The Best Show Damn Near Nobody Watched – Sports Night

When I was in law school, I lived in an apartment complex with two of my best friends (for a while one of them lived in my dining room, but that’s a story for another post).  On every Tuesday night, I made the march across the parking lot and up the stairs where the three of us gathered to watch Sports Night.  It was can’t miss, appointment television.  Unfortunately, the ratings folks at Nielson didn’t ask us for our opinion because the show only lasted two seasons.  So, we only got two years of Aaron Sorkin’s brilliance in this form. But, man, what a great two seasons they were. And, cancellation of this show did free him up to spend some time on something else that I rather enjoyed.

When I first subscribed to Netflix several years ago, Sports Night was one of the first searches I ran.  To my great disappointment, it was not available on Instant Streaming.  Having no choice, I moved on.

A week or so ago, for reasons I don’t recall, I took another look and danged if it wasn’t there. Even as I was clicking to start the first episode, I wondered if the show I was about to watch would hold up in comparison to my very fond memories.  After all, it has been more than ten years since it left the air and the world has changed a lot since then.  Time can be cruel to television shows, especially when the possibility exists that you’ve spent a decade building a show up in your head.

I need not have worried for so much as a second.  Over the last week, I’ve watched all 23 episodes of the first season.  On Saturday, I probably watched ten or twelve episodes back-to-back-to-back-to…you get the idea.

This is likely going to be one of those situations in which I don’t want to finish the second season because I know it will mean there are no more episodes coming.  But, it’s like a drug and I’m like an addict…I just can’t stop.  So, assuming that I’ve still got Netflix, and assuming that they’re still offering it via Instant Stream, I’ll probably take a weekend ten years from now and fall in love with the show all over again.


One response to this post.

  1. […] enough to get on the computer, I spent most of my time there watching the rest of Sports Night (did I mention how great that show was?  Seriously, I was pissed when I got through the last episode…there’s so much crap on […]


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