The Show Goes Hollywood

A sub-trope of Vacation Episode, where the characters visit Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.

It allows for potential celebrity cameos and advertising for the studio or network. Since most American films and TV shows are filmed in southern California (particularly in the Greater Los Angeles Area) anyway, this trope allows the show to use actual locations in southern California and the Greater Los Angeles Area instead of just faking other parts of the US.

It frequently involves the characters getting temporary gigs in the entertainment industry (most commonly getting a role in a movie or TV show — or even both in some cases). It is likely a case of the writers writing what they know.

Sister trope of Aloha, Hawaii! and Viva Las Vegas!, which are two other major touristy areas in the USA. 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).


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  • Pokémon did this in the season 1 episode "Go West Young Meowth."

    Comic Books 
  • Surprisingly popular in old Silver Age comics, especially Marvel.
    • Issue 10 of Fantastic Four has Namor pretending to make a movie out of the Fantastic Four as a ruse to try to win Sue over.
    • Issue 14 of Amazing Spider-Man note  has Spider-Man agreeing to star in a movie with The Hulk.
  • 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.


    Live Action TV 
  • 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 X-Files: "Hollywood A.D."

    Newspaper Comics 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • The Jackie Chan Adventures episode "And He Does His Own Stunts" involves the heroes visiting Hollywood, while they're on a mission to stop the latest Monster of the Week (another one of Shendu's brothers) from showing up in that town. Unsurprisingly, there's multiple pop-culture references in this episode, including allusions to the movie career of the real-life Jackie Chan.
  • A few Classic Disney Shorts:
    • Mickey's Gala Premiere: A host of movie stars attend the premiere of Mickey Mouse's newest cartoon, after which they offer congrats to Mickey himself, and Greta Garbo covering him in kisses. Turns out, Mickey was just dreaming of being a movie star on the same plane as the others in reality.
    • Mother Goose Goes Hollywood: A Silly Symphony in which various movie stars are cast in the roles of various nursery rhyme characters (i.e., Katherine Hepburn as Little Bo Peep, W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty, Laurel and Hardy as Simple Simon and the Pieman, etc.).
    • 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 called "The Star System Syndrome", where Agents J and K visit Hollywood to investigate the disappearances of several alien actors (who play roles in Earth movies while undisguised in their true forms). Meanwhile, the Worms secretly tag-a-long, and they try to pitch a film script 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.
  • The Real Ghostbusters has the guys travelling to Hollywood to be consultants on the filming of a movie based on their adventures (which turns out to be actual original Ghostbusters (1984) film) and dealing with a ghost infestation on the set (although having some trouble at first because an assistant mixes their Proton Packs with the film prop ones).