The Disaster Show

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  • 3.2

    The episode title said it all.

    By angelspinknose, Sep 16, 2010

    From the very beginning this episode sucked. I know this kind of thing happens in real life but this jumped the shark. Where was Matt and Danny? Jordan? The show isn't the same without them. It seems like ever since Christmas they lost steam. It's like they knew they were going to get cancelled and stopped trying.

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  • 7.8

    Watching the show on DVD, I didn't miss a pick-up with the story-line but I missed some of the characters whose absence was not really explained.

    By vajka, Aug 15, 2008

    I know this was aired after a hiatus but since I'm watching it on DVD, I had no problem with the storylines themselves. What I had problem with, was the absence of characters. Danny is negotiating with the prop guys, it's fine. Shouldn't Jordan be with him? It was not mentioned as far as I remember. Given they are outside, Matt should be in charge of the show and "helping the cast to write their lines on their palms". It was absolutely illogical. Even with this, the "remaining" actors did a great job. It was good to see more of Timothy Busfield and Steven Weber also did an excellent job playing the drunk. (By the way, he told to Kim in an earlier episode that he and his wife are separated, how can she be n the backstage area?) I also liked the idea to show that the lead actors are suffering without having a good crew around them.moreless

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  • 8.0

    Just relieved to have it back on air.

    By nhambly, Jul 18, 2007

    I marked this one as special because it was just so good to have S60 back on TV again!! I loved it so much I didn't even realise until the end that Matt, Danny and Jordan didn't appear - well done to the remaining cast! And for the record, it was so great to see Allison Janney again. More please.

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  • 5.0

    I am not sure whether this story was originally written this way or has the story (and storyline) been changed ever since they knew the show would be cancelled, but the title was apt. More . . .

    By mail2my2cents, Jun 03, 2007

    I am not sure whether this story was originally written this way or has the story (and storyline) been changed ever since they knew the show would be cancelled, but the title was apt. Because the show featured behind-the-scenes happenings, it is rather apt to highlight the contribution of the prop people in helping run the show smoothly (or any show in that matter). One also learns that Cue-Card guys belong to this union. Some audience may not miss the three main actors (Perry, Whitford, and Peet) but they are the roles that shape the entire story. For this episode, their absence was all right because their "presence" was implied. Harriet alluded to Matt's character and her relationship to him during a good part of her appearance. I have seen them enough in previous episodes that not having any of them in just one episode was not a bother; as I said, their "presence" was implied.



    The ending was interesting, when Cal asked Janney if she had the time of her life. Could it have alluded to Aaron Sorkin who, despite the show's imminent cancellation, might still have a great time doing this. If so, Janney's response was representative of what Mr. Sorkin had felt about this work. Inaccuracy: "1" is not a prime number (Simon mentioned to Claire [sp] that he had tried all the prime numbers, stating 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11; if he was going to list the first 5, then he should have started with "2": 2, 3, 5, 7, and 11).



    As an aside, this episode reminded me of high-school productions when the director would on-purposely sabotage props to see whether the actors could improvise. In this episode, this would be demonstrated well by Janney who "offered her wallet" to the valet parking attendant (when she found out there was no prop money in it); while Tom played the role of someone who did not or could not improvise (by not helping Janney with the improvisation).moreless

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  • 7.1

    What the heck!?!

    By supercin721, Jun 02, 2007

    What the heck was this episode? After a long hiatus, which was ridiculous to have in the first place, Studio 60 makes its comeback with THIS episode, an episode that almost stands alone as filler. I'm not saying that we need Amanda, Bradley, and Matt in every episode (ok...maybe I am saying that) but the show lacked a certain oomph without not only them but also, more importantly, without their storylines. Harriet whining wasn't enough to pull viewers back into the "will they" or "won't they" story. It even put me off. I wanted to know more about Matt's growing drug addiction and the baby to come. Seriously, why were the other actors absent? What was the point of this episode other than to give them time off? However, having said all this, the show was aptly titled. This episode was the "disaster" episode of the season indeed and I'll still be back to see the show rise from the ashes.moreless

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  • 9.1

    No Matt. No Danny. No Jordan. Did we miss them? Actually NO!

    By phreakhamster, Jun 01, 2007

    Timothy Busfield - since I saw you on the West Wing you are one of my top actors. You held this episode well. Exceptionally well.

    I don't care that many people thought that this episode "sucked". It didn't. In fact, it had an aura of flowing TV that has been missing since the West Wing finished. I think that it will be a trajic loss to TV when S60 leaves the airwaves. But let's hope for more and better from my favourite man of the moment: Aaron Sorkin.moreless

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  • 8.8

    A good episode, some very funny moments.

    By tonytanti, May 28, 2007

    Not the best Studio 60 episode but it was still better than most of what is on tv today. I enjoyed the other characters having a little more time to shine and the dialogue was witty and hilarious as usual. Cal (Timothy Busfield) was a standout in this one as he calmly kept the show on the air while everything around him fell apart. The dialogue between Cal and Jack (Steven Weber) was exceptionally written and very well delivered.



    I'm going to miss this show terribly when it is gone as it may be the only thing left on television that doesn't make me feel dumber for having watched it.moreless

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  • 4.0

    At least now I'm not going to miss this show once it's gone for good.

    By dveous1, May 26, 2007

    Wow, what can I say about this episode? I'd really missed the show since it was taken off the air months ago, but now it's been ruined, and I probably won't even watch the remaining episodes.



    Harriet was completely obnoxious, and out of character. Obviously the show was a disaster, but as someone who works in television, I did not believe any of the backstage action. Where were Matt and Danny? Did Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry just give up on the show?



    It seemed to me that this episode didn't follow any of the arc of the rest of the season.



    And the bomb threat was just a cheap attempt at humour. The only thing that I found remotely interesting about this episode was the wildcat strike by the propmasters, and the chaos it created.moreless

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  • 6.5

    Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is nothing without Matt, Danny and Jordan!

    By roch28, May 26, 2007

    This episode cleary showed S60 giving up too quickly. I think that they just made this episode after they found out that the show would be cancelled and looks like they just made an episode that could fill their timeslot. It was a bad idea to show this episode after a long break especially if they really want to attract viewers. Since the start of episode, i've been waiting for Matt, Danny and Jordan to appear but to my surprise they didnt have any airtime in the whole episode! It was really disappointing to watch S60 because i thought that even if it is canclled, it would still show its brilliance in the last remaining episodes. They did a risky move and just to inform them, they really disappointed a lot of people.moreless

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  • 9.5

    I know this is not the final show but it really feel like it. I almost weep in the end.

    By merfolk, May 26, 2007

    Another brilliant script my A.S. as it move the three main character and let the supporting cast and guest star carry the whole show. The pace is fast moving and humorous. I know this is not the finale but when Allison Janney say good bye, I think it is saying to us. The writer must already know that they are going to be canceled. This is my favourite show this season. I can't wait to get it on DVD.

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