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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Newsroom" is sophisticated and wickedly funny satire.
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...
Published on September 30, 2000 by Christina

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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 almost ten years earlier! I've bought Newsroom to see just how similar it is. There doesn't seem to be any indication online that the two shows are related, it will be interesting to read...
Published on February 15, 2005 by David Deakin


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Newsroom" is sophisticated and wickedly funny satire., September 30, 2000
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Christina "Lisa" (San Francisco, CA) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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Jim Uomini (San Francisco) - See all my reviews
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
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jim (Philadelphia, PA, USA) - See all my reviews
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
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Stephen Klima (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Newsroom - The Complete Series (DVD)
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
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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
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John Hess (Berkeley, CA) - See all my reviews
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I asked for a BRAN muffin.. this isn't a BRAN muffin!!!, March 21, 2004
This review is from: The Newsroom - The Complete Series (DVD)
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! I'm positively giddy as I see now that it's available on DVD. (Therefore, this rating applies to the series itself and not to the quality of the DVD release).
What can I say.. this show is brilliant, and the series finale is the height of over-the-top cynical humor. There are still moments when I think back on this series and laugh out loud.
If you like a little wickedly cynical humor, especially the kind that exposes all the ugly and pathetic human vices, then you will likely LOVE this series. And if you don't, you're probably in a coma, in which case.. watch out, George is probably scheming to take over your parking space!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drop the Dead Donkey anyone?, February 15, 2005
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David Deakin (Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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 almost ten years earlier! I've bought Newsroom to see just how similar it is. There doesn't seem to be any indication online that the two shows are related, it will be interesting to read through the credits.
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