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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second season of the drama picks up with ACN's News Night covering the capture of Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound, with Jim reporting on the Romney campaign, and Neal looking into the Occupy Wall Street movement. Meanwhile, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is in trouble for calling the Tea Party the American Taliban. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 11, 2013
    83
    Edgier, more sharply drawn, while that Sorkian chatter remains at a very high boil.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  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 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. Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    10
    This is an amazing show. The cast ensemble is mixed and work well off each other. The show is intelligent, fast paced and exciting. It hits the heart with its real stories and leaves the viewers thinking and wanting more. Expand
  3. Sep 5, 2013
    10
    Never have I EVER been so interested in politics. This show makes you laugh, cry, get nervous and also somehow feel more witty than everyone else all at the same time. I love the writing, You are constantly on the edge of your seat. I wish every show was written in this format of fast-talking two-conversation-at-a-time way. I loved social network and I love this show! Two thumbs WAY up! I will always be watching Collapse
  4. Jul 17, 2013
    8
    Wow. Another season smashed by the critics. Surprise. I guess they don't like the media scrutinized. Nobody wants to be told they sold out and stink at their job. The season premiere was brilliant and they fixed some of the worst issues of season 1 by introducing a longer arc and killing the boring love triangle right away.
    For the record, nobody was "fired" from the show's first season. They only brought in new people and others moved on to shows where they would get to write actual scripts instead of helping with scripts written by Sorkin.
    Brilliant cast and great execution. Don't believe the trolls who post negative reviews just because they can't stand shows that dare to take position instead of schmoozing everyone or because they feel Republicans are not treated "fairly". Watch and get your own opinion.
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  5. Sep 6, 2013
    8
    The Newsroom is the voice of the forgotten center of the political spectrum, screaming to return to the heart of journalism, to turn away from news cycles more concerned with commercial viability than integrity. Its focus on near history's pivotal moments makes the drama feel all the more real. Expand
  6. Jan 24, 2014
    6
    You have to love Aaron Sorkin to love this show at all, and it's full of contrivances even then, but if you are a Sorkin fan then this is 9 episodes of perfect Sorkin writing.

    The metaplot about the Genoa story being woven in with the other stories was a little clumsy at times, but there was a lot of fun character stuff mixed around so I think it balances out.
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  7. 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 not believable, but some of the acting is okay. Expand

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