Taut, exciting, realistic dramedy about the lives of sports journalists. It's a show about a show about sports, that isn't about sports at all.
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
Confession: Aaron Sorkin could re-write "May Had A Little Lamb" and I would love it. Objectively, the show isn't great, but it's a lot better than most schlock on tv. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas B Mulligan
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 morePublished on April 26 2006
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 morePublished on July 5 2004 by T. Spackman
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by T. Bratz
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 morePublished on June 12 2004 by M. R. Chateauvert
Sports Night was an amazing show that combined both a drama and a comedy into a half-hour time slot. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Nick
Like many of the other reviewers, I did not see this show when it first aired. Mostly because I could never find it, because it never seemed to air when it was supposed to. Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by Bill Holloway
.. this show was brilliantly written - suffered the same fate as a number of shows that were just too much for the american public that seems to want to be dumbed-down at every... Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Ronald C. Fazar