Top 6: Movies About Theater Or Television

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Back in Episode 6, we talked about movies about movies, how the movies see themselves. Here in Episode 52, we construct a similar Top 6 list — Movies About Theater Or Television — for a look at how the movies view their primary competition in the arena of narrative entertainment. Curiously, often movies about theater and television are as revealing about Hollywood as the ostensible subject.

What are your favorites movies about theater or television?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. Network (1976)
  2. All About Eve (1950)
  3. The Producers (1968)
  4. Pleasantville (1998)
  5. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
  6. The Truman Show (1998)
  1. Network (1976)
  2. All About Eve (1950)
  3. Topsy-Turvy (1999)
  4. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
  5. A Face In the Crowd (1957)
  6. Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)


  1. wintermute (157) said,

    September 25, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Sam didn’t pick Noises Off!?

    I’m a little bit surprised, I have to say.

    Also, I’m a little behind on the database, but expect your final statistics within a couple of days.

  2. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    September 25, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    I was surprised not to hear Noises Off myself.

    I liked this list. A few of my favorite movies are on this list.

    1) Showgirls (no, just kidding!)

    1) Waiting for Guffman
    2) Noises Off
    3) Soapdish
    4) Wag the Dog
    5) Tootsie

    since I can’t come up with another film I’ll stick in the best TV show about a TV show:

    6) Sports Night

  3. Stephen (221) said,

    September 25, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Wag the Dog is a good choice that I didn’t think about. There’s also the recent The Television Set, which has a very funny trailer but which I have not yet seen.

    But mainly this post is to agree with Sports Night. It was everything that was good about The West Wing, without any of the stuff that was bad. Sorkin at his best.

  4. Jeffrey (84) said,

    September 26, 2007 at 10:45 am

    How about The King Of Comedy?

  5. Parker (16) said,

    September 26, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    I was surprised neither of you listed Singin’ in the Rain!

  6. Sam (405) said,

    September 26, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    I excluded Noises Off only because I’ve mentioned it so many times before. I would have foregone Moulin Rouge on the same grounds, except I’m ashamed that I didn’t think of it. Actually Stephen’s list in general looks more like me than him. His 4-6 are some of my favorite movies, and I’m pretty sure I actually like The Producers more than he does.

    Parker: Singin’ in the Rain isn’t really about theater or television but about the movies themselves. And indeed, we picked it in our Movies About Movies list back in Episode 6.

  7. Ric (21) said,

    October 2, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Yeah, Sam, I was waiting for Noises Off. I finally convinced my wife that it’s not called “Upstairs, Downstairs.” :)

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