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Onion News Empire 1 Season

Season 1
4.3 out of 5 stars (2,083) IMDb 7/10

Onion News Empire is a smart, fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network that shows just how far journalists will go to stay at the top of their game. Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Chris Masterson (Malcolm in the Middle), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption), Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock) and Aja Naomi King (Damsels in Distress) star in the pilot.

Starring:
Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Masterson

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

A new member of the team turns a dead-end assignment into a make-or-break moment.

CC April 19, 2013 27 minutes

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Get a taste of Onion News Empire.

April 19, 2013 1 minute

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The Onion has produced short clips of biting satire, but previously when they tried to make that into longer-form media it didn't quite work. This time it really did. The series wonderfully satirizes the mindlessness and corporate ownership of the media, and it has something to say about overly sentimental TV soap operas too. In short, this will entertain you and leave you with something to think about. Well done.
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I hope this gets picked up. It's like a fake NewsRadio meets every ridiculously overhyped drama on television. So many funny lines, I lost count of my favorites only two minutes in.
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All the madness and paper cut sharp wit you've come to expect of The Onion comes fast, furious & gonzo in this reavealing expose of how Onion news gets to your screen. The hyper caffeinated energy drink of political satire.
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Huge fan of the Onion and this show made me laugh many times. Well cast and I already love a few of the characters. I've been concerned a little about the pilots I've been watching but this one gets my Two Thumbs Up!! Please consider this pilot for a season order. Good Luck to the cast & crew of Onion News Empire. And keep the blonde chubby girl, as she's called, because she is a crack-up.
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I've watched all the pilots now and Onion News Empire is a brutally efficient laugh machine, reminiscent of the movie work of the Zucker/Abrahams crew back in the 80s when they were still funny (Naked Gun, Airplane!, Top Secret). The other pilots range from pretty good to pretty bad; this was the home run. Dying to see more.
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I've always been a big fan of the paper edition, so I am def excited that Amazon is doing this. I thought the episode had some great moments. The weaker moments didn't stand out as much. The satirical humor was on par with what I expect from the print edition. Keep it up!!
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The show was hilarious, I do wish it focused on the Onion empire (infomercials, talk shows, reality shows, etc) but the news only angle was still solidly done. Much like the Onion news stories there were times when it was so close to fact about the source material (in this case over-dramatized news dramas) that the two were almost indistinguishable. Well done. If you enjoyed the show I would suggest taking a look at some of the 1-star comments; the morons, adolescents and christian fundamentalists are funny enough, but the 1-star reviews that satire the aforementioned groups take the cake. One person was deeply offended at the mention of Jesus' bulge while another wrote the show off because nano-millimeter is not a real measurement. Moral of this story; watch the show, rate it five stars, then read the 1-star comments and revel in the feeling of intellectual superiority.
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It's not only hilarious the entire way through but it really does make you think about how real news companies work.
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