Sports Night - Box Set Reviews
Let's start with the fact that it's not really about sports. Oh, sports permeates the whole thing. Whole episodes revolve, at least in theory, around events in the world of sports that I don't understand and couldn't care less about if I did. However, what's more important is whether Dana and Casey or Jeremy and Natalie are together or apart. How Isaac is doing in recovering from his stroke. And will the station be sold and dismantled?
Dana, incidentally, is Felicity Huffman. Casey is Peter Krause. Jeremy is Joshua Malina of [i]West Wing[/i]. Natalie is Sabrina Lloyd of [i]Sliders[/i]. And Isaac is Robert Guillaume.
And there's the other thing, right there. This is from 1998-2000; nobody had heard of half these people yet. (William H. Macy, who does a recurring character, was somewhat better-known.) This is a training-ground for actors who are [i]at worst[/i] Hey-It's-That-Guys.
And it's funny and silly and sad and thoughtful. It's worth a look. Heck, if it has the word "sports" in the title and [i]I[/i] like it, how bad can it be?
Speaking of sports... and continuing my negative rating streak to two in a row... Sports Night is an annoying show. I used to dislike it a lot when it was on Comedy Central, and the moment I laid eyes on it again last week, I was reminded exactly why... It tries really hard to be witty and smart and dramatic... its annoying. I don't know if I should blame the writers or the actors, probably both are equally guilty. But its not funny when it tries to be funny and the drama stuff is just crap to me.
Sports Night: It's pure gold.
Six Feet Under: Amazing. Depressing, but amazing.
[font=Trebuchet MS][size=3]Today at work was pretty funny. Kyle's brain was jelly on account of the combination of hangover and lovesickness. He was giddy. He has really fallen for the girl. This prompted Audrey to dryly comment, "I liked you better when you were depressed." That was low, hilarious and insightful all at the same time. It was interesting because it was true. Audrey has gotten so used to Kyle's woes (all relating to the girlfriend of 4 years he broke up with back in the fall, when our little weekend triumvirate was formed. They bonded over mutual insecurities and heartache. Throw in me for comic relief and counsel and you have an asylum thats run by the inmates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. But anyways the dynamic is changing. [/size][/font]
[font=Trebuchet MS][size=3]Sports Night is one of the greatest shows in the history of television. It is easily the best-written show ever. It balances absurdity, characters and plot with deft precision. Quotable as all hell. My DVD box set is one of the best $45 I have ever spent. The first 16 episodes are amazing. The rest are awesome, but the first 16 are above and beyond. Brilliant stuff. 45 half hour segments of the best television show ever. Yeah I decided that I am anointing it. Better than Friends, better than Seinfeld, better than Cheers, better than Cosby Show, even better than ER. [/size][/font]
[font=Trebuchet MS][size=3]And I am so very very tired. The last 2 days of work have been pure unadulterated hell. Maybe I will tell you about them tomorrow....or later today.[/size][/font]