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NewsRadio - The Complete First & Second Seasons (1995)

Dave Foley , Stephen Root , Alan Myerson , Gregg Heschong  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney, Vicki Lewis
  • Directors: Alan Myerson, Gregg Heschong, James Burrows, Judi Elterman, Lee Shallat Chemel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 659 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ZMH8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "NewsRadio - The Complete First & Second Seasons" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The complete first (7 episodes) and second (22 episodes) on three discs
  • Season two gag reel
  • Making-of featurette
  • Filmograhies

Editorial Reviews

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With its shaky five-season tenure (1995-99) including a dozen different time slots and only one major Emmy nomination, the outstanding NewsRadio is the atypical sitcom of its age. While most of the '90s sitcoms were based around a single big name talent (Jerry Seinfeld, Candice Bergen, Drew Carrey), NewsRadio came from the same stock from earlier shows Taxi and Cheers: a relatively unknown cast that rarely ventured away from the place of business. These first 29 episodes (7 as a mid-season replacement the first year), deliver a consistently hilarious show about the day-to-day life with the eccentric staff of New York radio station WNYX. Creator Paul Simms (The Larry Sanders Show) built a talented cast relying on expert delivery and character traits instead of goofy situations. The most famous cast member, Saturday Night Live's Phil Hartman, went against the grain of most SNL veterans and gleefully took a supporting role, the pompous, silver-tongued anchor Bill McNeal. The lead--the glue--of the series is Kids in the Hall member Dave Foley as the earnest new station manager, Dave Nelson. Soft but eager, Nelson plays lion-tamer delicately maneuvering around staff to keep the station humming along. This is complicated from the get-go when he falls into a secret, but very cute affair with Lisa (Maura Tierney), the ace reporter.

The station, like Mary Tyler Moore's TV crew two decades earlier, has a good balance between funny folks and just plain whackos. The former includes Stephen Root as the rich yet time-crunched owner, Joe Rogan as the fix-it man, and Khandi Alexander as Bill's tart co-anchor. The latter is embodied in Andy Dick as the helpless Matthew, a sublime airhead whose comic highjinks are often the show's hardest laughs, and Vicki Lewis, continuing the famous TV tradition of the lovable ditzy secretary that knows all. But the legacy of the show belongs to Hartman who tragically died after the fourth season. His comic bravura is balanced with the ability to play the fool. In one perfect scene, Lisa walks by with only a bra on (don't ask) and Bill doesn't move, reading his newspaper. Lisa returns to slap him anyway, shocking him. "I didn't say anything." Lisa retorts, "You were thinking it" and walks away. Hartman eases into a juicy, soft smile and returns to reading, "Well, that's fair."

If you're not a fan of commentary tracks, you won't find the love and care that went into this DVD set. There are commentaries on 20 of the 27 episodes with the cast and crew rotating duties. The nice thing about a cast full of comics is that the commentaries are very funny and rewarding for fans. We hear about the casting of the show, Foley's uncanny ability to memorize a script, the art of the archaic reference, and how the fix-it man was--for the half the pilot--Ray Romano. But if you don't have time for the commentaries, watch and laugh hard at the 10-minute (!) gag reel. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Phil Hartman, Andy Dick, Dave Foley, Maura Tierney. All seven episodes from the first season and 22 episodes from season two of this brilliant, beloved sitcom about the adventures at New York's fictional radio station WNYX. 29 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1995-96/color/11 hrs/NR.

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165 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny and underrated. November 24, 2003
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NewsRadio was part of NBC's Must See TV on Thursdays, and Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Sundays. Basically, if there was a hole in the schedule this workhorse was plugged in. Unfortunately, that also led to quite a bit of viewer frustration since it was hard to find the series at times.
This set brings together the first two seasons. It starts off with Dave (Dave Foley) being hired as the new Program Director for a New York all news radio station. First, he has to fire the old PD, and make nice with the reporter (Maura Tierney) who wanted the job.
Some of the early episodes only hint at what the characters would become. Jimmy James (Stephen Root) starts out far less wacky than the character became by the fifth season. Phil Hartman's Bill McNeil was brilliant out the blocks. Matthew (Andy Dick) was annoying right from the beginning. MIA from the pilot is Joe Garrelli (Joe Rogan) who joined in the second episode.
Overall, NewsRadio was a great show that never got the recognition it deserved from NBC. Fortunately, it gets a new lease on life thatnks to a very reasonably priced DVD set.
The release date has been changed. The creator of the show heard about the DVD set and called the company to make sure that he was able to add extras to the discs. Now, instead of a bare-banes compilation there will be commentary tracks, out-takes and other extras.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Update on the DVD release Part 1 May 16, 2004
By "uager"
Format:DVD
According to something posted to the newsgroup
[Excerpted from the latest NewsRadio Newsletter message.]
I know you're all wanting an update on the forthcoming NewsRadio DVD release, and while I don't have a release date for you, I can tell you that 20 episode commentaries for the set have been completed with a mix and match of participants, including Paul Simms, Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney, Andy Dick, Vicki Lewis, Joe Rogan, Khandi Alexander, Josh Lieb, Brad Issacs, Joe Furey, Lew Morton, Brian Kelley, Julie Bean, Kent Zbornak, Tom Cherones, Brad Grey, and yes, former NBC President Warren Littlefield.
Kent Zbornak, one of NewsRadio's producers, had the job of coordinating it all, and the show's erstwhile script supervisor, Robert Spina, sat in on the sessions and took photos
Paul Simms has promised some additional musings on the recording of the commenataries, but right now he'll say, "In short? It was incredibly fun."
An anonymous member of the NewsRadio team adds, "It was a reunion and a revisiting in the purest sense. The commentary was funny and twisted, just like the show itself."
The NewsRadio Newsletter"
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At its best, the best sitcom of the 1990's October 21, 2004
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Any sitcom lives and dies with the interplay of its primary characters, and NewsRadio was blessed with not one, not two, not three . . . but four brilliant and compatible comic actors in Phil Hartman, Dave Foley, Andy Dick, and Stephen Root (and I'm probably not giving enough credit to Maura Tierney and Vicki Lewis, both of whom were excellent). Like most sitcoms, NewsRadio didn't truly hit its stride until the second or third season, but the first season is well worth watching, because of course that's when everything began coming together.

I've seen every episode of NewsRadio at least five times -- well, except for the last season, when things just weren't the same without Phil Hartman -- and I really can't recommend the show highly enough, except to say that it's probably the greatest combination of slapstick, absurdity, and comic sophistication ever committed to the small screen.

(A little background on the DVD release: Columbia, which owns NewsRadio, was going to release a bare-bones version months ago. But when Paul Simms, the show's creator, found out about Columbia's plans, he raised such a stink that they agreed to delay the release until Simms could pull together a bunch of extra features. The wait's driving me crazy, but I'm comforted by the knowledge that it won't be forever. Now, if somebody would just let us see Dabney Coleman's Buffalo Bill on DVD, I could die a contented man...)
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87 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real sleeper December 26, 2003
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I don't remember how I discovered NewsRadio. Most people I've known have never even heard of it. But anyone I treat to a few episodes from my tape collection loves it. Well cast (Katherine excepted -- sorry to all the Katherine fans, I just never liked her character), brilliantly written, this is the only show I know which can have me laughing so hard I can't breathe just thinking about an episode I haven't seen in months ("Super Karate Monkey Death Car"). Stephen Root is fabulous as crazy billionaire station owner Jimmy James. Maura Tierney is absolutely adorable as Lisa. Phil Hartman is perfect as the self-centered on-air talent whose ego knows no bounds. Add Matthew, the complete idiot, Beth, the useless secretary and Joe, the station electrician who makes his own duct tape and you have one lovable group of misfits for whom Dave Foley plays the perfect den mother. I don't know what it is about this show, but you really grow to love it and its characters in a way you just don't see in very many shows. Like others who've posted here, I've been waited anxiously for this to come to DVD and I dearly hope they do a good job with it, despite the bargain price.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I'll have to buy a DVD player February 29, 2004
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This is easily one of the best sitcoms of the last 10-20 years. Not only is the writing and acting top-notch, but the show loves to experiment. Some episodes delved into pure fantasy: What if the show was set in space, or on the Titanic? Some episodes freely switched back and forth between the "real" plot and the characters' own visions of what's happening. Some episodes were direct social satire. It's as though the creators wanted to try all sorts of other genres, and yet every experiment worked.
But NewsRadio is also excellent for its visual style: for a series set in a standard office environment, the camerawork is anything but standard. The show has one of the most fluid uses of space you're likely to see in a sitcom, with characters easily moving in and out of the various spaces in the office, and with characters occupying multiple layers of screen space simultaneously. And it's probably the only mainstream sitcom I can think of where I'm always watching the frame: actors have lines from offstage, or suddenly appear out of the unlikliest places, so that you really get the sense of an entire work area being occupied all the time.
Add to all of this the breakneck speed with which the jokes come and the plot moves, and you will see why the show was so well thought of. It's too bad it had to play between lame shows like "Just Shoot Me," which took 30 minutes to do what NewsRadio could do before the opening credits. It's about time the show was released on DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best tv show ever.
Published 25 days ago by Travis Cooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance!
NewsRadio didn't quite aspire to the originality of real classics like The MTM Show or All in the Family, but at its best it achieved something almost as good, inspired... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jcd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just love this show
Published 1 month ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
I am new fan of this show....just after the first season I am a fan ,,,,, great writing, great plots.....great show.
Published 1 month ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
funny show. still entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by N Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Show should have never ended.
Published 2 months ago by jeffery p. gossett
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertianing
I always like this quirky office comedy and am still glad I bought this to watch again and again. Phil Hartman was the greatest, miss you and wish you could be in more movies!
Published 3 months ago by chad
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly casted series
This is one of the best TV comedy series ever created. No doubt some one will disagree with that, but it doesn't change the fact that this series is great and you can just keep on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Fogarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny stuff!
We watched this when it originally aired and now enjoy it at our own pace. Funny and talented cast make this one enjoyable!
Published 4 months ago by M. Dobyns
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD's
At the end of season 2, there's an extra episode, which is actually the last episode from Season 3. It's called "The Injury" but is listed The disks are supposed to be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by michael bleacher
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