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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Starring: Sam Waterston, Alison Pill, Olivia Munn
  • Summary: Aaron Sorkin's latest drama is set at a fictional cable news channel where anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) leads a group of reporters and staff striving to make a hard-hitting news program.
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: Aaron Sorkin
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jun 24, 2012
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. I'd rather spend time with an edgy show that aims high and sometimes falls short, than one that doesn't.... Welcome back, Mr. Sorkin. It's a pleasure to have you.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 22, 2012
    80
    There's no question The Newsroom is eye-rollingly full of itself. But it's also recklessly full of wit, passion, anger and humor--and timely purpose.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 21, 2012
    75
    What works about the show outweighs what doesn't, but others will read the results differently.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 18, 2012
    60
    The Newsroom essentially presents viewers with two options: Lament how the series doesn't match the lofty crests of Sorkin's finest work, or admire the show's ambitions and embrace of serious ideas, and grudgingly roll with its uneven tides.
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 22, 2012
    50
    The series is kind of a mess, but one you can't really look away from.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 20, 2012
    50
    The Newsroom is convincing as a faux newscast. It's less convincing as good television.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 24, 2012
    0
    Monstrously misconceived and incompetently executed, powered by a high-octane blend of arrogance and contempt, The Newsroom is an epochal failure, a program destined for television's all-time What Were They Thinking? list. Not since NASA's first Vanguard rocket blew up on its launch pad in 1957 will Americans have seen anything crash and burn on television with such hellish spectacularity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 128
  1. hbo
    Jun 24, 2012
    10
    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 aThis 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
  2. Aug 8, 2012
    10
    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 yetI 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.
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  3. Aug 13, 2012
    10
    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 whenGoing 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 Collapse
  4. Jul 27, 2012
    9
    The professional critics scoring below 70 are crazy, this show is great. Unrealistic dialog? Whadda they want, more reality TV with everyThe 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 Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2012
    9
    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 eventsIf 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.
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  6. Jun 25, 2012
    7
    Being a conservative, I thought that the politics of the show were very annoying, and not neutral as people claim. However, like most HBOBeing 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
  7. Jul 3, 2012
    0
    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. TheI 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. Expand

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