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Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip - The Complete Series DVD


Aaron Sorkin creator of The West Wing brings you Studio 60 On Sunset Strip a new comedic television show featuring Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford. Studio 60 On Sunset Strip is a show within a show! Filled with engaging characters ear-grabbing dialogue and a Hollywood hive of insider buzz. Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford portray the likable hotshots brought in to revive NBS-TV's sagging flagship comedy series and Amanda Peet plays their savvy boss in episodes exploring the lives and loves of and the make-or-break creative pressures on the show's staff. Panic. Chaos. Fear. Sleep deprivation. Just make sure it's funny by Friday. Because that's when a nation tunes in to Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

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The complete first season of the US comedy drama starring Matthew Perry. The series takes a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy television show run by head writer Matt Albie (Perry) and producer/director Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford). Episodes comprise: 'Pilot', 'The Cold Open', 'The Focus Group', 'The West Coast Delay', 'The Long Lead Story', 'The Wrap Party', 'Nevada Day: Part 1', 'Nevada Day: Part 2', 'The Option Period', 'B-12', 'The Christmas Show', 'Monday', 'The Harriet Dinner: Part 1', 'The Harriet Dinner: Part 2', 'The Friday Night Slaughter', '4 A.M. Miracle', 'The Disaster Show', 'Breaking News', 'K&R: Part 1', 'K&R: Part 2', 'K&R: Part 3' and 'What Kind of Day Has It Been'.

  • Average Rating for Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip - The Complete Series - 5 out of 5

    (based on 2 user reviews)
  • Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip - The Complete Series
    Ross McIndoe

    Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is possibly the most critically acclaimed member of America's "I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY CANCELED..." club.
    After just a single series, Aaron Sorkin's comedy-drama went the way of Futurama, Firefly and Arrested Development; suffering unceremonious cancellation despite howls of outrage from their loyal fans.

    It always puzzles me how theses shows seems to suddenly acquire millions of devastated fans immediately after cancellation: if even half the people angrily flooding forums to damn the networks' stupidity and demand the revival of their favourite shows had actually been watching, then how on earth did they get cancelled in the first place? Truly puzzling.

    Studio 60 takes place behind the scenes of a fictional weekly sketch-show reminiscent of Saturday Night Live supposedly drawing from Sorkin's own experiences in the industry.
    The god man behind hit series The West Wing and the Oscar-winning The Social Network certainly seems in his element as characters bounce one-liners of each other at the almost super-human speed only Sorkin is capable of.
    Each episode seems to contain twice as many lines as those of any other show and yet you could pluck out almost any one at random and find it to be both cleverer and funnier than the best offering s of the comedy series currently dominating American television. (Big Bang Theory, I'm looking at you)

    Of course, great writing is no use if it's being read by amateurs but fortunately Studio 60's cast is devoid of even a single weak link, with stand-out performances from Friends star man Matthew Perry and Sorkin's former West Wing cohort Bradley Whitford as the best friends who run the show-within-a-show as Head Writer and Executive Producer respectively.
    This gives them ample opportunity for banter as Perry plays a more grounded Chandler, floundering to try and write a new show every week whilst every conceivable thing goes wrong and Whitford tries to keep him - and everyone else - under control.

    The marriage of a top-notch cast and one of the greatest writers currently working in Hollywood seems like it should have made Studio 60 an instant classic and this was certainly the feeling after the show's pilot won it the adoration of critics and an audience of over 13 million. So what went wrong?

    Many are quick to push "too smart" as the reason for its downfall and there is something to be said for this argument.

    One of Studio 60's great achievements is its portrayal of the challenges of being satirical in post-9/11 America where any criticism of your country or government can be seen as unpatriotic and the media will go to great lengths to misinterpret what you've so that they can take offence to it.

    It takes on big issues like religion and censorship in a high-brow and intelligent manner, satirising large parts of American culture and harshly criticising American television's reliance on low-brow, unintelligent programming, citing reality television as the very lowest of the low. (I'm sure the irony of being cancelled in favour of reality TV show "The Real Wedding Crashers" will not have been lost on Mr Sorkin, though I doubt whether he found it particularly funny at the time)

    This no doubt made it less palatable to mainstream tastes than rival 30 Rock which was created around the same time with a similar show-within-a-show premise but with a cast of more cartoonishly over-the-top characters and less subtle approach to comedy.
    The similarity of the two shows lead to the widely held - and ultimately correct - belief that either it or Studio 60 would have to go before too long.

    Frankly, I personally find the "too clever" argument to be a little too simple and more than a little self-indulgent on the part of those who use it, many of whom seem to enjoy doing so to imply that it was too clever for the general public but not for them. Because they're geniuses.

    In truth, the show itself has to take some of the blame: wonderful as it is, it isn't perfect.
    By around the halfway point, the storytelling becomes more than a little sporadic as plot element are brought up, dropped for a few episodes and then suddenly re-appear only to disappear once more without being fully resolved.
    Similarly, the sudden decision to have the romantic plots take centre-stage was perhaps an ill-judged attempt to widen the show's appeal, sadly Sorkin's light-speed banter isn't a natural fit for sentimentality.

    There was also the small matter of the show's reported $3 million per episode production costs: filming on a set-within-a-set is an expensive business, especially when it's done as stylishly as it is in Studio 60: characters exchanging banter whilst walking rapidly down corridors was a signature of The West Wing that is replicated here with elaborate tracking shots up and down staircases, through dressing rooms and offices as characters appear and disappear through countless adjoining doorways: the effect is enthralling and kinetic but certainly doesn't come cheap.

    There was also the small matter of Sorkin's writing fees.

    It's interesting to note that during its brief time on air, Studio 60's rating were consistently higher than 30 Rock's but the latter was cost considerably less to make: no doubt a significant factor in why it's still running today and Studio 60 is not.

    Ultimately though, Studio 60 was simply one of the finest television shows ever to air: taking on big issues with the kind of intelligence which we don't see a lot of right now as most comedies play for easy laughs instead of challenging their audience for fear of them not sticking around at the commercial break.
    Though it does experiences minor teething problems as it works out where the story should go, it's a damn shame it never had the chance to find its feet fully as even the first series is of a higher quality than almost anything to hit the small screen since.

    If nothing else, I can personally assure you, it's better than whatever you're watching right now.

  • Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip - The Complete Series
    Jamie O'Brien

    The greatest television writer of our time Aaron Sorkin returns with another classic in my opinion, with some of his old and trusted friends from the West Wing, not least the fantastic Bradley Whitford who teams up with Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet.

    This series is simply fantastic and gives a real look into the work, politics and complex relationships that go behind producing a popular television show. It'll keep you gripped and may you laugh and cry at the same time with Sorkin's unique ability to finely balance griping drama and light humour.

    A tragedy that the US could not be more patient with this show and as always, they were far too quick to give it the bullet after only a few weeks of poor viewing figures.

    Great Cast, Great Writing, Great Show.......... You will not be disappointed.

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