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The Newsroom - The Complete Series (1996)

Tanya Allen , Nancy Beatty  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tanya Allen, Nancy Beatty, Mark Farrell, Karen Hines, Jeremy Hotz
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media/Image
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 310 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BG1OM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Newsroom - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary/interview track with Ken Finkleman
  • "Inside The Newsroom" documentary
  • Cast bios
  • Promos for Escape from the Newsroom, the TV movie

Editorial Reviews

In the same vein as "The Larry Sanders Show", "The Newsroom" exploits the foibles behind the scenes of a television program (this time a Canadian public newsroom rather than a talk show), using dark humor and incredible wit. Ken Finkleman stars as George Findlay, a news director with few morals, an affection for bran muffins, and a BMW constantly in need of repair. (One of the funniest running jokes of the series is his quarrels with his BMW dealer, who must submit to George's tasteless anti-German remarks; when the dealer refuses to send someone to pick up George's car in order to fix a broken window, George retorts, "Well, listen, you had no trouble sending people over to Poland.") Finkleman is supported by a wonderful cast, including a less-than-submissive intern (she refuses to run his errands), two producers who are happy to "alter" the news, and a somewhat clich?©d anchorman who makes bubbleheaded on-air faux pas. This set contains all 13 episodes of the show. For those lucky enough to have seen "The Newsroom" on television, this is a wonderful chance to relive the hilarious moments. For those who have yet to see the program, this is the perfect opportunity to discover one of the most intelligent and clever television shows made. "--Jenny Brown"

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Newsroom" is sophisticated and wickedly funny satire. September 30, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
If you love writing, acting and overall production like "Sports Night," "SCTV," and "Northern Exposure," you should feel your intelligence and funny bone rewarded with "Newsroom." What is it about Canadians that makes them so talented at very urbane parody and satire? They really know how to hit their target with just the right characterizations. Well, they got my attention big time with this series, which is now a part of my entertainment library.
Note: Somebody from Chicago told me that her cousin worked in the actual newsroom and offices where the series was filmed during working hours. I have this image of these stories being played out in the middle of the characters that inspired them. Funny is as funny does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surpasses most major network sitcoms by a landslide. August 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have had the pleasure of watching the series a number of times and continue to find it just as enjoyable with subsequent viewings. Proves that it takes canadian wit mixed with public broadcasting to produce a quality television show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Support quality programming August 29, 2004
I purchased this disc on something of a whim. I had seen a few bits and pieces of The Newsroom on TV, and liked it. Finkleman seemed like a smart (and funny) guy. And boy, was I right!
This disc is perfect for fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm. And, yes, Trailer Park Boys, though The Newsroom is certainly more low-key. I must admit that I enjoy this even more than Curb Your Enthusiasm. I don't find the storylines far-fetched at all, though I do with Curb, as sometimes the bizarre coincidences and happenings seem too staged. Ken Finkleman's character, George Findlay, is the Canadian equivalent to Larry David. He can be very nice and intelligent, but quite often difficult and PETTY (there's a whole episode dedicated to that!). He's also something of a womanizer and has a bit of a drug habit. He's the most likeable unlikeable guy on TV (along with Larry David). Watch his little white lies turn into a webby mess every episode.
The rest of the cast is excellent. There's the ignorant newscaster, the scheming writers, and Audrey, the young intern who is one of the few people in the newsroom with a good head on her shoulders.
On these two discs you have ALL the episodes (only thirteen aired; it's uncanadian to support the national arts), and a nice documentary. A good addition to anyone's collection of comedy, satire, or Canadiana.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant March 7, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
One of the best sitcoms of all time. Canadian television at its best. Excellent satire of tv news.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garry Shandling, get out your notebook June 25, 2000
By jim
Format:VHS Tape
I was lucky enough to stumble upon "The Newsroom" on PBS, and after having only caught 3 episodes, they stopped showing it. Right away, I searched far and wide over the internet for this boxed set, and it's one of my most prized possessions. A half hour of this show is funnier than most of today's two hour movies. It's perfect in every aspect: writing, acting, directing, and laughs. It remains one of my favorite TV shows or movies, and if you like classics like this is spinal tap, larry sanders show, or network, this you have to check out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! December 15, 2004
One of the best comedic series ever. Ken Finkleman is a brilliant, twisted writer, who is able to create a TV show that captures the insidiousness of the network news and office politics. Unfortunately, the show is only 13 episodes. The best of which is "The Campaign." If you enjoy "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," or "The Larry Sanders Show," you'll love this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Edge Satire April 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This series includes a wonderful send up of Fellini and the last episode features a political campaign with the most cynical but halarious finish...this is the darkest humor - but with an accent and a smile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great modern satire March 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Along with the Monty Python films and This is Spinal Tap, Newsroom is the funniest satire I have ever seen. Any of you out there who have gagged at the idiocy of local TV newscasts owe it to yourselves to buy this. This is disciplined satire--the lines are delivered straight, giving the illusion that the actors are real people, unaware of the hilarious absurdity of their situations. It is the writing and the acting that provide the payoffs--there is no laugh track, there are no obvious set-up punch lines. Nor does Ken Finkleman, the creator and director, resort to gross cariciature in the manner of so many other lesser satires (think Ted Baxter in Mary Tyler Moore). Even the Newsroom anchorman, who can seem exaggeratedly stupid, actually seems realistic to those who have known people who make their livings as talking heads (Jim Wolcott, the anchor, is a sort of low-rent John Tesh--professionally capable when looking into a camera and reading a script, but moronic in any other situation). I have never seen a better North American TV show.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series
All of Aaron Sorkin's series including The West Wing have a constant flow of intelligent dialogue among the different characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by libby
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Newsroom I was expecting
This is a Canadian parody on the antics of a newpaper staff. I was expecting a drama. Returned it and re-ordered the correct one.
Published 15 months ago by ronnady
3.0 out of 5 stars Drop the Dead Donkey anyone?
I'm from the UK and stumbled accross this series while browsing Amazon. At first glance this series seems to be a copy of the UK series called "Drop the Dead Donkey" from... Read more
Published on February 15, 2005 by David Deakin
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre but funny
Yep, a good series. Personally I didn't like the numerous Federico Fellini references, but outside of that it's a laugh a minute. Read more
Published on March 24, 2004 by ragwing
5.0 out of 5 stars I asked for a BRAN muffin.. this isn't a BRAN muffin!!!
I stumbled onto this PBS series several years ago when it first aired, and was able to tape it on VHS, subsequently watching it over and over again.
This series KILLS me! Read more
Published on March 21, 2004 by "deafeningwhisper"
5.0 out of 5 stars This Canadian TV Show Rocks!
The story line can be far fetched at times, but the script gets brought back home time after time by the excellent cast. (You gotta love the Intern! Read more
Published on November 30, 2003 by Rachel M. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest things I've seen.
So well observed. Satire at it's best. Ken Finkleman is a genius! If you ask for more from your sitcoms, buy this.
Published on August 13, 1999
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