See The Ellen Show and other hit TV programs, in person. Take a tour of Warner Bros. and NBC studios. Shop at trendy boutiques and dine in delicious restaurants—all in Burbank. burbankca.org
Paramount Pictures Studio Tour
Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservations recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 am-3 pm. $55; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes F-Sa 7:30-8 pm. $78, under 12 not admitted. 5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777.
Sony Pictures Studio Tour
Two-hour walking tour of working motion-picture studio includes stages where television shows and movies including The Wizard of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed. Reservations, photo ID required. M-W, F 9:30 am-2:30 pm; Th 9:30 am-6 pm. $45, under 12 not admitted. Parking free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP Experience includes front-of-line privileges, gourmet lunch and other perks. Check universalstudioshollywood.com or call for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801. universalstudioshollywood.com
Warner Bros. Studios
Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, prop warehouse, Stage 48: Script to Screen interactive soundstage, the real Central Perk set, original Batmobiles and observation of filming (when possible). The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts exhibit is new. Deluxe tour available. Reservations recommended; photo ID required. Daily 8:30 am-4 pm. $55-$68, under 8 not admitted. 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 877.492.8687. warnerbros.com
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Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, Fox, NBC and the CW that are produced in the L.A. area, such as The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show. 818.260.0041, ext. 1. tvtickets.com
The Ellen Degeneres Show
Free tickets to taping of comedian’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied by a parent. Day-of tickets, call before noon; advance tickets, go to ellen.warnerbros.com/tickets. Warner Bros. Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.954.5929.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Free tickets to live tapings of late-night ABC show. Minimum age 18. El Capitan Entertainment Centre, 6840 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 1iota.com
Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including Hell’s Kitchen, Family Feud, So You Think You Can Dance and The Price Is Right. Minimum age 12-18, varies by show. 818.295.2700. mytvtickets.com