Category: Newsradio

  • Men Behaving Badly USA
    Men Behaving Badly USA

    I thought I’d do a little deeper dive than normal into a US version of a British show. Men Behaving Badly was created by Matthew Carlson, based on the ITV/BBC series by Simon Nye. It aired on NBC from September of 1996 to December the following year. It arrived with much fanfare. While I don’t…

  • SeinRadio

    On the 7th May 1997, Jerry Seinfeld appeared on an episode of Newsradio called The Real Deal. It was sweeps week, I think, and a lot of the NBC shows were having guests from other NBC shows. As you can see that same night had a double bill, and the second episode had a guest…

  • Lonely Sitcom Characters
    Lonely Sitcom Characters

    There are more lonely sitcom characters than you might expect. The first one that springs to mind for me is Richie, in Bottom. The whole show is pretty bleak in a Beckett kind of way. Two people who can’t stand one another are forced to live out their shitty existence together, and smash each other…

  • The Newsradio Ghost
    The Newsradio Ghost

    There’s something odd going on in this clip from Newsradio. It’s from the end of the season three episode The Trainer, notable for its guest appearance by Ben Stiller. But did you see the phantom? Did you see the ghost? Did you see the weird appearing and disappearing character in the mix? There he is…

  • Ha Ha Halloween: Newsradiooooh
    Ha Ha Halloween: Newsradiooooh

    It shouldn’t surprise you to know that US sitcoms are much more likely to have made Halloween themed specials than UK ones. I wish these clips were more indicative of the quality of Newsradio, because it’s an overlooked show that is well worth a watch. Stephen Root and Dave Foley are particularly good in it.…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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