On March 21, 1995, I watched the debut episode of "NewsRadio" on NBC with my older sister. She was a fan of The Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show. So having Dave Foley, Phil Hartman and Andy Dick all in the same show, was Must See TV for her. She planned on recording every episode. I loved the first season. That summer, I borrowed her tape and watched those same seven episodes over and over again. It was great. In the fall, I watched season two. Unfortunately, by the end of the second season, I wasn't as obsessed with the show as I had been. I remember hearing that the station was on fire in the finale. I thought they would have a new set for season three. I remember being shocked when the fire they talked about, turned out to not be a big deal. In the fall of 1996, I started watching season three. Once it moved to Wednesdays, my sister quit recording the show. I didn't watch it much then. I did tune into the season finale, believing it to be the series finale.
When the show came back for it's fourth season, I didn't watch it at all. I was just into other shows at the time. Once Phil Hartman was killed, I watched the first rerun NBC aired after his death. It was "Super Karate Monkey Death Car" I believe. They aired a little "In Loving Memory, Phil Hartman: 1949-1998" at the end of the episode. In the fall of 1998, my local syndication channel aired the first four seasons. I taped those episodes (starting with "Stocks"). My love and obsession for the show came back. I recorded some of the season five episodes, along with the reruns. Tuesdays were great because they showed two reruns along with a new episode. I watched the series finale, knowing in my heart that it was getting canceled. I recorded all the episodes in syndication. I didn't think the show would go anywhere after that. Then one day a couple years later, I read in the TV Guide that "NewsRadio" was going to be on A&E. I re-recorded all the episodes so I could have the different edits.
For each DVD release, I'd take a vacation from work, and make a holiday out of it. In a few weeks, I'll be watching the show on Nick at Nite.
What's your personal history with "NewsRadio"?