The Newsroom : Season 2

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2012
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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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 TeaThe 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: 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.
  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: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  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. Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2013
    10
    Brilliant shows. Very interesting to see news stories reported in a way that everyone should want. And the guy below that said the storiesBrilliant shows. Very interesting to see news stories reported in a way that everyone should want. And the guy below that said the stories aren't believable is a moron. The stories are nearly all actual real stories. Not based on real stories, ACTUAL stories. The only story that isn't real is the Genoa story, but it is based on the actual CNN story from the 90's that turned out to be extremely wrong. Expand
  3. Sep 16, 2013
    10
    Season 2 is absolutely fantastic. More twists, a lot more drama, amazing acting, and some great news. I gotta give it to Aaron he never lets me down.
  4. Jul 18, 2013
    8
    The first season of the show was fantastic. Aaron Sorkin did a great job bridging the gap between season one and season two. My only critiqueThe first season of the show was fantastic. Aaron Sorkin did a great job bridging the gap between season one and season two. My only critique is that a lot of major events happened back to back with not too much time to digest everything. However, it IS the first episode. That's an aspect I could have predicted. Overall, great show. I urge everyone to keep watching. Expand
  5. Jan 11, 2014
    8
    Big step up from season 1. This is fast becoming my favourite show- great characters, provocative ideas and it doesn't take itself tooBig step up from season 1. This is fast becoming my favourite show- great characters, provocative ideas and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Yes it hits hard at right wing America but as an Aussie I don't mind them taking a few hits. Sorkin is fast becoming the best writer on television if he hasn't already. Can't wait for season 3. Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2015
    7
    What separates The Newsroom apart from almost all other shows on television? The writing. And with season two, Sorkin's characters speak withWhat separates The Newsroom apart from almost all other shows on television? The writing. And with season two, Sorkin's characters speak with enough loaded dialogue and enormous wit to run the entire series alone based on the words coming out of their mouths. It could be badly acted and terribly directed, but that's certainly not the case here. Apart from some structural flaws when it comes to the story, this second season runs like clockwork. Expand
  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 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. Expand

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