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Under the Influence

Behind every famous meltdown is a mess of destructive friends, unfortunate circumstances and bad choices that enable the crash. This series explores the bad influences that send celebrities down the wrong path.

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    Season 1, Episode 1
    • River Phoenix and Heath Ledger: Hollywood Outsiders

    M River Phoenix and Heath Ledger were popular and talented young actors who earned early acclaim. But off-screen and behind closed doors their lives were hidden in secret.

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      • River Phoenix and Heath Ledger: Hollywood Outsiders

      M River Phoenix and Heath Ledger were popular and talented young actors who earned early acclaim. But off-screen and behind closed doors their lives were hidden in secret.

      • Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears: Tarnished Princesses

      PG Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were new stars for the new millennium. But they both suffered a total career collapse. We look at the influences which led them on a downward spiral.

      • Lauren Hill and Amy Winehouse: Dethroned Divas

      M Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse; two unique musicians, one an undeniable influence on the other. But in their own destructive ways they sabotaged their careers and gave up the throne they once reigned.

      • Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith: Relapse and Rehab

      M Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith were two beloved actors who earned praise from their peers. Both triumphed over drug addiction with years of sobriety, only to crash in similar ways.

      • John Belushi and Chris Farley: Tragic Comedy

      M John Belushi and Chris Farley were two larger than life artists who ruled the comedy roost. One blazed a trail the other would follow 15 years later to the bitter end.

      • George Michael and Prince: Isolated Icons

      PG George Michael and Prince were royalty in the kingdoms of music and pop culture. They were adored by a world they couldn't face, so they created their own to live and ultimately die in.