The Newsroom: America Is Not Greatest Country [Favorite Scenes]

When Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom first aired on HBO, jaws hit the floor. It was some of the boldest television we’d seen regarding scripted drama. Back then, we expected the people who made and reported the news to act with a certain candor and keep their personal opinions to themselves. In today’s climate, the scene would not have been so shocking, but in 2012, it seemed revolutionary.

Say what you will about the entire run (2 seasons) of The Newsroom, but there is no denying that one way or another, the opening scene hit hard. It begins with anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) participating in a political talk show. When a wide-eyed, blonde audience member asks, “Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?” McAvoy is backed into a corner and loudly proclaims, “It’s not the greatest country in the world…” What follows is a masterclass in delivering a monologue. Daniels is a tour de force in this scene, and while you may disagree with the dialogue he’s speaking, you can’t deny the immense talent behind the writing and the delivery. But, again, it’s Sorkin and Daniels doing some of their best work.

I was personally a big fan of The Newsroom, which had an insane regular and recurring cast – just look at some of the talented names below:

  • Jeff Daniels (Dumb and DumberTerms of Endearment)
  • Emily Mortimer (Doll & EmLars and the Real Girl)
  • John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring AwakeningShort Term 12)
  • Alison Pill (American Horror StoryStar Trek: Picard)
  • Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces)
  • Dev Patel (Slumdog MillionaireThe Green Knight)
  • Olivia Munn (Oceans EightTales of the Walking Dead)
  • Sam Waterston (OG Law & OrderGrace and Frankie)
  • Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie, 9 to 5)
  • Chris Messina (The Mindy ProjectSharp Objects)
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-NineIdiocracy)
  • David Harbour (Stranger ThingsBlack Widow)
  • David Krumholtz (The DeuceNumb3rs)
  • Hope Davis (Your HonorSuccession)
  • Marcia Gay Harden (The Morning ShowCode Black)
  • Hamish Linklater (Midnight MassGaslit)
  • Grace Gummer (Mr. RobotDr. Death)
  • Constance Zimmer (Big SkyGood Trouble)
  • Aya Cash (The BoysYou’re the Worst)
  • BJ Novak (The OfficeThe Mindy Project)
  • Jimmi Simpson (WestworldIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

If you want to see more, you can catch the entire series streaming on HBO Max. Otherwise, check out the opening scene of The Newsroom below:

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