The BEST Episodes of NewsRadio

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 1, 2020

Network: NBC

"NewsRadio" showcases the hilarious antics of the whimsical #2 news radio station in New York City. The corral of characters are eccentric and witty, and they surprise each other with their back-and-forth banter. Their workplace humor also supplies an abundance of laughs amidst this unlikely bunch of colleagues.


#1 - Stocks

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 11, 1996

Matthew returns from a Japanese vacation bearing gifts, including a katana for Dave. Mr. James teaches Beth the intricacies of the stock market.

star 8.62
135 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Alan J. Higgins

#2 - President

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 18, 1996

Mr. James decides to run for President of the United States while Lisa declares to expose all of his secrets. Matthew grows a 70's style moustache to ""get chicks"".

star 8.47
209 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Paul Simms

#3 - 4:20

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 1998

Joe fights Matthew in a no-holds-barred match at Mr. James' men's club smoker. Bill is extremely worried that Walt will ask Lisa on a date. We learn Dave's technique for getting rid of an unwanted visitor; act insane.

star 8.47
177 votes
Directors: Judi Elterman
Writers: Paul Simms
Bill Moves On

#4 - Bill Moves On

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1998

The news crew copes with the loss of their good friend, Bill, after he dies of a heart attack.

star 8.45
179 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Paul Simms

#5 - Arcade

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 1996

Dave worries that the past will repeat itself when an arcade game, Stargate Defender, is installed in the hallway. Lisa and Dave take the SATs to prove they're not getting dumber. Bill is obsessed with the stale, plastic, leathery sandwiches from a vending machine.

star 8.44
200 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Brian Kelley

#6 - Halloween

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 1996

Mr. James requests that the reticent staffers wear costumes to his Halloween party. Lisa convinces everyone to dress up by promising that Dave will wear the most outlandish costume ever. A psychic tells Bill the exact date of his death..36 years in the future.

star 8.42
140 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Chris Marcil, Sam Johnson
Movie Star

#7 - Movie Star

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 1996

James Caan visits WNYX to study Bill and prepare for an upcoming film role, but gets distracted and ultimately enthralled by a nervous Matthew. Dave decides to buy a television for Lisa, revealing his passion for Green Acres. Jimmy takes Beth and Catherine to a Knicks game.

star 8.38
168 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Lewis Morton

#8 - Presence

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 14, 1996

Jimmy loses Bill in a poker game. Lisa competes in Jimmy's place to win him back. Joe uses a hidden camera inside a Boba Fett action figure to keep up with the action.

star 8.35
170 votes
Writers: Alan J. Higgins, Josh Lieb
Xmas Story

#9 - Xmas Story

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 19, 1995

Matthew is upset when he realizes Mr. James gave everyone except him a new convertible for Christmas. Meanwhile Bill is stalked by a homicidal Santa Claus.

star 8.34
192 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Lewis Morton
Houses of the Holy

#10 - Houses of the Holy

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 10, 1996

Joe does an admirable job filling in for an ill Catherine, much to Bill's dismay. Beth dates Mr. James' nephew who is a depressed motivational speaker, in a form of a magician.

star 8.33
175 votes
Directors: Gregg Heschong
Writers: Brian Kelley
Sweeps Week

#11 - Sweeps Week

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 9, 1995

Dave's ex-girlfriend from Wisconsin arrives for a visit, under the assumption that they are still dating, and proceeds to make Lisa nervous. Guest stars Janeane Garofalo as Nancy, and Bill Geisslinger as Tom P. Baxter.

star 8.31
195 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Joe Furey, Paul Simms

#12 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 21, 1995

On his first day as WNYX's news director, Dave finds that he must fire his predecessor.

star 8.30
257 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Paul Simms

#13 - Chock

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 13, 1998

Dave finds it hard to say no when his old college a cappella singing group 'Chock Full o' Notes' reunites for Dave's 32nd birthday, hoping to take the pop charts by storm. Meanwhile, Lisa tries to motivate Matthew without reducing him to tears. Joe has a beef with one of Dave's friends.

star 8.29
180 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Chris Marcil, Sam Johnson

#14 - Daydream

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 1996

Daydreams plague staffers on an unbelievably hot day. Among others, Beth fantasizes that she's being stalked by Matthew, who's taking on horror movie guises; and Joe dreams he turned each of the staffers into androids.

star 8.28
201 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Paul Simms
Led Zeppelin

#15 - Led Zeppelin

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 31, 1996

After announcing they've broken up, Lisa decides she'll only communicate with Dave in writing.

star 8.28
58 votes

#16 - Review

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 1996

A new coffee shop is opened on the first floor of the Criterion Building. Matthew becomes obsessed with Scott Adams' Dilbert cartoon.

star 8.21
200 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Josh Lieb
Led Zeppelin II

#17 - Led Zeppelin II

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 28, 1996

A fire in the building sets everyone's nerves on edge. Bill tries to escape. Dave and Lisa get back together. Mr. James continues his wife search.

star 8.21
174 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Drake Sather
No, This is Not Based Entirely on Julie's Life

#18 - No, This is Not Based Entirely on Julie's Life

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1995

Beth takes erotic photographs or herself to energize her relationship with her boyfriend. Joe booby traps the refrigerator when someone continually steals his daily gelato.

star 8.21
177 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Paul Simms
Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show

#19 - Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 16, 1997

Dave unveils a previously hidden talent to compete in a charity talent show. If a WNYX staff member wins, Mr. James will re-hire Matthew in this incredibly hilarious episode.

star 8.19
183 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Alan J. Higgins
Bill's Autobiography

#20 - Bill's Autobiography

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 21, 1995

Bill is approached with a book deal to write his autobiography.

star 8.17
161 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Joe Furey

#21 - Towers

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 2, 1999

Matthew's 30th birthday causes him to adopt the persona of an 18 year old. Lisa protests Jimmy's plan to build a 200 story skyscraper.

star 8.16
115 votes
Directors: Judi Elterman
Writers: Alan J. Higgins
The Song Remains the Same

#22 - The Song Remains the Same

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 18, 1996

Mr. James disrupts the office with his early April Fools' Day practical jokes. Bill is interviewed by a Wall Street Journal reporter. Lisa and Matthew compete for the right to cover the New Hampshire primary.

star 8.13
175 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Chris Marcil, Joe Furey, Lewis Morton, Sam Johnson
Super Karate Monkey Death Car

#23 - Super Karate Monkey Death Car

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 4, 1997

Andrea forces the staff to take lie detector tests. Lisa fears she will not pass the test due to her extensive criminal past. Jimmy has his book, which failed in the U.S., translated into Japanese then back into English.

star 8.11
219 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Josh Lieb

#24 - Coda

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 21, 1996

Dave, Bill and Mr. James work on a promotional spot. Lisa helps Joe study for a test. Matthew tries to sign up people for a summer house in the Hamptons.

star 8.10
169 votes
Writers: Brian Kelley, Lewis Morton

#25 - Smoking

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 4, 1995

To get Bill to comply with a new no-smoking ordinance, Dave agrees to give up drinking coffee.

star 8.06
191 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Brad Isaacs, Josh Lieb, Paul Simms