An offbeat look at current events, often by dubbing over news video with farcical commentary.






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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 14 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »


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Series cast summary:
Anne Bloom ...
 Frosty Kimelman 61 episodes, 1982-1990
 Helen St. Thomas 61 episodes, 1983-1990
Danny Breen ...
 Steve Casper 60 episodes, 1983-1990
 Pete Kimelman 54 episodes, 1983-1990
 Jacqueline Pennell 28 episodes, 1982-1985


An offbeat look at current events, often by dubbing over news video with farcical commentary.

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1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of the only successful American pilots of all time. This is a remake of not the 9 o clock news. See more »


Referenced in Growing Pains: Not Necessarily the News (1987) See more »


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Performed by Eric Clapton
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HBO should release this on DVD
24 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

HBO should release this show on DVD. I remember it and was a fan back in the day. It was a hit or miss affair, but it hit often enough to be pretty funny (though not as funny as the BBC version, "Not the Nine O'clock News"). There were some really hilarious bits on the show and a lot of great comedy writers got their start there, like, Al Jean (of the Simpsons) and Conan O'Brien. I definitely liked the original cast the best but there were even a few funny bits in the later years too. It'd be funny to see just how the politics of the day were made fun of -- because even though the show wasn't great at the time it was probably the best political satire on television. Remember, this was during the extremely lean years for Saturday Night Live when they were just limping along. So NNtN provided all the best Reagan jokes. It sucked that during the Reagan/Bush years, which were ripe for satire and jokes, that SNL was so weak then. I mean, can anyone even recall who was the great Reagan impressionist during those years? During the 70s we remember Dan Ackroyd doing Nixon and Carter, and Chevy doing Ford. In the late 80s/early 90s Dana Carvey made his Bush impression famous. And during the 90s there were two great Clinton impersonators, Phil Hartman and Daryl Hammond. But during the 80s who was the great Reagan impressionist? What a lame cast that was. Anyway, Not Necessarily the News should definitely be released on DVD, not only for the comedy but as a time capsule of political humor.

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