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Sports Night - The Complete Series Boxed Set - television series DVD review
SPORTS NIGHT - THE COMPLETE SERIES BOXED SET Not Rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Josh Charles, Joshua Malina
  Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
DVD release: 05 November 2002   Runtime: 6 discs
Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
Features: Subtitles (English)

Nothing spells death for a sitcom like sharp dialogue, intelligent situations and a cast full of talented but little-known character actors. That's why it's amazing that Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night even lasted two seasons. The show, about the staff behind the scenes at a sports magazine program, had some of the best acting and writing of any sitcom in recent memory.

Luckily, the whole series is available on DVD. The set has no extras, which is a disappointment. But at least you get the show, which is a treat all in itself. The cast was populated with then-little known actors like Felicity Huffman (pre-Desperate Housewives) and Peter Krause (pre-Six Feet Under), anchored by the always-terrific Robert Guillaume. And, this was the first show to feature Sorkin's "walk and talk" dialogue style, later popularized in the drama The West Wing. Even today, Sports Night is a wonderfully intelligent, fun show.

Perhaps the best episode is "Thespis," from the show's first season, about the ghost of an ancient spirit on the loose at the "Sports Night" studio right around Thanksgiving. It was funny, literate, and, after watching it, you'll never again be able to keep a straight face while defrosting a Thanksgiving turkey.

The second season is a bit weaker, as it delves deeper into the personal lives of the "Sports Night" staff. But overall, the DVD set is worth having.

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reviewed by Amanda Cuda
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