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What seemed like a run of the mill show is actually a great comedy.
Back when it was on NewsRadio seemed like just another run of the mill show taking up space, nothing special. But it is actually a great absurdist comedy. From a fairly standard sit-com premise a cast of truely crazy characters grew. Phil Hartman was comedic gold, and the character of Jimmy James is a classic. Whatever your feelings on Andy Dick, the character Matthew was lovable and sad. As the show went on plots became crazier and crazier, untill the fact that they were in a news station had litle of no bearing on events. The last season definately dropped in quality, but untill then it was a quick, silly, and sharp show.moreless
that amount of words that can expressed oh how awesome this show is unknown.
every episode your definitly going to enjoy . with the all star cast how can't you. Every time I watch an episode I always break out in laughter even before the intro when andy dick's character matthew always gets hurt befor it . if Heartman rip wouldn't have died the series would still be in excistence .
An imminently watchable classic sitcom that juggles a big cast brilliantly while staying within the format.
In the 21st century, post-Arrested Development world, we've got a lot of comedy shows that scoff at the three-camera sitcom format that was so popular in the 90's. And let's face it - those sitcoms did get rather old.
But there were some absolute gems and one of them was NewsRadio, underappreciated/watched though it was at its time. It's always strange to analyze audiences of the past, but I don't understand why it didn't catch on. The cast is brilliant and play off each other effortlessly, the writing is crisp and the studio audience's laughter doesn't even bother you because you're usually laughing along with them.
I particularly love the way the writers refused to turn Dave and Lisa into another tired will-they-won't-they, but weren't afraid to let go of the romantic relationship when there was no more comedy in it.
The show was also never afraid to go all out with an AU episode, set in space or aboard the Titanic, and really push the limits of the bland studio setting. Listening to the commentaries on the DVD boxset, you almost get a sense of this rebellious cast and crew, deadset on doing their own thing despite of what the network wanted or required them to do (thus the rat funeral).
Some people can always put on Friends and never get bored of it. I like a lot of the classic 90's sitcoms but NewsRadio is my show to watch on almost any occasion. Rainy day or a weekend evening, hungover or home ill, I can always watch NewsRadio and be entertained.moreless
Certainly a HITcom!
I used to really enjoy this show.
The whole cast for this show were terrific and they really made you laugh. I don't remember seeing the last season though and I don't know how I missed it?... I didn't even see the episode where they covered Bill's (Phil Hartman) death until recently. However, like everyone else at the time, I was sad to hear of his passing. Up until the time he died, he had seemed to be almost everywhere (Jingle All The Way (movie), guest roles on shows like "The Simpsons" and "3rd Rock From The Sun" and of course "Newsradio").
I had also always had an interest in the radio business (I am actually now a DJ at my local station) - so it was great to have a show that could cover that side of the business (especially a show that did it so well). This was a great sitcom. I recommend you check it out, if you haven't already.moreless
I really only watch the first 2 seasons when they were playing in reruns where i live (I think only 2 seasons).
It has one of my favorite Canadian comedians Dave Foley, the funny Stephen Root who provides the voice of Bill Dauterive on one of my favorite shows King of the Hill, Andy Dick when he was funny, Joe Rogan one of the funniest comics out there today, and one of today's best sports commentators, and the late great Phil Hartman. If you are looking for a good comedy with a great cast of actors at there best watch this.moreless
One of the funniest shows ever!!
They just have a perfect combination of hilarious characters and funny scenarios. That is the perfect equation for a successful TV comedy. My favorite character was Joe. His interactions with Katherine are classic. And of course the show wouldnt be complete without Bill McNeill. Andy Dick was a great combination to the show and its the only thing I like him in. DAve and Lisa's relationship storyline was intrical to the whole show. I have no clue why they canceled the show because it was so hilariously funny. When is TV gunna figure out what shows are keepers amd what shows should be canceled.moreless
Funniest sitcom of the 1990s?
A show that would probably fare better today, "NewsRadio" to me is a classic sitcom, one that bridged the gap between the era of "Frasier," "Seinfeld" and the other great three-camera, laugh-track sitcoms and today's comedy series like "The Office" and "Arrested Development." "NewsRadio" combined elements of all of these shows and delivered five seasons of smart, zany, roll on the floor laughing comedy.
"NewsRadio" felt like a show written by, starring and made for all of the kids who weren't sitting at the "cool kids" table in school. The zany physical humor combined with smart references to pop culture was like manna from heaven for nerds and geeks everywhere. Of course, it also helped having a great cast deliver that dialogue and act out those situations.
Dave Foley - the Kids in the Hall veteran who was straight man and ringmaster of the circus.
Maura Tierney - then (and now) drop dead gorgeous, the slightly neurotic news producer anxious to climb the ladder.
Andy Dick - the class clown, the sweetly innocent (but creepy) manchild.
Vicki Lewis - a character so funny Kathy Griffin tried to ape her on "Suddenly Susan" (she failed).
Joe Rogan - the funniest this guy will ever be.
Khandi Alexander - regal, sassy...sorely underused.
Stephen Root - the brilliant, motormouth eccentric...even he didn't know sometimes if he was crazy or not.
And, last and certainly not least, the incomparable genius that was Phil Hartman.
Obviously, the death of Hartman after Season 4 was a blow to the cast and to the series. However, I think that people who say "NewsRadio" jumped the shark with Hartman's death are mistaken. Granted, it wasn't the same going forward, but it wasn't as if "NewsRadio" turned into crap in Season 5 either. Jon Lovitz came on and created a character that did not replace Bill McNeil, but filled the void caused by his death. The show was still madcap, still fast and furious, when NBC pulled the plug.
Watching the show again on DVD is a treat; you get to see a terrific ensemble working with great scripts and clearly having a ball. My vote for funniest sitcom of the 1990s, "NewsRadio" is a gem.moreless
A great comedy
NEWsRADIO is a very under rated and unappreciated comedy. It wasn't a original concept after all there was WkRP IN CINCINNATI back in the 70s, but there hasn't been anything like it since the show ended. NEWsRADIO brought everything together. A interesting setting, a great cast that included the likes of Phil Hartman, Joe Rogan, Andy Dick, and Maura Tierney. The stories were also great, and the comedy wonderful, which was actually funny unlike most comedies today. NBc didn't give it's due, and didn't treat the show well. The first four seasons are classic, but very sadly after Phil Hartman's murder the show lost it's heart in the fifth season. You could tell the actors were effected, and the comedy and stories lacked what it had in the previous seasons and it marked the end of the show. Still this is a must watch. I'd recommend buying the show on DvD, it's great.moreless
One of the first shows to allow for some depth of character, not just going for the fast laugh all the time.
News Radio is a slightly underrated show. This probably has something to do with the most unfortunate way it ended, largely due to the murder of Phil Hartman. This left something of a bitter aftertaste. But a show should be judged on the merits of the script-writing, acting and directing that go into it. And the script-writing was innovative. True, it was not the first show to explore the possibilities of making a group of people work together at a radio or TV station (for instance we had 'WKRP in Cincinnati' in the late 70s), but it was a trendsetter in as much as it allowed for elements of real depth of character. Lisa is not just a funny character, she has an attractive and sometimes elusive kind of uncertainty to her, Dave is neither simply a nice guy nor a bad guy. He wants to do the right thing and he has a caring side, but he can also be a little mischievous. Jimmy, the station's owner, acts like a cool capitalist, but we soon find out that he, too, is very sentimental. Bill is totally impossible and overbearing, but there are those moments when you can tell he is just putting that up as a shield. Even Matthew, who is by and large the clown of the station and the series, is a character that manages to gain our sympathy even though we still laugh at his misfortunes and inadequacies. I think Kirk of Gilmore Girls fame owes something to him.
At any rate I think the show was one of the first to lead television comedy away from almost exclusively going for the fast laugh. 'Seinfeld', which preceded it by a few years, and 'Friends', which had started one year earlier and did not have to cope with any disater befalling a cast member, were more successful and thus probably had more impact on the industry, too, but let us not forget the performances of Bill Foley, Maura Tierney, Phil Hartman, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Vicky Lewis, Joe Logan and Khandi Alexander. I still think 'News Radio' was the best thing Bill Foley has ever done. Maura Tierney and Khandi Alexander have since moved on to develop their art more than the others, and not giving Khandi enough opportunity to do something with her character was probably the biggest mistake Paul Simms and the other writers made. Still, it is a memorable series.moreless
Saying that NewsRadio is the best show ever is an understatement. The humor is so advanced and hilarious that sometimes it's so funny I can't even laugh, I just scream. Watching NewsRadio got me through some tough times. Every time I turned on the show, the familiarities of its quirky and perfectly casted cast would make me smile. Oh man, do I even have a favorite episode? According to my friends, (who I often force to watch the show with me) during every other episode I say, "This is my favorite episode." Some of the ones that stand out to me right now are the one where they realize that the station is actually a historical landmark and Matthew starts giving tours, or the Titanic episode, hilarious! They're all funny! Seriously, NewsRadio is a treasure chest of the best sitcom you'll ever see.moreless