The TV Set

Watch The TV Set

"A place where dreams are cancelled."
  • R
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 6.5  (5,959)
  • 65

The TV Set is a 2006 comedy-drama directed by Jake Kasdan and starring David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, and Ioan Gruffudd. The film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the television industry and the struggles faced by a writer trying to get his show on the air. Duchovny plays Mike Klein, a writer with a vision for a new TV show called The Wexler Chronicles. He pitches the idea to Lenny (Gruffudd), a network executive who is initially enthusiastic about the project. However, as the show goes through various stages of development, Lenny and the other executives start to meddle with Mike's original concept, changing it to fit their own needs and tastes.

Weaver plays Richard McCallister, a powerful producer who is brought on board to oversee the show. McCallister is a tough and hard-nosed executive who is not afraid to make unpopular decisions to get the show on the air. As the tension between McCallister and Mike increases, it becomes clear that the fate of The Wexler Chronicles is in the hands of the network executives.

The film takes a satirical look at the television industry, poking fun at the corporate culture and the way in which creative projects are often compromised in order to meet the demands of advertisers and executives. Despite its comedic elements, The TV Set also has a serious message about the importance of artistic integrity and the value of standing up for one's creative vision.

The performances in the film are uniformly strong, with Duchovny bringing a level of emotional depth to the character of Mike Klein. Weaver is also excellent as the tough-talking powerhouse producer, conveying a sense of menace and authority in every scene. Gruffudd is a standout as the network executive caught between Mike and McCallister, trying to balance his own career aspirations with his obligation to his employer.

The film is visually striking, with a moody, darkly-lit aesthetic that emphasizes the pressure and tension of the creative process. The soundtrack, featuring music by The Flaming Lips and other indie artists, adds to the film's offbeat, irreverent atmosphere.

Overall, The TV Set is an engaging and thought-provoking film that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the entertainment industry or the creative process. Its mix of humor and drama makes for an entertaining and memorable viewing experience, and its message about artistic integrity is as relevant today as it was when the film was released.

The TV Set is a 2006 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 65.

The TV Set
Where to Watch The TV Set
The TV Set is available to watch free on Crackle, Plex, The Roku Channel Free, Tubi TV and Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV Channels, FuboTV, Philo, Starz, The Roku Channel, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent The TV Set for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
  • Release Date
  • MPAA Rating
  • Runtime
    1 hr 27 min
  • Language
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (5,959)
  • Metascore