Inside the Actors Studio

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Inside the Actors Studio
Premiere June 12, 1994
Finale
Creator James Lipton
Host James Lipton
Network Bravo
Style 60-minute talk
Company Betelgeuse Productions
In the Moment Productions
Seasons 18
Episodes 239 (through season 18)
Origin USA

Inside the Actors Studio (1994—) is a interview talk show hosted by James Lipton, dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. The series was initially conceived as a televised craft seminar for students of the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. It is the longest running original series on the Bravo network.

Each episode, ranging between one and two hours depending on the guest, revolves around a one-on-one interview between Lipton and well-known actors, directors and screenwriters. The interview is typically followed with some questions from the audience, made up of drama students in varying fields, and Lipton's questionnaire. The questionnaire was originated by the French television personality Bernard Pivot, who based his questions off the Proust Questionnaire. Every guest on Inside the Actors Studio is asked ten questions:

  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. What is your least favorite word?
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
  4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
  5. What sound or noise do you love?
  6. What sound or noise do you hate?
  7. What is your favorite curse word?
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do?
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

From 1994 until May 2005, the series was taped at the New School's Tishman Auditorium in New York City. When the Actors Studio's contract was not renewed, the program was moved to the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, also in New York. The series opened its twelfth season with a new set following the change.

Contents

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Bravo
Season One June 12, 1994 1995 15
Season Two 1996 December 25, 1996 10
Season Three January 29, 1997 November 16, 1997 13
Season Four April 19, 1998 December 6, 1998 10
Season Five January 10, 1999 December 12, 1999 19
Season Six January 9, 2000 November 12, 2000 15
Season Seven December 3, 2000 November 1, 2001 18
Season Eight November 25, 2001 September 8, 2002 17
Season Nine October 27, 2002 September 14, 2003 17
Season Ten October 5, 2003 June 20, 2004 15
Season Eleven October 10, 2004 October 30, 2005 21
Season Twelve December 11, 2005 October 2, 2006 16
Season Thirteen December 11, 2006 December 3, 2007 15
Season Fourteen November 3, 2008 September 21, 2009 15
Season Fifteen November 9, 2009 September 28, 2010 6
Season Sixteen December 7, 2010

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Individual Episodes
Dave Chappelle November 7, 2006 1 purchase
Barbra Streisand August 7, 2007 1 purchase
Johnny Depp November 20, 2007 1 purchase
Robin Williams September 16, 2008 1 purchase
Episode Collections - Various Series
Icons November 7, 2006 1 purchase
Leading Men September 25, 2007 1 purchase

External Sites