Standby: Lights, Camera, Action! is a highly popular educational TV show that was aired on Nickelodeon from May 1982 to December 31, 1987. The executive producers of Standby.. Lights Camera Action, Roger Yager and Michael Bauhmol, created the series, and directed a majority of 'on location' segments. The shows main focus was to teach children of all ages about what really occurs behind the scenes of real life movie productions.
The topics that were discussed on Standby: Lights, Camera, Action! ranged variously from movie character costumes to script writing, to directing and producing, to filming and special effects. Standby: Lights, Camera, Action was hosted by Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy. On certain episodes of the show, Nimoy would interview movie production crew members, actors, and actresses. One interview was with Star Wars director George Lucas.
The show was actually at one point rated Nickelodeon's #1 show in 1983, and went to #2 in the ratings in 1984 after You Can't Do That On Television became #1, but it never went lower than #6 during its 4 year run (it was #6 in 1982 when the show started and ideas for topics were still being introduced).
Nimoy stated that "Standby: Lights, Camera, Action! was my favorite show to be on after Star Trek" and that "Nickelodeon will never be the same again". The highest viewed episode was going behind the scenes of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. John Cleese of Monty Python said that "Standby: Lights, Camera, Action was a excellent show for kids of all ages".
Some of the topics that had been shown on Standby: Lights, Camera, Action! included: