Free TV Tickets For Good Morning America GMA

Good Morning America GMA Summary

  • Show Status: Active
  • Good Morning America GMA is 2 hrs long
  • 5 Taping(s) per week
  • Opened January 1, 1975
  • Show Closes: Open ended
  • Morning News Show
  • TV Broadcast

Good Morning America (GMA) is a two hour morning show that is a combination of news, interviews, weather, human interest and pop culture segments.

Good Morning America GMA Ticket Information

FREE Tickets to Good Morning America: Pre-Pandemic

For regular weekday pre-pandemic GMA shows, show producers provided tickets to get into the studio to see the show broadcast live, They would also bring people into the "standing area" of the studio who have been standing outside early or have a great story to tell on camera. They are expected to return to this format, but have not yet done so.

Tickets For The Show Post-Pandemic

Since the end of the pandemic, GMA has been unsure about what to do about in-studio audience and they have not brought it back. They do still have people stand outside the studio and do a few outside shots of them, a bit like The Today Show.

The in-studio audience will return, but no return date has yet been set.

Tickets For Special Musical Guest Shows:

In the past, for special shows with a musical guest, they would set up a stage in the studio and give out tickets in advance. Musical guests have included Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Carly Rae Jepson and Kelly Clarkson. You could get a maximum amount of 2 tickets per person in-advance to get into the show.

Post Pandemic, the only musical guest opportunities are the Summer Concert Series, which they perform for free in New York City's Central Park.

Tickets For The Summer Concert Series:

For the headliner musical acts on the Summer Concert Series, GMA puts up a stage at the at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park and they provide tickets in advance to fans.

Good Morning America GMA Show Schedule

Good Morning America shoots LIVE Monday through Friday mornings from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM Eastern Time.

Good Morning America GMA Broadcast Time

Good Morning America broadcasts weekday mornings at 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM on ABC Network and on other ABC affiliates.

Good Morning America GMA Age Requirements

You must be at least 16 years old to attend a taping of Good Morning America.

Good Morning America GMA Host Profile

  • Robin Roberts - host (2005-present). Former ESPN sportscaster
  • George Stephanopoulos - host (2009-present). Former White House Communications Director and political correspondent
  • Lara Spencer - host (2011-present). Former journalist and television host of The Insider and Antiques Roadshow
  • Amy Robach - news anchor (2014 -present). Former anchor of Weekend Today show on NBC
  • Ginger Zee - Weather anchor (2013-present). Former weekend weather anchor.
  • Michael Strahan - co-host (2016- present). Former Giants rusher and former co host of Live! with Kelly and Michael (2012-2016). Strahan left this show with Kelly Ripa under a cloud of deceit that visibly rocked Ripa and meant that she was so upset she would not take a new co-host for another two years.

Good Morning America GMA Background

ABC's Good Morning America is more of a pop culture and entertainment show than its main competition, The Today Show on NBC, which skews to lifestyle programming. GMA's laid back and popular hosts keep things rolling along as they move from one segment to another, many times a segment will be shot from where the audience is standing in Times Square.

A normal GMA show could have a segment on gossip, shopping deals, what's trending on YouTube and a celebrity guest appearance or a performance. GMA broadcasts from the heart of Times Square and anyone can attend the show.

Audience Members Get Into GMA

If you want the best place to stand, you need to get there by 6:30am, braving the elements and gathering crowds. If you look interesting or if you have an interesting story, you may be picked as one of the lucky 100 audience members who get to go inside the studio. This is a great chance to be up close and personal with your favorite GMA hosts and guests but plan on standing, as there are no seats.

For the rest of the audience standing outside, they can see the show through the floor to ceiling windows onto Times Square or on the huge LED monitors above. The hosts always take time to chat with the audience and will occasionally pick a audience member to be part of a segment or surprise makeover.

Good Morning America tapes in front of a live studio audience
Good Morning America tapes in front of a live studio audience

Conceived in 1975 as AM America, the show was created as competition with NBC's popular Today Show. After failing to find an audience, they turned to one of their affiliates for the answer. The Morning Exchange, out of WEWS Cleveland, was a laid back morning show that focused more on human interest, entertainment and pop culture than it did on the news.

The show was broadcast from a set made to look like a living room and not a newsroom. ABC adopted this style and format and debuted as Good Morning America GMA in November 1975.

GMA and The Today Show Wars

Over the years, Good Morning America has gone back and forth in a ratings war with its arch rival, the Today Show which airs on NBC. In subsequent years the Today Show has been rocked by scandals including multiple sex allegations against Matt Lauer and journalist integrity issues against Katie Couric (in which she covered questionable remarks made by Ruth Bader Ginsburg). The Today show's rating have subsequently dropped precipitously, which has allowed GMA to succeed in the time slot.

GMA has had a string of popular hosts beginning with its first host being David Hartman, who anchored the show from 1975-1987. During his tenure, GMA became the highest ranking morning show. Other popular GMA hosts from the past include Jane Pauly, Joan Lunden and Charles Gibson.

Good Morning America GMA Notes

Noteworthy Dates for Good Morning America:

  • January 1975 - AM America launches
  • November 1975 - AM America re-launched as Good Morning America with David Hartman as host
  • October 1980 - Joan Lunden joins show
  • August 1986 - Spencer Christian joins as weather anchor
  • May 1987 - Charles Gibson joins and Gibson-Lunden team propels GMA to number one morning show
  • June 1997 - Lunden leaves, replaced by Lisa McRee
  • April 1998 - Gibson leaves, replaced by Kevin Newman; ratings plunge
  • July 1999 - Gibson returns with co-anchor Diane Sawyer
  • September 1999 - Move from Lincoln Square to Times Square studio, enabling inclusion of live studio audience 2000-2005 New graphics, on location tapings and Gibson-Sawyer team lead to higher ratings
  • May 2005 - Robin Roberts promoted from news anchor to Co-host
  • June 2006 - Gibson retires after 19 years as anchor
  • August 2006 - Sam Champion becomes weather anchor
  • December 2009 - George Stephanopoulos replaces Diane Sawyer
  • April 9, 2012 - After 16 years, GMA topples the Today Show from number one rated morning show
  • 2012-2013 - Roberts takes medical leave due to a rare bone marrow disease
  • 2013 - Ginger Zee replaces Sam Champion
  • 2014 - Amy Robach replaces Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer promoted to Co-anchor.

The list of the special correspondents currently includes many famous names including:

Dan Abrams, Richard Besser, Emeril Lagasse, Cameron Mathison, Brian Ross, David Muir, Sara Moulton, Michael Strahan, Tim Tebow, and Wolfgang Puck.

Studio Tours:

GMA no longer provides studio tours to guests, even if ticketed for a special musical guest show.

ABC Times Square Studios

1500 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
Directions: Take the MTA 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, trains to 42nd Street - Times Square. Walk up Broadway toward W 44th St. The studio is located between West 43rd and 44th Street.
Studio Information

Cast Members

Robin Roberts
George Stephanopoulos
Lara Spencer
Amy Robach
Ginger Zee
Michael Strahan

Past Cast Members

David Hartman
Nancy Dussault
Sandy Hill
Joan Lunden
Charles Gibson
Lisa McRee
Kevin Newman
Diane Sawyer


Executive Producer: Michael Corn

Producer: Taylor Behrendt

Senior Producer: Sarah Ruth

Segment Producer: Emily Gertler

Senior Broadcast Producer: Denise Rehrig

Coordinating Producer: Ross Eichenholz

Distributor: ABC News Productions

Production Credits

Production Manager
Matthew Jakl
ABC News Productions

Creative Team

Jeff Winn
Theme Music
DreamArtists Studios
William F. Baker
Donald L. Perris