My discovery of Sports Night was inevitable. I’ve heard countless great things about this Aaron Sorkin comedy, which aired from 1998 to 2000. I knew it was right up my alley. Well-written witty dialogue (I like alliteration just like Dan Rydell), great plot lines, even better characters, Robert Guillaume – it has everything a girl could want from a quality half-hour comedy. It also helps that at one point in my life, my dream was to work for a cable sports show and thanks to Sports Night I was able to live as vicariously as you can through a sitcom.
With the each episode I watch, the more in love with this show I have fallen. I have grown to love these quirky characters and to savor every conversation between them. As I approach the end of the series, I’m holding out on watching the series finale for as long as I can. I just don’t want Sports Night to end. (Although I am sure this will be my first of many viewings.)
My absolute favorite scene of the 48 episode series (other than any scene with Robert Guillaume’s Issac) comes at the end of this 10 minute segment. In the second season premiere, two characters who never really clicked as a couple in the first season, Casey (Peter Krause) and Dana (Felicity Huffman), finally initiate a relationship. Their kiss then seamlessly transitions to the beginning of the show. It was after this moment that I finally got on board with the Casey-Dana relationship and was pissed when William H. Macy showed up to ruin it.
Moments like this one have had helped me come to adore Sports Night, a show that perfectly executes serious plot lines such as Issac’s stroke and more humorous ones, like what happens when your ex-boyfriend dates a porn star.
I still can’t watch that last episode though…