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NewsRadio: Season 1 (1995)




Critic Consensus: An absurdist breath of fresh air, NewsRadio's first season debuts a comic sensibility that dares to be different along with a genuinely innovative approach to the sitcom format.


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A sharp cast buoyed this underrated comedy about the staff at an all-news radio station in New York City. A midseason offering, it was moved 11 times during its four-year run, which sometimes made it difficult for viewers to find the show, and is likely why it always seemed to be on the brink of cancellation. In May 1998, actor Phil Hartman was murdered, and was replaced in the cast by Jon Lovitz, another alum of `Saturday Night Live.'


Dave Foley
as Dave Nelson
Stephen Root
as Jimmy James
Maura Tierney
as Lisa Miller
Andy Dick
as Matthew Brock
Khandi Alexander
as Catherine Duke
Joe Rogan
as Joe Garelli
Phil Hartman
as Bill McNeal
Joe Wein
as Delivery Guy
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Critic Reviews for NewsRadio: Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (11)

It was clear that NewsRadio was something special. Here was a show that, rather than expecting its audience to ignore the strangeness of a multicamera sitcom and instead played into it, crafting episodes with the breakneck absurdity of classic farce.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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Still, NewsRadio boasts a rich setting, droll characters and some fine actors... Hartman's comic brilliance will remind you how sorely Saturday Night Live misses him.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The crispest, wittiest and most delightful new sitcom of the season making as self-assured, clever and distinctive a debut as Frasier did last season.

February 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a well-oiled machine in the first season.

September 13, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Always had a healthy appreciation for the eccentric and the absurd, which helped the show transcend its borrowed roots.

September 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This show benefits from thoughtful casting, an extremely talented cast, and sharp writing that plays to the actors' strengths and promotes the banter and sarcastic exchanges to keep the laughs coming.

February 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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