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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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The frenetic workplace of a cable-sports network is the setting for this alternately witty and poignant sitcom revolving around two cocky anchors and their neurotic producer.


Josh Charles
as Dan Rydell
Peter Krause
as Casey McCall
Robert Guillaume
as Isaac Jaffe
Felicity Huffman
as Dana Whitaker
Greg Baker
as Elliot
Teri Polo
as Rebecca
Brad William Henke
as Christian Patrick
Lisa Edelstein
as Bobbi Bernstein
Aaron Lustig
as Gilbert
Joy Behar
as Herself
Russell Andrews
as Matt McGreger
Cory Buck
as Charlie
Star Jones
as Herself
Nina Barry
as Claire
Doyle Holmon
as Roland Shepard
Felton Perry
as Homeless Man
Joe Whyte
as Desmond Corey
Lisa Weli
as Redhead
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Critic Reviews for Sports Night: Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

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.

January 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.

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

September 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."

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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

September 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.

November 6, 2015 | Full Review…

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