Free New York City TV Show Tickets

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New York is famous for its live stage productions on Broadway, but it is also home to many television shows. Many of these shows tape in front of live audiences and tickets to these shows are usually FREE! Shows range from comedy to politics, from world news to celebrity news, lifestyle, and more. Some are broadcast live and some taped for later airing. There are crack-of-dawn early shows (think The Today Show) late-night shows (such as Saturday Night Live) and tapings at any time of the day. Peruse our list and find your favorites.

A word of caution - tickets may be free, but they’re not plentiful. You’ll typically need to submit your requests well in advance. For some shows, weeks’ and even months’ advance request may be necessary. However, some of the shows offer same-day standby tickets as available. So check our info below and be sure to use our links to visit the official websites to obtain more information on advance ticket and standby ticket procedures and availability.

And here is some general information if you do manage to get tickets. Be sure to have a photo ID with your and ticket confirmation (such as email) when provided. Tickets are not transferrable. ARRIVE EARLY – even with a ticket, some fans will be turned away, as the shows often overbook assuming there will be no-shows. You’ll need to dress nicely (usually business casual); solid bright colors are recommended (avoid white, beige, busy patterns and logos).

Note that the major morning shows do not allow fans inside; but some segments of the shows are broadcast outside and the crowds will have a chance to get a glimpse of the show’s anchors and their guests. No tickets are necessary for these shows. See our Map of TV Show Studio Locations.

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106 & Park | America's Got Talent | The Bill Cunningham Show | The Chew

Comedy Central Presents | The Daily Show With Jon Stewart | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Dr. Oz Show | Good Morning America | Inside The Actors Studio

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon | Live With Kelly And Michael | Rachael Ray | Saturday Night Live

The Today Show | The View | The Wendy Williams Show

NYC Television Show Listings below - - - - - - - - -


106 & Park - Free Tickets

Picture of 106 & Park

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  CBS Broadcast Center

Studio Location:
530 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

 
Phone:
 
(202) 608-2000
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online
Max. # of Tickets:  4
Minimum Age:  16

TV Show Info:

BET’s flagship show is the network’s most popular music series of all time. Host Bow Wow interviews the hottest R&B and hip-hop stars in front of a live audience weeknights.


America's Got Talent - Free Tickets

Picture of America's Got Talent

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  Radio City Music Hall

Studio Location:
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

 
Phone:
 
(212) 664-3056
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online; Waitlist
Max. # of Tickets:  n/a
Minimum Age:  12

TV Show Info:

Join host Nick Cannon and judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B as they judge the best and wildest entertainment that America has to offer.


The Bill Cunningham Show - Free Tickets

Picture of The Bill Cunningham Show

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  Hotel Pennsylvania Studio

Studio Location:
401 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

 
Phone:
 
(888) 710-8425
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online; Phone
Max. # of Tickets:  n/a
Minimum Age:  18

TV Show Info:

Bill Cunningham is a nationally recognized broadcaster, veteran attorney, and a business entrepreneur. As host of “The Bill Cunningham Show,” Tribune Broadcasting’s nationally syndicated daytime talk show, Bill is making a difference in the lives of viewers, helping to resolve conflicts and mend relationships.


The Chew - Free Tickets

Picture of The Chew

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  ABC Studio

Studio Location:
30 W. 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online
Max. # of Tickets:  4
Minimum Age:  14

TV Show Info:

The Chew is a talk show/cooking show that airs on ABC featuring food and lifestyle topics. It is hosted by Iron Chef America's Mario Batali and Michael Symon, Top Chef's Carla Hall, What Not to Wear's Clinton Kelly (who serves as the show's moderator), and Dr. Mehmet Oz's daughter, author and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz.


Comedy Central Presents - Free Tickets

Picture of Comedy Central Presents

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Studio Location:
899 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online
Max. # of Tickets:  n/a
Minimum Age:  18

TV Show Info:

Since 1998, Comedy Central Presents has showcased America's finest comedians doing their finest work on the finest stage on television. In short, Comedy Central Presents provides every comedy fan's fantasy - a free show with the best stand-ups on the scene.


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - Free Tickets

Picture of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  Daily Show Studio

Studio Location:
11th Avenue & 51st St.
New York, NY 10019

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online
Max. # of Tickets:  4
Minimum Age:  18

TV Show Info:

See The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the best f#@king news team ever. They take on the news with political comedy, fake news and guests from around the entertainment, political and media worlds.


The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - Free Tickets

Picture of David Letterman - The Late Show

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  Ed Sullivan Theater

Studio Location:
1697 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

 
Phone:
 
(212) 247-6497
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online; Random Submissions; Stand-by
Max. # of Tickets:  2
Minimum Age:  18

TV Show Info:

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk-show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City.


The Dr. Oz Show - Free Tickets

Picture of The Dr. Oz Show

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  ABC Television Center East

Studio Location:
77 W. 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online; Standby
Max. # of Tickets:  4
Minimum Age:  18

TV Show Info:

The Dr. Oz Show is an American syndicated television talk show, hosted by Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and teaching professor at Columbia University who became famous for his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Good Morning America - Free Tickets

Picture of Good Morning America

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  Times Square

Studio Location:
Broadway at 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Outside Only
Max. # of Tickets:  n/a
Minimum Age:  n/a

TV Show Info:

Good Morning America is ABC's morning program featuring news, interviews and special-interest stories. Anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos broadcast from ABC's studios in Times Square. There is no indoor audience, but fans outside get a front row seat to the show and may meet the anchors. In the summer, GMA hosts live morning concerts on Fridays at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.


Inside The Actors Studio - Free Tickets

Picture of Inside The Actors Studio

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  Michael Schimmel Center at Pace University

Studio Location:
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Standby Only
Max. # of Tickets:  n/a
Minimum Age:  n/a

TV Show Info:

Inside the Actors Studio is a Bravo tv show where host James Lipton interviews celebrities, primarily accomplished actors. Advance tickets are not available. Instead, the general public will get in line outside the studio. It is a good idea to sign up online for the Inside the Actors Studio mailing list which provides more info. Most of the audience will be Pace University students.


Late Night With ******* - Free Tickets

Picture of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  NBC Studios

Studio Location:
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

 
Phone:
 
(212) 664-3056
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Phone; Same Day Standby
Max. # of Tickets:  4
Minimum Age:  16

TV Show Info:

Named "the most enjoyable late-night show" by the New York Times in 2011, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" has become the go-to destination for comedy, music and A-list talent. Jimmy brings a fun new energy to the NBC comedy-talk franchise with his personalized interview style, love of audience participation, spot-on impersonations and innovative sketches. Attend a live show (advance or same day tickets) or a monologue rehearsal (same day tickets).


Live With Kelly And Michael - Free Tickets

Picture of Live With Kelly And Michael

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  ABC Studios

Studio Location:
7 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10023

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online
Max. # of Tickets:  n/a
Minimum Age:  18 (10-17 w/adult)

TV Show Info:

Live! with Kelly and Michael is an ABC morning talk show, hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. The live shows include interviews with celebrity guests, musical performances, and recurring segments regular features showcasing fashion, food, health, and lifestyle topics. Tickets are chosen randomly from online and regular mail requests.


Rachael Ray - Free Tickets

Picture of Rachael Ray

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  Chelsea Television Studios

Studio Location:
221 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online
Max. # of Tickets:  4
Minimum Age:  18 (16-17 w/adult)

TV Show Info:

Rachael Ray is a daytime program showcasing Rachael's culinary skills, but also features celebrities from entertainment, sports, and media industries, features health and lifestyle experts, make-over segments, musical performances and more.


Saturday Night Live - Free Tickets

Picture of Saturday Night Live

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  NBC Studios

Studio Location:
30 Rckefeller Center
New York, NY 10112

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Email Lottery; Standby
Max. # of Tickets:  2
Minimum Age:  16

TV Show Info:

Since 1975, Saturday Night Live has offered Emmy-winning late-night comedy and great musical performances. Tickets to SNL's dress rehearsals and live shows are extremely hard to get. Standby tickets may become available if you're willing to line up pre-dawn on the day of the show.


The Today Show - Free Tickets

Picture of The Today Show

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  NBC Studios

Studio Location:
Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

 
Phone:
 
(212) 664-4602
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Outside Only
Max. # of Tickets:  n/a
Minimum Age:  n/a

TV Show Info:

NBC News pioneered the morning news program when it launched TODAY in 1952. The live broadcast provides the latest in domestic and international news, weather reports, and interviews with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, business, media, entertainment and sports. In the summer, Today hosts live concerts on Fridays. Fans begin gathering at the plaza at Rockefeller Center early - the best spots are those close to 49th Street. NBC Pages will be out to answer questions.


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - Free Tickets

Picture of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  NBC Studios

Studio Location:
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

 
Phone:
 
(212) 664-3056
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online
Max. # of Tickets:  4
Minimum Age:  16

TV Show Info:

Emmy Award and Grammy Award winner Jimmy Fallon brought NBC's "The Tonight Show" back to its New York origins when he launched "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" from Rockefeller Center. Fallon puts his own stamp on the storied NBC late-night franchise with his unique comedic wit, on-point pop culture awareness, welcoming style and impeccable taste in music with the award-winning house band, The Roots.


The View - Free Tickets

Picture of The View

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  ABC Studios

Studio Location:
57 W. 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online; Standby
Max. # of Tickets:  4
Minimum Age:  16

TV Show Info:

The View is ABC's morning chatfest featuring a team of dynamic women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds discussing the most exciting events of the day. The View consists of hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment.


The Wendy Williams Show - Free Tickets

Picture of The Wendy Williams Show

Official TV Show Website

Link to Show Ticket Info

Studio:  Chelsea Studios

Studio Location:
221 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

 
Phone:
 
n/a
Obtain Tickets By:
 
Online & Standby
Max. # of Tickets:  5
Minimum Age:  18

TV Show Info:

The Wendy Williams Show is a provocative daytime talk show featuring a diverse mix of interviews with celebrity guests from television, film, music and sports.

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Map of NYC Television Show Studio Locations

NOTE Click on a map marker or on a name in the listing for detailed information on each TV show,  including street address, phone number, and a brief description plus links to the official website and ticket information.



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