8.7/10
4,508
33 user 7 critic

Inside the Actors Studio 

Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their craft.
Reviews
Popularity
4,414 ( 366)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



22   21   20   19   18   17   16   15   14   … See all »
2018   2017   2016   2015   … See all »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

At the Movies (1982–1986)
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The show that made Siskel and Ebert famous. These two Chicago-based movie critics sit around and review movies, giving either "Thumbs up" or "Thumbs down." Noted for the good-natured ... See full summary »

Stars: Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Elva Poznanski
Siskel & Ebert (1986–2010)
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Chicago critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert rate new movies with a thumbs up, or a thumbs down.

Stars: Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Richard Roeper
Sneak Previews (1975–1996)
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Two critics review films both old and new.

Stars: Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Jeffrey Lyons
The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1974)
Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester Maddox walked out angrily during one interview). Cavett was intelligent and witty, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Cavett, Bobby Rosengarden, Fred Foy
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two new film critics, as well as the renowned critic, Roger Ebert, review newly-released films.

Stars: Christy Lemire, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Roger Ebert
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Popular late-night comedy/talk-show with host David Letterman, interviewing famous guests.

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Bill Wendell
Politically Incorrect (1993–2002)
Comedy | News | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Four guests from the worlds of politics and entertainment join host Bill Maher for a free-wheeling and humorous discussion of current events.

Stars: Bill Maher, Christine O'Donnell, Lisa Ann Walter
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard
Dinner for Five (2001–2005)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Actor/Director Jon Favreau hosts an evening with four Hollywood friends (four different people or combinations of people each episode), who casually discuss the craft of acting and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kevin James
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen
Charlie Rose (TV Series 1991)
News | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Charlie Rose interviews noteworthy people in fields including politics and government, business and economics, science and technology, media, sports and the arts.

Stars: Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Al Hunt
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...  Himself - Host / ... 249 episodes, 1994-2017
Edit

Storyline

James Lipton interviews some of today's most talented actors, directors and writers. In the audience are students and famous alumni of the Actors Studio's master of fine arts program. The interviewees talk about their childhood, how they got started in show business, their early career and behind-the-scenes trivia. The interview concludes with a standardized questionnaire that includes such questions as "What is your favorite word?" and "If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive?" After that, Lipton and the interviewee move to a classroom where the M.F.A. students can question the interviewee directly. Written by Steven W. Siferd <ssiferd@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Talk-Show

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Bravo | Official Facebook

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inside the Actors Studio: The Craft of Theatre and Film  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A question Lipton asks his guests is: when their choosing projects "what comes first?" See more »

Goofs

For every guest James Lipton is inconsistent on which acting credit is noteworthy to acknowledge. See more »

Quotes

[his infamous answer to "if heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say to you when you reach the pearly gates?"]
Harrison Ford: You're much better-looking in person.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Tosh.0: Bad Impressions (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Save Your Money On Acting Seminars & Watch This.
6 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I can sit in my living room yet feel like an audience member learning from this show. Here, the interviewed actor/director/writer feels liberated enough to reveal a relaxed side of themselves: There's always a golden nugget of info the actor shares with us. Actors should watch this with a pad and pen ready for note-taking. I don't know about the general public, but most aspiring/struggling/starving/working/professional actors who watch this show will toss away the idea of attending seminars to absorb the info being spilled here. Why read a book on acting when you can hear Julianne Moore talk about how she approaches a roll? Most viewers have their favorite interview: The best actors are the most educational ones while the rest are entertaining. I like James Lipton's approach to the actors. How else can he get the actors to relax and spill their guts? If I want hard-hitting journalism, I'll watch 20/20 for that. All I want is more info on what could make me a stronger performer, not this person's sexual preference or how many times they've checked into rehab: I'm not interested in the gossip and I'm thankful this show isn't about that.


11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 33 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed