Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

1
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 18, 2006 on NBC
9.2
out of 10
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582 votes
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The once great sketch comedy show 'Studio 60' is suddenly close to cancellation due not only to its less than stellar on-air product, but another, more unexpected type of action, its Executive Producer's on-air mental meltdown. So enter NBS Chairman of the board Jack Rudolph and a new network president, looking to put her mark on the struggling network, Jordan McDeere. This results in the re-hiring of Danny Tripp and Matt Albie to replace the former Executive Producer and hopefully save the show.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Executive Producer meltdown ala "Network", A new network president with brains, the hiring of the new producer/writer team, all seem a rather pat scheme. Yet Aaron Sorkin again makes it smart and sassy.moreless

    9.8
    I did not expect to enjoy something that is loosely based on Saturday Night Live, which is a show I do not like at all. This is a great show. I am especially impressed with the ability of Matthew Perry. His ability seems to have really matured since \"Friends\". This show almost fills the huge void that has been left from \"the West Wing\"

    I like the snappy dialogue and the portrayal of what a network with a spine and respect for the viewers could be like.

    I am now keeping my fingers crossed that this \"smart\" show will me supported by the network and allowed to develop its audience and therefore stay on the air for a long time.moreless
  • One of the best pilot episodes I have ever seen. What a great choice for the cast.

    10
    What an absolutely amazing pilot, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s usually really hard to enjoy a pilot episode, as you’re still trying to learn who is who and who does what, but as expected, Aaron Sorkin did an outstanding job. I already love the chemistry between Matt and Danny, and I cannot wait to see more of their friendship during this season.

    A phenomenal creator, A wonderful cast, fantastic writers, amazing directors… this show has it all!



    Give this show a chance, you'll love it.moreless
  • It's been a long time, long time since they canceled Studio 60 on Sunset Strip.

    9.5
    How they could cancel this show after only one season is beyond me, and after watching the pilot again today I keep asking myself that very question. How could they?



    The pilot is a 'who's who' in character actors able to handle well scripted sharp dialogue.



    I've never denied my admiration for Aaron Sorkin. Sports Night was good, Th West Wing was great and Studio 60 on Sunset Strip is so easily recognizable within the shape Sorkin molds the scripts, the dialogue and the clever wit rarely seen in other shows.



    So when Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford are cast in the leading parts we're in for a treat. Add the likes of Busfield, Peet, Weber and Paulson, and Sorkin have once again an ensemble working his magic. The likes of Felicity Huffman and Judd Hirsch guest appearing in the pilot doesn't exactly hurt either, and all together it's nothing short of a superb pilot.moreless
  • To start describing TV as "lobotomized" and "eating worms for money" is brave and catching and puts the standard high. Because now we expect from the who that it'll not be the same.moreless

    9.0
    After this sharp start, the story gets a little low as we get to know the characters meanwhile the enjoyment is still up thanks to the funny lines. 1. Stories

    a) Matt and Danny

    We are put in the middle of this net of relationships that hold the characters together. We get to know some basic qualities all around the great friendship of Matt and Danny. How people feel towards them, why they left, where are they now. They are good and well-described characters. b) Matt and Harry

    Having a romantic line with the "I love you, I love you not" relationship of Matt and Harry, is aimed to keep female audience and I think it works. Their difference in opinion is quite important to keep them away, while it's also shown that the feelings (at this point from Matt's side) are not over. c) The executives

    It's not clear for me who is who. If Jordan's president then who's Jack? Why is he rivalling with her? Otherwise, Jordan is funny and likeable but the fact that she's always smiling is a little irritating. d) The big three

    Again, I have no idea who they are, why are they so important. We can only get to learn that they are close to each other. 2. Characters

    I've got the feeling that the characters are a little one-sided. Good friends, great professionals, bad professionals - everyone is either good or bad. One exception is Wes, whose both sides are introduced to us. 3. Why I'll watch again? Because I want to see how they'll reach the high bar.moreless
  • What a great choice of dialogue in this well scripted pilot!

    9.3
    I had to watch this when I heard Matthew Perry was starring in Studio 60 because he was so funny in Friends so I wasnt surprised when I found myself enjoying it. I know he is no longer 'Chandler' so I wont talk about Friends, I'll talk about Studio 60. Great charactrs and a great plot even if Matthew Perry was only in half the episode! The once great sketch comedy show 'Studio 60' is suddenly close to cancellation due not only to its less than stellar on-air product, but another, more unexpected type of action, its Executive Producer's on-air mental meltdown. So enter NBS Chairman of the board Jack Rudolph and a new network president, looking to put her mark on the struggling network, Jordan McDeere. This results in the re-hiring of Danny Tripp and Matt Albie to replace the former Executive Producer and hopefully save the show. Cant wait for next episode.moreless
Jah Shams

Jah Shams

Production Assistant # 2

Guest Star

Kris Murphy

Kris Murphy

Karen

Guest Star

Jayma Mays

Jayma Mays

Daphne

Guest Star

Nate Torrence

Nate Torrence

Dylan Killington

Recurring Role

Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Alex Dwyer

Recurring Role

Edward Asner

Edward Asner

Wilson White

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Matt: I'm the only sane person I know.

    • Wes: Who's it going to offend? Huh? Tell me.
      Jerry: Wes.
      Wes: Just give me the names.
      Jerry: People who, religious people. God Wes, and you knew that when you... What do you want me to say to the 50 million people who are going to go out of their minds as soon as it airs.
      Wes: First of all, you can tell them that we average 9 million households, so that's at least 41 million who are full of crap. And the second, you can tell them that living where there is free speech means sometimes you get offended.

    • Felicity Huffman: I need the very slutty dress, and somebody else to wear it.

    • Matt: So we'll make some budget cuts, we'll shoot in Vancouver.
      Danny: No, we're not shooting in Vancouver. I'm drawing the line on the insanity. Vancouver doesn't look like anything, it doesn't even look like Vancouver. It looks like Boston, California.

    • Juliet: How did you hurt your back?
      Matt: It happened when a surgeon sliced it open with a knife.

    • Jack: (to Jordan)...you saw how fast I fired Wes Mendell? Screw this up and I'll fire you faster. I'm not like every other heterosexual man in show business, Jordan. I don't find you charming. And you've earned the loyalty of absolutely no one. So you go ahead and take your first steps towards making us classy again. We've been waiting for you.

    • Shelly: That was a faux pas back there.
      Jordan: Where?
      Shelly: At the dinner party. You don't compliment the caterer in front of the hostess.
      Jordan: I don't want to start throwing my weight around, Shel, but that's probably not gonna be a high priority tonight.

    • Danny: (talking about Jordan) You gotta give her style points.
      Matt: Yeah.
      Danny: And you gotta ask yourself.
      Matt: What?
      Danny: What if she's for real?
      Matt: Yeah.

    • Jack: Is there something funny about this, Jordan?
      Jordan: God, Jack, there's like seven things funny about this.

    • Danny: I have no reason to trust you and every reason not to.
      Jordan: Why?
      Danny:You work in television!

    • (After entering Three 6 Mafia's dressing room, it's filled with marijuana)
      Jordan: I'll grab the loose joints.

    • Matt: Where the hell did you go?
      Danny: Sorry about that...
      Matt: I said "He's never not been there for me," then there was a follow-spot on a basket of dinner rolls!

    • Jack: Wesley!
      Wes: Yeah!
      Jack: You're fired!
      Wes: No kidding!

    • Harriet: We didn't break up because of a Dodger game.
      Matt: No we didn't.
      Harriet: When you were promoting the movie, I was holding your hand every step of the way, but when I had a cd to promote in 52 markets in 15 days, you disappeared.
      Matt: I didn't disappear.
      Harriet: You got cold and you got mean.
      Matt: Right after you went on the 700 Club, is that timing lost on you?
      Harriet: It was an album of spiritual music. Those are the people who buy spiritual music.
      Matt: I don't care if it was an album of the Three Wise Men covering the Doobie Brothers, you put on a dress and sang for a bigot.

    • Matt: When I screw up, I tell you about it.
      Danny: When you screw up, I read about it.

    • *talking about the peripheral vision man sketch*
      Cal: I'm sure that making it longer was the missing ingredient to making it funny.

    • Cal: I'm running a live national broadcast here, can you threaten me later?

    • Wes Mendell: It's not going to be a very good show tonight. *audience laughs* I think you should change the channel, change the channel right now or better yet turn off the TV, ok? No, no, I know it seems like this is supposed to be funny, but, uh, tomorrow, tomorrow you're gonna find out that it wasn't and by that time I'll have been fired. *audience laughs* No, this is not a sketch. This show used to be cutting edge political and social satire, but it's gotten lobotomized by a candy ass broadcast network, hellbent on doing absolutely nothing that might just challenge their audience. We're about to do a sketch that you've seen already about 500 times. Yeah, yeah, no one's gonna confuse George Bush and George Plimpton, now we get it. We're all being lobotomized by this country's most influential industry. It's just thrown in the towel on any endeavor to do anything that doesn't include the courting of 12 year-old boys. Not even the smart 12 year-olds, the stupid ones, the idiots. Which there are plenty thanks in no small measure to this network. So why don't you just, change the channel? Turn off the TVs do it right now. (they cut to the control room, then back) The struggle between art and commerce. Well, there's always been a struggle between art and commerce and now I'm telling you art is getting it's ass kicked and it's making us mean and it's making us bitchy. It's making us cheap punks. That's not who we are! People are having contests to see how much they can be like Donald Trump. (cuts to the control room then back) We're eating worms for money. "Who wants to screw my sister?" Guys are getting killed in a war that's got theme music and a logo. That remote in your hand is a crack pipe. Oh yeah every once in a while we pretend to be appalled. (cuts to the control room then back) Pornographers! It's not even good pornography. They're just this side of snuff films, and friends that's what's next because that's all that's left. And the two things that make them scared gutless are the FCC and every psycho religious cult that gets positively horny at the very mention of a boycott. These are the people they're afraid of. This prissy, feckless, off-the-charts, greed-filled, whorehouse of a network. And you're watching this thoroughly unpatriotic mother-

    • Danny: I hear you.
      Matt: Good, because I don't remember what I just said.

    • Jordan: Listen do you drive a brand new black Lexus by any chance?
      Jack: I do, yes.
      Jordan: OK i owe you a left tail light and a rear bumper.

    • *Matt and Danny have been offered the job of leading the show*
      Matt: Are you people using the confidential information that Danny failed a drug test to force him into taking over Studio 60 to deflect attention from what happened on the air tonight?
      Jack: He failed a drug test?
      Jordan: Yeah, actually Matt, I was the only one who knew about that. Shoulda trusted me a little, Danny.
      Matt (to Danny): Sorry about that, that one was all me.
      Danny: Yeah.
      Matt (turning to everyone): Ironically, I'm the one who's high as a paper kite right now. But legitimately. I had back surgery on Tuesday. L-5/S-1, if that means anything to you. Stop talking now? You bet.

    • Announcer: Live from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, it's Friday night in Hollywood!

    • Matt: We're doing it.
      Danny: Matt, you can get another director, you can get someone good!
      Matt: I don't want someone else, I want you.
      Danny: The joke was I don't want someone good I want you.
      Matt: I know what the joke was.

    • Simon: We have sets running from wall to wall so if there's something you can't see then it'll be on those two big TV screens. If there's still something you can't see, then we really can't help you!

    • Jack Rudolph: So, what are you suggesting?
      Jordan McDeere: Let's talk in my office...
      (Jordan walks out of the boardroom with a smile on her face. Her face suddenly drops as Jack Rudolph walks around the corner behind her)
      Jordan McDeere: I don't know where my office is.

    • Matt: We work together now so we're gonna have to postpone this fight for a few years!

    • Matt: You fired us four years ago and now you want us back?!?

  • NOTES (10)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Hannah Harriet Hayes.

      Coincidentally, there was an American film and theatre actress named Helen Hayes, a devoted Catholic, named The First Lady of the American Theatre.

    • Several references are made about both "Network" and Paddy Chayefsky. "Network" is a film written by Chayefsky featuring Peter Finch as Howard Beale, an anchorman who, when firedfor poor ratings, lets loose on the air spouting, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

    • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is a scripted parody of the backstage life of NBC's wildly successful sketch show, Saturday Night Live.

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