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Sports Night - The Complete Series Boxed Set (1998)

Felicity Huffman , Peter Krause  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Josh Charles
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 1065 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IRH9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sports Night - The Complete Series Boxed Set" on IMDb

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  • Complete Series: 45 episodes on 6 discs

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Before there was Aaron Sorkin's West Wing, there was Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night, which followed the trials and tribulations of a smart, energetic television staff as they scrambled to put on a nightly cable sports show, not unlike ESPN's SportsCenter. Sports Night was every bit as good as its political successor--and in some ways, even better--even though it didn't have the gravitas of, say, running the country on a daily basis. You don't need to know anything about sports to appreciate the dynamics of the Sports Night news room (which bears more than a passing similarity to His Girl Friday), and the issues the cast grappled with every week ran from the serious to the frothy, always peppered with snappy Sorkin dialogue. And sadly, as befalls most quality television (TV Guide dubbed it "The Best Show You're Not Watching"), Sports Night was canceled after two seasons. But the trajectory of 45 episodes on this DVD set allows you to watch one of the best and most groundbreaking half-hour shows ever put on television.

Those familiar with Sorkin's writing style will revel in the unabashed comedy and interoffice romance on display here, and the way it's set in motion by a powerhouse cast, including Felicity Huffman's Dana (sexy, neurotic show producer), Peter Krause's Casey (goofball anchor guy), Joshua Malina's know-it-all Jeremy (staff nerd and information repository), Sabrina Lloyd's efficient Natalie (Dana's mostly unflappable assistant), and the show's two secret weapons: Robert Guillaume as executive producer Isaac, who was to Sports Night what Martin Sheen was to The West Wing, and the superb Josh Charles, who as co-anchor Dan, a man as complex as he was funny and heartbreaking, was the heart and soul of Sports Night. Damn, they just don't make TV this good anymore! --Mark Englehart

Product Description

Taut, exciting, realistic dramedy about the lives of sports journalists. It's a show about a show about sports, that isn't about sports at all.

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144 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the funniest show you never watched May 2, 2004
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[I rate it 4.5 stars.]
"Sports Night" is about an eponymous fictitious hour sports news show on the fictitious Continental Sports Channel. It's a sit-com targeted at an audience who knows what "eponymous" means without consulting a dictionary. But this comedy isn't really about sports at all. It's about intelligent, articulate people who use humor to relieve the pressures that their demanding jobs entail.
Aaron Sorkin is the creator of "Sports Night". He also created "The West Wing" a year later, and when he realized that it was a lot easier selling viewers a fictitious White House administration than a fictitious sports news crew, he dropped "Sports Night" like a hot potato. Most everyone knows that "The West Wing" isn't really about Washington politics; instead it's about intelligent, articulate people who use humor to relieve the pressures that their demanding jobs entail. But few people have even heard of "Sports Night". It's a shame, though, because "Sports Night" may be the funniest show you never watched.
There are plenty of valid criticisms of "Sports Night". For supposedly intelligent people the characters adopt a large number of unreasonable prejudices. These are all politically correct prejudices, of course. In the world of "Sports Night" when a homeless man flicks open a switchblade he's only cutting a sandwich to share. Aaron Sorkin certainly has trouble writing multiple character voices. Without seeing which characters recite which lines you'd be hard pressed to match characters with dialog from a script; the phrasing and delivery are largely interchangeable.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series ever! August 20, 2002
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Writer/creator Aaron Sorkin and director Thomas Schlamme went on to develop NBC's "The West Wing" during the second season of this wonderful series.
From the beginning, ABC had no clue of how to handle this show. First, they insisted that the producers ad a laugh track, because you don't know when to laugh. Then, they started to promote it like a soap opera, because it had serious issues to deal with at times.
Ultimately, the quality of the show came through. A fabulous cast provided excellent performances. Josh Charles ("A Few Good Men") and Sabrina Lloyd ("Sliders") are the MVPs here, consistently giving the show it's heart. Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under"), initially stiff in his "on air" role as Casey McCall, settled in well mid-first season.
The real gem here is Robert Guilamme ("Benson"), his Issac Jaffe is an excellent character brought to life with his gentle touch. Guilamme's real-life stroke was written into the series, and when he returned in the second season made for some wonderful moments and sly dialogue delivered by the veteran actor.
If you've not yet experienced this series, you may want to catch a rerun on late night Comedy Central. But, I whole-heartedly endorse adding this DVD set to your personal collection.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great nominee for the best TV show you never saw April 21, 2003
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The proof of the pudding for the value of "Sports Night" is probably the fact that my wife, who usually refrains from attending sporting events with me and invariably walks out of the room if I turn on Sports Center, loved "Sports Night." This Aaron Sorkin creation aired for roughly two seasons worth of episodes between 1998-2000, and it provides the same sort of witty repartee and verbal sparring that we get on "The West Wing," albeit without the political overtones that make it a hit or miss with the ideological sensibilities of the viewer. On this show the outrage comes out of the casual dismissal of Babe Ruth as the athlete of the century, if you are really concerned about such things, but mostly this show is about the glories of frustration.

On one level the frustration comes from the wonderful and wacky world of being the 3rd rated 11 p.m.cable sports news show, where live prize fights do not go as long as planned and a newly signed baseball free agent disses the Big Apple in an interview. This is a world where how to stretch a story 15 seconds to the next commercial break raises the distinct possibility of destroying lives or at least careers, but not as much as the grim possibility that the network will be bought by somebody who will immediately kill off the show. Unlike "Murphy Brown," the most obvious fictional show to bring up for comparison, such crises might be a source of biting humor but they are not comic situations.

But more importantly there are the love lives of the main characters, which produce considerably more frustration on the part of the viewers. Casey McCall (Peter Krause), the anchor on the right is recently divorced and has strong feelings for producer Dana Whitaker (Felicity Huffman), who reciprocates them.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST too-early-canceled series EVER July 1, 2008
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I of course cannot comment on the actual box set, since there is little information provided by Amazon on disc details at time of writing (early July 2008).

However, this was one of my favorite shows when it was on in the late 90's (I cannot believe it's been 10 years already!!!). And, it is still in my top 5 of all time to this day.

Why? Well, for one thing, just look what some of the key people involved have gone on to do after making Sports Night: The West Wing (Creator/Writer/Producer Aaron Sorkin, actor Josh Malina, plus guest spots by many SportsNight regulars), Six Feet Under (Peter Krause), Desperate Housewives (Felicity Huffman). For each of these pros, 'Sports Night' was a key launchpad for the rest of their careers.

(And, of course, the already well-respected Robert Guillaume was a key member of the cast. He suffered a debilitating stroke mid-production and still gave bravura perfomances on his return.)

This show is one of the rarest of TV gems: a comedy that does not pander, that challenges you to keep up. Anyone who regularly watched the first few seasons of 'The West Wing' will recognize one of Sorkin's favorite devices, the fast-talking, no-pauses, walking-down-the-hallway conversation. This device is not to everyone's taste, but it's a great one for the right actors and writers, and a certain species of TV viewer.

And yet, the show rewards even casual viewers with witty, incisive, insightful commentary and critique of just about everything. It's just plain funny most of the time.

The tagline was "It's about sports. The way Charlie's Angels was about law enforcement". And that about sums it up. Its focus is on human relationships in that most volatile environment, the workplace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sports Night
I love this TV show. I just wish it would have been longer than 2 seasons! I will watch it over and over again!
Published 13 days ago by kari falk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Highly under-rated at the time. A little uneven (couldn't seem to decide when to use a laugh track or not, which was unnerving sometimes) but the writing was amazing, and look at... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Rebecca Marano
5.0 out of 5 stars Draft day baby!
Great extras including interviews with Aaron Sorkin, producers, directors and cast as well as episode commentaries, deleted scenes and bloopers.
Published 1 month ago by Desi
1.0 out of 5 stars Disc was scratchy
Every episode doesn't work for the first few seconds, but it eventually starts working again. It skips, and gets a little funny a few times an episode. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to find it!
I was VERY happy to find this complete series set at such a good price.
It's hard to find good tv anymore . . . Sick of reality TV !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Ayresbk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition
I was a big fan of the show and this edition has Bonus DVD's with interesting behind the scenes footage, interviews, commentaries and gag reels. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sluggo
5.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY HUSBAND
This was a gift for my husband & he loved it. He really liked the show when it was on tv because it is well written.
Published 2 months ago by eileen gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for awhile-gets old quickly
Witty, fast-paced dialogue. Pretty good acting. Enjoyed seeing Robert Guillaume and also Peter Krause of Six Feet Under. Some meaningful scripts about unsung heroes in sports. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alex Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great gift
Another gift to my husband, the one who has everything...he has only watched a few episodes, but apparently it's still as funny as it once was.
Published 3 months ago by kmbrody12
5.0 out of 5 stars San Antone bound
Early Aaron Sorkin, produced by Brian Glazer and Ron Howard, smart and funny. Like an early "Newsroom". Excellent. Thank you.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Winslow
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