The TV Set Reviews

  • Mar 30, 2016

    The TV Set seems like it was written by someone who literally went through the exact experience that David Duchovny's character struggles with in the film. Every step of the way it feels so authentic and real (by showing how artificial and fake television executives can be.) Sigourney Weaver was perfect at playing the manipulative force that smiles to your face while stabbing you in the back. I love how clearly the movie shows that a brilliant concept for a TV show can be destroyed as it is adapted from script to screen. It's a comedy, but unless you work in the TV industry, I doubt it will have you laughing out loud. Instead it will get you to chuckle, in a dark way, because you see how systematically every aspect of a man's dream is ruined. Most of it made a lot of sense and perfectly served the story, but there were a few elements that were strange detours and probably should have been removed from the film. The most glaring of these was the strange relationship between the two "stars" of the show played by Lindsay Sloane and Fran Kranz. I couldn't see a purpose to their whole on-and-off attraction because it didn't impact the show they were making at all. But in most ways The TV Set is a very effective movie, and if the premise interests you I can recommend it. However, for me it started to fall into a genre of film I despise: Movies where everything terrible happens to a very likable main character. The redeeming factor in this movie, and what made it slightly less painful from other films with the lovable loser plot, is that Duchovny isn't all that charming or charismatic so I wasn't crushed when his dream died. I know it seems odd to appreciate a bland actor, but in this case it worked for me. Your mileage may vary.

    The TV Set seems like it was written by someone who literally went through the exact experience that David Duchovny's character struggles with in the film. Every step of the way it feels so authentic and real (by showing how artificial and fake television executives can be.) Sigourney Weaver was perfect at playing the manipulative force that smiles to your face while stabbing you in the back. I love how clearly the movie shows that a brilliant concept for a TV show can be destroyed as it is adapted from script to screen. It's a comedy, but unless you work in the TV industry, I doubt it will have you laughing out loud. Instead it will get you to chuckle, in a dark way, because you see how systematically every aspect of a man's dream is ruined. Most of it made a lot of sense and perfectly served the story, but there were a few elements that were strange detours and probably should have been removed from the film. The most glaring of these was the strange relationship between the two "stars" of the show played by Lindsay Sloane and Fran Kranz. I couldn't see a purpose to their whole on-and-off attraction because it didn't impact the show they were making at all. But in most ways The TV Set is a very effective movie, and if the premise interests you I can recommend it. However, for me it started to fall into a genre of film I despise: Movies where everything terrible happens to a very likable main character. The redeeming factor in this movie, and what made it slightly less painful from other films with the lovable loser plot, is that Duchovny isn't all that charming or charismatic so I wasn't crushed when his dream died. I know it seems odd to appreciate a bland actor, but in this case it worked for me. Your mileage may vary.

  • Dec 02, 2014

    The TV Set is a clever and sharp satire anchored by solid performances.

    The TV Set is a clever and sharp satire anchored by solid performances.

  • Mar 05, 2014

    Vastly underrated comedy tearing into the TV industry. Hilarious oscar-worthy performance by Sigourney Weaver. No buzz. No box office. But you won't regret renting or streaming this hidden gem.

    Vastly underrated comedy tearing into the TV industry. Hilarious oscar-worthy performance by Sigourney Weaver. No buzz. No box office. But you won't regret renting or streaming this hidden gem.

  • Feb 01, 2014

    Funny, realistic and well cast film

    Funny, realistic and well cast film

  • Jan 31, 2014

    One of my favorite movies about have a TV was made

    One of my favorite movies about have a TV was made

  • Mar 26, 2013

    slow and not alot happens but this was actually watchable due to the fact the cast is read hot. Weaver is the best but Greer is also realllly good.

    slow and not alot happens but this was actually watchable due to the fact the cast is read hot. Weaver is the best but Greer is also realllly good.

  • Mar 18, 2013

    I love Duchovny. Not a very exciting show.

    I love Duchovny. Not a very exciting show.

  • Jan 22, 2013

    satirical take on the world of TV pilot production, watch as Mike sees his life's work get washed into a cheap sitcom. Not a bad movie, but has such little appeal that you'll probably never see it. satire needs to be over the top in places and this only makes it with one: sigourney weaver. if she wasnt in it, you wouldnt know it was a satire.

    satirical take on the world of TV pilot production, watch as Mike sees his life's work get washed into a cheap sitcom. Not a bad movie, but has such little appeal that you'll probably never see it. satire needs to be over the top in places and this only makes it with one: sigourney weaver. if she wasnt in it, you wouldnt know it was a satire.

  • Dec 29, 2012

    Could have been slightly more subtle, but overall a nice little film with an awesome cast.

    Could have been slightly more subtle, but overall a nice little film with an awesome cast.

  • Dec 29, 2012

    Sigourney Weaver at her best.

    Sigourney Weaver at her best.