The Sign is no stranger to the small screen, where a quick visual of the Sign on a Hollywood hillside can instantly communicate all the glamour of its location. Here's a quick look at all of the Sign's roles through the years, including the Sign’s co-stars and director, and a brief description of its appearance...
Creators: Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy
Stars: Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark
The Hollywood Sign is destroyed in a mudslide on Fox’s hit drama 9-1-1 in Season 4 Episode 2. As featured in this clip.
Mrs. America (2020)
Directed by Dahvi Waller
Starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne & Uzo Aduba
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly leads an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights Amendment movement during the 1970s.
In episode 5, they head to Los Angeles for a debate and feature a distressed Sign accurate for the 1970s setting.
Directed by Ryan Murphy & Ian Brenna
Starring David Corenswet, Darren Criss & Laura Harrier
A group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood try to make it big – no matter the cost.
BoJack Horseman (2014- )
Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
In season 1, episode 6, titled “Our A-Story is a “D” Story”, the main character, Bojack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) steals the “D” from the Hollywood sign. As a result, native Angelenos subsequently refer to the area as “Hollywoo” (since the “D” from the sign is missing). The conclusion of the episode sees the “D” accidentally destroyed in a helicopter crash near the Hollywoo Hills Super-Max prison.
(Submitted by Charles Thompson)
The Bachelorette (2003- )
The Bachelorette is a spin-off from the American competitive reality dating game show The Bachelor. In the 9th season, they had a dinner date sitting on top of the “L” in Hollywood.
(Contributed by Francine)
Created by Dan Schneider.
Starring Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett, Elizabeth Gillies, Ariana Grande, Avan Jogia, Daniella Monet.
The Sign plays a part in the opening credits as Victoria Justice sings. Look for the Sign several times in the background and near the “Hollywood Arts” performing arts high school. You can also see the Sign in several quick edits between scenes in the show.
(Contributed by Byron Wozgen)
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (2009-2010)
Starring Conan O’Brien.
The opening credit sequence for this ill-fated late night variety show, which depicted a whirlwind tour of the most important landmarks of Los Angeles, included a nighttime tracking camera shot of the Sign from behind silhouetted against the LA skyline.
(Contributed by Duff Ferguson)
Maneater (2009- )
Starring: Sarah Chalke, Judy Greer, and Philip Winchester
In this 2009 TV miniseries, an enterprising young woman navigates the professional waters of Beverly Hills in order to land the hottest producer in town, fully unaware that she is about to get in way over her head.
The Hollywood Sign can be seen at the end.
(Contributed by Joe G. from Kentwood, Michigan)
Starring Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Ryan Eggold, Jessica Stroup , Michael Steger, Lori Loughlin.
This latest version of a venerable television franchise includes many passing references to the Sign, and the cast uses the Sign as a backdrop for a documentary film they are shooting. In addition, Season 3 sees one character (Jasper) throwing himself off the “H” and narrowly escaping death.
(Contributed by Yvanne Kennedy)
Nip and Tuck (2003-2009)
Created by Ryan Murphy.
Starring Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson, John Hensley, Roma Maffia, Kelly Carlson, Jessalyn Gilsig, Bruno Campos, Valerie Cruz.
At the end of season 4, main characters Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) and Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) sell their successful, Miami plastic surgery business and relocate to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
The Hollywood Sign is shown in a most spectacular fashion, with great aerial shots of both it and a couple of far-away shots of the city below. The two doctors are shown simply hanging around the Sign. All this is set to Kool & the Gang’s ‘Hollywood Swingin’.”