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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - The Complete Series (2007)

Steven Weber , Matthew Perry  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Steven Weber, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, Sarah Paulson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 931 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (947 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JPI6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,003 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Complete Series (DVD)

Aaron Sorkin, bless him, believes that "the people who watch television shows aren't dumber than the people who make television shows." He also believes that "quality is not anathema to profit." He puts these idealistic words into the mouth of Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet), the new, impolitic NBS TV president whose first order of business is to revitalize the network's cash cow, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a long-running live late-night sketch-comedy series reeling from the Howard Beale-esque on-air meltdown of its creator (Judd Hirsch, alas, limited to the pilot episode). With this Upstairs/Backstage look at Studio 60's tumultuous network politics and stormy personal relationships, Sorkin, the creator of Sports Night and The West Wing, once again tried to raise the bar of prime time fare. That he didn't quite clear it makes this one-season wonder a fascinating object lesson of great hopes and dashed expectations. Studio 60 was perhaps the most hotly debated series of the 2006 season and, love it or hate it, all its strengths and flaws can be savored and savaged anew with this complete-series set.

Pretty much above reproach is the ensemble. Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford head the cast as comedy writer Matt and executive producer Danny, former Studio 60 hands whom Jordan brings back to "save" the show. Steven Weber costars as network chairman Jack Rudolph, who clashes with Jordan over reality programming (he wants it, she doesn't), is embroiled in network negotiations with China, and must fend off angry affiliates offended by such sketches as "Crazy Christians." Jordan contends with becoming tabloid fodder after her ex-husband leaks scandalous details of their past. Meanwhile, Matt, a sardonic atheist, is in a whole Ross and Rachel thing with Harriet (Emmy nominee Sarah Paulson), who is devoutly religious and the show's galvanizing star performer (she does do a mean Holly Hunter). Studio 60 has much to say about comedy in wartime, the divided states of America, the creative process, and patriotism. Some of it is deftly handled, some of it is ham-handed and some of it patronizing. Most of it is delivered in Sorkin's signature chock-a-block style and with walk-and-talk urgency. But even at its most maddening, there are enough riveting moments (a performance by displaced New Orleans musicians in "The Christmas Show"), jaw-dropping developments ("I'm coming for you, Jordan," warns Danny, suddenly-turned romantic stalker), and indelible performances (John Goodman's Emmy-winning turn as a plain-speaking Pahrump, NV judge not impressed with the Hollywood types before him in the two-part "Nevada Day") to make Studio 60 a series worth revisiting, if only as a guilty pleasure. The pilot episode commentary by Sorkin and director Thomas Schlamme, as well as a behind-the-scenes featurette, were produced before the show was canceled, robbing this series' fervent fans of the opportunity for some closure. --Donald Liebenson

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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A step in the evolution of television. July 5, 2007
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On the one hand, it didn't crackle the same way Sports Night or The West Wing did, and plot inconsistencies and occasional heavy handedness revealed a show that never fully trusted its truth. Still, I can't shake the feeling that Studio 60 is a link in an evolution toward a new, more complicated, more interesting television. NBC should have given it more time to find itself. Doing that would have benefitted the network, the audience, maybe even the society (that's a lot of pressure!)

Imperfections included, Studio 60 made me laugh, it made me cry, it literally made me cheer, and it did what Aaron Sorkin's work always does: celebrate the human condition (instead of tearing it down, as many shows do.) Like other Sorkin series, Studio 60 focused on people of good will doing their best to support each other and create something of value. I inevitably felt cleansed when I watched it, and I didn't clear the episodes from my DVR until the DVD was in my mailbox.

As for the DVD, I wish there had been more extras on it than the Pilot commentary, and a mini-documntary made early in the season. It would have been fascinating to hear Mr. Sorkin and his partner Tommy Schlamme have an honest discussion of the strengths and weaknesses, successes and demise of this show. What can be learned from the path Studio 60 traveled?

I hope Mr. Sorkin keeps on evolving, and keeps on writing television, plays and films (and books, too), 'cause his dialogue excites my mind, and his work fills my soul.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just saw the last show June 28, 2007
Just watched the last show. I still can't believe that it has been cancelled. Witty, intelligent, perhaps sometimes a bit "snotty" but always entertaining. Perhaps with all the drivel on television that now passes for entertainment, this show was just too smart and required the viewer to actually think about what was being presented, is why it failed. Could it actually be that if "West Wing" was first being premiered this fall that it would also not last one season? The chemistry between Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford needs to be seen. By the way, the ending was absolutely perfect. I really wish that one of the intelligent cable channels had picked this show up. How ironic that while Studio 60 was winding down, NBC had the nerve to show commercials for some really stupid show about singing bee?
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show - wasn't given a fair run. July 23, 2007
Unlike most reviewers here, I had never watched a single episode of any other Sorkin project. The only reason I even watched it in the first place was because I left the TV on after Heroes and listened to it as I washed dishes. As time went on, I found that I would forget to watch Heroes on a regular basis, but would always remember to tune into Studio 60. I loved the entire cast. They made such an amazing ensemble - particularly Matthew Perry, whom I had never seen do anything on TV other than "Friends." I was blown away by his performance but truly I loved EVERYONE (well, not so much Sarah Paulson, but I can't tell if it was because her character was obnoxious or if she was obnoxious... I loved her because Matt Albie loved her.)

I will miss this show - I really think it could have gone somewhere if it was given the opportunity to breathe. It was mis-advertised as a comedy - which it wasn't, there were funny moments, but it wasn't a comedy. Many critics didn't like how the depiction of the behind the scenes world of television was so "unrealistic" - well, it doesn't seem to matter much when the world that is being portrayed unrealistically is an ER, Hospital room, politician's office, etc.

I enjoyed the drama, I held my breath, I laughed, I definitely cried, I loved every moment and at the close of each episode, I would always look at my husband and say "wow, what a great episode"

Sorry to see it go. I'm getting the DVDs.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked West Wing you'll love this... January 2, 2007
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I used to work in the biz... sit com production. So, I didn't want to watch this show because I thought it would just be another inside Hollywood show developed by people who are enamored by what they do and thinking it funny/engaging to the rest of the world. I was wrong and am now addicted to this show just like I was for a time to West Wing. The dialogue is so engaging and smart - why do so many of us turn on TV and tune out when this type of delightful character banter is available for consumption? I will weep when this show gets canceled. I'm rather certain that the content may prove to be too narrow to engage middle America which is so very sad because there is more to this show than just an insider's view into TV production. Watch it and see...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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It's doomed.

Face it: their vocabulary is above elementary school level, the insider behavior is engaging and believable (except for their fictional ability to actually get smart and witty television on the air) and the historical and theatrical references are simultaneously witty and funny.

I found the visit by a blacklisted writer for Cid Caesar touching, and not even a little preachy (as some critics have accused). There is an abundance of drama (high and petty) and a paucity (oh, look it up) of slapstick. They deride the left, the right, the left for deriding the right, the law, the press... Everything except what every other cheap-shot comic in town is making fun of: Politicians, the daily paper and celebrities gone embarrassingly wild.

So who could watch this show? The usual sitcom fans would have to, at least once per episode, confess that they "didn't get that". The show is honest, thus immediately alienating the pretentious. The casual viewer would be lost after missing even one character-development-filled episode. The dialog is too fast for those on weed, and too subtle for those on meth.

Once you rule out the stupid, the pretentious, the lazy and the junkies it's just you and me watching the show, brother. And I don't think A.C. Nielsen will be impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot imagine why this series was discontinued. It ...
I cannot imagine why this series was discontinued. It is witty, has complex characters, is well written, excellently cast and very entertaining. Read more
Published 19 days ago by RFR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Aaron Sorkin's politics suck...His writing and creativity more than make up for that...<vbg>
Published 24 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Miss this smart, funny show and its teller cast.
Published 26 days ago by Barbara J. Steinhauser
5.0 out of 5 stars This was one of the best series EVER
This was one of the best series EVER! So very sad it lastest only one year. I have watched all 22 episodes 4 times and will again and again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MGudub98
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best AAron Sorkin Series and story lines
This is one of the best AAron Sorkin Series and story lines. IIncredible dialog and even better writing and performances. Add it to your video collection now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James M. Forbes
3.0 out of 5 stars John Goodman's in the two part Nevada Days episodes is all good.
Sorkin starts out strong but loses his way. First three episodes are worth watching. John Goodman's in the two part Nevada Days episodes is all good.
Published 1 month ago by Steven S Payson
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a second look.
Stunningly well written by the ever terrific writer Aaron Sorkin. Check for Howard from Big Bang Theory in an early role as a featured player. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. lillich
5.0 out of 5 stars so if you like screwball comedies and fast paced banter and "buddy...
Okay, so if you like screwball comedies and fast paced banter and "buddy films", it's almost a sure thing that you, too, will like this wonderful series.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vonna Viglione
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show!
Published 2 months ago by Hunter M Horste
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great writing great acting great production
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Any chance NBC would bring it back?
Studio 60 is immensely magnetic. Watching the series for the first time (2/11). Cancelled? So I read the nominations and reviews and studied the demographics. Charts reveal the numbers falling off. Economics and forecasts killed the series. But wait. What was the show playing up against? ... Read More
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Why are there reviews on a product that doesn't exist?
R. C. Harris Jr.'s post is both germane and misses the mark at the same time. Yes, normally a review should be of the product; of the quality of a DVD set, for example, the extras and access features. Sometimes, however, a review is of content for the purpose of convincing the copyright owners... Read More
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