Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 18, 2006 on NBC

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  • Arron Sorkin has a way with words, but does he have a way with characters?

    I have the Luxury of writing this review after having just watched the 3rd episode so keep that in mind while reading. The Pilot episode is the best episode of the series to date. The opinionated, well-spoken characters that we expect and love Sorkin to create shine brightly in this episode. Some suprisingly beautiful performances accompany the script. Most notably Amanda Peet's character which despite her very subtle, almost underacted character developement, shines with subtext that keeps you guessing the character's intentions and motives. However, and this may be unfair, but remembering back to the pilot episode of "Sports Night", at the end of the episode the viewer had a stronger sense of who and/or what each characters goal and/or arc was. In "Studio 60 ..." the only characters with true objectives were the executives of NBS. The other fall too much into Sorkin's liberal dilemma mind-set where everyone wants to change the world, but are too lazy to do so. While it creates good characters for films (i.e. Half-Nelson) it leaves more to be desired in this series. It may be accurate, but it may get boring.
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