• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2012
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jul 15, 2013
    60
    In the second season of The Newsroom, much of the posturing and preaching has given way to storytelling--a good thing. The bad? There's still way too much attention placed on the importance of the jobs being done in a cable newsroom.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 11, 2013
    58
    Though The Newsroom, like "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" before it, is mostly Bad Sorkin on display, there are also those occasional flashes of Good Sorkin that make it worth sifting through the rest of the mess to find.
  3. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 12, 2013
    50
    If you didn't like Sorkin's politics before, I doubt you'll be any happier with them this season.... Technology continues to be a bugbear for Sorkin (maybe that's why he was so prescient last season about the NSA stuff?), but stupidity in general seems more evenly distributed this season.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Jul 10, 2013
    50
    Alas, the show's sophomore season--which tracks the consequences of McAvoy's and his team's interconnected, uncorrected blunders--hits the ground slumping in its first four episodes.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 12, 2013
    40
    As revealed by the first four episodes of the second season, even a tweaked Newsroom is a still pretty much a bore.
  6. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jul 12, 2013
    40
    If you get your news from anywhere other than The Newsroom, to watch the show is to be harangued by opinions you have heard many, many times over, just polished with Sorkin’s trademark linguistic flourishes and passed off as shiny and new.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 10, 2013
    40
    Ultimately, one needn’t be a purveyor of snark to view The Newsroom as a disappointment--too smart to be dismissed, but so abrasive as to feel like Media Lectures for Dummies.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 128 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Jul 15, 2013
    10
    This is a great show. The second season had a bit of a rough history but as far as I can tell, the show is going great. Still funny and stillThis is a great show. The second season had a bit of a rough history but as far as I can tell, the show is going great. Still funny and still extremely smart, The Newsroom is a fast paced show in which you must pay close attention. Also, to those who say that the show is "unrealistic", they should go watch the evening news. One of the better shows airing now. Full Review »
  2. Jul 28, 2013
    1
    Quippy fake recycled aaron sorkin crap! Every character has the same lines, relationship and extreme level of glibness. The plot is notQuippy fake recycled aaron sorkin crap! Every character has the same lines, relationship and extreme level of glibness. The plot is not believable, but some of the acting is okay. Full Review »
  3. Jul 18, 2013
    9
    A great beginning to a new season of a series that pushes political boundaries and gives unique depth to recent events. This series is greatA great beginning to a new season of a series that pushes political boundaries and gives unique depth to recent events. This series is great due to the excellent acting and great contrast between drama and comedy. I can't wait to see where the new season goes. Full Review »