LateLine (1998–1999)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 87 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 1 critic

This sitcom on NBC stars Al Franken as Al Freundlich, a vain reporter for the fictional news program "Lateline." Robert Foxworth stars as Pearce McKenzie, the anchor of "Lateline." Vic Karp... See full summary »


0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon




3   2   1  
1999   1998   Unknown  
1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Common Law (TV Series 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Stars: Greg Giraldo, Carlos Jacott, David Pasquesi
Spring Break Lawyer (TV Movie 2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Director: Alan Cohn
Stars: Brad Raider, Busy Philipps, Sean Murray
Grounded for Life (2001–2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Thirty-something Irish Catholic couple Sean and Claudia deal with their three children as well as Sean's judgmental father and his carefree brother.

Stars: Donal Logue, Megyn Price, Kevin Corrigan
Rules of Engagement (2007–2013)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two couples and their single friend, all at different stages in their relationships, deal with the complications of dating, commitment and marriage.

Stars: Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

A slovenly cable repairman becomes a big-city health inspector and is tasked with uncovering the source of a food poisoning epidemic.

Director: Trent Cooper
Stars: Larry the Cable Guy, David Koechner, Michael Papajohn
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Hank Azaria
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ben Singer has his cynical worldview darkened by his roommate Ibu's sudden medical situation, though the arrival of Ibu's sister, Khadi, might remedy both men's ills.

Director: Joshua Goldin
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Kenneth Williams
A Raisin in the Sun (TV Movie 2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An African-American family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life. Based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry.

Director: Kenny Leon
Stars: Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald
Drive (1997)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A prototype enhanced human, on the run from Chinese-hired hit men, hooks up with a dread-locked bystander, and the two of them elude their pursuers narrowly each time.

Director: Steve Wang
Stars: Mark Dacascos, Kadeem Hardison, John Pyper-Ferguson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Sometimes in order to move forward, you have to go back. And in this raunchy comedy, Jim Owens does just that when he heads home for his high school reunion. In an attempt to relive the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rosenbaum
Stars: Morena Baccarin, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristoffer Polaha
Renegade (1992–1997)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After crooked cop Lieutenant "Dutch" Dixon kills his girlfriend and frames him for murder, Reno Raines escapes from jail and goes on the run. Teaming up with Bobby Sixkiller and Cheyenne ... See full summary »

Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Branscombe Richmond, Kathleen Kinmont
The Smoker (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A cigarette smoker is told by his girlfriend that he must quit.

Director: Tendaji Lathan
Stars: David Batiste, Cedric the Entertainer, Sanaa Lathan


Series cast summary:
 Al Freundlich (23 episodes, 1998-1999)
 Gale Ingersoll (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
 Victor 'Vic' Karp (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
 Raji Bakshi (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
 Briana Gilliam (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
 Mona Guillingsvard (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
 Pearce McKenzie (17 episodes, 1998-1999)


This sitcom on NBC stars Al Franken as Al Freundlich, a vain reporter for the fictional news program "Lateline." Robert Foxworth stars as Pearce McKenzie, the anchor of "Lateline." Vic Karp is the show's executive producer. This spoof of "Nightline" showcases numerous real life politicians, and real Washington bigwigs. Written by Eric <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

satire | television | journalism | See All (3) »







Release Date:

17 March 1998 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(19 episodes)

Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Vic Karp's mother is played by Miguel Ferrer's real-life mother Rosemary Clooney. See more »


Gale Ingersoll: [they enter the studio, and stand next to the desk Pierce sits in. Andy is, for some reason, clad only in a bathrobe] Pierce should be on his way, but um... In the meantime you guys maybe could rehearse for the cameras?
Conan O'Brien: Yeah, uh, Andy, maybe you should rehearse naked, so the lighting guys can prepare for your glare?
Andy Richter: Okay.
[takes off his bathrobe, revealing that he is wearing very little]
Andy Richter: [explaining to a surprised Gale] Oh, see, the network won't let me work totally naked any more, so I wear a ...
See more »


Featured in The Perfect Pitch (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Another Great Show Cancelled Too Soon
12 October 2001 | by (Lexington, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

"Lateline" was a well-written, wonderfully-acted sitcom that assumed the audience had a brain. And unlike just about every OTHER sitcom on TV, "Lateline" was about more than just sex. For those reasons, it didn't last.

I guess the thing that really made the difference was the show's tone. It had funny situations and dialogue, not one-liners. That separated it from everything else on TV. The cast was fantastic: Al Franken, Robert Foxworth, Miguel Ferrer, and the gorgeous Megyn Price. They all acted and sounded like REAL PEOPLE, not sitcom characters shouting jokes. The show had a laid-back tone sorely missing on TV today.

If you didn't already know, "Lateline" was a spoof of network TV journalism. I work in TV news myself, and I can tell you: In addition to being funny, it's easily the most realistic depiction of journalism I've ever seen on a TV sitcom. ("Murphy Brown" isn't even CLOSE to getting it right.)

Fantastic show! NBC was crazy to cancel it. The network should have slipped it into its "Must See TV" Thursday lineup, and it would have run for years. Why does junk like "Suddenly Susan" last for years, while "Lateline" gets the shaft?

Please, TV Land and/or Comedy Central: rerun "Lateline"!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Another ripoff? afrohally
Discuss LateLine (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: