Sports Night: Season 1
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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.
* 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
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.
Then it was pulled from the Prime lineup. So sad. Guess I'll get the DVDs from the library to finish it.
Definitely worth watching at least once, especially since it's available for free on Amazon Prime Video with a Prime membership!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Discovered this series in reruns and loved it! Great writing, great cast and well paced! Just had to have the DVD set and even streamed it! Love it!Published 19 days ago by Goldenlover2
love this show, funny/witty with interesting characters. not as well developed as later Sorkin shows, but still worth a watch for the banter.Published 1 month ago by SC23
I enjoyed this program when it first aired and its still good. I plan on watching many more episodes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David A. Roberts
The canned laughter inhibits viewing. Unlike Aaron Sorkin's dramas, this is more comedic, and misses the mark.Published 9 months ago by hungry reader
I love this series but the video quality on this down load is terrible. DO NOT BUY !!!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I look forward to the next season which is not on DVD. Unfortunately, some of the really good shows don't make it.Published 10 months ago by R. Archer