Newsradio: S1 E1, “Pilot” (Condensed Malk’s Fresh-ish Review)

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[Newsradio is available on DVD, on Amazon Prime, and was recently on Netflix Canada. The pilot is currently up on Youtube as well.]

If this were a long-winded review feature, this is where I’d have four or more paragraphs exploring the futility of “freshness” for a multicamera sitcom in the 1990s. Really, how much serialization is there going to be? And honestly, how many jokes are going to be recycled from older shows? It was the 90s, after all, and environmentalism was all the rage.

I swear there was supposed to be a laugh track for that one. Pity.

Newsradio is one of those sitcoms that tasteful critics and knowing friends speak of in reverent tones, often talking about how they watched it back in the day and how they supported it ardently. It features a strong cast of beloved comedians – Dave Foley (previously of Kids in the Hall, and later of A Bug’s Life), Phil Hartman (previously of Saturday Night Live, and concurrently on The Simpsons), and Stephen Root (later agitating for the return of his red Swingline stapler in Office Space).

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Condensed Malk

1350944549_5fccad4907_mWith a busy day and a stagnant demanding career, I’ve only so much time and plenty of pop culture riffing away in my head – so I’m hoping that you’ll all help me find my way through things in an expeditious manner. (Lots of credit to Sly Stallone for that word – anyone else saw Oscar? No? Well, that’s for Bad Movies I’ve Seen Many Many MANY Times anyways.)

Condensed Malk will be a few things, but mostly it’ll be me catching up, and hopefully quickly. The poll feature will help crowdsource what comes next, whether it’s the most important, the most interesting, or the most baffling of following episodes. There’s plenty I need to catch up on – and some of it’s on my shelves!

(And there’s some things that’ll need to be watched in full, obviously, like Slings and Arrows or Mad Men or Breaking Bad. I’m not a web-addled monster, just a web-addled abomination who is woefully behind the curve on television-watching.)