I always get excited when I speak to someone who watched this series because in the UK it went under the radar, yet despite rave reviews in the US it never got commissioned for a second series and no one officially knows why. I’ve read on countless forums that Americans found it too clever and I highly doubt that but would love to find out the real reason.
The one (series) hit wonder is called Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip. It’s a behind the scenes look at a fictional live TV comedy show, or basically, a look in to what could go on behind closed doors at SNL.
We follow cast, crew, members of the board and many more of the (also fictional) TV Network NBS and its flagship programme Studio 60.
In its pilot episode, the executive producer has an on-air meltdown when he is made to cut a sketch from the show and if you’ve even seen the film Network then you’ll know what to expect. He is subsequently fired and the company’s new director, Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet) decides to rehire two of its former employees to rescue it. And from there, chaos ensures.
The 2 former employees are Matt (Matthew Perry) and Danny (Bradley Whitford). Best friends all their life’s and decide to take on the job, mainly due to Danny’s failure of a drugs test when wanting to direct a film.
There are plenty of going on’s throughout the series, Matts on-off relationship with one of the cast, drug addictions, lost animals, pregnancy and much more make it hard to look away even for a second.
The series will have you laughing as well as shedding a tear or 2 (I certainly did). There are some moments that people can really identify with and others that no one hopes they’ll have to ever face.
There’s so many characters that you’re bound to have your favourites and least favourites but everyone has their moment to shine whether it be on the live show or not.
My personal favourites are the 2 leads, Matt and Danny and the chairman of NBS Jack Rudolph (Steven Weber), who is also Jordan’s boss. He has the shortest of fuses and steals most scenes that he’s in. He has back and fourth’s with everyone, mainly Jordan, Matt and Danny who all go over his head at every opportunity possible. But his heart is in the right place and (although through gritted teeth) does what’s best for everyone eventually.
Let’s not forget celebrity cameos! There are plenty packed in, most appear as themselves but my favourite by far is John Goodman’s appearance as a Nevada Judge in a bad mood.
The only slight sour point that I find with the show is that most (not all) of the sketches you see them practice and perform are often not funny but to be honest it doesn’t bother me at all, it was just an observation and has never and could never put me off of watching.
Aaron Sorkin is the show’s creator and writer and has knocked this straight out the park. It still is the wittiest and most intelligent series I have ever watched and I must check out his other hit, The West Wing as I am told that it’s equally as good.
So if you’ve never watched it, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check it out. If you are going to give any show a try, please let it be this one. It may be 7-8 years old but trust me, it’s fantastic.
Take a look at the 5 minute trailer below and hopefully you’ll want to watch it almost instantly. And as of this moment, all episodes are viewable on YouTube so head there now and get watching!
Thanks for reading guys.
Until next time… 🙂