Inside the Actors Studio
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:
- What is your favorite word?
- What is your least favorite word?
- What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
- What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
- What sound or noise do you love?
- What sound or noise do you hate?
- What is your favorite curse word?
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
- What profession would you not like to do?
- 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.
|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||—||—|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|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|