Great News: Season 1 (2017)

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

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Critic Ratings: 33

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User Ratings: 99

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Air date: Apr 25, 2017

Cable news producer Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan) is horrified when her mother (Andrea Martin) gets an internship at her news show in the series premiere of this workplace comedy that explores mother-daughter relationships. Tina Fey is an executive producer.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2017

A bear is on the loose and Katie volunteers to cover the story, but Carol fears for the worst and meddles. Meanwhile, Greg pushes Chuck and Portia to do some friendly banter at the end of the show.

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Air date: May 2, 2017

Chuck has cataract surgery and misses a day of work for the first time ever, and Carol offers to take care of him. Meanwhile, Katie's excited for a peaceful day, but Greg is reluctant to be the bad guy, so "The Breakdown" descends into chaos as Greg is forced to say yes to everyone else's ideas.

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Air date: May 2, 2017

Katie's secret war-reporter boyfriend is back in town, but Carol quickly uncovers the covert relationship using a plan she stole from "Days of Our Lives." Meanwhile, Chuck feels threatened by Trip and is determined to return to the field; and Greg and Justin support the idea until they find footage of Chuck's time as a war reporter in the '90s.

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Air date: May 9, 2017

A huge snowstorm traps everyone in the building overnight. Meanwhile, Portia convinces Katie that Chuck's romantically interested in her; and Carol saves the day when she breaks into the offices of their competitor and steals all the morning show's wine.

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Air date: May 9, 2017

Katie gets an opportunity to appear on the air after a field reporter is exposed as an arsonist, leading Carol to embrace the role of stage mom. Meanwhile, Chuck tries to compose a new theme song for the show after growing jealous of Portia's creative pursuits.

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Air date: May 16, 2017

Carol is excited when Chuck enlists her to wait for the cable guy at his townhouse, but Chuck's ominous warning tests her curiosity. Also, Portia's phone gets hacked and Katie struggles not to read her private emails.

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Air date: May 16, 2017

Katie secretly snoops into a celebrity phone hacking ring behind Greg's back. Meanwhile, Carol falls into producing a piece on her favorite phone game, "Biscuit Blitz," and Chuck is accused of "mansplaining."

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Air date: May 23, 2017

Carol is put to the test in order to keep her internship. Meanwhile, Katie must choose whether to help her mother or focus on her hacking story, which she is unable to crack, and Chuck falls for Greg's visiting grandmother.

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Air date: May 23, 2017

Katie makes a big discovery about the story she's been chasing, then concocts a scheme to get the story out, in the Season 1 finale. Also: Greg struggles with his conflicting loyalties to his family, colleagues and conscience.

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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…

Created and written by 30 Rock writer Tracey Wigfield, NBC's Great News is anything but "new" in its comedic format, but that's not always a bad thing.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It can be a bit much at times, but there's a great supporting cast - including John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie as the news anchors - and there are enough laughs to keep it moving.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Great News: Season 1

  • Jul 19, 2020
    Amazing and fun show that must return ! Shocking this has not happened. BRING. THIS. BACK.
  • May 20, 2020
    If I could have submitted this review without adding a star nothing would have been marked. I enjoy comedy shows and movies a lot. I never watched the show before and it appeared to be funny. The 1st season/1st show originally started out to be funny. For some reason I kept getting a feeling of racial connotations. I may be wrong, but there seemed to be a little emphasis ar times on, "Black's (African American) and Jews (Jewish). I chose to exit the show because I didn't understand where or how the throw off jokes fitted into the conversations. Usually there is something that would put one in rememberance of something to stimulate a joke. I understand comedy, but there were some obvious throw offs that were inappropriately thrown in.
  • Mar 20, 2020
    One of the best sitcoms this decade!! Cant believe that this show was cancelled!? PLEASE netflix revive this show!
  • Feb 11, 2020
    Lousy. Thats what you need if you only want a one word review. A more verbose explanation of the half star rating would be that its basically the same as 30 Rock, except terrible. The characters and stories are all hold-overs from 30 Rock but the actors are inferior, the writing is worn out, and for some reason they insist on using the "shaky cam" even though this is clearly not a documentary. The jokes are exactly the same type we saw on 30 Rock, so they are already old and stale, but they're also delivered poorly so you can really hate the dialog. Either Tina Fey has nothing left in her or she wasnt allowed to do the kind of series she really wanted. Either way, its a waste of time. Hopefully season 2 is much better.
  • Dec 08, 2019
    The first season of Great News is sometimes very awkward, clunky, and cringe worthy and it does have a style and formula that seems a bit done, but it's easy to watch and it does have its funny moments, quirky characters, and clever lines that kept me coming back for more.
  • Nov 01, 2019
    Great News is a good show, but for some reason, the show didn't grab me enough to really like it. Charming characters are a big plus. The writing/jokes are good enough for the show to be enjoyable.
  • Sep 16, 2019
    Great, show that gets even better in season 2
  • 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.

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