- Summary: Aaron Sorkin's latest drama is set at a fictional cable news channel where anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) leads a group of reporters and staff striving to make a hard-hitting news program.
- Genre(s): Drama
- Show Type: Between Seasons
- Season 1 premiere date: Jun 24, 2012
- Episode Length: 60
- Air Time: 10:00 PM
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10This show was recommended to me by a friend (one who'd never seen The West Wing). I decided to give it a shot, just in case, and was floored. The first 10 minutes of the show are riveting and compelling. I couldn't stop there, I just HAD to see what was going to happen next, and I wasn't disappointed.
At the time of this writing, the first 8 episodes are out, and I've watched them several times (!!!) each. And since there's little else on these days, I'm probably going to re-watch them repeatedly until the season is over, and Season Two comes out.
Many media critics are annoyed by the series. Maybe it's a little too close for comfort, or maybe their expectations are set to the wrong number. This isn't an attempt at rewriting/explaining/appropriating historical facts, it's a "what if" scenario set in our recent past. It's about "What if we decided to do news the way they SHOULD be done." And it pulls no punches, and it calls a liar a liar. Which is what a number of politicians do with impunity, these days. It's good (and VERY cathartic) to see a show that calls them out on their bull.
Anyway, give it a shot, you (almost) can't go wrong.
8HBO consistently delivers, and does so again with The Newsroom. This review is only based off of the pilot episode, keep in mind. The characters are all likable, ambitious news journalists, and with Aaron Sorkin's smart writing and witty dialogue, it's a compelling and great watch. I'm excited for more to come… Expand
7Being a conservative, I thought that the politics of the show were very annoying, and not neutral as people claim. However, like most HBO shows, it was brilliantly written and Aaron Sorkin's fast paced dialogue was certainly entertaining. Even with the political bias, which will be frustrating unless you are a liberal, the show is well worth watching and I expect to continue enjoying the show for the rest of the season.… Expand
4Having watched 9 episodes I have to downgrade my previous score of 7 to a 4. Episode 9 contained so many sanctimonious, cringeworthy moments I feel a little bit dirty watching this show.
The fact that Geoff Daniels rises above the mediocrity of the rest of the cast and the continually inconsistent standard of the dialogue he is given to deliver such a stellar performance is incredible.… Expand