Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Rec. #236: Sports Night, season 1
What: Between the barely restrained anticipatory enthusiasm for Aaron Sorkin's new show and the completely unrestrained joyful nostalgia for The West Wing, it seems like a good time to remember and appreciate Sports Night.
As anyone who's ever tried to describe the show has said, it's a sports show that's not really about sports. It's about networks and ratings and ethics and coworkers and divorce and hunting and not hunting and ambition and publicity and younger brothers and flies and intellectual copyright laws and hate mail and writer's block and missing shirts and Mount Everest and lamps and dating and snorkeling and New York City.
Comparable to: It's the comedic version of what Sorkin is so notoriously good at: a well-written examination of the behind-the-scenes lives of articulate, flawed, likable people.
Representative quote: "It's taken me a lot of years, but I've come around to this: If you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you."
You might not like it if: All that smart talking tempts you into trying some snappy dialogue with your coworkers, and it ends badly.
How to get it: You can watch it instantly on Netflix or, if you want something more lasting, you can buy the eight-disc 10th anniversary edition of the complete series.