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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as Dan Rydell
as Casey McCall
as Isaac Jaffe
as Dana Whitaker
as Christian Patrick
as Bobbi Bernstein
as Matt McGreger
as Roland Shepard
as Homeless Man
as Desmond Corey
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.
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.
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.
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."
Every episode is poignant, but never in a trite way, never something that feels forced.
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