10 Talk Shows to See While You're in New York City

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New York City is one of the country's centers for great talk shows. If you're planning a trip, you might want to include a late night or daytime show in your itinerary.

Whether you're a fan of late night hosts like Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Fallon, or want to get in the audience for daytime hits like "The View," there are tickets available. The best news is that the tickets are free. However, it's never guaranteed that you'll get a ticket, much less a seat.

Don't let that stop you from trying, though. Once you get in, it's sure to be a great experience. At the least, you can stop by one of the plazas and step into a crowd outside a morning news show.

Talk show host Stephen Colbert
Talk show host Stephen Colbert. Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown

"The Late Show with Stephen Colberttapes weekdays from the Ed Sullivan Theater, located at 1697-1699 Broadway between West 53rd and West 54th Streets, in Manhattan.

The show is recorded Monday through Thursday, at 4:30 p.m.Tickets are free and can two can be requested at a time, but are first-come, first-served at the actual taping. More »

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Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon brought "The Tonight Show" back to New York when he took over in 2014. The iconic program is filmed at 30 Rockefeller Center.

Tapings of "The Tonight Show" occur daily at 5 p.m., though you will need to arrive 3:15 p.m. unless informed otherwise. The tickets are free, but the studio is often overbooked and this is a very popular show.

You will need to plan ahead and look at the show's calendar to get all the details. More »

'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah
'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah. Getty Images

The popular “fake news” program, "The Daily Show" tapes around 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at NEP Studio 52, at 733 11th Avenue, between 51st and 52nd Streets.

There are two types of tickets for this show. One is "general guaranteed" which gives you a guaranteed seat and the other is "general" meaning it's on a first-come basis. This is a nice change from other talk shows, so be sure to check out the ticket website for more information. More »

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Late Night with Seth Meyers

Comedian Seth Meyers
Comedian Seth Meyers. Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

"Late Night with Seth Meyers" is a very popular late night talk show as well. The tickets are also free, but they're just as tough to get as the previous ones. Plan ahead because tickets go fast.

This show is also taped at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Taping begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and you'll be expected to arrive early. Go to 1iota.com to view the calendar and get more details.

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View and Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure
View and Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure. Anglea Weiss/Getty Images

The always interesting, always newsworthy morning talk show, ​"The View" features celebrities, politicians, special guests, and lots of opinions.

It tapes at ABC Television Studios, 57 West 66th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. The show is taped Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and it's also free to request tickets. More »

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If you like your morning talk on the light side and with a good cup of coffee, Kelly Ripa is for you. Check her out when you’re in town at 7 Lincoln Square. 

The show tapes live Monday through Thursday at 7:45 a.m. On occasion, two shows may be taped in one day, but you'll have to check the show's calendar for details. It's free to request tickets, but this one does book up fast. More »

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Good cooking, good chat and the bubbliest host on television. Hang out with Rachael Ray and her guests by heading to Chelsea Television Studios at 221 West 26th Street.

There's no cost to request tickets. The show tapes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.  More »

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Though the program does not have a studio audience, the news and talk program is famous for its outdoor plaza. Fans and onlookers gather outside during the show’s four-hour morning broadcast.

You can find "The Today Show" studios at Rockefeller Plaza on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. The show is on the air from 7 until 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. More »

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Good Morning America

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In a similar format, "Good Morning America" also welcomes visitors outside its studio windows. After you spend some time at 30 Rock, venture over to ABC’s Times Square Studios to catch "GMA."

You can’t miss it, just look for a giant video screen and rolling ticker tape right above the broadcast facility. The show tapes Monday through Friday from 7 until 9 a.m., though you'll want to be there at 5:30 a.m.

You can request VIP tickets for special events and to be in the studio audience during the 8 a.m. hour.

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CBS This Morning

Talk show host Charlie Rose
Talk show host Charlie Rose. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Your final stop on the morning news tour will take you to the GM Building Plaza (formerly The Early Show Plaza), between 5th and Madison avenues, near 59th Street.

Again, you can hang out in the plaza while the show airs and be part of the audience for special segments. The show tapes Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 a.m.