Sports Night: Season 1 (1998 - 1999)



Critic Consensus: Aaron Sorkin's irresistible rat-a-tat dialogue and an impossibly appealing cast bring an incandescent energy to Sports Night.


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Air date: Sep 22, 1998
Air date: Sep 29, 1998
Air date: Oct 6, 1998
Air date: Oct 13, 1998
Air date: Oct 20, 1998
Air date: Oct 27, 1998
Air date: Nov 10, 1998
Air date: Nov 17, 1998
Air date: Dec 1, 1998
Air date: Dec 8, 1998
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Critic Reviews for Sports Night Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

The script had a sound, a rhythm, of its own, as well as a strong sense of human nature and a penchant for ideological tugs of war. It was "Broadcast News"-like, as it toyed with the ethics of the news industry and the emotional tolls of deadline work.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Sports Night was marvelous in its ability to show people -- recognizably smart, loving people -- making real mistakes that created the kinds of real conflicts that real people encounter in real relationships and workplaces.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…
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The biggest problem with Sports Night is its portrayal of women and gender politics. The series goes out of its way to tell the audience how progressive it is, particularly in its depiction of women in the workplace.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

It slowly eliminated the pre-recorded laugh track while it was on the air, and incorporated unique techniques that are now considered Sorkin trademarks, including the use of quick sarcastic exchanges, and the "walk and talk."

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Every episode is poignant, but never in a trite way, never something that feels forced.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

The best, must succinct endorsement of Sports Night I can give is that I unabashedly love the show and yet I watch zero sports and never turn on ESPN.

Nov 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Looking back at "Sports Night" you're reminded how difficult it is to empathize with characters who not only do not make you laugh very much but whose workplace is not all that fascinating.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

From its first episode to its last, Sports Night spent most of its time arguing about just how artistically and intellectually ambitious a television show can be...

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…
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The best new sitcom by any measure is Sports Night.

Feb 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, Sports Night's freshness is inspiring, and its potential is great.

Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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