Big City, Small Screen: A TV Lover’s Guide

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of your favorite shows or maybe even spot stars at work on their latest episode

New York City is the perfect place to indulge your obsession with television.  Not only can you explore neighborhoods and landmarks immortalized on the small screen, but you can also get a behind-the-scenes look at studio sets and maybe even a glimpse or two of your favorite TV personalities along the way.

There are plenty of opportunities to get your TV trivia fix here, whether you wish to spend your time focused on a specific series – like Gossip Girl or Sex and the City – or you want a more general experience that touches on various shows and cinematic moments through history.  Wherever you visit or tour, you’re certain to come away with some cool memories and fun pop culture facts that may surprise even the most diehard TV fans.

 

Central Park TV and Movie Sites Tour

Central Park TV and Movie Sites Tour

For Park Lovers and Pop Culture Junkies: Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour

Stroll through a veritable wonderland of television – and movie – landmarks during this walking tour of New York City’s iconic Central Park, which is arguably the most filmed locale across the globe. An enthusiastic guide will usher you along the park’s well-trodden paths, where you can take in the beautiful foliage and famous sights that have served as backdrops for shows ranging from Glee to Gossip Girl – while picking up pop culture trivia and fascinating historical facts about Central Park that are peppered throughout the tour.

 

For TV Trivia Addicts and Cinephiles: New York TV & Movie Sites Tour

Roll along the very New York City streets that have been featured on the small screen during this Manhattan bus tour that highlights some of television’s most notable landmarks, including the apartment building where most of the group makes their home in Friends, the soup stand that inspired Seinfeld‘s infamous Soup Nazi character and the pub where the gang always gathers for drinks, grub and gossip in How I Met Your Mother. You’ll see some amazing architecture, get some cool photo ops and maybe even spot a celeb or two in their real-life surroundings.

NBC Studio Tour marquis

NBC Studio Tour

 

For TV Production Nerds and NBC Fans: NBC Studio Tour

Pull back the curtain and examine the wizardry behind television magic during this exciting exploration of the fabled NBC studios. The tour kicks off with a fascinating look at the small screen, via a “History of Television” viewing in the NBC Sharp Globe Theatre. From there, charming pages lead you through the maze of NBC’s New York operations, where you will pop into the studios of shows like Today and Saturday Night Live, take your turn in front of the camera and may even pass some famous faces in these hallowed hallways.

 

 

For Romantics and Landmark Lovers: Empire State Building Observatory

Renowned for its stunning views and romantic setting high above New York City, the Empire State Building Observatory has served as a memorable locale for television shows ranging from I Love Lucy to Gossip Girl. Flashback to unforgettable TV moments filmed here while soaking up the panoramic vistas from this 86th floor perch. From this height, you can also spy other famous landmarks that have appeared on the silver screen, including the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Bridge.

 

Sex and the City Hotspots Tour - On Location Tours

Sex and the City Hotspots Tour – On Location Tours

For Fashionistas and Party People: Sex and the City Hotspots Tour

Kick back in your Manolo Blahniks while reveling in the sleek, sexy side of New York City made famous by Sex and the City’s fashionable foursome Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. Relive some of your favorite SATC moments during this lively bus tour that intersperses clips from the series with trivia games, boutique browsing and photo ops at SATC landmarks including The Pleasure Chest adult store and ‘Scout’ bar, where you can wind down with a beverage or two.

 

For Shopaholics and Socialite Watchers: Gossip Girl Sites Tour

Channel your inner socialite during this entertaining bus excursion inspired by the pampered lifestyles of Blair, Serena and the rest of the glamorous Gossip Girl gang. Celebrate Manhattan’s decadent side with stops at famed sweet shop Dylan’s Candy Bar, ultra luxe department store Henri Bendel and other New York City institutions featured on Gossip Girl. The fun continues back on the bus, where you can watch scenes from the show and compete against fellow fans in trivia games.

Sopranos Sites Tour - On Location Tours

Sopranos Sites Tour – On Location Tours

 

For Mafia Lore Followers and Crime Drama Devotees: Soprano Sites Tours

You will cross state borders and into The Sopranos’ stronghold of Northern New Jersey during this fascinating foray into the fictional turf of mob boss Tony and his captivating crime family.  You’ll see a slew of locations that were transformed into iconic landmarks on the show – like Carmine’s Funeral Parlor – while getting an eyeful of the Garden State’s industrial side. You can chow down on greasy delights at Holsten’s while reflecting on the series’ controversial ending shot here and then wash down the grub with drinks at ‘The Bada Bing’ strip club.