Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

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Behind the humor of producing the popular late-night comedy sketch show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is a world of backstage politics and romances, and a very delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives.
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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 18, 2006
    46min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Behind the humor of producing the popular late-night comedy sketch show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is a world of backstage politics and romances, and a very delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives.
  2. 2. The Cold Open
    September 25, 2006
    43min
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    Matt and Danny have five days to put together their first show, which is receiving enormous media attention.
  3. 3. The Focus Group
    October 2, 2006
    42min
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    A network focus group sends a scare through the company when the results indicate that the ratings success of Matt and Danny's first show might have been a one-time thing.
  4. 4. The West Coast Delay
    October 9, 2006
    42min
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    When they discover that the show has inadvertently plagiarized another comedian's material during a sketch, the team members scramble to break into the taped West Coast feed to correct their error.
  5. 5. The Long Lead Story
    October 16, 2006
    44min
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    While the cast goes through rehearsals with Lauren Graham (herself - "Gilmore Girls," "Bad Santa") and musician Sting (himself), a reporter named Martha O'Dell tries to get the story on Matt and Harriet.
  6. 6. The Wrap Party
    October 23, 2006
    43min
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    A drunken Jordan makes friends with the cast during an after-show party. Danny tries to get Matt's mind off Harriet with the help of three sexy women. Simon makes a plea to hire more black writers.
  7. 7. Nevada Day, Part 1
    November 6, 2006
    43min
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    An unusual collection of people must go to a small town in Nevada to get Tom out of jail in time for the show that night.
  8. 8. Nevada Day, Part 2
    November 13, 2006
    42min
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    Jack has to get Tom out of a small-town jail in order for him to make it back for the show that night.
  9. 9. The Option Period
    November 20, 2006
    41min
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    After the show wraps, Matt discovers that Ricky (recurring guest star EVAN HANDLER) and Ron (recurring guest star CARLOS JACOTT) are planning to leave and take the writing staff with them. Meanwhile, Harriet contemplates doing a lingerie spread in a magazine. And Jordan and Danny wrestle with budget cuts.
  10. 10. B-12
    November 27, 2006
    43min
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    While the cast members work through the show despite being ravaged by a virus, Matt must survive the week with a new and much smaller writing staff. Meanwhile, Jordan tells Danny that she is pregnant.
  11. 11. The Christmas Show
    December 4, 2006
    44min
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    As he helps prepare the holiday show, Matt remains determined to bring the Christmas spirit to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Danny wrestles with his true feelings for Jordan.
  12. 12. Monday
    January 22, 2007
    42min
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    The cast and staff come back from their holiday break and prepare for the first show of the new year. Danny is in pursuit of Jordan and Matt bids for a date with Harriet in an auction.
  13. 13. The Harriet Dinner
    January 29, 2007
    42min
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    In the second part of a three-part episode, Danny and Jordan get locked on the roof of the theater while other members of the cast and staff attend a dinner honoring Harriet.
  14. 14. The Harriet Dinner Part II
    February 5, 2007
    45min
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    In the third part of a three-part episode, Danny and Jordan are still locked on the roof of the theater during a dinner honoring Harriet, whose relationship with Matt continues to unravel.
  15. 15. The Friday Night Slaughter
    February 12, 2007
    45min
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    Matt remembers how he and Harriet first met.
  16. 16. 4 A.M. Miracle
    February 20, 2007
    42min
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    On a Wednesday night, Matt is stuck with writer's block.
  17. 17. The Disaster Show
    May 24, 2007
    37min
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    The production goes haywire when the propmasters and cue card workers stage a last-minute wildcat strike. ALLISON JANNEY is the guest host of the sketch show.
  18. 18. Breaking News
    May 31, 2007
    43min
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    Jordan experiences an emergency with her pregnancy during the live show.
  19. 19. K+R
    June 7, 2007
    42min
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    Flashbacks reveal how Matt and Danny were fired five years ago. Meanwhile, Jordan's pregnancy takes a dangerous turn.
  20. 20. K+R Part 2
    June 14, 2007
    39min
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    Jordan experiences major problems with her pregnancy. Simon loses his temper with the press. And flashbacks continue to reveal how Matt and Danny got fired from the show five years ago.
  21. 21. K+R Part 3
    June 21, 2007
    42min
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    Even more is revealed in flashback of how Matt and Danny were fired years ago.
  22. 22. What Kind of Day Has it Been
    June 28, 2007
    44min
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    In the series finale, the long night for Danny, Jordan, Tom and Simon comes to an end. Meanwhile, Matt and Harriet create a new beginning.

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Thomas SchlammeAaron Sorkin
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2007
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KaysGrammaReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gone Too Soon -- Not Really Given a Chance
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I'm still convinced this show was sacrified because it premiered during the same season as 30 Rock and NBC just didn't want two series that were so similar on their schedule. 30 Rock had Lorne Michaels behind it, so no matter how powerful Aaron Sorkin may have been, NBC's allegiance was to Lorne. If I recall, the ratings for 30 Rock weren't even that great that first year. All these years later, I'm still bitter.

Studio 60 had everything we'd come to expect from a Sorkin series -- a great cast, fantastic writing, snappy dialogue and those long one shot takes. Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford had great chemistry and were easily believable as best buddies Matt & Danny, the head writers of a late night variety series based on SNL. Sarah Paulson in one of her earlier roles, stole every scene she was in as Matt's love interest Harriet, who just happened to be the show's most popular cast member. Supporting players Amanda Peet, Timothy Busfield, DL Hughley and Steven Weber (among others), held their own among those powerhouse players and just for fun, every week a different celebrity would play a fictional version of themself as that week's guest host including Felicity Huffman, Lauren Graham and Allison Janney (in a role where she got to show off her comedic timing!) Sometimes I wonder if the series had premiered just a few years later it would have succeeded. The series has held up all these years later and doesn't feel dated at all. If you're looking for something new to watch, I'd urge you to give it a try.
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VTReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The most fabulous Sorkin's show
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This is the most fabulous and greatest Sorkin's show. Why the fudge did the cancel it after first season??? Why is everything has to be dumbed down, and stupid shows go on forever, but smart and whit show - don't... There are still smart people in this country, who like smart dialogue, and non-obvious references, who like non-linear story, and great actors. Pleeeeease, make season two, even if it's 14 years later.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Some of Aaron Sorkin's shows are not as good as others
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Some of Aaron Sorkin's shows are not as good as others. Studio 60 is not as good as West Wing, for instance. However, it's still a show worth watching, if only to play "What other Aaron Sorkin shows was this actor in?" One of the reasons this fails to be as good is because it got bogged down in the preachy and wordy elements without allowing more of the plot to develop. Certainly Sorkin shows have a dialogue rich backdrop at all times, but in WW, for instance, the plot was moving somewhere (in different arcs) but in Studio 60, things took too long to truly develop and thus suffered a bit. However, there are many interesting people within and a number of great sight gags. The Nevada two parter is also particularly interesting.
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Jason SmithReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Less than West Wing or Newsroom, but still a high quality Sorkin series.
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It's hard to compare this to West Wing and The Newsroom, twonof my favorite series of all time. If you are a Sorkin fan, I think you'll find that he deals with some of the same issues more effectively later when he writes the Newsroom. Still worth watching. Purchased the one season due to unavailability on any streaming service, which was unfortunate.
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David MillerReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Aaron Sorkin's 'orphan' show
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I'm a huge Aaron Sorkin fan and have been since 'American President'. Sports Night remains my all time favorite series of his, but Studio 60 is a close second. West Wing makes me laugh and cry. Newsroom makes me cheer out loud. Sports Night is just... home. Studio 60 just makes me marvel at his talent and his ability to weave amazing stories around an extraordinarily talented cast. I honestly have no idea why this show didn't last longer. If you get this, don't binge watch it. Savor it as too soon you'll come to the final episode.
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VeilanceReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great characters
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I devoured this series on Netflix and fell in love with the main characters (Matthew Perry pulled me in as a former Friends addict, and Bradley Whitford was outstanding as his best friend). As the show went along, I just couldn't help but becoming invested in these characters. It wasn't until a year or two later that I learned that this was a show by the guy who did The West Wing, which I had never watched but which my wife swore by. So I bought the West Wing boxed set, devoured that, and bought whatever other Sorkin shows I could get my hands on, including this set on DVD. My wife hadn't seen it, so I told her she should check it out. After the first two episodes, she wasn't super-into it; after the first four episodes, she couldn't turn it off; and she was with me after the final episode in thinking that this was a show that was cancelled too soon. I had never seen D.L. Hughley in such a dynamic role before, and I have to say, I was impressed. Ditto for Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, and pretty much everyone in the cast. Definitely worth you time if you like to see good people interact in complex moral situations. I wish I lived in a world where everyone was this interesting, intelligent, and witty!
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Rick BrewerReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
John From Cincinnati Goes Hollywood
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This creative gem from Aaron Sorkin has something in common with another, albeit completely different creative gem from another award winning writer, David Milch's "John From Cincinnati". Both were scripted by writers with prior successes of major proportions: Sorkin with "The West Wing", et al, and Milch with "Deadwood" "NYPD Blue", "Hill Street Blues", etc. Tragically, both shows were canceled after just one season because their respective networks failed to support either show long enough for it to develop a solid audience. Both shows had stellar casting, excellent writing from week to week and solid direction. Commerce over art. What a loss.

I watched "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" back when it was originally broadcast on network TV and thought it was everything one would want in a weekly series. I was sorry to see it go. I was recently drawn to watch it again after reading "Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by its Stars, Writers, & Guests". I was captivated here by Sorkin's writing from the POV of an inside look at a weekly late night comedy sketch show, as well as the directing, sets, acting, dialog, pacing, & camera work - love the signature extended "walk and talks" throughout the series. In addition, the casting of this show was sublime. The chemistry between Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford is genuine and it's so much fun to watch them together. You really believe there's a bond between these two guys that goes way beyond a working show business partnership. After "Friends", Matthew Perry was never better than he is here. Add in Steven Weber, Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson (excellent on a couple of episodes of "Deadwood" by the way), Timothy Busfield ("Thirtysomething"), D.L. Hughley, Simon Helberg ("The Big Bang Theory"), John Goodman ("I don't roll on Shabbos!")...what more could you want? Weber, in particular, is a standout as a network executive. His performance is electric.

The subject matter here is unique - not another overly simplistic police procedural or medical drama. After reading "Live From New York: An Uncensored History...", I found Sorkin's writing about the inner workings of a late night sketch show to be spot on. Something I didn't truly appreciate the first time around and in a completely different league than "30 Rock". Tina Fey is great, but she's no Aaron Sorkin.

I agree with the other reviewers here. This show is a lost gem. Some of the references are a bit dated, but ignore those and watch this series. If you like smart writing, great dialog, and enjoy watching a superb ensemble of actors doing what they do at their very best, you will not be disappointed. Although, if you're like me, you'll be left wishing there was more than just this one season.
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David SeamanReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm telling you, he's the next Shakespeare
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The first five minutes of the Pilot of Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip (Aaron Sorkin's brilliant and short lived television series after The West Wing)will explain beautifully why it is that this - the finest and most intelligent piece of television in history - lasted for only one season. Aaron Sorkin is a world class writer. In fact, not since William Shakespeare has a playwrite managed text as though each word were a notated piece of music. Sorkin has the respect of every executive, actor, crew member and writer in both Hollywood and New York, but the average television viewer is comfortably enteratined by "Married With Children" the formula crime shows of Dick Wolf and the formula direction of Jay Sandrich and Jim Burrows.

Studio 60 is a behind the scenes look at what happens on a weekly live comedy satire show. It's modeled after the classic "Saturday Night Live" and what we see on the scrfeen moves as fast as what happens in the studio. Backstage is like Boston's route 128 without road dividers and Thomas Schlamme, the director, knows how to film it, cameras moving as fast as toyotas, fvery few cuts, famous "walk and Talks, where w2e feel as though we're wlking with them. The subject magtter is brilliant and it FEELS realistic- the truth- though who would know. Though the show is written like a symphony and is about a TV show what it's really abo0ut is people. Family.

And the pilot for this- as well as each subsequent episode, is clearly expensive, a remarkable set and the finest most reverred actors alive today. Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford are remarkable. We know him as Chandler, but tis is a different man entirely and Matthew Perry is a remarkable actor. Amanda Peet, as beautiful as can be imagined, is a class act, first rate actor. Th4e supporting cast is all remarkable and many of them you know (Simon Hedburg who does a remarkable Nicholas Cage, is now a household name as Howard Wolowitz on "{The Big Bang Theory".) In addition, on the first 45 minutes we have Steven Webber (who makes you forget his irresponsible jokester chanracter from "Wings" within ten seconds) Ed Asner, Fellicity Huffman, Donna Murphy and Judd Hirsch. The budget for actors salaries alone show that the network was well invested here. I suppose that it's much like the music publishers and recording executives who, back in the 1970's and 80's, lost money on the work of Stephen Sondheim because they knew that one day he'd be recognized and they'd more than make their money back. Soprkin';s work requires an audience who must think and listen; watch and connect. It's not the sort of television that one can miss half of and still be able to chat about it at work the next dayt.
like Sondheim, we'll all catch up. Now Sondheim is rehgarded as the finest composer alive and the all time best writer of musical theatre. I predicted that in 1979. Here's my prediction now: Aaron Sorkin is the next Shakespeare.

This is likely the case here. You won't find a better DVD set anywhere and given the brillliance, the comedy, the speed and the acting here, you won;t want to rent it because you can watch it over and over. (John Goodman does a remarkable two episoded arch as a Nevada Judge that is some of the best work ever seen on television)We learn, we love and we see another one of Sorkin's family shows. Mom and Dad are executive producers instead of a President and CHeif of Staff, but they're all here, there's love and support and every single episode is as impressive as a major motion picture written by Aaron Sorkin- Charlie Wilson's War, A Few Good Men, Social Network.

Cause if you don't know Aaron Sorkin, it's time.
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