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The Newsroom

The Newsroom

HBO 2012

A behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor, his new executive producer, the newsroom staff and their boss, the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Newsroom

The Newsroom - S1E1

#1 - We Just Decided To


Season 1 - Episode 1

"News Night" anchor Will McAvoy returns to work after a public meltdown to find most of his staff has jumped ship, but new hires help steer the show when news of a catastrophe breaks in the spring of 2010.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Newsroom from 1373 votes.

The Newsroom - S2E9

#2 - Election Night (2)


Season 2 - Episode 9

As Election Night 2012 winds down, Will and Charlie await a decision from Reese that may impact their future at ACN, and that of the entire senior staff. Sloan learns the identity of the anonymous winning bidder for her book. Don discusses a countersuit against Jerry with Rebecca. Neal turns to Hallie for help giving Mac a parting gift. Jim tries to make peace with Lisa, encouraging Maggie to do the same. Will has a revelation while Charlie is sharing his.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Newsroom from 1060 votes.

The Newsroom - S1E10

#3 - The Greater Fool


Season 1 - Episode 10

Mac is shaken by a potentially devastating revelation from gossip columnist Nina Howard. Meanwhile, Sloan mulls a new job opportunity; Neal's Internet alias could prevent a catastrophe; and Will, Mac and Charlie confront Leona and Reese during a volatile lunch meeting.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Newsroom from 813 votes.

The Newsroom - S2E7

#4 - Red Team III


Season 2 - Episode 7

Through depositions with the newsroom staff, Rebecca pieces together the events that led to ACN's fateful decision to go forward with Jerry's special report on Operation Genoa – as well as the post-air revelations that undermined its credibility. The repercussions threaten to ruin "News Night" while eclipsing breaking news during another 9/11 anniversary.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Newsroom from 1029 votes.

The Newsroom - S3E6

#5 - What Kind of Day Has It Been?


Season 3 - Episode 6

Series Finale: A sudden death leads Will and Mac to ponder the milestones that transformed the newsroom, and look ahead towards ACN's uncertain future. Maggie lands a field-producer interview in Washington; Neal's digital site is shut down for repairs; Leona offers sage advice to Pruit.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Newsroom from 948 votes.

The Newsroom - S1E4

#6 - I'll Try to Fix You


Season 1 - Episode 4

Will becomes tabloid fodder after a confrontation with a gossip columnist on New Year's Eve, which threatens to undermine his credibility on a current news investigation. Meanwhile, Don urges Maggie to set Jim up on a date with her roommate; Mac's boyfriend pitches a story about the government's inability to prosecute financial crimes; and Neal tries out his Bigfoot theory on anyone who will listen.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Newsroom from 939 votes.

The Newsroom - S3E2

#7 - Run


Season 3 - Episode 2

With Rebecca again tasked with defending ACN in a possible lawsuit, Will tries to protect Neal from the fallout over the DOD leak. Charlie and Leona enter the fray of a hostile-takeover gambit involving Reese's half-siblings. Sloan fears Don may be guilty of cashing in on insider information. Maggie ponders the ethics of eavesdropping. Hallie pays a price for a late-night tweet.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Newsroom from 968 votes.

The Newsroom - S1E5

#8 - Amen


Season 1 - Episode 5

News of unrest in Wisconsin in February 2011 in response to the governor's call for budget cuts bubbles up during coverage of the ousting of President Mubarak in Egypt, and Neal finds someone who can provide updates from Cairo as the staff strive to give equal attention to both uprisings.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Newsroom from 881 votes.

The Newsroom - S3E5

#9 - Oh Shenandoah


Season 3 - Episode 5

Incarcerated for contempt, Will refuses to reveal the name of Neal's government source. Appearing to embrace Pruit's mandate to capture younger viewers, Charlie orders a reluctant Don to track down principals in a sexual-abuse case at an elite college. Sloan voices her objection to a new digital site built by Neal's replacement, Bree. Stranded in a Moscow airport, Jim and Maggie look to land seats for a Cuban-bound plane, hoping to interview one of its high-profile passengers.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Newsroom from 921 votes.

The Newsroom - S1E6

#10 - Bullies


Season 1 - Episode 6

Sloan subs for Elliot during the Japanese nuclear crisis following the March 2011 earthquake, but her harsh questioning of a Tokyo power-company representative could damage her credibility. Meanwhile, Will has a bout of insomnia that leads him to therapy, and he learns a lesson about bullying after his rude behavior in an interview.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Newsroom from 847 votes.

The Newsroom - S3E4
#11 - Contempt
Season 3 - Episode 4

Facing a court subpoena and possible incarceration for contempt, Will stands firm in refusing to reveal the source of the stolen DOD documents. As Charlie's disdain for Lucas grows, Sloan and Mac scramble to find a more acceptable 11th-hour buyer for ACN. Jim's relationship with Hallie is put to the test by her new job at Carnivore, a start-up website.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Newsroom from 869 votes.

The Newsroom - S3E1
#12 - Boston
Season 3 - Episode 1

In the wake of the Genoa debacle, Will, Mac and the News Night team decide to err on the side of caution in reporting a major breaking story. Neal is contacted by an anonymous source in possession of stolen government documents revealing how false press stories planted in newspapers spawned fatal riots in Kundu. Sloan looks to solve a takeover puzzle. Maggie is forced to pinch-hit for Elliot in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Newsroom from 1002 votes.

The Newsroom - S1E9
#13 - The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate
Season 1 - Episode 9

The "News Night" staff host a mock debate for two Republican Party officials; a power outage energizes Mac's thought process; Charlie evaluates an intelligence-agency insider's reliability; Lisa does an on-air interview; Neal poses as an Internet troll.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Newsroom from 806 votes.

The Newsroom - S2E8
#14 - Election Night (1)
Season 2 - Episode 8

In the wake of Leona's refusal to accept the resignations of three top ACN talents, 'News Night' goes forward with its 2012 election coverage, featuring Will in the unlikely role of director of morale. Sloan is perturbed that her book was auctioned off with a forged signature, while Mac tasks Neal to fix a faulty Wikipedia page. Mindful that Charlie wants a screw-up-free evening, Jim weighs the cons of retracting a call he made too soon. The team deliberates whether to hold off on a story that might affect a tight Senate race.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Newsroom from 968 votes.

The Newsroom - S3E3
#15 - Main Justice
Season 3 - Episode 3

Leona and Reece look to raise cash in order to salvage ACN and thwart Blair and Randy. Will gets a surprise at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Charlie trades visions with her ACN suitor. Maggie's EPA scoop makes it to News Night. Sloan and Don try to keep their relationship a secret from a new HR veep.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Newsroom from 909 votes.

The Newsroom - S1E7
#16 - 5/1
Season 1 - Episode 7

An anonymous source contacts Charlie and provides advance details on an imminent story of national importance. When news breaks that the President will be making a televised speech that night, the 2.0 staff cuts short its one-year (and one week) anniversary party and rushed back to the newsroom amidst a flurry of speculation as to what exactly happened

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Newsroom from 858 votes.

The Newsroom - S2E4
#17 - Unintended Consequences
Season 2 - Episode 4

Maggie tries to convince Rebecca that she’s fine following her shattering trip to Africa with Gary. An Occupy Wall Street protester with a Black Op lead refuses to cooperate with Neal and Jerry after an on-air interview with Will goes poorly. Jim lands Hallie a one-on-one, but gets heat from Mac as a result.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Newsroom from 976 votes.

The Newsroom - S1E2
#18 - News Night 2.0
Season 1 - Episode 2

MacKenzie takes charge of the revamped "News Night" and lobbies economist Sloan Sabbith to file a nightly financial report. Meanwhile, Jim takes responsibility for Maggie's mistake; Charlie puts a halt to Reese's meetings with Will; and a confidential breakup story is a secret no more.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Newsroom from 1029 votes.

The Newsroom - S1E3
#19 - The 112th Congress
Season 1 - Episode 3

Will's apology for the lack of integrity in newscasts sets off constant critiques of the Tea Party before the November 2010 midterm elections, but draws the ire of network executives and Atlantis World Media CEO Leona Lansing. Meanwhile, Don confronts Elliot about his analytical skills; Jim helps Maggie during a panic attack; and Mac is unnerved by Will's endless parade of romantic conquests.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Newsroom from 956 votes.

The Newsroom - S1E8
#20 - The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn
Season 1 - Episode 8

The ratings for "News Night" plummet after it downplays a pair of sensational stories, and Will and Mac must find a way to lure back enough viewers to justify the network's quest to air a Republican debate. Meanwhile, Will considers writers for an all-access profile; Sloan is disappointed by the lack of coverage of an important financial story; and Charlie learns a National Security Agency whistle-blower's identity.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Newsroom from 800 votes.

Last updated: feb 26, 2021



Absolutely loved this show and it is so sad to see it wrap up after only 3 Seasons. I am, however, glad that the episodes were lengthy and full of content (not just "filler") through the length of the series. Unfortunately I am not one to follow current events as much as I should, however this gave me insight and a fresh perspective on what is (was) "going on" in the world. Daniels had brilliant performances and I loved the complexity he brought to Will. Would love to see him in another strong role very soon. Nice work Sorkin. Awesome work.


It's very good and I graded it 10/10 when I watched the 2nd episode. I've watched it all and I don't regret it!


This is one of the most consistently impressive shows I've had the privilege and absolute joy to watch. It carries a similar tone and feel as The West Wing, also written and created by Aaron Sorkin, which makes it no surprise why I loved this show so much. The writing is spectacular and the acting is phenomenal. This is one of those rare shows where every character grows and develops and has a moment to shine. I'm sad that the show only lasted 3 seasons, but those 25 episodes are pure gold.


Gran serie a la que poca gente le prestó atención.


87%?! This is one of the best shows that has ever been made, and it only has 87% on here?! What the hell!!! Aaron Sorkin is incredible, and this is his best work in my opinion. Being a huge huge fan of West Wing, I had no idea I would love this a million times more than that. This is so raw & real, so right & true, so deep & so interesting. The writing is absolutely superb. The fact this is only to have 3 seasons is a god damn CRIME and I don't understand for the life of me why the hell anyone would allow that to happen. I guess this is what we have to expect when the masses have become mindless idiots who enjoy crap like True Blood & Kardashians, or How I Met Your Mother....


Why is America the greatest country in the world? It's not. That speech in the pilot was fucking amazing. Jeff Daniels is amazing.


Is this like "Studio 60 on the Sunset Trip"? EDIT: Ok, I've seen it has the same writer so I'm gonna enjoy this. EDIT2: And I did.


Aaron Sorkin is a genius. First Sports Night, then West Wing, and now this. No one does TV better.


I hadn´t even got to the opening credits of the first episode and I was already hooked. This show is amazing in every aspect. Brilliantly written and performed by an amazing group of actors who, from top to bottom, brought their A-game in each and every episode. The acting is at times so intense that I was literally on the edge of my seat. Dialogues and the sense of humor are great. The quality of the production is on the same level, or better, with big screen movies. I am not American or live there but the message of "The Newsroom" concerning the news and the presentation of it does work everywhere else, too. Am I dissapointed they only made 25 episodes ? Well, yes and no. Because I´d rather have 25 hours of 100% the best they could do than having 100 hours of a show where 25 % of it was the best they could do.


3rd and FINAL season just started production... WHY FINAL?!?! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo~

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