• 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
  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jul 15, 2013
    67
    The Newsroom manages to be both precious and irritating at the same time, and Sorkin’s characters still have that habit of talking over each other, which might be realistic, but makes it hard for viewers to understand what the heck they’re sparring about.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jul 15, 2013
    70
    There's still a lot of craziness and rants designed to resonate with a certain demographic. But an air of if not humility then self-awareness pervades, softening everything it touches, even Will.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 12, 2013
    75
    For some reason the series’ use of recent real-life stories seems more problematic this time around, starting with a subplot on the birth of Occupy Wall Street.... [But] The Newsroom still has a lot to recommend it. McAvoy and McHale remain strong characters.
  6. 70
    I wouldn't say season two of The Newsroom is a big improvement over season one, but the show's definitely more measured and confident--and now that we've accepted that certain tics, such as setting the stories in a recent, real past, aren't going away, it's easier to appreciate what Sorkin and company do well.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 11, 2013
    83
    Edgier, more sharply drawn, while that Sorkian chatter remains at a very high boil.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jul 18, 2013
    75
    [The Newsroom] is much stronger and more solidly entertaining. [29 Jul 2013, p.37]
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 12, 2013
    70
    In a cable universe where antiheroes dominate the scripted drama landscape, there's something reassuring about spending time with characters who, though flawed, usually try to do the right thing.
  11. The bottom line on Season 2 of The Newsroom is that it's unlikely to sway viewers one way or another. Devotees will continue to embrace it, and the haters will continue to hate.... As for this critic, let's just say that I'd rather watch an energetic, well-acted, provocative show that aims high and sometimes falls short, than one that doesn't aim high at all.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Oscar Moralde
    Jul 15, 2013
    75
    Yes, there's the same theatrical, slightly on-the-nose symbolic imagery, the recurrence of familiar narrative structures like legal depositions, and the grandiloquent speechifying of a comfortably centrist liberalism that sounds more progressive than it acts. Yet for those attuned to the Sorkin style, those excesses have their own kind of virtue, and season two of The Newsroom salvages the promise of becoming something urgent and vital.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Jul 12, 2013
    75
    What The Newsroom lacks in vampires, serial killers and terrorist love affairs, it makes up for with topicality, intelligence and messy romances.
  16. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 12, 2013
    70
    Season two at least appears stronger than last year but this all comes with a caveat, which is pretty much everything before this sentence. That is, Newsroom is the show we’re getting from Sorkin even if it might not, for some of us, be quite the show we wanted.
  17. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 12, 2013
    70
    There are new faces this season, and two of the better additions aren’t even journalists. Most important, the narrative this time around is driven by an overarching story line--a libel suit--that pulls viewers past the rocks and eddies of liberal piety. This revamped version of The Newsroom is no less preachy, but it’s a lot more fun to watch.
  18. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 12, 2013
    91
    Few TV dramas are as thought-provoking or daringly opinionated. Sorkin doesn’t always get everything right. Who the hell does? But he writes with purpose, force and conviction, sometimes with a heavier hand than necessary.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  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 16, 2013
    8
    Ok so I wanted to step in here and speak up for what I find to be a terrific show. I've been hearing nonstop criticism of this show over theOk so I wanted to step in here and speak up for what I find to be a terrific show. I've been hearing nonstop criticism of this show over the last few weeks and most of seems to boil down to "Aaron Sorkin is in love with his own opinion." Well yeah, yeah he is. So what? He's a writer. Writers write because they have a high opinion of their thoughts and opinions and want to share them with others. They often express a view that they themselves hold to. What people are really mad at is that the views Sorkin is expressing are liberal views and liberal is still a dirty word in America. Yeah the liberal circlejerk of this show can be tiresome at moments and I'm not saying this is the best show on television or anything but compared to 90% of the shows on TV its pretty excellent storytelling, so maybe, just maybe, we could stop dragging it through the mud before it gets cancelled and we are left with one less quality show to watch. How about it? Full Review »