the best shows sell out fast - so get your tickets early. There is a six-ticket limit per person, per event.

(For sold-out evenings, tickets may sometimes become available at the ticket table in the lobby five minutes prior to starting time.)

(Bear in mind that not all festival panels include the full cast cast reunion, although most do - some are simply screenings or solo tributes. So check the Museum's schedule carefully.)

The 2020 and 2021 live shows were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, And the panels were limited to virtual / online appearances. But PaleyFest returned to normal in 2022.

In 2019, the 36th annual PaleyFest was held from March 15 to March 24, and included the casts of “This Is Us”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Star Trek: Discovery”, “9-1-1”, “The Walking Dead”, “Jane The Virgin", "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" “Parks and Recreation”, “Grace and Frankie”. "RuPaul’s Drag Race”, “Hawaii Five-0”, “MacGyver”, “Magnum P.I.”, and “An Evening with Stephen Colbert”.

In 2018, the 35th annual PaleyFest was held from March 16 to March 25, and included the casts of “The Big Bang Theory” & “Young Sheldon”, “Riverdale”, "The Handmaid’s Tale”, “The Orville”, “Stranger Things”, “Will & Grace”, “The Good Doctor”, “Supernatural”,“Silicon Valley”, “Mom”, and “Queen Sugar”.

In 2017, the 34th annual PaleyFest was held from March 17 to March 26, and included the casts of "The Walking Dead", "Westworld", "This Is Us", "Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends", "Orphan Black", "Scandal", "Grey’s Anatomy", "Pretty Little Liars", "NCIS: Los Angeles", "Bob's Burgers", "American Horror Story: Roanoke", and "The Late Late Show with James Corden".

In 2016, the 33rd annual PaleyFest was held from March 11 to March 20, and included the casts of: "Empire", "Better Call Saul", "Scream Queens", "Black-ish", "Supergirl", "Scandal", "The Big Bang Theory", "Fear the Walking Dead", "Power" (8 PM), and "American Horror Story: Hotel".

In 2015, the 32nd annual PaleyFest was held from March 7 to March 15, and included the casts of: "Homeland", "Comedy Central", "The Good Wife", "Girls", "Scandal", "Teen Wolf", "Outlander", "Glee", "Modern Family", "Arrow & The Flash" , "Jane the Virgin" and "American Horror Story: Freak Show".

In 2014, the 31st annual PaleyFest was held from March 13 to March 28 at a new venue, the Dolby Theatre.  Cast gatherings included: "Veronica Mars", "How I Met Your Mother", "Orange Is the New Black", "Pretty Little Liars", "Lost", "Parks and Recreation", "Sleepy Hollow", "Mad Men", "The Vampire Diaries", "The Originals", "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", "Masters of Sex" ,"The Mindy Project", "Community", "Veep" and "American Horror Story: Coven".

In 2013,  the 30th annual PaleyFest was held from March 1 to March 15, at the Saban Theatre, and included cast gatherings from "The Walking Dead", "Revolution", "Once Upon A Time", "Newsroom",
"Community", "The New Normal", "Parenthood", "The Mindy Project", "Nashville", "Arrow", "Dallas", "New Girl", "The Big Bang Theory", "Two Broke Girls", and "American Horror Story: Asylum".

In 2012,  the 29th annual PaleyFest was held from March 2 to March 14, at the Saban Theatre, and included cast gatherings from "American Horror Story", "Modern Family", "The Vampire Diaries", "Castle", "Revenge" "Two and a Half Men", "Bones", "Once Upon A Time", "Community", "Sons of Anarchy", "New Girl", "Mad Men" and  "The Office".

In 2011, the 28th annual "Paleyfest" was held February 26 to March 14, and included cast gatherings from "The Walking Dead", "True Blood", "White Collar", "Hot in Cleveland", "Parks & Recreation", "Eastbound & Down", "Freaks & Geeks", "Supernatural", "American Idol", "Community", "Glee", "Raising Hope", plus "An Evening with Jimmy Fallon".

In 2010, the 27th annual "Paleyfest" was held February 26 to March 14, and included cast gatherings from "Dexter", "Glee", "Modern Family", "Lost", "NCIS", "Cougar Town", "The Vampire Diaries", "Breaking Bad", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Community", "FlashForward", "Men of a Certain Age", plus "Seth MacFarlane & Friends".

In 2009, the 26th annual "Paleyfest" was held from April 10 to April 23, and included casts from "True Blood", "Desperate Housewives", "90210", "The Big Bang Theory", "The Mentalist", "Dollhouse, "Fringe", "The Hills", "Battlestar Galactica/Caprica", "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia", "Swingtown", "Big Love" and the Internet hit "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog".

In 2008, the 25th annual Television Festival (now renamed "Paleyfest") was held from March 14 to March 27, and featured a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion", "Pushing Daisies", "Gossip Girl", "Chuck", "Dancing with the Stars", "Dirty Sexy Money", "Mad Men", "An Evening with Judd Apatow", and a "40th Anniversary Salute to Elvis Presley’s’68 Comeback Special" (with Priscilla Presley).

In 2007, the 24th annual Television Festival was held from March 1 to March 15 and the shows honored included "Ugly Betty," "Heroes," "American Idol," "Prison Break," "Nip/Tuck," "Dexter," "The Office," "Brothers & Sisters," "The Closer," "Jericho" and "The Simpsons".

In 2006, the 23rd annual Festival was held from February 28 to March 15, at the Directors Guild. Shows honored included "Grey's Anatomy", "Entourage", "Everybody Hates Chris", "Battlestar Galactica", "Supernatural", "Medium", "My Name Is Earl", "House", "Family Guy", "The Golden Girls", "How I Met Your Mother", "An Evening with Sally Field", and "Weeds".

In 2005, the 22nd annual Television Festival was held from March 2 to March 16 . Shows honored included "NYPD Blue," "In Living Color," "Adult Swim," "Law & Order," "Desperate Housewives," "Jack & Bobby," "The L Word" "An Evening with MICHAEL PALIN," "Lost," "Veronica Mars," "Boston Legal" and "Deadwood."

In 2004, the 21st annual Television Festival was held from February 26 to March 12. Shows honored included "THE O.C.," "SMALLVILLE," "CARNIVÀLE," "ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT," "TRADING SPACES," "THE WIRE," "CREATING CHARACTERS: J. J. Abrams and 'Sydney Bristow' & 'Felicity Porter'," "An Evening with WILLIAM SHATNER," "An Evening with ANGELA LANSBURY," "A Salute to SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch," and "TRADING SPACES."

In 2003, the 20th annual Television Festival was held from February 26 to March 12. Shows honored included "Boom Town," "Laugh-In," "CSI: Miami," "Without A Trace," "Columbo," "Monk," "The George Lopez Show," "24," "American Dreams," "Life With Bonnie" and "Sabato Gigante".

In 2002, the 19th annual Television Festival was held from February 26 to March 12 . Shows honored included "Alias," "St. Elsewhere," "King of Queens," "Six Feet Under," "Scrubs," "The Bernie Mac Show," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Queer As Folk," "Futurama," "Christina," "Undeclared," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and a "Salute to Fred Allen".

In 2001, the Festival was held from February 28 to March 13. The shows honored in 2001 included "Angel," "Malcolm in the Middle," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Dark Angel," "Gilmore Girls" "Dark Shadows," "Judging Amy," "Boston Public," "Gideon's Crossing," "The Ruttles" and "Survivor".

The 2000 Television Festival was held from February 29 to March 13. The shows honored in 1999 included "An Evening With Garry Shandling," "Will & Grace," "South Park," "The Carol Burnett Show," "Once & Again," "M*A*S*H*," "The West Wing,"
Dharma & Greg,"
"Get a Life," "The Outer Limits," "Freaks & Geeks" and "That 70's Show".

The 1999 Television Festival was held from March 2 to March 16. The shows honored in 1999 included "The Jeffersons," "L.A. Law," "NewsRadio," "Felicity," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Sports Night" and "Moesha." plus a tribute to Carl Reiner.

The 1998 Television Festival was held from March 3 to March 16 at the Directors Guild of America. A screening of a rare 1957 "I Love Lucy" special brought out Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz, as well as the show's original writers and film editor. The shows honored at the 1998 Festival included "Ally McBeal," "The Nanny," "Touched by an Angel," "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer," "The Practice," "King of the Hill," "MacGyver" (reuniting the original cast and crew), "Fawlty Towers" (featuring a live one-man show by John Cleese, in his role as the manager), a "Fernwood 2-Night" reunion (including in-person guests Norman Lear, Martin Mull, Fred Willard, Harry Shearer and Alan Thicke), plus a tribute to magicians Penn & Teller.

1997's lineup included the casts of "The Drew Carey Show," "Millennium," "Murder One," "Pee Wee's Playhouse," "EZ Streets," "Tales of the City," "Jeopardy!" &  "Wheel of Fortune," as well as "Tracey Takes On..." starring talented comic Tracey Ullman. The highlight may have been a salute to "SCTV" with appearances by cast members Martin Short, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas.

In 1995, the shows honored included "The X-Files," "Frasier," "ER," "Melrose Place," "Batman," "Law & Order," "Sisters," "Magnum P.I.," and "Knot's Landing," along with salutes to Jonathan Winters, Tom Snyder and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas.

In 1994, the honorees included "Mad About You," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Roseanne," "Dallas," "Home Improvement," "Barney Miller," "NYPD Blue," "Hart to Hart," "WKRP in Cincinnati," "Lois & Clark: the New Adventures of Superman," "77 Sunset Strip" and an evening with Norman Lear.

The Museum of Television and Radio's west coast branch is located at 469 Beverly Drive (at the corner of Little Santa Monica Blvd.), in Beverly Hills. (Besides the Festival, the Museum also hosts regular seminars, often featuring with celebrity guests.)

(For details about the Museum of Television itself,
click here to see the
separate page about the Museum

Hours: The TV Festival is an annual event, and times & dates vary from year to year. It usually begins in late March, and lasts approximately two weeks, with most (but not all) show times starting at 7 PM. Phone ahead for the days and times and location of this year's festival.

 Getting there: The Paley Center (AKA the Museum of Television & Radio) is located at the southwest corner of Beverly Drive and Little Santa Monica Blvd., in Beverly Hills. / From Rodeo Drive, go north to Little Santa Monica Blvd., and turn right (northeast). Go one block to Beverly Drive and turn right.

 The Dolby Theatre, where the PayleyFest will be held in 2020 , is at the Hollywood & Highland center, in the heart of Hollywood.

[For more information on this subject, you can call the recorded Festival hotline: (310) 786-1010
or you can access the Museum's official website at:]

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