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Sports Night: Season 1

4.6 out of 5 stars 306 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme, the creative masterminds behind The West Wing and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, comes Sports Night, an innovative half-hour program about the team of smart people responsible for putting on a nightly live sports news show. They arre funny, disciplined, capable and fast-thinking, a group of consummate professionals, except when it comes to their personal lives.

Combining the storytelling talents of Sorkin and Schlamme and unforgettable performances by Josh Charles (In Treatment), Robert Guillaume (Benson), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Sabrina Lloyd (Sliders) and Joshua Malina (The West Wing), the first season of Sports Night defined a new style and raised the bar for all television programs to follow.

Bonus Features

* The Show: All-new interviews with creator Aaron Sorkin, director Thomas Schlamme and members of the cast and crew reveal the story of Sports Night from inception to cancellation to legacy.

* Face-Off ESPN SportsCenter vs. CSC Sports Night: The real-life counterparts to Sports Nights fictional team tell us what the show got right. Featuring SportsCenter anchors Josh Elliot and Jay Harris, Senior Coordinating Producers Glenn Jacobs and Michael Schiffman, Associate Producer Elizabeth Sosbee and Researcher David Rose.

* Season One Gag Reel

* Five Commentaries With Creators, Cast and Crew

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Robert Guillaume, Sabrina Lloyd
  • Directors: Thomas Schlamme
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030ATZIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sports Night: Season 1" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By D. Meanea on March 16, 2010
Format: DVD
Sports Night is an intelligent comedy that rarely uses "slapstick" antics for a laugh, but relies instead on the clever, witty, rapid-fire dialogue. This show is quite a bit more light-hearted than West Wing, and doesn't delve into deep political topics, but it does often touch on a subject that will make you think, and quite possibly inspire you. It earned several Emmy nominations, and was declared by TV Guide as "Rookie of the Year" and "Best Show You're Not Watching".

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A SPORTS FAN TO LOVE THIS SHOW! I have friends who don't care for sports at all, but would absolutely never miss an episode. Sorkin masterfully integrates sports as a background, and weaves it into an occasional amusing subplot; but this show is about the relationships and interactions among the characters, not about the sports they cover.

And yet I don't recommend you buy this particular product (Season One). Why? Because for a few dollars more you can get the entire series (Seasons One and Two), and I can almost guarantee that when you're done with the first season you're going to want to watch the second one.

RATING/CONTENT: There's no rating in the product info, and I don't know what the TV people gave the show for rating/content, but here's my assessment:
--Violence: none, except when you get laughing so hard your sides hurt. TV-G
--Language: I can't specifically remember any swearing; if there is, it's certainly mild compared to many tv shows. There is some innuendo, however. TV-PG
--Sex: referenced in dialogue only, no graphic scenes at all; this show is about relationships, not sex, though some sexual references are made. Probably TV-PG, at worst TV-14
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A plus for the patented Aaron Sorkin fast paced dialog, a HUGE minus for the ridiculous and distracting laugh track, which just does not fit with this kind of humor- to the extent that it often obliterates the next line in a quick exchange. What were they thinking?
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I managed to miss watching this show when it came out 14 years ago (no DVR back then), but I'm a huge fan of Sorkin, so I'm finally taking the time to enjoy this. The only annoying part is the laugh track (which is the reason I took off one star) - but this was several years before Arrested Development, and laugh tracks were still an integral part of comedies, so it has to be endured. Otherwise, it's as good as expected. And how could it be otherwise with such a fantastic cast! With some of the typical Sorkin monologues & dialogues about issues, it's much more than a mindless sit-com or even just a show about sports. Sort of "The Newsroom Lite" in some respects.
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If you have never seen this show, rent just two episodes, you will want to see the rest. A fantastic cast, outstanding stories, and compelling dialogue will keep you alternately laughing and crying. Just fantastic, feel-good television, it's a shame it didn't last more than 2 seasons.
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The best consistently funny, poignant and real network series. Reflecting its own struggle to gain in ratings and be renewed. I've seen the entire series many times and it never fails to please. Recently bought some episodes to share with others. Just look at the cast, writers and directors.
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Even many years later, this show is awesome. Aaron Sorkin is a writing genius, and if you've watched West Wing, Studio 60, or Newsroom and liked it, then this is worth the watch. If you don't mind ads, Huluplus has both seasons (and is only 7.99/month.) But it's nice to not have commercials, especially since the show is only about 21 minutes per episode. If you watch this and love it, move on to West Wing (on Netflix)... it's worth the time for sure.
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I enjoyed this program when it first aired and its still good. I plan on watching many more episodes.
The quick and clipped banter among virtually all of the principle players is a unique way of writing--I liked it, but perhaps in the long run that is what caused the show's demise.
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Many reviewers hit the highlights of this show: witty, intelligent dialog; talented cast and well-developed characters; funny and substantial at the same time. It is still relevant today - I find myself repeating lines from this show often in my job. And it's true, you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it.

Specifically about the DVDs, I had the first set of DVDs and replaced them with the 10th anniversary edition. The director and actor commentaries, plus the other extras, made it worth it if you are a fan of this show.

Haven't seen Sports Night or any of Aaron Sorkin's other shows? Give this a try if you like The Good Wife (which also features Josh Charles), or if you roll your eyes at morning radio shows. Highly recommended.
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