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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • 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
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. Positive: 97 out of 121
  2. Negative: 13 out of 121
  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 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 6, 2012
    10
    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.
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  3. Aug 8, 2012
    10
    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
  4. Jul 26, 2012
    9
    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. 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 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. Jan 12, 2014
    7
    I really want to love this show. I really do. There are a lot of things I do love about this show. The Sorkiness speed-talk, the great performances turned in by the lead are all stellar in my book. Two things are holding me back from loving the series. One, the lackluster performance by the supporting cast. Two, all the freakin' yelling. The cast needs a major group enema and a gallon of chill pills. Seriously. Everyone on this show is a freakin ticking time bomb. The staff is insubordinate. It's hard to tell who is in charge. You've got associate producers yelling at the sr. producers. EP's yelling at the talent. The talent yelling at anyone breathing. Some guy who doesn't even work on the show(Don whats-his-face) yelling at everyone.Some roommate of the AP chick dating the SP just burst into the office on valentine's day and started yelling and screaming. Can somebody call security?? It's completely chaotic and not in a train-wreck-you-cant-help-but-watch kind of way. Its just a train wreck. It is possible to have all the elements of drama with much less yelling and screaming. I would enjoy this show 1000% more, if the characters learned how to use their inside voice and knew their place. It's called being a professional actor. Make me feel the drama without spitting in my face. 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. 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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