While I haven't been able to justify using "NewsRadio" for one of my summer TV club entries -- I love it, but it ain't deep enough to merit extensive analysis -- it is wickedly funny (even at the comedy-rich time, but especially in comparison to the comedy scraps we get today) and profoundly silly, and so I offer up the following sampler:
- Bill and Dave struggle to give up their respective addictions to cigarettes and coffee
- Jimmy reads from his twice-translated memoir
- Bill tries plugging a new sponsor, then makes the mistake of getting slang advice from Catherine
- Matthew makes a big on-air gaffe
- Trouble with a baseball promo
- Beth designed a new hat
- Bill exercises his inner Mark Russell
- Matthew tries out some facial hair
- Dave reads Bill's message from beyond the grave (surprisingly funny given that the cast was still grieving Phil Hartman, then painful when Dave gets to the end, then funny again)
- "Arcade" (pictured above), which exemplifies everything that made "NewsRadio" great (things like gross sandwiches and childish behavior)
- "The Bitch Session," the finest example of behind-the-scenes drama at the show turning into hilarious comedy
- "Review," in which Bill finds several thousand ways to conjugate "adequate"
- "The Real Deal," in which Jerry Seinfeld tries and fails to boost the show's ratings
God, I miss that show.