Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Ep.

Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

1-23
Extra

Who's That Girl?

Studio 60: Decoded - Who's she supposed to be, that is -- we can all easily identify the source material for Harriet Hayes, but what about Martha O'Dell? Don't worry, we have all the answers.

07.23.2007
07.24.2007

Wing Chun

1-22
Recap

And Then It Ended

What Kind Of Day Has It Been - All the carefully-constructed storylines of the past five episodes or so get tied up rather abruptly. Jordan's alive, Danny's a dad, Tom's brother is fine, and Matt and Harriet are together. And we're FREE!

06.27.2007
07.04.2007
C-

Joe R

1-21
Recap

Who's Sorry Now?

K & R, Part III - Simon's stubborn refusal to apologize for wishing death upon all Americans dovetails nicely with Matt's refusal to apologize for a sketch in the fall of 2001. Tom's given the opportunity to arrange to pay the ransom for his brother. Jordan's condition gets more precarious. And Harriet teaches Danny how to pray.

06.20.2007
06.26.2007
C-

Joe R

1-20
Recap

At The Risk Of Being Unpopular...

K & R, Part II - ...Simon Stiles places the blame for the war in Afghanistan squarely on you, the viewer. Also: Matt and Danny get censored in 2001, and Jordan's got post-op complications now.

06.13.2007
06.19.2007
C

Joe R

1-19
Recap

The Eight-Year Itch

K & R, Part I - You know that saying? That after eight years of having the same stupid argument about Jesus, a man and a woman will continue to have that same argument without much change? Meet Matt and Harriet. Also: Tom's understandably upset, and Jordan needs emergency baby-having surgery.

06.06.2007
06.12.2007
C+

Joe R

1-18
Recap

This Just In: Uh-Oh

Breaking News - The ratings are going to hell, Matt's drug abuse gets found out, Mary's still lawyering about the sexual harassment lawsuit, and Jordan and Danny are having trouble being boss and subordinate. But that all stops mattering when Tom's brother gets kidnapped in Afghanistan and Jordan's fetus stops kicking.

05.30.2007
06.02.2007
A+

Joe R

1-17
Recap

It Was A Bad Show

The Disaster Show - Preach it, Cal! Allison Janney shows up to host the worst episode (of the fake show) we've ever seen. And hopefully to distract us from the pointless subplots.

05.23.2007
05.28.2007
C+

Joe R

1-16
Recap

4 a.m. Miracle

4 a.m. Miracle - Matt's been having some trouble writing since Harriet told him off at her dinner. Jordan gets a fake baby for practice, and then lets Danny take care of it. The show gets sued for sexual harassment by a former writer.

02.18.2007
02.23.2007
C

Kim

1-15
Recap

I Am Battle

The Friday Night Slaughter - A pill-popping Matt repeatedly flashes back to 1999, when everything seemed closer to being representative of an actual TV show, but which also featured made-up anagram people and a thick layer of period detail.

02.11.2007
02.17.2007
C+

Joe R

1-14
Recap

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

The Harriet Dinner, Part II - Which is why it's taken Matt and Harriet fourteen episodes -- including the lion's share of this one -- to do it. On the flip side, it's only taken four episodes for Danny to have worn down Jordan's defenses, so we still have one romance nobody cares about.

02.04.2007
02.10.2007
C-

Joe R

1-13
Recap

Up On The Roof

The Harriet Dinner, Part I - Danny and Jordan get locked up on a standard sitcom contrivance, where they're free to work out all their stalker-based issue. Matt wins the charity auction, but Harriet's not as impressed by a dick-measuring contest as you'd think.

01.28.2007
02.03.2007
C

Joe R

1-12
Recap

Raise Your Hand If You're Illiterate

Monday - Jordan meets and mocks the new VP for straw programming, Matt goes nutso bidding on a date with Harriet, and Danny doesn't know the stalking laws.

01.21.2007
01.27.2007
C-

Miss Alli

1-11
Recap

Santa. Baby.

The Christmas Show - Matt wants to put on a Christmas show, despite everyone debunking the holiday myths he holds dear. Jack finds himself in hot water with the FCC. And Jordan's having a baby. Or so says Danny, who will apparently be making all her decisions from now on.

12.03.2006
12.09.2006
C+

Joe R

1-10
Recap

Sad Sacks Say So Much

B-12 - Matt hires a dour and serious writer to help Lucy and Darius along. Jordan remains steadfastly opposed to getting it. Unless by "it," we mean "knocked up." And the plague hits the studio, which may or may not explain why Harriet can't tell a simple joke.

11.26.2006
12.02.2006
C

Joe R

1-9
Recap

Red Dress, Black Bra, Scarlet Letter

The Option Period - Harriet is considering posing in lingerie in a men's magazine, but fortunately, she's got her male friends to point out that this is akin to becoming a five-dollar hooker. Meanwhile, Matt condescends his way to the outcome he already wants, which is writing the show by himself.

11.19.2006
11.25.2006
C-

Miss Alli

1-8
Recap

He Ain't My Get Out Of Jail Free Card, He's My Brother

Nevada Day, Part II - Tom's familial military connections eventually get him out of Pahrump, but not before a lot of cuffed hand-wringing about it. Matt and Harriet get all Crossfire about gay marriage. And Jordan should really consider getting pregnant to get everyone off her back about those baby-hating comments. Hey! I wonder!

11.12.2006
11.18.2006
C-

Joe R

1-7
Recap

Cheesus H. Rice

Nevada Day, Part I - A desire to get around blasphemy regulations leads to a skit in which the Lord heads up Standards and Practices. Which is why Tom is dressed as Jesus when he's hauled in front of a Nevada judge who really isn't so fond of the Studio 60 crowd.

11.05.2006
11.09.2006
C

Joe R

1-6
Recap

Standin' In The Middle Of Afghanistan, Wastin' Time...

The Wrap Party - That's what Tom's poor brother is doing, which is probably preferable to leading his legally brain-dead parents on a tour of the studio. Also: Cal learns about the blacklist, Simon and Matt kidnap a bad comedian, and Jordan needs friends, badly.

10.22.2006
10.27.2006
D

Joe R

1-5
Recap

Eating It

The Long Lead Story - Matt continues to struggle with his impossibly high expectations of himself. Aaron Sorkin, on the other hand, seems to have beaten his.

10.15.2006
10.19.2006
C

M. Giant

1-4
Recap

The West Coast Delay

The West Coast Delay - Matt gets jealous of Harriet's baseball-playing beefcake. Jordan brings in a reporter to do a story on the show. Ricky and Ron inadvertently use plagiarized material, and Danny and Matt have to fix it by breaking in to the taped delay.

10.08.2006
10.18.2006
B

AB Chao

1-3
Recap

Commedia Dull'Arte

The Focus Group - A focus group loves everything about the show except Jeannie's "commedia dell'arte" sketch and Matt's lack of patriotism. Jordan's eight-year-old DUI goes public, and that might only be the beginning. And Harriet defends bread-makers in Missouri and their right to hate The Crucible.

10.01.2006
10.07.2006
B-

Joe R

1-2
Recap

Two Little Late Night Fools

The Cold Open - Two little late night fools are they. Need an opening sketch before Friday. Jordan's got Christians in her wa-ay! Two little late night fools.

09.24.2006
09.30.2006
B-

Joe R

1-1
Recap

Crack Pipe Clicker

Pilot - Wes goes all Network on live TV. Jordan needs to find someone to take over Wes's show and bring it back to respectability. Matt and Danny are happy to take the reins. Mostly because they're kind of out of other options.

09.17.2006
09.23.2006
B

Joe R

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