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Newsradio - The Complete Fourth Season

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Short Synopsis: 50,000 watts of pure comedy! Join the wackiest crew at WNYX radio, New York's finest, in the fourth season on DVD. Long Synopsis: Tune in to New York City radio station WNYX if you like your news straight ... and your comedy utterly off the wall! In its fourth outrageous season, NEWSRADIO captures the screwball absurdity of office politics with one of the funniest ensemble casts ever assembled. Dave Foley (TV's "The Kids in the Hall") plays the overworked news director who has to rein in a team of misfits. But office clown Matthew (MTV's Andy Dick) won't act normally, ambitious producer Lisa (Maura Tierney, TV's "ER") won't back down, duct tape-obsessed handyman Joe (Joe Rogan, TV's "Fear Factor") won't stop "fixing" things ... and irrepressible anchorman Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman, TV's "Saturday Night Live") won't shut up! The sublime silliness reaches new heights in 22 episodes featuring guest appearances from Lauren Graham (TV's "Gilmore Girls"), Jon Lovitz (

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With the departure of Khandi Alexander in the seventh episode, the radio-station sitcom became looser and wackier as the season went on. No new costar was immediately brought in, allowing other actors to do more, especially Phil Hartman as WNYX's blowhard anchor, Bill McNeil. Hartman rises to the challenge in his last season; he tragically died before the start of season 5. Bill gets to be boss for a day, works on his lounge act, interviews a jumper (fellow SNL alum Jon Lovitz, his second go-around on the show), tries to prove he can tell jokes, seeks adoption, and invents interviews with celebrities. The penultimate 22-epoisode fourth season starts off with a goody-two-shoes efficiency expert played by future Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham raising havoc: Matthew (Andy Dick) is fired (but still hangs around the station), Lisa (Maura Tierney) takes over as manager, and Dave (Dave Foley) winds up as Bill's producer. When the expert leaves, things return to relatively normal with episodes on the new security system, owner Mr. James's (Stephen Root) ballooning adventure, Joe (Joe Rogan) showing his Ultimate Fighting persona, Beth (Vicki Lewis) going British for a charity auction, and the annual fantasy-episode placing the station on the Titanic. The show seemed ready to hit the mainstream by the end of the season, even introducing a new character, Mr. James's hunk nephew (Brad Rowe) who short circuits the office romances (Dave and Lisa are still apart, despite the "help" of others). Alexander certainly didn't have enough to do on the show, but her final episode is the season's best. When she quickly states she's leaving and runs out the door, everyone has a different version of what happened, played out with hilarious results. As before, the DVD set has commentary roundtables on a few key episodes and 20 minutes of knee-slapping bloopers. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Cast and crew commentaries
  • Short Film: One Man News Radio
  • Gag reel
  • Contains all 22 episodes on 3 discs: Jumper, Planbe, The Public Domain, Super Karate Monkey Death Car, French Diplomacy, Pure Evil, Catherine Moves On, Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show, The Secret of Management, Look Who's Talking, Chock, Who's the Boss: Part 1, Who's the Boss: Part 2, Security Door, Big Brother, Beep, Beep, Balloon, Copy Machine, Monster Rancher, 4:20, Jackass Junior High, Sinking Ship

Product Details

  • Actors: Andy Dick, Khandi Alexander, Stephen Root, Phil Hartman, Dave Foley
  • Directors: James Burrows, Alan Myerson, Judi Elterman, Patrick Maloney, Tom Cherones
  • Producers: Kent Zbornak, Kell Cahoon, Barbara Dorio, Tom Saunders, Mark Grossan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FBH3WW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Adam Dukovich on April 30, 2006
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The 1990s were a notoriously bad decade for sitcoms. Hundreds of Seinfeld- and Wayans-wannabes flooded the airwaves and, in general, aside from Seinfeld and Sports Night, few had any originality or staying power. NewsRadio is a glorious exception, a bright and occasionally very biting comedy about the workplace which is kindred to Mary Tyler Moore and Newhart more so than to Just Shoot Me. NewsRadio's laughs came from brilliant observations, recurring gags, well-defined characters and logical but wacky plotlines. It was close in vein to Seinfeld's unsentimentality, but far more vicious: one example is in season 3's Daydream episode, for those who saw it, has all the characters experiencing revealing daydreams. It features a vendor whose dream is to be one of the "gang" at WNYX, but as it turns out is hardly known and barely tolerated. NewsRadio invests more in its characters than do most dramas, and never settles for the half-assed laugh-track banality of its contemporaries. This is why it developed such a following, even if it was a very small percentage of the population.

The fourth season of NewsRadio is once again a triumph. With every season, the show kept building upon itself and getting better. There were notable guest appearances: Jon Lovitz has another guest appearance, this time as a suicide jumper exactly one year before joining the cast. Additionally, a pre-Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham begins a stint in this season as an efficiency expert. There were some departures as well: first, Khandi Alexander left the show, despite the fact that her initially poorly-written character had improved a great deal; and, of course, Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife after this season. The knowledge of this invariably tints the experience of watching this season.
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Newsradio is a prime example of a great cast having a great time on a great show.

In a word?

Great.

Its also a fitting tribute to the genius of Phil Hartman, an

amazing actor, comedian & allround good guy who met a tragic end.

Buy them for the memories, remember how funny every cast member was & pay your respects to the unforgettable Phil.

10 Stars out of 5.
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Just my favorite show of all time. Unfortunately overlooked by audiences, but it's comedic genious is in every episode which is just so rare in today's comedy arena. Sometimes you miss jokes because you are still laughing from the last joke, which means the episodes have multiple watches. I hope you enjoy!

I just wanted to add to the one's review who did not have information on episode 63.

Episode 63. Look Who's Talking. Dave and Lisa are surprised to learn that Bill is looking into adopting a baby.
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Warning: Viewing "NewsRadio" can be addicting. Even watching a few episodes can cause you rush out and by ever available season. Season 3 was one of the best seasons ever (few sitcoms ever have seasons that great) and Season 4 picks up where S3 left off.

The episodes dealing with Matthew getting fired and then asked back is hysterical. If you liked the Space Spoof at the end of Season 3, then you're in luck because Season 4 ends with a Titanic spoof.

Do yourself a favor and own one of the most original, well cast, masterfully written shows to ever air on television. NewsRadio is a must own!
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A GREAT cast and a GREAT show. You can't help but miss Phil Hartman. He was an absolute powerhouse. The show would not have been the same without him. She show had two aspects: the cast and Phil Hartman, who played off of the rest of the cast. I'm not "knocking" the rest of the cast in any way. Phil just had that kind of presence, just as other greats of the past (i.e. John Belushi, John Candy, Chris Farley, etc.).
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I got the complete series, but after reading reviews decided to get them individually. One season had goo on the DVDs, but this one is okay. Sad to think that I just saw the last thing Phil Hartman ever did. There's a video interview of Phil on with Howard Stern on youTube you might like if you're a big fan. You can see his wife that killed him after the show went on break before season 5. Sad. Great show, good quality DVD and there are better extras on this one. This is when the extra materials were getting more popular, unlike in earlier seasons. Also sad to see Katherine leave early on. She had some great lines.
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This was Phil Hartman's last season with Newsradio before he was murdered by his own wife, Brynn, who later committed suicide. Phil Hartman was perhaps one of the most talented comedians ever and well-remembered for his impersonations on Saturday Night Live. He was truly a gifted comic and actor. I still sorely miss Phil Hartman more than 17 years later. His tragic death was a great loss to everybody in the entertainment industry and to his fans. He was finally awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame posthumously for television.

The fourth season featured the cast in memorable episodes like the Titanic episode; Phil's Bill adopting a baby; Jimmy James in the balloon; and others. This season begins with Andy Dick's character, Matthew, fired from the radio show and the efficiency expert (played by Lauren Graham) in a few episodes. The cast was always first rate and worked as an ensemble with Phil leading the way. Everybody in the cast was able to shine. Kandi Alexander left the show midseason but they send her off on a high note. She returned for Bill's funeral in the next season. Vicki Lewis was a Broadway musical actress before she came on Newsradio. I always thought she and Kathy Griffin (who was playing Vicki on Suddenly Susan) could have played sisters. The other cast members include Maura Tierney,Stephen Root, Dave Foley, and Joe Rogan who rounded up the cast.

Newsradio never recovered from the loss of Phil Hartman. His friend and former Saturday Night Live co-star Jon Lovitz joined the series. Lovitz also appears in the fourth season opener as the man on the ledge. You can see how Hartman and Lovitz got along in the gag reels. The show would sadly end eventually.
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