A subtrope of VacationEpisode, where the characters go to 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 [[CaliforniaDoubling 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 [[WriteWhatYouKnow writing what they know]]. Sister trope of AlohaHawaii and VivaLasVegas. Compare WhoWouldWantToWatchUs for the inverse situation (Hollywood comes to the characters to adapt their adventures into an in-universe movie or TV show).


[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' did this in the season 1 episode "Go West Young Meowth."


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Surprisingly popular in old [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] comics, especially Marvel.
** Issue 10 of ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' has [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] pretending to make a movie out of the Fantastic Four as a ruse to try to win Sue over.
** Issue 14 of ''[[SpiderMan Amazing Spider-Man]]'' [[note]](better known as the first appearance of the Green Goblin)[[/note]] has Spider-Man agreeing to star in a movie with [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]].
* A more recent example is the 10th arc of ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', in which a movie is made about Spider-Man without his consent (and featuring several [[TheCameo celebrity cameos]]).
* Issue #10 of Marvel's ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' 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 ''[[{{ComicBook/Avengers}} Avengers]]'' stories involving Wonder Man drift into this territory, since Simon is an actor.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' is this for the Film/TheViewAskewniverse
* ''BostonBlackie Goes Hollywood''.
* Film/TheThreeStooges short ''Movie Maniacs'' has the boys wreaking havoc at a movie studio.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': "The Trip"
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': "Eric Hollywood"
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': "Kelly Does Hollywood"
* ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': the three-parter "Hollywood" where the infamous JumpingTheShark happened.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'' had a season-long arc set in Hollywood where Ricky gets a part in movie.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E18HollywoodBabylon "Hollywood Babylon"]].
* ''Series/KenanAndKel'': "Aw, Here It Goes to Hollywood"
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' Go Hollywood.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}} Goes Hollywood'', a television special that is basically TheMovie of the series, where the gang visits Hollywood and some of the students even try out for a musical.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has "The One After the Superbowl".
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': In "The Suit on the Set", Bones and Booth visit the set of [[TheFilmOfTheBook the film of one of Bones' novels]], where they discover an actual dead body that is mistaken for a prop dead body.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has the episode "The Suite Life Goes Hollywood"
* ''Series/CougarTown'': Season 4 finale "Have Love Will Travel", where the gang tries to make Jules' father's fantasy of meeting Tippi Hedren come true.
* ''Series/{{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 UnresolvedSexualTension 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.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': "Hollywood A.D."


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* The ''{{Film/Dick Tracy}}'' movie came out during Max Allan Collins's celebrated run as writer on the [[{{ComicStrip/DickTracy}} comic strip,]] and he accordingly did a storyline involving a studio making a movie based on Tracy's life. Ex-actor-turned-psychopath [[MasterOfDisguise Putty Puss]] shows up on the set, and HilarityEnsues.
** Also, any story involving long-time supporting character Vitamin Flintheart is likely to involve his job as an actor.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': "Brian Does Hollywood", where Brian goes to Los Angeles to become a writer but ends up becoming a porn director.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have done this several times. One example is "Beyond Blunderdome".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': That's Lobstertainment!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' had a few episodes where they go to [[FlintstoneTheming Hollyrock]], including the television special "Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby".
* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' had a short film where he goes to Hollywood.
* ''WesternAnimation/FlipTheFrog'' has a Hollywood episode.
* The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "Film/YouOughtToBeInPictures."
** Also, "A Star Is Hatched," "Daffy Duck In Hollywood," "What's Cookin', Doc?" "Hollywood Daffy," "The Scarlet Pumpernickel," and "A Star Is Bored."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' 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 ''ScoobyDoo Goes Hollywood''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': "And He Does His Own Stunts" is this with the addition of a Thunder Demon.
* A few WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts:
** ''Mickey's Gala Premiere'': A host of movie stars attend the premiere of MickeyMouse's newest cartoon, after which they offer congrats to Mickey himself, and Greta Garbo [[CoveredInKisses covering him in kisses]]. Turns out, Mickey was just [[AllJustADream dreaming]] of being a movie star on the same plane as the others in reality.
** ''Mother Goose Goes Hollywood'': A [[WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies 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'': DonaldDuck sneaks into a Hollywood studio lot in order to get autographs of movie stars. He eventually receives one from Creator/ShirleyTemple. [[CelebrityParadox In exchange for his own autograph]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': "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 Jerker}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': "Film Flam". Shortly after the episode first aired, TheMovie was announced.
* WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers in "Hooray for Hollywood Planet".
* The Bakshi WesternAnimation/MightyMouse episode "A Star Is Milked."
* The last season of ''[[{{Series/Gargoyles}} 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."
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', "The Last Angry Moose" arc involved Bullwinkle producing a movie for director Alfred Hitchhike ([[PaperThinDisguise who bore a striking resemblance to Boris Badenov]]).
* ''Garfield Goes Hollywood'', one of the WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials, has Garfield, Odie, and Jon putting together an act for the talent show ''Pet Search'' that gets them to the finals in Hollywood.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' has the guys travelling to Hollywood to be consultants on the filming of a movie based on their adventures (which turns out to [[RecursiveCanon be actual original]] ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'' 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).