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Best TV Shows About Acting

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There is nothing I love more than watching TV shows about acting. There’s something cathartic about seeing situations on screen that we can relate to. Not all shows do this successfully and with the proliferation of the web series, I’m beginning to tire of the struggling actor storyline. However, when its done right, these TV shows make us laugh, cry and feel a little bit better about pursuing this crazy career in acting.

So here are my favourite TV shows about acting. Some are wildly comical, others educational, but I recommend checking them out.

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#1 Extras

Ricky Gervais is a comedy legend. The creator of The Office, Derek and of course Extras. Extras follows the life of Andy Millman, a struggling actor who can’t seem to do anything but extra work. This show is quintessentially British and captures Ricky Gervais’ signature awkward humour. With cameos from the likes of Patrick Stewart, Kate Winslet and Daniel Radcliffe, what more could you want?

Genre: British Comedy

#2 Toast of London

I only recently stumbled on this gem on Netflix. It’s a bizarre look inside the world of Steve Toast, a mediocre, washed up actor, who believes himself to be anything but mediocre. Steve finds himself in a myriad of hilarious situations. At times the comedy goes too far and the musical interludes can be testing, but push past the first few episodes and you’ll see this show is absolute gold and a must-watch for actors.

Genre: British Comedy


#3 Inside the Actor’s Studio

This is an incredible show to help you become a better actor. James Lipton sits down with the greatest actors of our time and delves into their process and career. Some interviews are more captivating than others, but there’s always something to be garnered from these legendary creatives.

Genre: Interview series

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#4 Master of None

Aziz Ansari has created a hilarious and moving TV show, based largely on his own life. Although a lot of the series delves into the complex world of dating, it also addresses the inherent struggles of being an ethnic, early career actor, fast approaching 30. Dev’s desperate attempts to get his foot in the door are comedic genius,┬ábut the underlying message reminds us that stardom isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

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#5 Curb your Enthusiasm

You’re right, Larry David isn’t an actor, he’s writer. Well he is acting in this show, but he’s playing himself, a writer, hmm. Still this show is very much about the industry and features actors, writers and directors. This is one of the funniest shows around and I would binge all nine seasons, if you haven’t already. Larry David wrote Seinfield and so if you love that type of humour, Curb your Enthusiasm is for you.

Genre: American Comedy

#6 The Come Back

If you love “Smelly Cat”, you’ll love The Come Back. It’s a fun look at the life of a sitcom actor. It has a very American feel, but is a great show.

Genre: American Comedy

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#7 Entourage

You’ve probably already binged this one if you’re an actor. At times it yields to stereotypes and is very male oriented, but it’s still good fun and inspiring for actors who are yet to head to LA. Just don’t take it too seriously.

About the Author

Andrew Hearle

is the founder of StageMilk.Com. Andrew trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and is now a Sydney-based actor working in Theatre, Film and Television.

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