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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.
  • 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."
  • 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

    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.

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