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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – The Complete Series

Matt Albie and Danny Tripp are two Hollywood hotshots who get asked to return to the satiric comedy TV show “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” after their former mentor got fired by the management of the NBS network for not wanting to ditch a sketch that was written by Albie years ago. They get the difficult task to bring the NBS flagship back to its former glory while having to do with the current writers and cast who’ve been on the show for years.

Sound and Vision:
The image quality is very good with excellent level of detail, no compression errors and nothing that might spoil the fun.

The sound does a good job as well with good use of the surround speakers for music and effects while dialogues are nicely positioned at the center speaker at all times.

– Audio commentary tracks
– Short movie: In Depth: The Evolution of Studio 60

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is a show that gives some insight on what’s happening behind the scenes of a late night comedy. It’s created by Aaron Sorkin who’s famous for The West Wing but unfortunately it got cancelled after one season. Unfortunately as the cast does an excellent job, the storylines are good and the fast dialogues do a terrific job to bring an atmosphere of chaos and tension over to the viewer so that you feel like being part of the crew and having to “make the deadline”.

Some people may find it strange that so few sketches actually are shown in a TV show that handles a late night comedy but that’s not the point. The idea is to show what’s going on backstage and that’s done tremendously well. The romance between Matt Albie and Harriet Hayes, the constant pressure of delivering good comedy, the relations between the cast, the competition between the writers, … it all works!

Only towards the ending does the show make an unforgivable mistake: the classic Hollywood “happy ending” is totally over the top and brings a major disappointment to those that have watched the entire season and were looking forward to a “big bang”. The fact that it’s stretched over three episodes makes it all the more sad that nothing better was found to end the season with. Totally unrealistic compared to the expectations that were created.

The show got cancelled after one season due to bad ratings and that’s a shame. When you watch it you really get the feeling that there’s potential for multiple seasons and Matthew Perry might become the only one of the “Friends” cast to have something on TV that’s worth watching. Still, if only one season, it’s one season that’s worth checking out!

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