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

Josh Charles , Peter Krause    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
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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
Format:DVD
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 On time and in great condition Jan. 20 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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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. He lent me his copy and i JUST HAD TO HAVE IT.
Once you get past about the first 4 or so episodes with the phoney laugh track (I hate laugh tracks - if it's funny, I'll laugh) - it's WONDERFUL. Very funny & very well written!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Father's Day Gift July 20 2009
Format:DVD
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. I'm looking forward to sitting down to watch it with him again soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV April 26 2006
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Format:DVD
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.
As an aside - the laugh track has regrettably always been part of the show, but only for season one. They dropped it for season two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only one flaw July 5 2004
Format:DVD
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. The only complaint I have is that the DVDs contain the versions with the laugh track. When the show was originally shown, it was without a laugh track. This was good. I hate laugh tracks, and especially when this show isn't quite a sitcom, it just really grates. When the show was rerun, some idiot thought adding a laugh track would dumb it down enough that it might do better in the rating. That person was wrong. Very, very wrong. Unfortunately, like I said, the laugh track version is the version they chose to put on the DVDs. I wish they'd not done that.
With that complaint, I give it 4 stars. The DVDs are otherwise excellent, just as the show is excellent. If they hadn't had the laugh track or had the option of with or without, I would give it 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but it wasn't around long enough June 22 2004
Format:DVD
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.
Unfortunately, too many people thought it was a show about sports and never gave it a chance. The characters were all interesting, the show was well-written, the acting was excellent and the stories were funny.
If you enjoyed the writing on West Wing for the first few seasons, but are not a big sports fan buy this collection anyway. You really don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy this show, because it's more about the people who make the show than it is about the content of the show they are making. You will also notice quite a few similarities between the two shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series ever! June 19 2004
Format:DVD
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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