Air Dates: March 21, 1995–May 4, 1999
Stars: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Joe Rogan, Maura Tierney, Vicki Lewis, Khandi Alexander, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz
Employing a classic fish out of water set-up, NewsRadio placed a bright and weird Midwesterner (Dave Foley) into the chaos of a NY-based AM news station, the fictional WNYX. Like NPR gone stark, raving mad, WNYX was staffed with bizarre characters played by '90s greats like Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Andy Dick, and, yes, Joe Rogan (before he made people eat bugs, he was a UFO obsessed janitor).
NewsRadio stood out for its blindness to sitcom limitations. Freely embracing the weird, the humor was dark, sometimes violent. In later seasons, the show became so freewheeling, the cast wound up on Titanic. Don't ask. Just go along for the ride. —RS