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4.3 out of 5 stars
The Newsroom - Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 28 November 2014
Obliged to take time off after an on-screen tirade, "Newsnight" anchorman Will McAvoy returns to find the programme revamped, executive producer now Mackenzie McHale, with whom he has a troubled history. Sparks will fly. Any chance of peaceful co-existence, or will one have to go?

Creator Aaron Sorkin always has something of value to say, and says it at length - his characters highly articulate, his casts with more than usual to learn. Here he campaigns for responsible newscasting - far removed from current trends. Chasing after ratings means so much is now trivialized with emphasis on rumours, speculation, human interest stories and an obsession with "celebrities". Also being specifically (and devastatingly) targeted are America's far right politicians - worst perpetrators named and lies documented.

Ten episodes, mainly around sixty minutes. They are set in 2010/11, which means actual news stories are featured. This is where the show is at its strongest. Heated differences (of which there are many) are cast aside when a major news story breaks - all rushing to contact reliable sources, check and doublecheck the information coming in, everything to be fashioned - with graphics - for hour long coverage which genuinely informs.

At such times, with adrenaline palpably flowing, the show is superb - especially when the newsroom set is so authentic. Some viewers may be less happy with the sundry romantic entanglements and occasional almost slapstick humour. Probably in a minority of one, I had problems with the portrayal of Mackenzie, unable to shake off the feeling here was an actress giving a performance. Others convince, especially Jeff Daniels as Will and Sam Waterston as his news division boss, their scenes together a particular pleasure.

Bonuses include commentaries, Sorkin's interesting "Inside the Episodes", "The Rundown" where creators and cast entertainingly look back on the season and select their favourite moments.

Overall there is much to admire and to think about. Sorkin, as in "The West Wing", credits most viewers with intelligence, capable of the extra effort needed if they are to keep up.

(The ultimate irony? Faced with the choice of an in-depth news bulletin and the type Sorkin so regrets, which is the one most of us are likely to choose?)
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on 10 August 2017
Worth watching for the script if nothing else.
Sorkin probably wrote as the anti-West Wing and it has a distinct right wing bias (which is probbly deemed to be "liberal" in the States).
The personal relationships become a shade irritating at times.
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on 15 May 2017
Insightful, smart, fast paced and still hugely relevant. This is classy and stylish. Once you see a show as well written as this, it makes so many other shows seem mediocre in comparison.
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on 7 February 2014
Found an excerpt of this on YouTube and was so impressed I bought the DVD box set. Jeff Daniels is excellent as the anchorman and English actress, Emily Mortimer, is wonderfully quirky as his ex partner. Now we are eagerly waiting for the second series on DVD.
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on 17 July 2017
Strong storyline
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on 15 March 2017
excellent series
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on 14 April 2017
Sharp informative witty fast well acted great script on it goes....
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on 27 April 2017
Excellent and very clever programme. Actors are very very good, especially Jeff Daniels.
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on 15 May 2017
My words cannot do justice to the genius of this series
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on 25 August 2013
Fantastic writing, acting and directing, you can not and will not fault this series. It will leave you amazed and anticipating season 2s arrival on 2/9
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