The Newsroom

2012 TV-MA 3 seasons

The Newsroom

2012 TV-MA 3 seasons
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Aaron Sorkin created this HBO drama, which centers on a cable news channel trying to return credibility to journalism despite plenty of resistance. Jeff Daniels stars as the ambitious anchor of a nightly news show, and Sam Waterston plays his boss.
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (2012) - 4 discs

In this dramatic series set at a cable news station, the behind-the-scenes battles of bringing the day's top stories to the public take center stage. While the Atlantic Cable News staff is dedicated to fair reporting, objectivity remains elusive.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Korean, Thai
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom contains unbleeped swearing in the form of "f--k, "s--t," etc., although cursing isn't constant. There's also some light sexual tension, along with allusions to romantic relationships, and characters drink socially, occasionally to excess. The show is not targeted toward kids or teens, but mature teens with an interest in journalism might find something worthwhile here.

Sexual Content

Light sexual tension and banter with references to affairs and relationships.


Not applicable


Unbleeped swearing includes terms like "f--k," "s--t," "Goddamn," "ass," and "blow me," but cursing isn't constant.

Social Behavior

The purpose of the show-within-a-show is to deliver news that actually informs the viewer and encourages thoughtful discussion. There's also a subtle message that standing up for the truth -- and what you believe in -- is a risky but noble pursuit.


Characters mention real-life brands like Goldman Sachs, Capital One, etc.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink socially, occasionally to excess.

  • 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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