Sports Night

1998 TV-PG 2 seasons

Sports Night

1998 TV-PG 2 seasons
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Aaron Sorkin's critically acclaimed series follows the offbeat cast and crew of a sports news show as they deal with professional, personal and ethical challenges while functioning in a pressure-cooker work environment.
Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman, Joshua Malina, Sabrina Lloyd, Robert Guillaume, Kayla Blake, Greg Baker, Timothy Davis-Reed, Jeff Mooring
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (1998) - 3 discs

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 Emmy Award-winning comedy series from creator Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing") ran on ABC for two seasons, offering a witty behind-the-scenes look at the production of a TV show.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Sports Night (which originally aired in the late 1990's), is a smart dramatic comedy that has its lighthearted and quirky moments, but deals with some mature themes, too, including violence and sexual assault, and the decriminalization of marijuana. It also contains some iffy language ("ass," "damn," "crap") and occasional drinking. It's a bit too mature for tweens, but teens and adults looking for an entertainingly sophisticated comedy will find it here.

Sexual Content

Dating and relationships are themes.


One episode deals with the ethics of hunting for sport, another deals with a bomb threat. A member of the fictional Sports Night team is sexually assaulted by an athlete in a locker room (the event is not shown). Guns and rifles are sometimes discussed.


Words like "damn," "crap," and "ass" used.

Social Behavior

Ethical issues surrounding stories that are covered and other production decisions are discussed. Friendship and professionalism are also themes.


Conversations about sports teams and sports icons are endless, as are references to shows like The View and publications like USA Today. References to high-end logos like Manolo Blahniks and Chanel are common.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The de-criminalization of marijuana is discussed in one episode.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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