Sports Night - The Complete Series
|Before there was Aaron
Sorkin's West Wing, there was Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night, which
followed the trials and tribulations of a smart, energetic television
staff as they scrambled to put on a nightly cable sports show, not
unlike ESPN's SportsCenter. Sports Night was every bit as good as its
political successor--and in some ways, even better--even though it
didn't have the gravitas of, say, running the country on a daily basis.
You don't need to know anything about sports to appreciate the dynamics
of the Sports Night news room (which bears more than a passing
similarity to His Girl Friday), and the issues the cast grappled with
every week ran from the serious to the frothy, always peppered with
snappy Sorkin dialogue. And sadly, as befalls most quality television
(TV Guide dubbed it "The Best Show You're Not Watching"), Sports Night
was canceled after two seasons. But the trajectory of 45 episodes on
this DVD set allows you to watch one of the best and most groundbreaking
half-hour shows ever put on television.
|Those familiar with Sorkin's writing style will revel in the unabashed
comedy and interoffice romance on display here, and the way it's set in
motion by a powerhouse cast, including Felicity Huffman's Dana (sexy,
neurotic show producer), Peter Krause's Casey (goofball anchor guy),
Joshua Malina's know-it-all Jeremy (staff nerd and information
repository), Sabrina Lloyd's efficient Natalie (Dana's mostly
unflappable assistant), and the show's two secret weapons: Robert
Guillaume as executive producer Isaac, who was to Sports Night what
Martin Sheen was to The West Wing, and the superb Josh Charles, who as
co-anchor Dan, a man as complex as he was funny and heartbreaking, was
the heart and soul of Sports Night. Damn, they just don't make TV this
good anymore! --Mark Englehart for Amazon.com
Sports Night - The Complete Series Boxed Set
DVD / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / U.S. and Canada only./
Rated: NR / Complete Series: 45 episodes on 6 discs / Less than $45.00
Taut, exciting, realistic dramedy about the lives of sports journalists.
It's a show about a show about sports, that isn't about sports at all.
From the 1998 TV series of the same name.
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