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I joined IMDb like many others just to promote this franchise. It is phenomenally well written and well acted and if you happen to meet any critic who says otherwise they haven't seen it or they're stupid. My feelings about these critics aside, this show is a brilliant commentary on the importance of televised journalism. Well developed and peer reviewed facts are hugely important in representative government. I always utter the words "I love this show" at the end of every episode. Watch it, invest your complete cerebral faculties toward the conversations between the characters, and you will care about the importance of journalism again. Every line of script is brilliantly crafted and Mr. Sorkin and his team know how to make great television. Don't let this show be cancelled.
A previous reviewer said he desperately needs TV like this. Despite him knowing what the reality is likely to be in a news room, or indeed in the White House, he needs to believe that there are people as intelligent and compassionate as this. I do to. Sorkin is an easy target for critics and his politics is still unpalatable to many. (I love that we have an alleged republican taking the shots.) If only the US had a political system that enabled real social change. Sorkin is writing another great series which keeps me engaged, stimulated, makes me laugh and cry. I like these people. I just hope, sitting in old Durham town, that I don't hear that some Chanel exec has decided to axe my evenings indulgence. There are people who think and live like this even if there lives don't make good TV and this is good TV even if it's just a fable. Thank you. We need at least 4 more series.
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OK. I'm first going to start off by saying that I'm wrong. What ever I,
or anyone else, say is wrong because everyone is entitled to their own
opinion and if something you or I say contradicts someone else's belief
or opinion, it's immediately wrong.
Now with that done, I want to begin with something that every viewer should know. This is television, and the majority of things aired are fictitious, including this show. That's what makes it appealing to the audience. The fun and funny office antics in the workplace and the clever satire gives us a laugh.
That being said, after watching the whole first season, I can say this show (Aaron Sorkin) does bring up a lot of things we should think about. Everyday, we are fed ridiculous information by those who benefit through monetary gains. By "those", I mean the big boys controlling our legislature and the ones with ability to control what we see and hear. It is true that we are not informed and are unable to make our decisions without someone so desperately trying to persuade us through fear. If there is anything that I have learned from this show is that money and selfishness comes before truth and knowledge. Fiction or not. I'm am glad The Newsroom showed us how are system works because sadly, this is how it works and morality and ethics are not even considered.
I will say, there was quite a bit of bashing toward the far Right which is to be expected from a Sorkin series. I won't say this series is left or right because a lot of things discussed were pretty moderate, if anything morally considerable.
Overall, excellent show and excellent execution. Very memorable lines and a start to intelligent thinking without the bull. I am looking forward for season 2. Stay informed everyone.
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Having spent nearly 20 years in the media in a former life, I was
eagerly looking forward to this show. My friends in the field and I
used to talk about a TV show that looked behind the scenes of the media
in a serious way, and it was exciting to see the idea come to fruition.
What a disappointment. The show has turned out to be nothing more than a weekly diatribe against Republicans. Yes, there are some nods to the mechanics of producing a news broadcast, but the thrust of the program is clearly coming from a partisan political perspective with the goal of pushing that perspective with great verve no matter what.
Worse, anchor Will McEvoy is portrayed as a "Republican" who is troubled by the Tea Party (my goodness, do they put time and effort into bashing THAT group on this show) and soothes his conflicted agendas by slamming the GOP and the Tea Party with non-stop, ferocious intensity. The character is clearly nothing more than a token who is being used to make political points. It's insulting to think the producers of this show think we're going to buy this.
Full disclosure: I'd agree with the surveys that indicate roughly 85% of the media is liberal, and so in that way I suppose the show is demonstrating some accuracy. The staff of this newscast are also fairly typical in that they all think of themselves as on some kind of holy Truth Crusade and don't even realize how their political feelings are coloring their news gathering and reporting.
That said, at its core we're provided with nothing more than ham-handed partisan political ideology. And goodness knows, there's already more than enough of that on the television and radio from both goofy ends of the political spectrum.
Reviewing only the Pilot, since i didn't even make it through the first
episode. The only intent of this review is to save as much people as
possible from spending any time and money on this. You can rule out any
political bias in my review, i will only address the poor characters
The opening scene had me hooked instantly, Macavoys monologue was great, the production value seemed top, i was looking forward towards great TV Entertainment.
What a letdown.
The Dialogues and Characters in this show might be the worst i have ever witnessed. It started with the first scene of Alison Pill and the Producer guy discussing meeting her parents, in the middle of their workspace. No one talks like that, Soaps like Gossip Girl portrait human Interactions more accurately than this.
At first i simply could not believe it, how anyone can ruin a show like that.
Every actor is blathering without taking a breath. This works in a Woody Allen Movie, in some RomComs maybe, but in this surrounding it appears pathetic. I sincerely hoped, that those two were just "accidents" but it just continued to be that bad. If you enjoy Shows like Justified, Mad Men, Breaking Bad etc. do not watch this. If you are an intelligent human being, do not watch this.
I am aware, that different shows attract different audiences. I can not explain any positive review of this show, neither to my self, nor to you.
It's rare for a show to be as honest about what people really feel but
don't want to admit as this show is. The people in this reflect all
walks of life and views. the writing is WAY above par. Sorkin's writing
grabs you and pulls you in in the same way Judd Apatow make you laugh.
This show will strike to the core of any intelligent person. If you
miss this you are missing one of the greatest shows made.
It doesn't matter if this wins awards( Shows that make people in Hollywood think usually don't). ------------- ------------------ ---------- ------------ ----------- ---------- ------------ ------------ ----------- ------------ ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- - Don't miss out on this.
I had originally given the show ten stars after watching two shows.
First two shows were awesome! Finally an intellectual show blending
drama, romance, politics, news, great acting, and great scripts.
Having watched another two shows it is obvious, however, that the show is turning into another slew of liberal propaganda. It's still a good show. If you are liberal, you should love it! And I can really recommend it. However, if you are conservative, probably not so much, as the show uses every opportunity to present everything from a liberal perspective. I had to readjust my 10 to a 7. Still hoping for the best. I have the feeling I will be adjusting it again later in the season...
Edit: I have now watched as far as episode 6, an I am sad to say that I will not be watching any more episodes. 6 shows of one-sided liberal propaganda. I had expected more from the show. I started at ten, then seven. Seeing as this show is the optimal display of hypocrisy, I will ajust it to a four. Too bad. The first episode was so great, and promised so much. I sort of feel like I have been Obamad. Was promised change, but was given more of the same.
To be Quite honest, while watching it i just realized that we have been in a dark for a while. It is Absolutely captivating. It runs smooth like a knife on a butter. i didn't feel like it was an hour an twelve minute. The script has all the quality sings of Aaron Sorkins best materials. I almost felt like i saw Jed Bartlet on a Anchors chair. The cast needs no introduction for sure. It was The BEST PILOT i have seen for almost half a decade(Maybe more). I truly hope that they would get good ratings so that we would see more of it for a long time. This Start promises a lot and for that i would like to thank everybody on HBO for seeing the potential and Also to Aaron Sorkin who can write such a good quality scripts in especially such a delicate genre. Thank you Guys all
I didn't know what to expect when I sat down to watch the show. This
being Jeff Daniels first foray on the not so small screen. I have seen
Aaron Sorkin's writings before and was impressed by his talent.
However, the opening salvo of the show blew me away. Sorkin's words and
Daniel's deliverance of the state of this country was spot on. I only
wish that all the people of America could have been on the receiving
end of the dialogue. It would have been a great awakening.
The new that we receive today is instantaneous by the likes of Twitter and other Internet and smart phone technology. But it only gives you bursts of what has been going on in the world. I miss the days of Cronkite and Murrow. A time when people stopped what they were doing to listen and watch what was unfolding in the world.
The Newsroom brings you back to the times where the news on TV was the centerpiece of ones evening. The script is superb, the acting fantastic, and I for one could not keep my eyes from leaving the screen. I wish The Newsroom, all the best and a long life.
Not at all surprising that "critics" mostly don't like it. How often do
you see them praise a show that so successfully presents such a bright,
fast paced, thought provoking, and BI- PARTISAN message throughout?
Ironic really, as one of the most "hmmmmmmmm producing" lines in the
show was a facsimile of "the American people haven't been so polarized
since the Civil War".
The first premise made in the episode - "America needs to wake up, and acknowledge that we are no longer the greatest country in the world" - was really painful to process, but incredibly timely and accurate.
The best endorsement I can give: after watching this incredible show, I no longer have just a TRIAL subscription. WELL DONE HBO!
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