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NewsRadio 5 Seasons

Season 2
4.9 out of 5 stars (245) IMDb 7.9/10

A funny sitcom that explores office politics, relationships, and crises through a group of co-workers at WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 newsradio station.

Starring:
Dave Foley, Stephen Root

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Season 2

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1. Goofy Ball

A new toy disrupts the staff

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 1, 1996
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2. No, This Is Not Based Entirely On Julie's Life

Mystery of the mystery gelato

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3. Injury

Matthew has a work accident

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4. The Cane

The annual office retreat divides the staff

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5. The Rat Funeral

Dave has no sympathy for a dead rodent

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6. The Breakup

The romance is exposed!

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7. Bill's Autobiography

Bill writes his autobiography

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8. The Shrink

A therapist arrives to counsel the staff

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9. Friends

Beth and a temp have bitter history

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10. The Negotiation

Lisa looks for a new job

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11. Station Sale

Newsradio goes on the block.

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12. X-Mas Story

Bill is stalked by Santa Claus

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13. The Bitch Session

Dave's thin skin is pierced

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14. Zoso

Lisa goes after Dave for a raise

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15. Houses of the Holy

A temp gives Dave a headache

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16. Physical Graffitti

Dave, Beth and Stewart makes three

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17. In Through the Out Door

Matthew gambles on a new career

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18. The Song Remains the Same

April Fool's Day at the station

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19. Presence

Bill's the prize in high stakes poker

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20. Coda

The staff chips in on a summer home

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21. Led Zepplin

Dave and Lisa make an announcement

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22. Led Zepplin II

A building fire reunites Lisa and Dave

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Starring Dave Foley, Stephen Root
Supporting actors Andy Dick, Maura Tierney, Vicki Lewis, Joe Rogan, Phil Hartman, Khandi Alexander, Jon Lovitz, Patrick Warburton, Brad Rowe, Lauren Graham, Joe Furey, Toby Huss, Steve Susskind, David Anthony Higgins, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Alan Frazier, Wallace Langham
Network Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Michael A. Brown on November 24, 2003
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NewsRadio was part of NBC's Must See TV on Thursdays, and Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Sundays. Basically, if there was a hole in the schedule this workhorse was plugged in. Unfortunately, that also led to quite a bit of viewer frustration since it was hard to find the series at times.
This set brings together the first two seasons. It starts off with Dave (Dave Foley) being hired as the new Program Director for a New York all news radio station. First, he has to fire the old PD, and make nice with the reporter (Maura Tierney) who wanted the job.
Some of the early episodes only hint at what the characters would become. Jimmy James (Stephen Root) starts out far less wacky than the character became by the fifth season. Phil Hartman's Bill McNeil was brilliant out the blocks. Matthew (Andy Dick) was annoying right from the beginning. MIA from the pilot is Joe Garrelli (Joe Rogan) who joined in the second episode.
Overall, NewsRadio was a great show that never got the recognition it deserved from NBC. Fortunately, it gets a new lease on life thatnks to a very reasonably priced DVD set.
The release date has been changed. The creator of the show heard about the DVD set and called the company to make sure that he was able to add extras to the discs. Now, instead of a bare-banes compilation there will be commentary tracks, out-takes and other extras.
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Any sitcom lives and dies with the interplay of its primary characters, and NewsRadio was blessed with not one, not two, not three . . . but four brilliant and compatible comic actors in Phil Hartman, Dave Foley, Andy Dick, and Stephen Root (and I'm probably not giving enough credit to Maura Tierney and Vicki Lewis, both of whom were excellent). Like most sitcoms, NewsRadio didn't truly hit its stride until the second or third season, but the first season is well worth watching, because of course that's when everything began coming together.

I've seen every episode of NewsRadio at least five times -- well, except for the last season, when things just weren't the same without Phil Hartman -- and I really can't recommend the show highly enough, except to say that it's probably the greatest combination of slapstick, absurdity, and comic sophistication ever committed to the small screen.

(A little background on the DVD release: Columbia, which owns NewsRadio, was going to release a bare-bones version months ago. But when Paul Simms, the show's creator, found out about Columbia's plans, he raised such a stink that they agreed to delay the release until Simms could pull together a bunch of extra features. The wait's driving me crazy, but I'm comforted by the knowledge that it won't be forever. Now, if somebody would just let us see Dabney Coleman's Buffalo Bill on DVD, I could die a contented man...)
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According to something posted to the newsgroup
[Excerpted from the latest NewsRadio Newsletter message.]
I know you're all wanting an update on the forthcoming NewsRadio DVD release, and while I don't have a release date for you, I can tell you that 20 episode commentaries for the set have been completed with a mix and match of participants, including Paul Simms, Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney, Andy Dick, Vicki Lewis, Joe Rogan, Khandi Alexander, Josh Lieb, Brad Issacs, Joe Furey, Lew Morton, Brian Kelley, Julie Bean, Kent Zbornak, Tom Cherones, Brad Grey, and yes, former NBC President Warren Littlefield.
Kent Zbornak, one of NewsRadio's producers, had the job of coordinating it all, and the show's erstwhile script supervisor, Robert Spina, sat in on the sessions and took photos
Paul Simms has promised some additional musings on the recording of the commenataries, but right now he'll say, "In short? It was incredibly fun."
An anonymous member of the NewsRadio team adds, "It was a reunion and a revisiting in the purest sense. The commentary was funny and twisted, just like the show itself."
The NewsRadio Newsletter"
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I don't remember how I discovered NewsRadio. Most people I've known have never even heard of it. But anyone I treat to a few episodes from my tape collection loves it. Well cast (Katherine excepted -- sorry to all the Katherine fans, I just never liked her character), brilliantly written, this is the only show I know which can have me laughing so hard I can't breathe just thinking about an episode I haven't seen in months ("Super Karate Monkey Death Car"). Stephen Root is fabulous as crazy billionaire station owner Jimmy James. Maura Tierney is absolutely adorable as Lisa. Phil Hartman is perfect as the self-centered on-air talent whose ego knows no bounds. Add Matthew, the complete idiot, Beth, the useless secretary and Joe, the station electrician who makes his own duct tape and you have one lovable group of misfits for whom Dave Foley plays the perfect den mother. I don't know what it is about this show, but you really grow to love it and its characters in a way you just don't see in very many shows. Like others who've posted here, I've been waited anxiously for this to come to DVD and I dearly hope they do a good job with it, despite the bargain price.
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This is easily one of the best sitcoms of the last 10-20 years. Not only is the writing and acting top-notch, but the show loves to experiment. Some episodes delved into pure fantasy: What if the show was set in space, or on the Titanic? Some episodes freely switched back and forth between the "real" plot and the characters' own visions of what's happening. Some episodes were direct social satire. It's as though the creators wanted to try all sorts of other genres, and yet every experiment worked.
But NewsRadio is also excellent for its visual style: for a series set in a standard office environment, the camerawork is anything but standard. The show has one of the most fluid uses of space you're likely to see in a sitcom, with characters easily moving in and out of the various spaces in the office, and with characters occupying multiple layers of screen space simultaneously. And it's probably the only mainstream sitcom I can think of where I'm always watching the frame: actors have lines from offstage, or suddenly appear out of the unlikliest places, so that you really get the sense of an entire work area being occupied all the time.
Add to all of this the breakneck speed with which the jokes come and the plot moves, and you will see why the show was so well thought of. It's too bad it had to play between lame shows like "Just Shoot Me," which took 30 minutes to do what NewsRadio could do before the opening credits. It's about time the show was released on DVD!
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