• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  1. Jul 9, 2013
    I think the biggest flaw that the show is that they dwell too long on a scene far too often. Dwelling on a scene quickly turns it from good to bad. It gets on your nerves and it sort of ruins the show imo. Aside from that, There is some real potential here. The acting is good and it has quite a few promising moments that proves the show could easily become one of the best dramas on TV. I'd continue watching to see how it unfolds. Expand
  2. Jun 29, 2012
    That Wall Street Journal review was an embarrassment and probably reflects the political leanings of Rupert Murdock more than an honest assessment of the show (which was brilliant by the way).
  3. Dec 23, 2012
    Totalt honesty: After watching the complete first season, I'm very disappointed in critics and the media for rating it so low. This show has a stellar cast that give incredible performances. The writing is totally brilliant, we all know how great Aaron Sorkin is. The show's humor is good, makes you laugh and gets you in the light mood. The pace of every single episode is proper and downright perfect at times. The intensity of the critical situations has been dramatized wonderfully. This is television, I don't know why people keep reviewing it on the basis of realistic point of views. I don't know how real world journalism works, neither do I give a damn about it. All I care about is that this show is thought-provoking and entertaining at the same time. And if you have a problem with that and you want it to be just like the real world reporting, then just go and watch the real world reporting like CNN or Fox. Expand
  4. Aug 19, 2014
    It's heavily one-sided, but Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom easily swipes away at any flaws it may contain with incredible writing and a fully committed performance from Jeff Daniels.
  5. Jul 2, 2012
    What is wrong with the critics!?! Usually I agree with them on mostly all shows, but how can a professional critic not see the brilliance behind this series. It's witty, well written, hilarious without trying to be, and the acting is great. Hands down one of the best new series on TV!
  6. Aug 31, 2013
    The Pilot is phenomenal. Watch that if nothing else. The rest of the show has its highs and lows. Witty like Sorkin can be, but with some annoying, messy characters. It's intelligent but also occasionally preachy, schmaltzy and melodramatic. It's not great television, but it's certainly bold. 6.8/10
  7. Nov 20, 2012
    As the most over-hyped TV show of the year everyone has heard about it and after watching the pilot episode, making it through to the next is a massive feat. It consistently fails to meet the high expectations that it demanded. It chokes on its own sarcasm. The characters have no emotional levels - they are essentially the same person played by different actors and each actor tries playing the characters different but it ends up looking like they are talking to themselves in the mirror. Sorkin may be the golden boy of writing but not this time. The world that Sorkin portrays is unrealistic and deeply flawed. He tries to display a newsroom as it should be where everyone has the same knowledge and education making the audience think they are half-witted in comparison. It is an infuriating disaster and one that can only be tolerated by the die-hard Sorkin fanboys only. Expand
  8. Jul 10, 2012
    When you get past Arron Sorkin's one-way arguments and the somehow off-quality in the series, The Newsroom is excellent. Excellent enough to make you forget about the bias and sometimes contrived feel? Definitely. The casting is superb. And I mean SUPERB. This is the first show I've really seen where I love every character, or at least love to hate the rest. Arron Sorkin is also a great writer. Emily Mortimer's "but it could be" scene is just amazing. I would recommend this to anyone who loves well written, character driven drama. Expand
  9. Sep 12, 2012
    The very definition of a mixed bag for me. So excited for another Sorkin show, I love his rat-a-tat writing style and his last two movies have been phenomenal. That said from week to week this show left a lot to be desired. There are a couple of characters here that are very hard to get on board with, whether it is from lack of development or whether they are just ill conceived could be up for debate. The main probelm with the show for me is the convenience of the sources that help these reporters out along the way. Every time there is a big story one of the characters comes up with a source that they know or are related to that give them an edge on the scoop. This gives the show an unbelievability factor that in most episodes is difficult to overcome. There is a lot to unravel in a short review, not everything here is bad but overall I have more problems than praise. I will be watching next year hoping things get better. Expand
  10. Jun 26, 2012
    I went into this show with no knowledge of it whatsoever and I'm glad. I thought it was great and has plenty of potential for future shows. I liked the characters and the acting.

    I will definitely be watching again.
  11. Sep 17, 2012
    Having 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.
  12. Sep 3, 2012
    When I heard about this show I was excited now that i've finished season one I see that this show epitomizes wasted potential. Great actors, great writer, great producers on arguably the best network on television. Instead of a crafting a show that would David Simon and Ed Burns green with envy we get a show that at best is a mediocre show about inter office social conundrums like Jim likes Maggie but shes into the douchy bf Don (who isnt at all that douchy but thats not the point). At worst the show is egotistical, smug, elitist, condescending, preachy and just poorly written. Much like the essay of a college freshman who just wrote an essay about all the evils of capitalism. Sorkin doesn't ask for complexity from his writers or staff, he doesn't ask for quality either by the look of it. The show has no grey area for its topic so instead of explaining it clearly it loudly yells and screams at the veiwer "look at my show! We cover topics of importance, real importance! Stuff that real journalists should have covered!" Guess Sorkin and Co didn't realize the news already did this, infinitely better than the show. The actors are wasted on the **** teleplay. Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer are wonderful and make great use of what they have, but they much to work with. Olivia Munn can act (although I find her character hard to believe as being 'socially inept' considering her previous career, even if she was once a reporter). Frankly, Sorkin and Co should ease up on the politics for next season (it would make the show infinitely more watchable) in favour of focusing on what actually works in the show; the inter office politics. That part is well written and feels authentic rather than preachy and smug. Who knows, maybe Sorkin will realize that he needs to write teleplays about news stories that are insightful and well written that don't treat the viewer as a 6 year old. That would be a treat to see, but until this happens the show can only be described as a preach selfindulgent mess which is the work of smug and egotistical writer's and producers trying to tell professionals how to do their jobs. Aaron Sorkin your show is horrible and you can do much better, you have done better, so fix it. Expand
  13. Jul 3, 2012
    Sorry but I have to agree with the critics on this one, the show just isn't very good.

    I started watching, predisposed to liking this series, based on the coming attractions and the fact that most HBO original series are generally pretty good. But try as I might, I couldn't get over all the self-righteous speeches, overly obvious plot devices, and manipulative audience-pleasing

    I like all the actors, particularly Sam Waterson, but this show is just too cheesy for me. No subtlety, just a lot of over-dramatic speechifying. I started watching the second episode and not sure I'll even bother finish watching.

    Sorry HBO, you can't hit a home run every time.
  14. Aug 10, 2013
    The heavily forced dialogue is unforgivably cheesy and the characters are outright annoying, especially in the way they finish each other's sentences. This show had great potential from an experienced writer but unfortunately, the quality does not match the ambition.
  15. Aug 1, 2013
    I can't believe some of the critics are being so silly about this. This is just about the best show on tv over the past few years. Not that I would expect anything less from Aaron Sorkin, but he really nailed it this time...
  16. Jul 1, 2012
    This show is one of the best on tv right now. Loved the dialog and the idealism -- makes me really miss the days when the news was actually the news and not the endless crap about things that don't matter that we have to put up with now unless we watch PBS. Would love to be able to post his bit about America in the opening sequence -- it is the truth. It's smart and funny and I'm looking forward to the next nine episodes. Expand
  17. Oct 26, 2012
    This show reminds me of the arguments people have in their heads. They never lose those arguments because they create lopsided points and make their opponents like idiots. This show is one straw man argument after another. The lead character is a republican/moderat/democrat that simply does not exist. It's the same thing that use to happen on West Wing. The writer (Sorkin) has no idea how to really create a republican candidate because he doesn't understand the republican mindset. Every character is the exact same style just representing a caricature of a real issue and then they go from one dramatic speech to another. Unrealistic dialogue. Unrealistic events. Trying to make news reporting way more dramatic and important than it really is. Just silly. Expand
  18. Sep 8, 2012
    The only good thing about this show is the parts where they report something good like the Gabby Giffords part. The senior cast (Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, and Jane Fonda) are the only reason i keep watching. the younger cast makes me feel that their sub plots are just there to fill in the extra space to fill
  19. Nov 17, 2013
    Everything that Aaron Sorkin writes comes from a place of dishonesty. He wishes to brainwash his viewers much like MSNBC/NBC news stick up for Obama brainwashing. The country is becoming more ignorant because people watch shows like this and in fact it's the same thing as the mainstream media. It's fantasy and made up. Watch Fox News and read drudgereport.com and the Wallstreet Journal. If you are enjoying this show, it has to mean you are a liberal schmuck who supports the tyrant we have in office and watch MSNBC and Martin Bashir. Or you are resigned to the fact that Candy Crowley will lie for the president during a live debate in order to cover up Benghazi, something that CBS and 60 Minutes did already. This show is based on Chris Matthews and Lawrence O'Donnell, and Ed Schultz, all of whom are clinically insane. They've all had real life meltdowns and are admitted socialists. If you like this show, you probably have low character and are morally reprehensible as human beings. But enjoy, because it's just like mainstream media, fabrication and contrived fantasy. Expand
  20. Sep 11, 2012
    This show is and entertaining hour. However, it is a bit unbelievable as Jeff Daniel's character plays a Republican that doesn't seem to embrace any Republican ideals. It's not my favorite Aaron Sorkin show, but I hope it holds up over time. The female characters feel more ridiculous (not in good way) than usual and, in general, are not particularly appealing or approachable. They are more like silly caricatures with few (if any) redeeming properties. Expand
  21. Jul 26, 2012
    Pulling a show off like this is incredibly difficult. They handle real news stories and balance it with dramatic fiction. The core relationships are essentially a clone of the 80s classic Broadcast News. The behind the scenes newsroom content is chillingly accurate though. Jeff Daniels will win an Emmy for this and Emily Mortimer is fantastic.
  22. Sep 17, 2012
    The Newsroom had an amazing first half to the season and was just a joy to watch. Wit, intelligence, humour and great news stories were abundant in what was arguably the best show this year. Then the second half of the season came with the Bin Laden and two part blackout episodes coming to mind. Let's just say that I can see why Aaron Sorkin fired his writing staff. The writing had just disappeared, with barely any wit, humour, intelligence and no great stories only to be replaced by cringing cheesiness and sentiment. Characters like Maggie and MacKenzie became very annoying and the show seemed to just lose direction and crumble. The finale was a good return to form yet still The Newsroom was best when the episodes focused on the news stories and had a little character drama around the sides, and even the finale which was a great viewing still didn't give us what made the show so fantastic to begin with. Overall an incredible first half, brought down by a lacklustre second half, give season 1 of The Newsroom 8/10. Bring on season 2 and Mr. Sorkin, bring in consistent writers that can repeat the quality of the first half of S1. Expand
  23. Aug 19, 2013
    Season 1 had very few redeeming qualities. In fact, I don't even remember what they were. The show was incredibly smarmy and pat (from me, a professed liberal). Mackenzie is supposed to be this great and powerful producer, yet, she doesn't know how to not send an email to the entire staff? She bumbles her way through every scene, which just outs Aaron Sorkin (again) for his lack of knowing anything of how to write female characters. Bah. Expand
  24. Jul 24, 2012
    Well I read some other viewers reviews, bit the bullet and watched episodes 4 and 5, finally the shows catching the energy and tension that a news room drama should give, the seemingly gratuitous and irritatingly shallow one liners of the the first episodes are no more, the writings now quick and slick giving structure and depth to great story telling, The characters are also gaining depth and strength helping the actors develop and build. If this improvement keeps up it's gonna be one great series. Expand
  25. Nov 7, 2013
    LOVE this show. The writing and dialogue is amazingly witty and clever. The characters and plot are engaging. I also appreciate the political sub-texts. I can't wait to see what happens next season.
  26. Jul 16, 2012
    Even at its worst, 'The Newsroom' is far superior to most of television's offerings. Granted, there is a smug self congratulatory quality about the show that is paralleled by the Daniels character, but there are also periods of sparkling dialog and nicely turned comedic and dramatic moments. Also.. some truth does emerge from the wreckage of the political lies exposed. I don't imagine a single opinion will be swayed from watching 'Newsroom', nor should that be the show's intent, however no one from either side of the political spectrum should object to this show's exposing unglamorous facts behind sensationalized fictions of news reporting these days, reporting that too often is pure opinion, devoid of any intellectual or scientific argument. Expand
  27. Jul 3, 2012
    First episode: 7/10. Second episode: 1/10. What started in episode 1 as a cutting and crackling critique of modern America through the prism of televised news devolved in episode 2 into a preachy mess of irritating people screaming and gesticulating wildly, neither half as funny or half as smart -- or half as believable -- as they're supposed to be. Abysmal. Avoid.
  28. hbo
    Jun 24, 2012
    This could be the best show I have seen in a long long time. A lot of the critics reviews make me angry, they have to remember that it's a television show and to stop taking it so personally. I applaud HBO for sticking with Aaron Sorkin to make this happen. Television is supposed to be entertaining, if it was supposed to be real, we'd just be watching CNBC or CNN. Be sure to watch and judge this amazing show on your own, not from the eyes of a journalist that is comparing it to their own life and work. I can't wait for this season to unfold! Expand
  29. Jun 26, 2012
    This programme is brilliant it really is already it
  30. Jul 3, 2012
    I could only take one and a half episodes. The snappy dialogue from the team and the pure arrogance of the main character were appalling. The issues are a little dated and should be more current. Who cares what happened a year ago? I will not watch another episode.
  31. Jun 25, 2012
    I really don't understand why this show is getting so much bad press. It has some of the best writing i have seen on television in a long time. The pilot episode is over an hour long and yet it seemed so short because the pacing of the show is impeccable. The characters are well acted and have been left room to grow as the show goes on. I see this show only getting better. If you think this show is off to a rocky start, I beg you to stick with it. The writing, the production value, the acting, and the relevant plot are somethings that will keep me invested in The Newsroom. Two thumbs up HBO and Aaron Sorkin! Expand
  32. Nov 28, 2012
    After making a point in the first episode of being a game changer, this show devolves into a show that exists to boost the egos of its creators and squeezes in cheesy romanticism at every corner. I watched this show with high hopes, expecting it to be about what was promised-- a news station that actually covers news objectively, without worrying about ratings, popularity, and money. Instead, this show hit every episode continually with a "news suck, but we are better than everyone else" and as many annoying romantic (unromantically attempting to be romantic) relationships as possible. This show represents exactly what it dooms. Expand
  33. Aug 25, 2012
    Super serie que j'ai decouvert grace a un site !
    Le dialogue est très rapide et les personnage sont atachant !
    Series que je conseille et qui change de l'orginaire.
  34. Aug 25, 2012
    This show is leaps and bounds above anything else on television or HBO; really a pleasure to watch such quality writing/depth . As others have noted the dialogue can be somewhat manic but I'd truly be hard pressed to say the show could get much better. Fantastic job all!
  35. Aug 30, 2012
    This show is near perfect. It's my favorite series on HBO and a very inspirational one to myself as a journalist. Thank you creators and fantastic actors -- you made this a great season and I'm excited for the next one.
  36. Jul 23, 2013
    This is just perfect...
    Its not only entertaining, but unpredictable and keeps us fully engaged in it...
    Its like you can feel the show...
    After watching the start of the 2nd season, I think Its going to be a bigger hit than anyone ever expected...
    Just Awesome..
  37. Nov 23, 2014
    The delusion and arrogance are unmatched. Is it a show that makes dumb people feel smart? I'm couldn't say since I've never met a person that likes this show. Time to retire Sorkin, you will not be missed.
  38. Jun 25, 2012
    Wasn't expecting much when I checked out this one, but I couldn't have been more wrong, as out just clicked. The Newsroom is intelligent AND inspiring, with excellent writing. :) And here I thought they don't make shows like this anymore these days...
  39. Jul 6, 2012
    The Newsroom is not The Social Network, I'm wrong. But it's too early to give it a review, right? The Newsroom is well-acted, supported by sharp script from genius Sorkin and edgy direction. Even only with a few charms, it's undeniably amazing.
  40. Jul 27, 2012
    Yes it's got its flaws... The actors took a little while to settle in to their roles but this show is excellent. Gripping, lots of human interest stuff whilst making important points about the facile nature of our celebrity culture, the lack of plurality in our news providers and the conflict of interests between news providers and the corporations whose advertisements pay for them to exist in the first place. Definitely worth a look... Expand
  41. Mar 12, 2013
    If you can keep up with Sorkin, you'll love this. If you don't like Sorkin's style, you'll hate this. The show has all the Sorkinisms: rapid dialogue, conversations while walking down hallways, characters who are quick to give impassioned monologues, and probably other ones I can't think of right now. Personally, I love it.
  42. Aug 27, 2012
    fantastic acting, great actors and a brilliant humour amongst a strong and compelling storyline. The only negative I would say is that it can be hard to follow in parts when it seems to talk in a fast paste way and is a bit much to keep up with. Other than that I have really enjoyed this series and I look forward to the second series with great anticipation.
  43. Jul 2, 2012
    HBO 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
  44. Jun 25, 2012
    This show was absolutely excellent in the pilot episode. The critics out there making the start of this show look so grim are the people this show is trying to put down. Definitely recommend others to see this, it is very entertaining, intelligent, and witty. Just what I was looking for in a show, and I'm glad HBO is brought it.
  45. Sep 20, 2013
    A well written and well paced story that works around true news stories. I just had to watch the first 10 minutes of the very first episode and I was hooked. It's a drama that's relate-able if you pay attention to the news.
  46. Sep 5, 2013
    i really enjoy this show and the characters. I don't understand why it is considered "hate viewing" buy so many perhaps because it wears its liberalism on its sleeve? Its West Wing in a newsroom big issues, snappy dialogue, a good mix of characters to like and to hate, and some eye candy too.
  47. Jun 30, 2012
    As someone else in another review mentioned, this is a show written for dumb people to feel smart. There is one great flaw in this show, and that's that I just do not find it believable that this squad of goofballs could have possibly broken the BP story, yet the way this episode is written they crack the story in one news show in it's entirety! It's incredibly ridiculous. Within 10 minutes I knew i wouldn't be tuning in again, but i stuck it out to the end of the episode. And that will be all that i watch. Sorry Mr. Sorkin, this is your second strike with me after "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"... Sorkin is obviously a bright guy, but he's not AS bright as he thinks.... Expand
  48. Jun 26, 2012
    "People choose the FACTS they want now!"

    So true. And this is the scary part about "news" organizations like Faux (Fox) News in our society. Who spend more time stoking the fire, witchhunting, race baiting, and playing to the worst fears and stereotypes in American culture to an audience who needs it to feel "comfortable". People can turn on that station and hear EXACTLY what
    they want to hear to justify their tired positions and prejudice ideals. Preaching to the choir is destroying this country. The real question is: if given the opportunity to watch a real good INFORMATIVE news program will the UNIFORMED Americans who NEED to be hearing it even watch it?

    That's the million dollar question.

    This show is absolutely brilliant. The writing is first class. The dialogue is rapid fire and ingenious. It moves fast but carries so much weight at the same time. And the use of real events can make for some surreally powerful moments down the line if done right. I cannot wait to see how this beauty of a show unfolds.

    Ignore the critics who work for publications and corporations who are making a sh!tload of money by being guilty of EXACTLY what this show is calling out: sensationalized media propaganda. It's about damn time someone stood and said something. About damn time. Sorkin is a ray of hope. He knows as Mackenzie put it to Will, "we can do better".
  49. Jun 24, 2012
    It has an obvious political slant, yes, but put that to the side, and HBO's The Newsroom is witty, well-written, and insanely entertaining, filled with outstanding performances (Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer are AWESOME, Alison Pill is great, and John Gallagher Jr. is really good).
  50. Aug 27, 2012
    Fantastic show covering the flaws of media and politics whilst still presenting that beautiful hope that we can do better. Characters and dialogue are exactly what you expect from Sorkin and for those who don't like it, chances are it's because you don't get it.
  51. Sep 13, 2012
    A great show (in it's own right) with some very important ideas. The greatest thing the United Sates has going for it as a country is the independence of it journalism. It's the check and balance of your government. As a Canadian, I've been watching with fear and horror as your fourth estate has been eroded by corporatization of the independent stations and more and more control by large business. The Newsroom attempts to show this and I hope it's voice isn't drowned out by the very group it's calling to task. Expand
  52. Jul 22, 2012
    Best show since the West Wing, if you likes Studio 60 and TWW, you'll adore his. Sharp dialogue, "speaking truth to stupid" is wonderful, great script, VERY funny, so far awesome story lines... loving it. And Ep.4 overtook Ep.1 as ny new favourite, if that was possible.
  53. Jun 27, 2012
    Amazing pilot. Great acting, and the show is telling more truth than most news outlets, which is pretty sad considering it's a work of fiction. Really amazing how so many "professional" critics that work within the press are reviewing it negatively. Must have touched a sore spot.
  54. Jul 29, 2012
    Don't listen to the critics on this one. Its painfully obvious that the low average score--if you read the bad reviews--is due to the industry not taking to criticism of itself very well, and criticism of the news industry is this show's bread and butter. The dialogue between characters is whip smart and funny, and the pacing of the series as a whole (so far) is excellent.
  55. Jun 25, 2012
    Fantastic first episode. smart TV is back. Neither left, nor right but trying to present as boldly as possible the insanity that is a 24 hour news cycle and the often non existent fine line between idealism and the world that isn't interested. "People choose their own FACTS!" cries Jeff Daniels in frustration while arguing the value of remaining employed with his new producer. Sam Waterson is giving the preformance of a lifetime as the elder statesman of the news, a man who's seen everything from Edward R Murrow, to glenn beck. This is the show to watch, thanks for giving us compelling arguments again! Expand
  56. Aug 1, 2012
    It is sad that people watch one or two episodes and think they can understand the true dynamic of a show. Newsroom is an ever-changing, intelligent show about events that have been important to America in the past few years. As a show the acting, directing, and camera work is incredible. The characters are all so relate able and interesting. It's a must see and you have to give it more than just two episodes. One of the best shows on TV right now! Expand
  57. Jun 24, 2012
    If you have HBO, I recommend you check out this show. Overall it does a great job at poking fun at American politics and current events throughout the show, especially in the beginning. The first episode's plot takes a while to develop, especially with the characters, but halfway through the episode it really picks up. I'm curious to see how the character's relationships with each other develops further as the season progresses as I can see things go into any direction.

    Overall I enjoyed the first episode and will continue watching it every week. I think the reason some of the reviews are mixed as they poke fun at each political side, and most journalists seem very slanted towards one side to another that they can't handle any criticism towards their beliefs. Ignore smug journalist's reviews like the New Yorker and check it out for yourself and form your own opinion.
  58. Apr 11, 2013
    Like most reviewers, I was drawn to this series because of the opening scene in the first episode which I would rate a 9/10. I was really excited to dive into this show. As the season went on, I just kept getting more disappointed with the ongoing fake wittiness of the new crew and the lack of depth in the acting. It is incredibly forced and uncomfortable to watch. The characters "Mac", "Maggie", "Jim" and "Jon" are annoying to watch and so one dimensional. There acting is pretentious. "Will" and "Sloan" are a joy to watch due to incredible acting. Probably the reason while I'll tune in again for season 2. I love the premise of the show but I hope they don't repeat season 1's short falls and just throw more recently experienced real life new stories at us wrapped with more pointless, grating banter. Expand
  59. Aug 6, 2012
    Really not sure where all the critics are coming from about this show, from where I sit this is the best drama on television. HBO delivers pure gold once again, honestly at this point I rarely ever watch anything that isn't on HBO.

    I just wish Will McAvoy was a real person with a real news show, because America really could use a f*cking lawyer right now.
  60. Jun 29, 2012
    HBO does it again with another great drama with great acting. Jeff Daniels comes across with enough pomposity and his counterpart Emily Mortimer with an equal amount of zeal that when they are on the screen together you just do not want it to end. The other characters around them work to make their newsroom real for you as you watch. This was a great debut and had me at Jeff's opening diatribe and now on my TIVO list for the duration. Expand
  61. AKH
    Jul 31, 2012
    Incredible show. One of the best that I have seen for a very long time. The fact that they are using real events as a backdrop to the show is a stroke of genius. If you want to see a brilliantly written show, with characters that you can invest in, then look no further.
  62. Jul 13, 2012
    I am finding the show very disappointing. I loved Sportsnight which this is far more akin to than West Wing. I was hoping for something more West Wing style that dealt with news items and be more center than so left liberal that is all hyped into a tizzy. Which is the best way to describe a lot of the characters. Now first off I am a strongly left leaning politico but I like my news to be factual - I don't want an opinions. I don't want my news skewed to whoever is paying for it corporate or nationalistic. I want my news with warts and all - in other words just the facts - like back in the day when the BBC did but even they are more opinionated that in the past. So back to the show - the characters are obvious, the plot pre-determined and story line completely lacking. Its like Faux news its all about the characters trysts and hype. All round disappointing could have been so much better. Expand
  63. Sep 6, 2012
    This has got to be my favourite new show of the past three years at least. A great cast fronted by the brilliant Jeff Daniels, who does not get enough work for my liking, and the imperious Emily Mortimer supplement well-founded story lines that allow us to see some of the ongoings behind the screen. So what if it is glorified? If it wasn't, I highly doubt every episode would be entertaining.
  64. Jun 25, 2012
    Before the show was released, I had seen many trailers that excited me to no end and after watching the first episode, it did not disappoint. The fast paced dialogue and witty writing of Sorkin makes the show very enjoyable. Almost all the reviews I have seen for this show have been negative but I thought it was brilliant with great casting and excellent writing.
  65. May 20, 2013
    Went down hill fast after the opening monologue and never regained its footing. Cheesy, schmaltzy, self-indulgent pabulum. The episode with the psychiatrist was probably the best one. The 9/11 episode? Unbelievably turgid. I thought the critics were being unduly harsh at first, but now I see why.
  66. Jun 25, 2012
    I am surprised at the flack the show is getting from critics. I have enjoyed Sorkin in the past and was keeping an eye on the show but I was by no means desperate for it to succeed. After seeing the critic reviews I felt it was a shame that the show was apparently not very strong but after watching it for myself, all I can say is watch it for yourself and make your own decision because I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode. It's very West Wing but with an angrier tone. Instead of having a nice charming lead like the West Wing we have a cynical and crumbling man. I hope that this cynicism won't take the enjoyment out of the show in the long run but so far it has been handled well.

    I found the rest of the staff dynamic actually the most enjoyable aspect and more relatable than previous Sorkin shows. There appears to be more sympathy and heart from what I've seen and I hope this continues to develop.
  67. Jun 25, 2012
    Being 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
  68. Jun 25, 2012
    It is almost ridiculous how many bad reviews this show is getting. It not only has great writing, but the pacing of the show is phenomenal. While it may be more favorable to a specific political demographic, it is ludicrous for anybody to discredit its quality because they might not agree with the concepts presented in the show. Doing so simply shows ignorants and an inability to view something objectively. This show is a spectacular period piece and presents some great commentary on America's news and media systems. Expand
  69. Jun 25, 2012
    Absolutely wonderful. If you're an old school Aaron Sorkin fan (Sports Night, The West Wing) or a more modern fan (The Social Network) - you're going to absolutely love this show. I love the West Wing and this show definitely has the feel of the West Wing. Those of you who have watched Studio 60 - I really feel like The Newsroom is a hybrid between Studio 60 and The West Wing. There are a lot of negative reviews out there and I'll say this - I think this show needs room to grow and develop. Also - I'm of the belief that critics don't have an everyday person's eye for things. They're job is to be critical. Ours are just to enjoy. Aaron Sorkin's job is to entertain you for 40+ minutes. I think he gets it done in The Newsroom. Expand
  70. Jun 26, 2012
    Honestly, the critics have simply got this WRONG. I have not enjoyed a pilot more since seeing the opening episode of The Sopranos. Aaron Sorkin is a great stylistic writer, and his TV shows are always bright and interesting. This show pushes it further though, it felt more humorous, more human, and overall just unbelievably engaging.

    People need to watch this and continue rating it to
    where it truly deserve to be, which is one of the best new shows to come out in years.

    Just like with Rubicon the critics are 100% wrong, but hopefully unlike Rubicon, they wont harm the ratings too much and shorten this show's lifespan. I know I have only seen one episode, but I'm desperate to see this show run for years. Luckily i'm sure HBO will be a little kinder to Aaron Sorkin, so a "Studio 60" wont happen to this beautiful piece of art.
  71. Jun 26, 2012
    I have just seen the first chapter. I was so bummed about the critics reviews that I thought the show went over the line with a speech every ten seconds and not enough character development. But no, turns out critics suck balls. This looks like another masterpiece from Aaron Sorkin and people will leave the show more informed than they were before. I specially loved the "compromise" line, as a metaphor of how it usually works for the democrats. I loved it. Watch it, and please ignore the ratings or critics, this is only a 1000% Sorkin. Expand
  72. Jun 26, 2012
    The viewers are going to love it, the "serious" reviews are going to look at it from a different view point. For me it is a romantic comedy about two people who love each other and just happen to work side by side. Working in a newsroom and dealing with a subject we are familiar with just makes it more interesting. Great entertainment.
  73. Jun 26, 2012
    Only seeing the first episode, I am very fulfilled with this show. I found the whole episode to be riveting. I just love the mixture of politics and journalism and being a student of journalism I find almost every aspect of it fascinating. A+++
  74. Jun 26, 2012
    It's been 1 episode so far and I am very pleased that I have another HBO show to look forward to. So well written and acted that I did get lost in it. Great job.
  75. Jun 27, 2012
    This show is fantastic. I love it for its fast paced dialogue, it's presentation of "process" from within another part of our societal institutions. It's use of historical news events is great, and lends it a more realistic feel. The music, is actually a plus. I am looking forward to the next episode. I think there was a conscious effort to model some of this after Olberman, and I think to some small extent, he should take it as a compliment Expand
  76. Jun 29, 2012
    The opening sequence in which McEvoy (Jeff Daniels) reveals his dismay about the state of modern American was the most stirring opening monologue for any television show in recent memory. The rest of the episode dwelt too long on a dysfunctional boy-girl relationship between two staffers and the willingness of McEvoy to sacrifice millions of dollars in salary to get the right to fire his newly-hired executive producer. In addition, Sorkin should recognize that comedy isn't his strong suit and refrain from the urge to inject comedic elements that don't work (as demonstrated painfully in the failed series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"). Nevertheless, the show compares favorably with the BBC's "The Hour", but is more relevant for contemporary America. Expand
  77. Jun 29, 2012
    Once again, Sorkin proves smarter than his critics.
    Fortunately HBO lets him play to a smarter audience.
    Unlike Studio 60, The Newsroom's setting allows plenty of twists and turns to justify his frenetic pace.
    I look forward to many enjoyable, taughtly written episodes!
  78. Jul 1, 2012
    After indulging myself with the first two episodes on "The Newsroom", one moral theme seems all too abundant. Do not, under any circumstances, pander to ratings and the palate of the masses. And to be completely honest? That is the fear I have for Sorkin's newest endeavor. So long as newsroom does not begin to water down it's concepts and content, it has the makings of a cult (If not widely accepted) following. Expand
  79. Jul 2, 2012
    Aaron Sorkin proved once more that he can create great TV shows like hardly anyone else. I loved Sports Night and West Wing from the first episode I've seen and The Newsroom is no way different. With so many crap shows around it's great to see Mr. Sorkins work back on screen. Similar to West Wing not everyone may like the (political) opinions of the characters, but it's a TV show and as such it has everything a great show needs. A great concept, wonderful scripts and amazing actors. When an episode ends I already start to wait for the next one. It never stops being fun to watch. Thanks to Aaron Sorkin and anyone else involved with providing this show. Expand
  80. Jul 2, 2012
    Great show. HBO consistently produces some of the best TV. Beautifully shot, wonderfully written/acted and, yes, not perfect. The pilot set the bar so high that ep. 2 was bound to pale a bit by comparison. On the other hand, it had a procedural feeling I enjoyed -- like Newsroom's world was still congealing; finding its rhythm or whatever. You can find plenty to criticize. McAvoy might be a slightly more believable Republican if he stopped behaving like a 3D person. And Allison Pill might've served her character better in ep. 2 if she'd delivered her lines deadpan as opposed to Full Screech. And Mortimer (who kicks butt) might be a happier actress if her character didn't fall into the goofiest technotraps of the pre-Cambrian era: 2002. Then again, if you scrutinize anything too hard (and this show has received more scrutiny than any other in recent memory, which is kind of bizarre) it's going to seem like a failure. We could also whine about the way dragons really strain credulity in Game of Thrones. To say nothing of those Nordic zombies, who make it tough to suspend your disbelief, huh? Let's not forget the more conventional zombies of Walking Dead: hey, that's not an accurate portrayal of Atlanta! Or how Breaking Bad's Walter White's literally unbelievable luck passes understanding 9 times out of 10. Or how Mad Men's period-piece misogyny really offends us as it's not nice to not be nice All. The. Time. And the Sopranos. Were we really supposed to put up with six seasons of James Gandolfini's character's twee pop-psych issues? Yes. BECAUSE IT'S TV. It would take far more than 5000 characters to really unpack this, so just watch the show. You won't regret it. And it'll be readily apparent why viewers universally love Newsroom while critics wring their hands over the way characters don't rely on Twitter for leads -- how unrealistic! Expand
  81. Jul 9, 2012
    The show has no characters. Through the first three episodes Sam Waterson is the only actor who has been able to illustrate any depth in the role he is playing. The dialogue is witty and fast paced, typical of Sorkin. But ultimately the show's plot device is that the writers set up arguments on terms favorable to whatever point they're trying to make and then proceed to pat themselves on the back for arguing so successfully. Having this silly argumentative style as the central plot device is a problem when the show has no compelling characters. To put a less kind spin on it, the show could be retitled "Strawmen." Expand
  82. Jul 9, 2012
    This is such an entertaining show. Episode three was filled with great acting, dialogue and a very ironic and mind blowing use of Jane Fonda to confront issues she is directly related to in real life. Sam Waterston is a hoot. I am enjoying the time that is afforded to both character development and to an in depth look at important issues. This is smart, entertaining television.
  83. Jul 9, 2012
    Like the West Wing, this show is fast paced, smart, and idealistic. They are both shows that hold up an image of the way the world should and could be. That's not everybody's thing but I love it. In comparison to the West Wing, its basically our universe 2 years ago. The difference is its our world re-envisioned with the news coverage we should have had. Smartly written and still developing, this show has a lot of promise. Its not a soap opera with big cliff hangers that will leave you clamoring for the next episode but I love that its thoughtful Expand
  84. Jul 11, 2012
    I was looking forward to watching this show, on account of being a big fan of Jeff Daniels and of Aaron Sorkin, but did not enjoy it. There is too much sudden shouting for no great reason, many of the secondary characters are stereotypical and treated contemptuously and there are too many patronising speeches. - CAN DO BETTER!
  85. Jul 12, 2012
    After watching the first 2 episodes, I was delighted: great writing and acting, witty lines and complex characters. Maybe it would help me pass the time until The Good Wife, Homeland and Boss all return next fall. The 3rd episode completely disgusted me. The plot is now mostly about politics, and the show has become disturbingly manipulative, in a not-so-subtle way: a show written by a liberal about a fictional conservative anchor which, because of his high integrity and intelligence, happens to share the average liberal's ideas about the republican party and the tea party. I am not American, nor a fan of the tea party, but I don't like feeling manipulated, especially when it is done is such an obvious way. Expand
  86. Jul 16, 2012
    This rating includes the first three episodes released so far. Will Mcavoy's(Jeff Daniels) opening speech is performed so effectively there are people who won't watch this show because they are offended by Will McAvoy and believe they are in that college audience. I would give it a season just for moments like that.This is the only watchable show about news in a long time, easily the best so far. The real genius of the show is that this is slightly alternate history. A history where in the first episode one news network attempted what most everyone watching the Deepwater Horizon disaster wanted to see. Yes, there is exposition in the form of speeches, drama and fast cuts to keep you from getting bored. A history where instead of playing catchup because of chasing ratings, the network we are watching practices journalism at the beginning. And showed a believable gulf between what we saw two years ago and what we only now know we wanted to see. In the second, you see the aftermath of this choice, how this approach places the network at a disadvantage to those networks that pander. Jeff Daniel's Will Mcavoy will at first remind you of Keith Olbermann in the third episode with his editorials, but a better comparison would be Edward Murrow. Daniels portrays an aging network anchor effectively, and the episodes don't feel like they last an hour. This is worth watching, makes me wish I could see how they would have handled so many other episodes in the past twenty years. It shows a better world, not an unreachable one, but one that might have been Expand
  87. Jul 13, 2012
    Welcome home, Mr. Sorkin. I am thrilled to have you back where you belong. Entertaining me weekly like the good old days of THE WEST WING. THE NEWSROOM is the best of the best and the cast is superlative. Let some of the moronic right wing press have a go at you. It only shows how small minded and out of touch they are.
  88. Jul 13, 2012
    Not since Arrested Development has there been a show this entertaining. Aaron Sorkin is truly a genius. One of the greatest and most ingenious ideas for a show. Well done.
  89. Jul 16, 2012
    This is damn good. Yeah, Sorkin gets preachy -- he always does. But he also succeeds at doing what Sorkin does best: showing us what the world could, should, just maybe will look like. His characters? A little too smart. A little too perfect at their job, a little too flawed in their personal lives. But who cares? They present a standard to which we could hold any newsroom, and they entertain while doing so. Expand
  90. Jul 17, 2012
    An intelligent and thought provoking critique of American (and increasingly British) News as well as being simply entertaining drama. Simply thank you Aaron Sorkin and HBO.
  91. Jul 23, 2012
    HBO has recently become the lord of television media. They've shown integrity supporting shows with impeccable talent and class. Continuing its recent tradition with Game of Thrones and Girl, the television show The Newsroom is a new Aaron Sorkin show that revolves around a fantastic ensemble telling its narrative around actual news. While cheap sounding at first, it creates emotional entertainment that we can all connect with as its world is partially rooted in reality. This is a fantastic show with a fantastic message and is great entertainment all around. Expand
  92. Jul 27, 2012
    The professional critics scoring below 70 are crazy, this show is great. Unrealistic dialog? Whadda they want, more reality TV with every third word bleeped? And who can forget Jeff Daniels's monologue from the opener? "We reached for the stars, acted like men, we aspired to intelligence, we didn
  93. Jul 26, 2012
    Is the best show I see in my life. Maybe ordinary people don't understand the show because in liberal. The negative critics may me sad because is no fair. Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterson are great. The dialogue are masterpiece. Please I want to see the next season. Is my favorite show and the only reason I still with HBO
  94. Jul 30, 2012
    The more I frequent this site, the more I feel the critics are out of touch with the average user. This show is fantastic. Great acting, compelling stories, hilarious moments and it uses real life news stories as a backdrop. I love the different perspectives that we get on real events and I love the chemistry between the characters. Watch this show.
  95. Aug 5, 2012
    Best television I've seen. Ever. The truth hurts. I love how People Magazine gave it 2 stars. As they should of - they are just standing up for and defending their readership! Please don't stop - we need more truth out there.
  96. Aug 8, 2012
    I watch a lot of very good shows and in my opinion, this is now the best of them. It lacks the trademark exposed flesh of HBO shows, and yet this is the only place you could see this series.
    The dialog is quick and well-constructed, characters very likeable, and there are lots and lots of subplots juggled deftly.
    Is this about people who are smarter than anyone you know? Yes; it's
    Sorkin. But drama is not about sitting around on the couch, it's distilled stuff--and the characters don't have to be people who could work in the corner grocery IMO. Expand
  97. Aug 8, 2012
    I understand that the critics need to be negative to make themselves appear more intelligent than the average joe. My family loves this show, and we don't watch a lot of TV. We will now subscribe to HBO because of this show. It has an excellent mix of character development, drama, interaction and humor. The up to date time line of events and the use of real names keep it relevant, exposing the liars on the right with their own words. Just not as funny as Jon Stewart. Expand
  98. Jul 14, 2013
    It's almost scary how much the paid reviewers hate this show. The media doth protest too much, methinks. But what did Sorkin and crew think was going to happen when they wrote a show that calls out the industry with the loudest voice? Where the media seems to be hard at work is when they say, "The Newsroom is a hit piece on the Tea Party, or the Koch Brothers." What they are trying to do is deflect. The Newsroom is clearly a hit piece on them. period. Expand
  99. Aug 13, 2012
    Going into this show I thought I was just watching something to pass the time until my other shows came back. I was pleasantly surprised when out of nowhere and within the first five minutes of the first episode I was thrown entirely by how honest and heartfelt the show seemed. Within the first five minutes I knew that this was a gem of a show and that people should give it a chance

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 25, 2012
    Aaron Sorkin can write crackling dialogue. Believable characters, not so much.
  2. Reviewed by: Gareth James
    Jun 25, 2012
    The Newsroom is timely, well acted, and big-hearted, but offers few surprises.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 25, 2012
    In between the romantic dramas, a lot of sharply written comedy and some long passages of news-wonk stuff, it aims to make viewers do a little thinking.