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Hollywood feels so good.

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

This trope frequently involves at least one of the characters getting a (usually temporary) gig in the entertainment industrynote , it's likely a case of the writers writing what they know. Other stuff than can happen with this trope:

  • It allows for potential celebrity cameos and advertising for the studio or network.
  • Since most American movies and TV-shows are filmed and/or recorded within Southern California, primarily in the Greater Los Angeles Areanote , this trope allows the show to use actual locations not only in the Greater Los Angeles Area (including those within Hollywood), but other parts of Southern California instead of just faking other parts of the United States.

Sister trope of Viva Las Vegas!, another 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: The Original Series did this with the episode "Go West Young Meowth", where Ash and friends travel to Hollywood to see the world premiere of Cleavon Schpielbunk's Pokémon in Love movie, which they had helped made in the previous episode. While the English dub implies this is the same Hollywood of California, the original Japanese version actually downplays it by stating "Hollywood" is just a local town named after the original Hollywood.

    Comic Books 
  • Surprisingly popular in old Silver Age comics, especially Marvel.
  • 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).
  • The Avengers: Many Avengers stories involving Wonder Man drift into this territory since Simon is an actor.
  • Strikeforce: Morituri : The normally somber dipped into this with issue #6, "Foray For Holowood!"

    Fan Works 
  • The Bolt Chronicles: In “The Cameo,” Penny and Bolt return to Los Angeles to film a brief Continuity Cameo role in the movie version of their old TV show, which becomes a blooperfest. Along the way, the pair does extensive sightseeing in the city, Bolt is reunited with his father, and the 16-year-old girl has her first sexual experience with a teen heartthrob she has long had a crush on (this last turns out to be a bad one-night-stand experience for her).


    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 & 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."
  • Wonder Woman: "Wonder Woman in Hollywood" ended the first season and the adventures during World War II. As an added bonus Wonder Girl protects pre-Airplane Robert Hayes from malt shop mooks
  • Ellery Queen: "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario" has Ellery and a vacationing Inspector out west on the set of an Ellery Queen movie.

    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.

    Video Games 
  • Brawl Stars: The whole point of Season 9, with the Pun-Based Title of Brawlywood, featuring movie themed skins and a Hispanic actress brawler.

    Western Animation