HBO’s The Newsroom is an Aaron Sorkin series that tackles the topic of politics and the ethics of journalism. The Newsroom stars Jeff Daniels as the protagonist of the series, who is a cable news network’s leading anchor. While the series has the same themes compared to Sorkin’s The West Wing, which also deals with political drama but what’s unique about the HBO series is that it blends fiction and reality perfectly. While the cable network which we follow in the series is fictional, almost all of the news that is handled by them is based on recent events. Also like Sorkin’s The West Wing, the heart of The Newsroom is the staff working at the network which includes MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer), Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), Sloan (Olivia Munn), Maggie (Alison Pill), Charlie (Sam Waterston), Don (Thomas Sadoski), Neal (Dev Patel), and Elliot (David Harbour). So, if you miss the series here are some shows you should watch next.
The West Wing (HBO Max)
Synopsis: The West Wing ventured where no other TV series had gone before: an extraordinarily intimate look at an American President and the inner workings of the White House. Here, are all episodes of the series that won 26 Emmys, including 4 for Outstanding Drama Series. Hail to chief – and to the creators and stars of this ground-breaking series.
Sports Night (Purchase on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Starring Peter Krause and Josh Charles as the anchors of a sports television program, this critically acclaimed sitcom is not at all about sports, but about the show’s frantic, quirky characters and the often difficult ethical questions they face.
The Hour (Prime Video Premium Subscription)
Synopsis: The Hour takes us behind the scenes of the launch of a new current events news program at the Lime Grove Studios in London during the mid 50s, with a highly competitive, sharp witted and passionate love triangle at its core. A controversial breaking story, entangles the news team in an intense interplay of politics, ambition and romance, ignited by a mysterious murder and chilling conspiracy.
Succession (HBO Max)
Synopsis: Power, politics, money…it’s all in the family in this provocative, bitingly funny drama series about a highly dysfunctional dynasty. When aging, uber-wealthy patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), CEO of one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates, decides to retire, each of his four grown children follows a personal agenda that doesn’t always sync with those of their siblings–or of their father. After Logan changes his mind about stepping down, he endures the often-childish bickering of his heirs while others in their orbit position themselves for a post-Logan world that seems imminent, though not predestined. Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Alan Ruck co-star as Logan’s children; also with Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun and Matthew Macfadyen.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Purchase on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Behind the humor of producing the popular late-night comedy sketch show “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” is a world of backstage politics and romances, and a very delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives.
NewsRadio (Prime Video)
Synopsis: Don’t move the dial! This funny sitcom explores office politics and relationships, through the staff of WNYZ NewsRadio, New York’s number-two news radio station. Meet the micro-managing news director, the ambitious supervising producer, the wacky secretary, the tech-happy electrician, the sniping anchor people, and the station’s eccentric owner.
Murphy Brown (Paramount+)
Synopsis: There had never been anyone on primetime quite like Murphy, the star investigative reporter for the Washington, D.C.-based television news magazine F.Y.I. As created by Diane English and embodied by Candice Bergen, Murphy was, in English’s words, “Mike Wallace in a dress.” On camera, she was tough, smart, and relentless. Off camera she was intriguingly flawed. In the pilot episode, her character returns to work following a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. Over the course of the season, her sobriety is supremely tested by the chaotic goings-on inside the funniest newsroom since WJM on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Murphy must contend with an unending parade of ill-suited, stressed-out secretaries (a running joke throughout the series’ 10 years), new 25-year-old producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) whom she rudely dismisses (“While I was being maced at the Democratic Convention in ’68, you were wondering if you’d ever meet Adam West”), and new co-anchor Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), a former Miss America (“by default”) with no journalistic background. Murphy is over 40 and prickly, with a penchant for vindictive practical jokes against her colleagues. In short, in the words of a lampooning cartoonist in the episode “Funnies Girl,” dynamic, “pain-in-the-butt,” Motown-loving Murphy is “a veritable fountain of material.” With its smart and sophisticated writing and seamless ensemble, Murphy Brown instantly established itself as one of television’s gold standard series, earning four Emmy Awards for this inaugural season, including Outstanding Lead Actress for Bergen and Outstanding Writing for English.
Press (Prime Video Premium Subscription)
Synopsis: Set in the world of newspapers in London – its past riven by hacking scandals, its present at the mercy of the digital age and the 24-hour news cycle, its future uncertain – this razor sharp and observant drama explores the current, turbulent media landscape and the ethical dilemmas that journalists and editors face each day. Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) and Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard) star, alongside Priyanga Burford (King Charles III) and David Suchet (Poirot).