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166 of 177 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny and underrated.
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...
Published on November 24, 2003 by Michael A. Brown

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but video quality is awful
This is a fabulous show. Wickedly funny with a quick wit, an ensemble cast which clicked from the very beginning, perfectly cast. I love it. This is one show that needed no time at all to find its legs. The DVDs include 20 audio commentaries. I've only had a chance to listen to one so far, but it was very entertaining, and I have high hopes the others will be as well...
Published on May 25, 2005 by Larry Harris


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166 of 177 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny and underrated., November 24, 2003
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This review is from: NewsRadio - The Complete First & Second Seasons (DVD)
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
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"uager" (Miami, FL United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: NewsRadio - The Complete First & Second Seasons (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
This review is from: NewsRadio - The Complete First & Second Seasons (DVD)
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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars update. .sell sorta, October 23, 2004
This review is from: NewsRadio - The Complete First & Second Seasons (DVD)
On October 18th Dave Foley was on The Screensavers on G4TechTV. He stated in the interview that they just got done with the final touches on the series release and should ship before the end of the year. He also mentioned that he doesn't have a whole lot to do with the release date, but mentioned it was coming. Man I just cannot wait to see this show again. I watch it everynight back to back, that's right an hours worth every night, when they showed reruns on one of the odd stations. Anyways I just thought I'd throw that out there. Oh and i check the show note and they didn't put it in there, but there was a little blurb about The kids in the Hall.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good times, goood times, December 17, 2003
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NewsRadio was simply the best work-comedy of its time, like "Mary Tyler Moore," "MASH," and "Cheers" before it. Because it wasn't afraid to defy the conventions of the form, it didn't get the popularity or respect it deserved. If you're not planning on buying this DVD, you should rent it and see for yourself.
If you don't find something to laugh at in every episode, you don't have much of a sense of humor and I bid you good day. I said GOOD DAY, sir!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a brilliant show..., March 31, 2005
This review is from: NewsRadio - The Complete First & Second Seasons (DVD)
Unfortunately like most have said, it never got the recognition is really deserved. The writing was superb and the humor was quite smart, not dull like so many other shows. Dave Foley is great as a young lovable boss from the midwest. Stephen Root is absolutely fantastic as the eccentric billionaire owner who loves to hang around the station. Nobody can possibly forget Phil Hartman's role as the pompous on air talent who has an ego the size space and the wits to match. Andy Dick does a great true to self impersonation of a clumsy socially inept co-worker who only leaves his apartment of cats to go to work. Joe Rogan plays a great tough guy electrician of the station who makes his own equipment while going on about conspiracy theories. Maura Tierney does a wonderful job of playing the cute and smart love interest of Dave Foley's which they try to hide behind closed doors. Khandi Alexander does a great job matching wits with Phil as the other on air talent whom is always rivaling his character and Beth tops it off by playing the offbeat secrety of Dave Foley who indulges in some of the strangest habits.

Only word of mouth might be able to give as much credit as this show deserves. Some might say it lost it's touch after Phil passed away and Jon Lovitz replaced him, but I believe they trooped on with most of the cast (Khandi Alexander eventually left afterwords) and still put out some remarkable episodes. It makes me wonder not only what would be in store if they were able to put together at least one more season, but rather why didn't NBC promote the hell out of such a golden show like this. Sure, it's a sleeper hit, but trust me, once you get your first taste, you'll be hooked and it'll sit up there with some of the most loved shows ever made, please support the continuation of releases and purchases this DVD, it is completely worth it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good sitcom. Wait ... isn't that an oxymoron?, September 20, 2004
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Whoever is in charge of these DVDs is just sadistic! AAH! I can't stand it anymore! Why play with my emotions like this? As stated a million times before, this is simply the best and most underrated sitcom of all-time. This show also has the best running gags that I have ever seen. Yes, everybody on the show is brilliant. Yes, NBC killed this critically acclaimed show. And no, there aren't reruns anymore. You can tell you're a junkie when you visit this Web site 27 times a day to see if there are any updates. I have faith this will come out in 2004 with a bunch of extras. (Followed closely by three more seasons?) The best thing about this show was the fact that it started out like a normal (extremely funny) sitcom, but the longer this show was on the air, the more absurdist it became. Season five--which most people say went too far--even has a special place in my heart, including the Worst Episode Ever award for the "Wedding" episode, which ironically was NBC's spotlight episode for the week. (They really were trying to kill off this show, weren't they?) This show has truly achieved the cult status it deserves. Let's all say "tubalcain" together and hopefully this will be released immediately. Until next time: gazziza, dilzoofus.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sniff, sniff, December 2, 2004
This review is from: NewsRadio - The Complete First & Second Seasons (DVD)
Today marks the one year anniversary of the date I ever so happily placed my order for Newsradio. Delivery estimate: February 11 - February 13, 2004. I was so young, so naive...
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