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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
    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
    What works about the show outweighs what doesn't, but others will read the results differently.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 18, 2012
    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
    The series is kind of a mess, but one you can't really look away from.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 20, 2012
    The Newsroom is convincing as a faux newscast. It's less convincing as good television.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 24, 2012
    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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  1. Negative: 14 out of 126
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. 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!
  6. Jan 12, 2014
    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
    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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