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Newsradio - The Complete Fourth Season (1995)

Dave Foley , Stephen Root , Alan Myerson , Gregg Heschong  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney, Vicki Lewis
  • Directors: Alan Myerson, Gregg Heschong, James Burrows, Joe Furey, Judi Elterman
  • Writers: Alan J. Higgins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FBH3WW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Newsradio - The Complete Fourth Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Cast and crew commentaries
  • Short Film: One Man News Radio
  • Gag reel
  • Contains all 22 episodes on 3 discs: Jumper, Planbe, The Public Domain, Super Karate Monkey Death Car, French Diplomacy, Pure Evil, Catherine Moves On, Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show, The Secret of Management, Look Who's Talking, Chock, Who's the Boss: Part 1, Who's the Boss: Part 2, Security Door, Big Brother, Beep, Beep, Balloon, Copy Machine, Monster Rancher, 4:20, Jackass Junior High, Sinking Ship

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Short Synopsis: 50,000 watts of pure comedy! Join the wackiest crew at WNYX radio, New York's finest, in the fourth season on DVD. Long Synopsis: Tune in to New York City radio station WNYX if you like your news straight ... and your comedy utterly off the wall! In its fourth outrageous season, NEWSRADIO captures the screwball absurdity of office politics with one of the funniest ensemble casts ever assembled. Dave Foley (TV's "The Kids in the Hall") plays the overworked news director who has to rein in a team of misfits. But office clown Matthew (MTV's Andy Dick) won't act normally, ambitious producer Lisa (Maura Tierney, TV's "ER") won't back down, duct tape-obsessed handyman Joe (Joe Rogan, TV's "Fear Factor") won't stop "fixing" things ... and irrepressible anchorman Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman, TV's "Saturday Night Live") won't shut up! The sublime silliness reaches new heights in 22 episodes featuring guest appearances from Lauren Graham (TV's "Gilmore Girls"), Jon Lovitz (

With the departure of Khandi Alexander in the seventh episode, the radio-station sitcom became looser and wackier as the season went on. No new costar was immediately brought in, allowing other actors to do more, especially Phil Hartman as WNYX's blowhard anchor, Bill McNeil. Hartman rises to the challenge in his last season; he tragically died before the start of season 5. Bill gets to be boss for a day, works on his lounge act, interviews a jumper (fellow SNL alum Jon Lovitz, his second go-around on the show), tries to prove he can tell jokes, seeks adoption, and invents interviews with celebrities. The penultimate 22-epoisode fourth season starts off with a goody-two-shoes efficiency expert played by future Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham raising havoc: Matthew (Andy Dick) is fired (but still hangs around the station), Lisa (Maura Tierney) takes over as manager, and Dave (Dave Foley) winds up as Bill's producer. When the expert leaves, things return to relatively normal with episodes on the new security system, owner Mr. James's (Stephen Root) ballooning adventure, Joe (Joe Rogan) showing his Ultimate Fighting persona, Beth (Vicki Lewis) going British for a charity auction, and the annual fantasy-episode placing the station on the Titanic. The show seemed ready to hit the mainstream by the end of the season, even introducing a new character, Mr. James's hunk nephew (Brad Rowe) who short circuits the office romances (Dave and Lisa are still apart, despite the "help" of others). Alexander certainly didn't have enough to do on the show, but her final episode is the season's best. When she quickly states she's leaving and runs out the door, everyone has a different version of what happened, played out with hilarious results. As before, the DVD set has commentary roundtables on a few key episodes and 20 minutes of knee-slapping bloopers. --Doug Thomas

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Superb Installment of NewsRadio April 30, 2006
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The 1990s were a notoriously bad decade for sitcoms. Hundreds of Seinfeld- and Wayans-wannabes flooded the airwaves and, in general, aside from Seinfeld and Sports Night, few had any originality or staying power. NewsRadio is a glorious exception, a bright and occasionally very biting comedy about the workplace which is kindred to Mary Tyler Moore and Newhart more so than to Just Shoot Me. NewsRadio's laughs came from brilliant observations, recurring gags, well-defined characters and logical but wacky plotlines. It was close in vein to Seinfeld's unsentimentality, but far more vicious: one example is in season 3's Daydream episode, for those who saw it, has all the characters experiencing revealing daydreams. It features a vendor whose dream is to be one of the "gang" at WNYX, but as it turns out is hardly known and barely tolerated. NewsRadio invests more in its characters than do most dramas, and never settles for the half-assed laugh-track banality of its contemporaries. This is why it developed such a following, even if it was a very small percentage of the population.

The fourth season of NewsRadio is once again a triumph. With every season, the show kept building upon itself and getting better. There were notable guest appearances: Jon Lovitz has another guest appearance, this time as a suicide jumper exactly one year before joining the cast. Additionally, a pre-Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham begins a stint in this season as an efficiency expert. There were some departures as well: first, Khandi Alexander left the show, despite the fact that her initially poorly-written character had improved a great deal; and, of course, Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife after this season. The knowledge of this invariably tints the experience of watching this season.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NewsRadio Is Great April 14, 2006
By A. Venn
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Newsradio is a prime example of a great cast having a great time on a great show.

In a word?


Its also a fitting tribute to the genius of Phil Hartman, an

amazing actor, comedian & allround good guy who met a tragic end.

Buy them for the memories, remember how funny every cast member was & pay your respects to the unforgettable Phil.

10 Stars out of 5.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Show Ever! May 31, 2006
Just my favorite show of all time. Unfortunately overlooked by audiences, but it's comedic genious is in every episode which is just so rare in today's comedy arena. Sometimes you miss jokes because you are still laughing from the last joke, which means the episodes have multiple watches. I hope you enjoy!

I just wanted to add to the one's review who did not have information on episode 63.

Episode 63. Look Who's Talking. Dave and Lisa are surprised to learn that Bill is looking into adopting a baby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Season 4 - Hi-O!! May 19, 2006
Warning: Viewing "NewsRadio" can be addicting. Even watching a few episodes can cause you rush out and by ever available season. Season 3 was one of the best seasons ever (few sitcoms ever have seasons that great) and Season 4 picks up where S3 left off.

The episodes dealing with Matthew getting fired and then asked back is hysterical. If you liked the Space Spoof at the end of Season 3, then you're in luck because Season 4 ends with a Titanic spoof.

Do yourself a favor and own one of the most original, well cast, masterfully written shows to ever air on television. NewsRadio is a must own!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great season R.I.P Phil Hartman. April 17, 2006
This season is one of the best I've ever seen. I've started watching the show on a regular basis starting with this season premiere's episode, "Jumper". It's sad to also see that this was the last season for Catherine Duke (Khandi Alexander) and at the end of the season Bill McNeill (Phil Hartman) died. However, I really like this season and hopefully it will include some featurette on the 4th season and the 5th season, the reflection on Bill McNeill's life (Phil Hartman) of course.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time August 11, 2006
By Rf Mohn
After Seinfeld this is the funniest American sitcom of all time.
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It is satisfying to read about the "Newsradio" fourth season, and to see many of one's hunches confirmed. The third season, which I really believed was better than the first two, was the lowest rated season of its five season run, and one can see in season 4 exactly the kind of changes, giving things I found missing in previous seasons. The most obvious is the addition of two to four episode arcs in the plot. The first was when an efficiency expert had Matthew (Andy Dick) fired to eliminate wasteful expenses. The second arc was when Lisa (Maura Tierney) replaced Dave (Dave Foley) as News Director. It may not be surprising if none of these arcs worked very well, since they were done at the urging of the network, against the wishes of the principle writers. None came even within shouting distance of the great arc in the relationship between Diane and Sam on "Cheers", which had us going for the better part of two seasons, with enough bumps in the road to make the genuine attraction between the two that much more engaging. I suggest the writers knew what they were doing, since the most memorable episodes were "standalone", such as episode 17 "Balloon" and "President", episode 1 of season 3, both highlighting Jimmy James (Stephen Root). The last episode, of which I will avoid giving away any spoilers, was possibly a classic example of what has been described as "jumping the shark", where a series is in trouble, and it tries something gimmicky to recoup viewers. One thing from which the show did not recover is the loss of Khandi Alexander, about a third of the way through the season. She never played a big role, but her character was a great contrast to the assortment of misfits and inept managers.That loss removed the basis for about four or five good lines per episode. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
funny show that'll make you nostalgia for the '90's.
Published 2 months ago by N Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Esemble comedy at its best. Bill hartman is a hoot. Ive had a crush on Maurny Tierney ever since
Published 2 months ago by jeffery p. gossett
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great show. Only show I can stand Andy Dick ...
This was a great show. Only show I can stand Andy Dick in. They had a great cast that worked very well together. Some of Joe Rogan's best stuff.
Published 2 months ago by COREYF
5.0 out of 5 stars The last thing Phil Hartman did
I got the complete series, but after reading reviews decided to get them individually. One season had goo on the DVDs, but this one is okay. Read more
Published 5 months ago by michael bleacher
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite season
I think this season is when the cast was on a hot streak. All the episodes could be a classic. This is the season they thought would be their last so you have the incredible... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Statham
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Riot
Some of the funniest people, put in some of the craziest situations, to ever be recorded. This is great stuff.
Published 6 months ago by T. Durden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Love this show. Crazy Funny. I wish they had not canceled it. Create group of actors all in one show.
Published 9 months ago by Irritated-in-Seattle
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for ELL
I bought this episode to show to a class of non native English speakers to explain why writing everything in your native language and then running it through a translating program... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eduardo D. Mendez
5.0 out of 5 stars Best SitCom EVER!!!!
All-star Cast
Classic humor, sarcasm, and dry wit

No matter how many times a watch it, I laugh at every episode.
Published 17 months ago by Matthew J Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time great
I resent having to write a specific amount of words as part of my review. I don't want to!!!! I just want to rate by stars and get out!!!!!!!!!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by cheryl renee pitt
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