The Show Goes Hollywood
A subtrope of Vacation Episode
, where the characters go to Hollywood, California. It allows for potential celebrity cameos and advertising for the studio or network. Since most American shows are filmed in LA, it allows the show to use real LA locations instead of faking other parts of the US
. It frequently involves the characters getting temporary gigs in the entertainment industry. It is likely a case of the writers writing what they know
. Sister trope of Aloha Hawaii
and Viva Las Vegas
. Compare Who Would Want to Watch Us?
for the inverse situation (Hollywood comes to the characters to adapt their adventures into an in-universe movie or TV show).
- Pokémon did this in the season 1 episode "Go West Young Meowth"
- Surprisingly popular in old Silver Age comics, especially Marvel.
- A more recent example is the 10th arc of Ultimate Spider-Man, in which a movie is made about Spider-Man without his consent (and featuring several celebrity cameos).
- Issue #10 of Marvel's Mighty Mouse series takes place at CBS studios in Hollywood where a typical episode of the Bakshi series (including a caricature of Bakshi as the director) is presumably being made. The story takes place in Hollywood where a mysterious figure is stealing the "hipness" out of prominent talk show hosts (all caricatured as funny animals).
- Many Avengers stories involving Wonder Man drift into this territory, since Simon is an actor.
- Seinfeld: "The Trip"
- Boy Meets World: "Eric Hollywood"
- Married... with Children: "Kelly Does Hollywood"
- CSI, oddly enough, in "Hollywood Brass"
- Likewise, "Two and a Half Dead," where the death of an actress on a popular sitcom results in the investigators being called in and the show's writers taking a look around the lab.
- Happy Days: the three-parter "Hollywood" where the infamous Jumping the Shark happened.
- I Love Lucy had a season-long arc set in Hollywood where Ricky gets a part in movie.
- Supernatural: "Hollywood Babylon".
- Kenan & Kel: "Aw, Here It Goes to Hollywood"
- Drake & Josh Go Hollywood.
- Degrassi Goes Hollywood, a television special that is basically The Movie of the series, where the gang visits Hollywood and some of the students even try out for a musical.
- Friends has "The One After the Superbowl".
- Bones: In "The Suit on the Set", Bones and Booth visit the set of the film of one of Bones' novels, where they discover an actual dead body that is mistaken for a prop dead body.
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody has the episode "The Suite Life Goes Hollywood"
- Cougar Town: Season 4 finale "Have Love Will Travel", where the gang tries to make Jules' father's fantasy of meeting Tippi Hedren come true.
- Castle: In "Nikki Heat", Natalie Rhodes, the actress cast as the lead in the movie based on Castle's first Nikki Heat novel, rode along with Beckett(much to her chagrin), and not only morphed into a Beckett clone, but completely deconstructed the Unresolved Sexual Tension between Beckett and Castle. Later, in "To Love and Die in L.A.", Castle and Beckett visit the set of the Nikki Heat movie, and Nikki and the cast impersonate real cops to help Beckett with her investigation.
- The Dick Tracy movie came out during Max Allan Collins's celebrated run as writer on the comic strip, and he accordingly did a storyline involving a studio making a movie based on Tracy's life. Ex-actor-turned-psychopath Putty Puss shows up on the set, and Hilarity Ensues.
- Also, any story involving long-time supporting character Vitamin Flintheart is likely to involve his job as an actor.
- Family Guy: "Brian Does Hollywood", where Brian goes to Los Angeles to become a writer but ends up becoming a porn director.
- The Simpsons have done this several times. One example is "Beyond Blunderdome".
- Futurama: That's Lobstertainment!
- The Flintstones had a few episodes where they go to Hollyrock, including the television special "Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby".
- Felix the Cat had a short film where he goes to Hollywood.
- Flip the Frog has a Hollywood episode.
- The Looney Tunes short "You Ought to Be in Pictures."
- Also, "A Star Is Hatched," "Daffy Duck In Hollywood," "What's Cookin', Doc?" "Hollywood Daffy," "The Scarlet Pumpernickel," and "A Star Is Bored."
- South Park has had several: The episode "AWESOME-O" has a third act in Hollywood. In another episode Cartman, pursued by Kyle, went there to try and get Family Guy canceled. In another, the boys went there as talent agents to try and get their client on American Idol.
- The television special Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood.
- Jackie Chan Adventures: "And He Does His Own Stunts" is this with the addition of a Thunder Demon.
- In the cartoon short The Autograph Hound, Donald Duck sneaks into a Hollywood studio lot in order to get autographs of movie stars. He eventually receives one from Shirley Temple. In exchange for his own autograph.
- Men in Black The Series has one, where Jay and Kay go to Hollywood to investigate an alien up to no good. While the agents take care of business, the Worms secretly tag-a-long and sell an idea about a secret government organization that deals with aliens on Earth.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: "The Sweet Stench of Sucess", where Bloo becomes famous after becoming a deoderant mascot, though his manager treats him badly and won't let him see Mac. Famous for the Tear Jerkers.
- The Powerpuff Girls: "Film Flam". Shortly after the episode first aired, The Movie was announced.
- Duck Dodgers in "Hooray for Hollywood Planet".
- The Bakshi Mighty Mouse episode "A Star Is Milked."
- The last season of Gargoyles had "Broadway Goes Hollywood." (One wonders why they never made "Broadway Goes Broadway." Oh well.)
- The original Transformers series had "Hoist Goes Hollywood," which involved several of the Autobots getting hired to star in an action movie — first as stunt vehicles, later as "evil alien robots."
- Rocky and Bullwinkle, "The Last Angry Moose" arc involved Bullwinkle producing a movie for director Alfred Hitchhike (who bore a striking resemblance to Boris Badenov).
- Garfield Goes Hollywood, one of the Garfield Specials, has Garfield, Odie, and Jon putting together an act for the talent show Pet Search that gets them to the finals in Hollywood.