The Newsroom has split critics down the middle. Some love it, some hate it, but there is no denying that for its audience, it satisfies on almost all levels. For an HBO “drama,” this is easily one of the most instantly watchable and easy on the brain shows around. That’s not saying that its simple or dumb, but unlike Boardwalk Empire or Game of Thrones, it doesn’t test your patience with a massive cast, epic locations and an equally epic storyline. The Newsroom keeps it simple, making it sharp and funny with characters who are very clear cut and easy to like and hate.
It’s Sorkin’s writing style that makes the show work, he never talks down to his audience but he doesn’t want to bore or alienate them either, his number one priority is to make it entertaining. And if I’m honest, despite all its flaws, The Newsroom is perhaps the most entertaining show on television. This week’s episode entitled “Bullies” is once again a Sorkin story told with a broken narrative structure. He did the same thing numerous times on The West Wing and used it to Oscar winning effect on The Social Network and now he’s done it again. The formula works very well for Sorkin, it allows characters to explain a story in incremental bits until we get the full picture and emotional hit of the story.
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