• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 21, 1995
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jul 16, 2013
    70
    Despite being so derivative, it is brimming with promise. [21 Mar 1995]
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    Jul 16, 2013
    80
    Sprightly, sharp, caustic and, most of all, funny. [21 Mar 1995]
  3. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Jul 16, 2013
    88
    It's not as nasty as "Larry Sanders," but "NewsRadio" will tickle discerning audiences with its finely tuned sense of irony and its frank handling of office intrigue, power struggles and sexual tension. [21 Mar 1995]
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jul 16, 2013
    20
    The problem is not the simple lack of an original idea. It's that the material is so staggeringly lame. [21 Mar 1995]
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 16, 2013
    90
    A comedy worth telling your friends about. [20 Mar 1995]
  6. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 16, 2013
    70
    A good concept in need of nurturing. [20 Mar 1995]
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 11, 2013
    91
    It not only has all the classic sitcom ingredients but also adds a new, more refined aggression to the mix.
  8. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jul 16, 2013
    83
    The best comedy ensemble to come along in a while. [21 Mar 1995]
  9. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 16, 2013
    80
    Be assured, "NewsRadio" is no "Larry Sanders." Yet just like that HBO series, Simms' new one plays better than it reads. That's because the characters are imbued with amusingly quirky affectations that aren't necessarily visible in a script.
  10. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 16, 2013
    100
    The crispest, wittiest and most delightful new sitcom of the season making as self-assured, clever and distinctive a debut as "Frasier" did last season. [20 Mar 1995]
  11. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 12, 2013
    60
    It's too sitcommy ... But I still love the concept of "NewsRadio." ... And most importantly for the future, "NewsRadio" has some strong people in the supporting cast. [20 Mar 1995]
  12. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 16, 2013
    60
    It might not seem new - I kept thinking of The Mary Tyler Moore Show - or consistently inspired, but there are enough reasons to tune in. Or rather, not to tune out this polished, middle-of-the-road comedy. [21 Mar 1995]
  13. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 26, 2013
    91
    NewsRadio is a nervier, more sophisticated version of WKRP in Cincinnati, updated to a time when people are much less secure about their jobs and far more wary about each other.
  14. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jul 16, 2013
    90
    NewsRadio is, like Murphy Brown, a slightly sophisticated (it is television, after all) ensemble comedy set in the newsroom, in which each character blends a healthy portion of absurdity with a strong slice of reality. But NewsRadio is better than Murphy Brown ever was. [21 Mar 1995]
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 16, 2013
    70
    I was very upbeat about 'NewsRadio' when I'd only seen the pilot -- and then NBC went and sent a second episode. [21 Mar 1995]
  16. Reviewed by: John Freeman
    Jul 16, 2013
    37
    Maybe it'll improve as the weeks go by, but based on tonight's premiere, "NewsRadio" doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as "WKRP." [21 Mar 1995]
  17. An exceptionally promising candidate for success. Maybe. [21 Mar 1995]
  18. Reviewed by: John Haslett Cuff
    Jul 16, 2013
    40
    It may be just dumb and obvious enough to succeed. [21 Mar 1995]
  19. Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    Jul 16, 2013
    60
    A funny treatment, though the pilot is not without a few clunking moments. [21 Mar 1995]
  20. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 16, 2013
    90
    It operates on such a high frequency of inspired lunacy, it instantly renders this busy midseason's other hopefuls just so much sitcom static to be tuned out. [21 Mar 1995]
  21. Reviewed by: John McCarthy
    Jul 16, 2013
    60
    "NewsRadio" features a group of caustic neurotics that many viewers will find entertaining. But nothing especially creative is introduced.
  22. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 16, 2013
    20
    The show is jumpy, jerky and scattershot. It has the personality of a nitrous oxide abuser. [21 Mar 1995]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 29, 2011
    9
    One of the most overlooked sitcoms ever. The cast is fantastic. Very goofy humor, that I think anyone could enjoy. Its a shame not many people know about it. Full Review »
  2. Mar 20, 2013
    10
    Phil Hartman's last substantive work before his all too early demise, and without a doubt his finest. NewsRadio is without a doubt one of the most underrated shows on television, with an ensemble cast that excels in all aspects. No character is showcased too prominently, and that leads to a more beneficial atmosphere in the show as each character is given the chance to develop. The show combines smart humor with slapstick comedy in an excellent way that still hasn't been discovered by most audiences today, and it definitely should be. Full Review »