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Sports Night: The Complete Series (10th Anniversary Edition)

Josh Charles , Peter Krause    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Before there was Aaron Sorkin's West Wing, there was Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night, which followed the trials and tribulations of a smart, energetic television staff as they scrambled to put on a nightly cable sports show, not unlike ESPN's SportsCenter. Sports Night was every bit as good as its political successor--and in some ways, even better--even though it didn't have the gravitas of, say, running the country on a daily basis. You don't need to know anything about sports to appreciate the dynamics of the Sports Night news room (which bears more than a passing similarity to His Girl Friday), and the issues the cast grappled with every week ran from the serious to the frothy, always peppered with snappy Sorkin dialogue. And sadly, as befalls most quality television (TV Guide dubbed it "The Best Show You're Not Watching"), Sports Night was canceled after two seasons. But the trajectory of 45 episodes on this DVD set allows you to watch one of the best and most groundbreaking half-hour shows ever put on television.

Those familiar with Sorkin's writing style will revel in the unabashed comedy and interoffice romance on display here, and the way it's set in motion by a powerhouse cast, including Felicity Huffman's Dana (sexy, neurotic show producer), Peter Krause's Casey (goofball anchor guy), Joshua Malina's know-it-all Jeremy (staff nerd and information repository), Sabrina Lloyd's efficient Natalie (Dana's mostly unflappable assistant), and the show's two secret weapons: Robert Guillaume as executive producer Isaac, who was to Sports Night what Martin Sheen was to The West Wing, and the superb Josh Charles, who as co-anchor Dan, a man as complex as he was funny and heartbreaking, was the heart and soul of Sports Night. Damn, they just don't make TV this good anymore! --Mark Englehart

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5.0 out of 5 stars Aaron Sorkin TV show - expect something good! July 15 2009
Sports night is a TV show written by Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, Studio 60). As all his other TV shows, this one is smart, satirical, fast-talking, fast-paced, character-driven, and excellent. It takes place in a sports tv newsroom, and it follows the trials and tribulations of the two news writers/anchors and their team. It's extremely well acted (you'll recognize actors from Sorkin's other TV shows), and highly recommended.
Slim packaging makes the re-release of this TV show on DVD even more appealing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series ever! June 19 2004
Writer/creator Aaron Sorkin and director Thomas Schlamme went on to develop NBC's "The West Wing" during the second season of this wonderful series.
From the beginning, ABC had no clue of how to handle this show. First, they insisted that the producers ad a laugh track, because you don't know when to laugh. Then, they started to promote it like a soap opera, because it had serious issues to deal with at times.
Ultimately, the quality of the show came through. A fabulous cast provided excellent performances. Josh Charles ("A Few Good Men") and Sabrina Lloyd ("Sliders") are the MVPs here, consistently giving the show it's heart. Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under"), initially stiff in his "on air" role as Casey McCall, settled in well mid-first season.
The real gem here is Robert Guilamme ("Benson"), his Issac Jaffe is an excellent character brought to life with his gentle touch. Guilamme's real-life stroke was written into the series, and when he returned in the second season made for some wonderful moments and sly dialogue delivered by the veteran actor.
If you've not yet experienced this series, you may want to catch a rerun on late night Comedy Central. But, I whole-heartedly endorse adding this DVD set to your personal collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sports Night June 15 2004
One of the best shows you never watched. Unfortunately, Aaron Sorkin's mix of witty dialogue and endearing characters did not catch on with the viewing public. Maybe it was because it wasn't placed in a consistent time slot, maybe the viewing public isn't that savvy and sophisticated. Anyway, this show was as funny, touching, and poignant as MASH. Give it a chance, get to know the characters, Dan and Casey, the on-air talent, Jeremy, the stats guy, Dana, the savvy producer, Natalie, her competent assistant (my crush), and Issac, the seasoned executive producer. The episodes guest staring William H. Macy, the ratings consultant, have some of the best scenes in television history. The genius of Sorkin's dialogue is communicating what is not said.
The only warning that I have for those of you who haven't experienced Sports Night...is be prepared to be disappointed in the final episode because that is when the show was just getting its legs. It's a shame that this show got cut down in the prime of its life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible show May 9 2004
By Jags
If you enjoy The West Wing, sports, or just good writing, Sports Night is the show for you. I never once watched the show when it was on network TV, in fact i didn't know it existed. I was up late one night and caught an episode and was instantly grabbed by its unique style and keen intellect. I purchased the set from Amazon.com after watching The West Wing Season 1 on DVD and instantly fell in love with Aaron Sorkin's writing. It will truly grip you. You will become attached to the characters as you watch them work and deal with a number of complex social and personal problems. You will honestly laugh and cry in the same episode. Perhaps the best part of the show is the way it constantly surprises you, not with cheap storylines which are cliched, but with the plot turns these characters face not only in each episode, but more so over the course of the whole set. The only regret I have is that there are only 2 seasons. This show really is a masterpiece, and I'm not one easily won over. Take a chance if you're interested in trying the show out, it will be worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the funniest show you never watched May 2 2004
[I rate it 4.5 stars.]
"Sports Night" is about an eponymous fictitious hour sports news show on the fictitious Continental Sports Channel. It's a sit-com targeted at an audience who knows what "eponymous" means without consulting a dictionary. But this comedy isn't really about sports at all. It's about intelligent, articulate people who use humor to relieve the pressures that their demanding jobs entail.
Aaron Sorkin is the creator of "Sports Night". He also created "The West Wing" a year later, and when he realized that it was a lot easier selling viewers a fictitious White House administration than a fictitious sports news crew, he dropped "Sports Night" like a hot potato. Most everyone knows that "The West Wing" isn't really about Washington politics; instead it's about intelligent, articulate people who use humor to relieve the pressures that their demanding jobs entail. But few people have even heard of "Sports Night". It's a shame, though, because "Sports Night" may be the funniest show you never watched.
There are plenty of valid criticisms of "Sports Night". For supposedly intelligent people the characters adopt a large number of unreasonable prejudices. These are all politically correct prejudices, of course. In the world of "Sports Night" when a homeless man flicks open a switchblade he's only cutting a sandwich to share. Aaron Sorkin certainly has trouble writing multiple character voices. Without seeing which characters recite which lines you'd be hard pressed to match characters with dialog from a script; the phrasing and delivery are largely interchangeable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On time and in great condition
I ordered this DVD for a Christmas present and it arrived on time and in excellent condition. The show is fantastic and has become a huge hit in my house.
Published 21 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Sports Night, the complete series - 10th anniversary edition
I only wish I knew about this show when it was on TV - a friend recommended it (as we were talking about Aaron Sorkin & he asked me if I'd ever watched it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by christine castronaro
1.0 out of 5 stars No Subtitles
I am hearing impaired. This "fabulous" box set and they didn't spring for subtitles. Cheap. It is useless to me.
Published on Feb. 14 2012 by Terry Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Father's Day Gift
My dad and I used to watch this show together the first season it was on. I thought it would be an excellent father's day gift this year - and it was. He LOVED it. Read more
Published on July 20 2009 by A. Templeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV
It's a shame this show only lasted two seasons. I can't understand why - Sorkin's is the smartest, snappiest, funniest stuff on TV. Read more
Published on April 26 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Only one flaw
The show was wonderful and I still mourn its cancellation. It is great to finally have the DVDs so I can get my _Sports Night_ fix anytime. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by T. Spackman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but it wasn't around long enough
Before West Wing Aaron Sorkin brought us this great show about a group of people putting on a sports news show for a fictional cable network. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by T. Bratz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shows ever
I do not own the DVD boxed set but caught as many episodes as i could during a bout of insomnia when it was aired on Comedy Central. Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by M. R. Chateauvert
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, Intelligent Show
Sports Night was an amazing show that combined both a drama and a comedy into a half-hour time slot. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Nick
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