Parents' Guide to

Inside the Actors Studio

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Celebs dish and discuss the craft of acting.

TV Bravo Educational 1994
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Lipton tends to compliment the actors excessively, which can sometimes seem like unabashed brown-nosing. (Because of this, he's been parodied often, most notably by Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live). Each interview also takes several hours but is edited for an hour-long broadcast time slot. This can make for some awkward transitions -- sometimes the actor's answer doesn't seem to follow Lipton's question.

Teens interested in drama will enjoy Actors Studio, but those more interested in celebrity will find the show less glitzy than what they've seen on Entertainment Tonight and its ilk. The subject matter also depends on the guest. For instance, the Robert Downey Jr. interview included a good deal of discussion about drugs, some of it rather lighthearted, and Downey smoked cigarettes during the interview.

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