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"NewsRadio" Bill Moves On (1998)

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Probably the best you could do under the circumstances.

9/10
Author: Shorty Pimp from United States
12 August 2012

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I didn't rate it high just because I love Phil Hartman. The episode was genuinely good given the difficulty involved filming it. The show is known for not being at all sentimental but they managed to have an episode based on the death of a character & actor and NOT make it too sappy. They pay appropriate respects but also manage to be extremely funny. In fact this episode is much better than most of season 4 which kinda stunk by comparison. Its a shame that Phils last episode was the crummy Titanic story. But this one pays the appropriate amount of respect to the legendary comedian by being genuinely funny and no more sentimental than it needed to be, which is exactly what Phil would have wanted.

The fact this show couldn't last one whole season after his passing proves he really was the foundation of their little gang. And at no point do they ever fail to appreciate his contribution. God bless the News Radio cast & crew.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A show mourns . . .

9/10
Author: Mr-Fusion from United States
25 April 2016

I can list at least ten episodes from TV shows in which a character is killed off - some more overwrought than others - but usually, the actor just wants another gig. Phil Hartman's tragic (senseless) death forced the "NewsRadio" producers to d4eal with that loss . . . somehow. Either mention it in passing or face it head-on. 'Bill Moves On' is the latter option, having the staff of WNYX returning from his funeral and actually grieve on camera. That was no easy task and you ca see the pain on every actor's face' but they muscle through it like consummate professionals. And yet it still feels like a "NewsRadio" episode, and even though I walked into this expecting something taxing, there were some good laughs here.

This deserves high marks for its understated approach. Nothing sentimental, just the characters reading notes left by their fallen colleague. And each one of them are in his voice; they sound like Bill McNeal. That's as close to hearing his last words as it gets.

To address such an imposing elephant in the room, this was a classy way to handle it.

9/10

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