The TV Set

2007 R 1h 28m DVD

The TV Set

2007 R 1h 28m DVD
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Soon after selling his first television pilot to one of the networks, idealistic writer Mike Klein (David Duchovny) watches in horror as his vision is transformed into something altogether different by a misguided TV exec (Sigourney Weaver). Ioan Gruffudd, Justine Bateman and Lucy Davis co-star in this hilarious look at what goes into creating the shows we come to love, based in part on the personal experiences of writer-director Jake Kasdan.
David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, Judy Greer, Fran Kranz, Lindsay Sloane, Justine Bateman, Lucy Davis, Philip Baker Hall
Jake Kasdan
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this indie comedy is a candid, insider look at Hollywood -- specifically the TV industry. And nearly everyone behaves badly: Lying is par for the course, swearing is common, stupidity trumps quality, and the writer doesn't necessarily get a happy ending. There's also some sexual content, smoking, and drinking amid all the backbiting and cynicism.

Sexual Content

Sexual banter and some kissing. An actress undresses in the wardrobe trailer.


Nothing of note. Though it's obvious that selling out is painful. ...


This is Hollywood, and its inhabitants like to play it blue. "S--t" and "f--k" are de rigueur.

Social Behavior

Couples fall apart; a writer, forlorn over having sold out, begins popping painkillers. Almost all of the Hollywood players lie.


Because the movie's about making TV shows, series' names are bandied about with abandon, as are some luxury products that Hollywood types tend to indulge in (Mercedes, Passat, etc.).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinks abound at gatherings, smokers light up, and the lead character pops pills.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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