NewsRadio (1995–1999)

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The workplace sitcom "NewsRadio" explores the office politics and interpersonal relationships among the staff of WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 news radio station. Beleaguered news director ... See full summary »


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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Dave Nelson (97 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Jimmy James (97 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Matthew Brock (97 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Lisa Miller (97 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Beth (96 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Joe Garrelli (96 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Bill McNeal (75 episodes, 1995-1998)
 Catherine Duke (60 episodes, 1995-1998)


The workplace sitcom "NewsRadio" explores the office politics and interpersonal relationships among the staff of WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 news radio station. Beleaguered news director Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) tries his best to manage a staff that includes egotistical anchors Dave McNeal (Phil Hartman) and Catherine Duke (Khandi Alexander), ambitious supervising producer Lisa Miller (Maura Tierney), who also happens to be his on/off girlfriend, hapless reporter Matthew Brock (Andy Dick), sardonic secretary Beth (Vicki Lewis), and tech-happy electrician Joe (Joe Rogan), while also answering to the station's intimidating and eccentric owner Jimmy James (Stephen Root). Written by Jennifer

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Fifty-thousand watts of pure Comedy


Comedy | Romance





Release Date:

21 March 1995 (USA)  »

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(97 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Jon Lovitz has appeared as three different characters:
  • A guest appearance as a mental patient who befriends Bill McNeal

  • A guest appearance as a suicidal man perched on the ledge outside Dave's window

  • As Max Lewis, a radio DJ who had several dozen jobs in his past, but was hired to replace the late Bill McNeal largely because he had once worked alongside him.

Lovitz said that he took the role to honor the memory of his good friend, the late Phil Hartman. Andy Dick reportedly treated Lovitz badly during his regular season on the show, but the rest of the cast praised Lovitz for stepping into a terrible situation and doing well. See more »


Bill McNeal frequently misattributes quotes to John Keats. In Season One, Episode 10, "Rat Funeral," Hartman attributes the line "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may..." to Keats; the line is actually from "To the Virgins, to Make Most of time" written by Robert Herrick. In Season Two, Episode 11, "Station Sale," Hartman attributes the line "Yours is not to reason why, yours is but to do and die;" to John Keats, 1776; Hartman's version is actually slightly adapted from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" published in 1870. See more »


[Mr. James gets Matthew a set of "Fibber McGee and Molly" tapes for Christmas]
Matthew: [laughing] You gotta listen to this. Molly tells Fibber McGee to clean out the closet, so Fibber McGee goes to the closet and guess what happens?
Dave: He opens the closet and everything inside falls out on top of him.
Matthew: [stops laughing] Oh, that's what that sound is.
[starts laughing again]
Matthew: That's even funnier!
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In the poker game episode, Boba Fett is courtesy of 'J. T. Hutt'. See more »


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One of the greatest and most underrated shows ever
25 September 2002 | by (Land of tourists and hurricanes) – See all my reviews

A true classic, one of the funniest shows in the history of television. It's a shame that Phil Hartman passed away, which basically was the beginning of the end. I can understand why they tried a fifth season, but it wasn't the same. Newsradio was smart, funny and had an amazing cast from top to bottom. A&E airs reruns daily from 8-9 am, and 2-3 pm. Definitely worth a look, you'll not be disappointed.

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