Great News: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
Great News

Critics Consensus

Great News overcomes its familiar trappings with gently subversive humor and a smart cast of talented, likable actors.



Critic Ratings: 33


Audience Score

User Ratings: 86
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Air date: Apr 25, 2017
Air date: Apr 25, 2017
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Air date: May 2, 2017
Air date: May 9, 2017
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Air date: May 16, 2017
Air date: May 23, 2017
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Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan) is a news producer who is struggling to stand out amongst her peers because her boss, Greg (Adam Campbell), doesn't seem to believe in her skills. To complicate things further, Katie's overly involved mom, Carol (Andrea Martin), decides to follow her dream and becomes the newest intern on Katie's news program. At first, this mix of work and personal life seems too much for Katie, but when she realizes that Carol is her biggest supporter, she thinks this change might be for the best. Meanwhile, Carol has to use all her parenting skills to deal with Chuck (John Michael Higgins), a veteran and temperamental newsman.

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Critic Reviews for Great News Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (15)

Over the first five episodes, Great News gets more sure-footed and funnier.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tina Fey will inevitably let down her legions of TV fans with a real stinker. But not yet.

Apr 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Martin steals their scenes together in the early going, but Heelan increasingly holds her own over the course of Great News's 10-episode first season.

Apr 24, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series ambles along at its own congenial pace, lighthearted and largely without a care in the world.

Apr 24, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's just an enjoyable show. I've forgotten how nice that can be. This is just a good sitcom, with a likable cast and funny lines. In 2017, we deserve it.

May 2, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Great News has likable characters and great writing, and without its occasional mild language and crude humor, it would make for great family viewing.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Great News is a typical comedy that takes no risks, but its charming and without pretensions. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Great News will not only make you laugh some, but will answer some important questions.

Dec 28, 2017 | Full Review…

It makes for easy, but also easily forgettable, watching. This is something you would have on in the background, just like cable news.

Nov 28, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It's mildly amusing enough as it begins.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Great News: Season 1

  • Feb 13, 2019
    The first season started okay , I was keen to view because of the Tina Fey credit of producer . However once Tina has made and finished her obligation as having a cameo role the jokes get thinner and thinner. The acting gets more painful and in season 2 I'm trying to force myself to like it. It may be a T.F. production but you can tell it's not created or written by the SNL star. I cut ties about 1/2 way through series 2 but TBH I'd been dozing off during the last couple of episodes. Maybe the yanks might like it better, it's certainly not humour that you have to think about.
  • Nov 30, 2018
    I was shocked by the stereotypes of women in this show. Gave it a few watches and no more.
  • Nov 07, 2018
    All in all it is not a very good show but it is something semi funny to watch if you have time to kill. Nicole Richie's character is very funny in this however.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    It is just perfect to have a good laugh. I really like it. It reminds me of 30 Rock but I find it better.
  • Oct 26, 2018
    Very well written show, Tina Fey delivers as always. Every episode is a laugh and the cast is on point, even though Nicole Richie’s old ass can’t really pass as a millennial.
  • Oct 22, 2017
    A great new comedy with a hilarious cast and very funny writing that makes me laugh.
  • Sep 28, 2017
    I can't, for the life of me, figure out why anyone likes this show. It resurrects every tired cliche about TV news from the young, dumb anchor-ette to the self-absorbed, older male anchor and none of it is funny. Even seeing mega-talent, Tina Fey in the Season 2 premiere didn't make it more enjoyable. She's the only reason I gave it a second shot. I got as far as the "gay dog" giving his on-air opinion, then grabbed the remote.
  • May 25, 2017
    A great sitcom with a solid cast that overcomes familiar trappings.
  • May 19, 2017
    Do TURDS float? Not this one...
  • May 13, 2017
    my favorite new show this season. so goofy

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