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DVD TV Show Reviews
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - The Complete Series
I really loved "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and never missed
an episode. I was a big fan of both "Sport Night" and "West Wing", Aaron
Sorkin's previous shows, but I think Studio 60 was the best of all three. Like
Sport Night, though, it never did get good ratings. It is a real shame because
the writing was fabulous and it had probably the best cast of any TV show, ever.
You can read my previous review of the show. I think the reason some people did
not watch it was because it had a really long title. I know that is a stupid
reason, but sometimes it doesn't take much for people to decide not to check out
a show. Another problem is that it came out the same time as the show "30 Rock",
which is another show, on NBC, with a similar name and concept (behind the
scenes at a sketch show). I don't think people could figure out that these were
two different shows, and they both suffered in the ratings for that reason, even
though they were both very good shows in their own ways.
Aaron Sorkin's dialogue is not for everyone. It is very rapid-fire,
intellectual, manic...I love it, but it's not everyone's cup of tea. Also, like
Sport Night, this show was neither completely comedy nor completely drama, and
some people have trouble with that idea. Both were shows you grinned while
watching, occasionally laughing, occasionally feeling intense emotion - they
were not feel-good sitcoms. Honestly, they were more like plays. I don't know
why "West Wing" did better, perhaps because it was because it was much more a
drama than a comedy.
I was very sad when it was canceled, even though we all could see the end coming
for months. It was a real shame, and still is. I think that show alone is one
reason I don't watch as many new shows as I used to. It's just too painful to
get involved with a show and then have it ripped away. I wonder when TV networks
will figure this out?
Anyway, I was very glad to get the DVD, and everyone who loves TV, or good
writing, or good acting, should get this DVD to see this great show. It almost
makes me sad to watch it again and lament the missed potential of future
The DVD does not have many extras. It has the usual audio commentary, and one
behind-the-scenes show. I loved the feature, but it needed more. Well, perhaps
the 10th anniversary DVD will have more!!
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