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Sports Night: Season 1

Josh Charles , Felicity Huffman , Thomas Schlamme  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Robert Guillaume, Sabrina Lloyd
  • Directors: Thomas Schlamme
  • Format: Box set, Color, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030ATZIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sports Night: Season 1" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

From Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme, the creative masterminds behind The West Wing and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, comes Sports Night, an innovative half-hour program about the team of smart people responsible for putting on a nightly live sports news show. They arre funny, disciplined, capable and fast-thinking, a group of consummate professionals, except when it comes to their personal lives.

Combining the storytelling talents of Sorkin and Schlamme and unforgettable performances by Josh Charles (In Treatment), Robert Guillaume (Benson), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Sabrina Lloyd (Sliders) and Joshua Malina (The West Wing), the first season of Sports Night defined a new style and raised the bar for all television programs to follow.

Bonus Features

* The Show: All-new interviews with creator Aaron Sorkin, director Thomas Schlamme and members of the cast and crew reveal the story of Sports Night from inception to cancellation to legacy.

* Face-Off ESPN SportsCenter vs. CSC Sports Night: The real-life counterparts to Sports Nights fictional team tell us what the show got right. Featuring SportsCenter anchors Josh Elliot and Jay Harris, Senior Coordinating Producers Glenn Jacobs and Michael Schiffman, Associate Producer Elizabeth Sosbee and Researcher David Rose.

* Season One Gag Reel

* Five Commentaries With Creators, Cast and Crew

Customer Reviews

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Sports Night is an intelligent comedy that rarely uses "slapstick" antics for a laugh, but relies instead on the clever, witty, rapid-fire dialogue. This show is quite a bit more light-hearted than West Wing, and doesn't delve into deep political topics, but it does often touch on a subject that will make you think, and quite possibly inspire you. It earned several Emmy nominations, and was declared by TV Guide as "Rookie of the Year" and "Best Show You're Not Watching".

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A SPORTS FAN TO LOVE THIS SHOW! I have friends who don't care for sports at all, but would absolutely never miss an episode. Sorkin masterfully integrates sports as a background, and weaves it into an occasional amusing subplot; but this show is about the relationships and interactions among the characters, not about the sports they cover.

And yet I don't recommend you buy this particular product (Season One). Why? Because for a few dollars more you can get the entire series (Seasons One and Two), and I can almost guarantee that when you're done with the first season you're going to want to watch the second one.

RATING/CONTENT: There's no rating in the product info, and I don't know what the TV people gave the show for rating/content, but here's my assessment:
--Violence: none, except when you get laughing so hard your sides hurt. TV-G
--Language: I can't specifically remember any swearing; if there is, it's certainly mild compared to many tv shows. There is some innuendo, however. TV-PG
--Sex: referenced in dialogue only, no graphic scenes at all; this show is about relationships, not sex, though some sexual references are made. Probably TV-PG, at worst TV-14
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my top 10 TV shows list October 24, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Many reviewers hit the highlights of this show: witty, intelligent dialog; talented cast and well-developed characters; funny and substantial at the same time. It is still relevant today - I find myself repeating lines from this show often in my job. And it's true, you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it.

Specifically about the DVDs, I had the first set of DVDs and replaced them with the 10th anniversary edition. The director and actor commentaries, plus the other extras, made it worth it if you are a fan of this show.

Haven't seen Sports Night or any of Aaron Sorkin's other shows? Give this a try if you like The Good Wife (which also features Josh Charles), or if you roll your eyes at morning radio shows. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series October 8, 2013
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This was fun to watch when it was on TV the first time but this time around you realized things you missed before. It was a great series and if you were a fan of Sports Center, you will really enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written and funny September 20, 2013
By DoFe
Format:Amazon Instant Video
written by aaron sorkin. the guy is brilliant. he also wrote west wing and an american president (movie). they too were excellent. sports night is funny (lots of sarcasm), well written, and if you like sports (don't have to) you will find this show well worth the time. it is excellent from th efirst episode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, poignant, awesome July 20, 2012
By woodx
I only recently discovered Sports Night thanks to a friend. What a great TV show. Cast is fantastic and writing is very well done. Typical fast-paced Sorkin dialog, but still feels fresh thanks to the quality of the material, light-hearted approach and enjoyable cast.

Sports Night is a mix of comedy and drama, featuring plenty of laughs, but also blending a serious element around the personal difficulties of various cast members. You don't have to be a sports fan, as that is not the focus of the show, but they do a great job capturing the excitement of live television.

Felicity Huffman is absolute solid gold. She creates an interesting, funny, sensitive and complex portrait of the show producer. The two anchors are also excellent, as is Joshua Molina. There are no real weak links, everyone plays their role effectively.

Season One starts out strong, building in the early middle to some absolutely fantastic episodes. Those are followed by one overly talkative, off-form, stage dialog episode that feels out of place, but then it takes off again to a strong conclusion. Season Two also ends very strong, the show definitely evolving in it second season.

This is a show that flew under the wire, but definitely deserves consideration as one of the greats. Shame it only lasted two seasons.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent and under-appreciated show November 20, 2012
By Kitten
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I managed to miss watching this show when it came out 14 years ago (no DVR back then), but I'm a huge fan of Sorkin, so I'm finally taking the time to enjoy this. The only annoying part is the laugh track (which is the reason I took off one star) - but this was several years before Arrested Development, and laugh tracks were still an integral part of comedies, so it has to be endured. Otherwise, it's as good as expected. And how could it be otherwise with such a fantastic cast! With some of the typical Sorkin monologues & dialogues about issues, it's much more than a mindless sit-com or even just a show about sports. Sort of "The Newsroom Lite" in some respects.
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By Nicole
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I really like all the actors on this show and I loved "The West Wing" (I will say the impassioned speeches seem out of place here). I hate that there is a laugh track. No need. Half the time it's a drama anyway - the laughing reminds me they're acting. I'm only a handful of episodes in, so I hope they figure it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Hilarious show with quick wit and fun characters - fast paced and entertaining :) my favorite is Jeremy's interview! Fun
Published 1 month ago by Elle
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite show
This is one of my favorite shows ever. Not because it is based on a sports show but the incredible writing, subject matter and cast. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anorama
5.0 out of 5 stars fast paced, good writing
Well written, fast paced, great actors! Many of these stars have gone on to other sitcoms or movies and I would like to follow all of their work. Good comedy!
Published 2 months ago by Nancy McRae
5.0 out of 5 stars Would have loved to finish it...
We were loving the show and watching a couple of episodes every night...

Then it was pulled from the Prime lineup. So sad. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight but fun
Have viewed just six episodes free with my Amazon Prime but now they've slapped a fee on viewing the first season so while happy with the series, unhappy with Amazon
Published 2 months ago by Walter A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment
Great cast, snappy dialog and a story line that is different from what's on TV now. (not a lawyer or cop in the bunch)
Published 2 months ago by John Burkholder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show! Why did amazon pull it from prime????
Nice original show. One with a heart, script, and good cast of actors that have since gone on to some fame. When it aired originally there was no laugh track. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Drew King
1.0 out of 5 stars From free to charging?
I've been watching this show on my Amazon Prime for free for the last month, then I go in and they are not charging to watch the episodes?

Really? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dark Maiden
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
First rate and ahead of its time. Witty banter in the Sorkin style with compact episodes running 23-24 minutes in length. I prefer it to The Newsroom. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cecil E. Haithcock
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and Mostly Clever
Funny lines and situations are plentiful, even if they overlap to the point of missing some content. Read more
Published 2 months ago by martinrmiller
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Why the re-release of Season 1?
I agree, but at least this is going to have extras on it that wasn't on the original releases. Don't know if they are on the 10th anniversary one though. I have the regular yellow box set.
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