Sports Night: Season 1

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 22
1998

Pilot

Casey begins to slow down at the job, due to his impending divorce. The staff tries to get him out of his haze and J.J. and the network brass threaten to fire him. At the same…

2 Sep 29
1998

The Apology

Dan is misunderstood on his opinion over marijuana and the law. When Luther Sachs reads this, he demands an on-air apology; Isaac seconds it, as does Dana. But no one will answ…

3 Oct 06
1998

The Hungry and the Hunted

Jeremy gets the ““call”“ from Isaac and Dana, to go out on assignment for CSC’s hunting show. While he wants to move up,…

4 Oct 13
1998

Intellectual Property

Casey spins out of control, due to jealousy when Dana starts seriously dating Gordon. He swats flies that no one else can see, kicks fire hydrants and other odd behavior.

5 Oct 20
1998

Mary Pat Shelby

Dana is excited to be getting a notorious football player, Christian Patrick on the show. The staff is not when his lawyers force them to not mention the ex-girlfriend he badly…

6 Oct 27
1998

The Head Coach, Dinner and the Morning Mail

This episodes title represents it three main themes. ““The Head Coach”“ involves Dan’s harsh treatment on a coach’s bad decision. “…

7 Nov 10
1998

Dear Louise

Jeremy writes a letter to his deaf sister about his new job at Sports Night. In it he describes the last few days there, including Dan’s writer’s block and the beat…

8 Nov 17
1998

Thespis

November 23rd marks the birthday of Thespis, the Greek God of Theater. A legend states that on his birthday he has been known to haunt live productions, and for the first half-…

9 Dec 01
1998

The Quality of Mercy at 29K

The team broadcasts an Everest climb, the first one since 1954. Jeremy realizes he’s got something to live for, Natalie. Casey searches for food, as Dan searches for a ch…

10 Dec 08
1998

Shoe Money Tonight

It’s snowing in Pittsburgh so, the anchors of the 2 AM West Coast Update are stuck and the staff have to stay to do the show. Instead of going to Atlantic City, Dan and C…

11 Dec 15
1998

The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee

A southern African American football player and five other students refuse to play at a Tennessee college where the Confederate flag is hung. Luther Sachs the owner of

12 Jan 05
1999

Smoky

Certain employees try to position themselves for a promotion when rumors of Isaac’s leaving start to circulate.

13 Jan 12
1999

Small Town

It’s Dana and Casey’s night off, and neither wants to take it. They decide to double date, Dana with Gordon and Casey with Lisa a lawyer who’s on a blind date…

14 Jan 26
1999

Rebecca

Rumors spread about Isaac’s job status when the Wall Street Journal reports the recent trouble between Luther Sachs and Sports Night. J.J. begs Isaac to let him forward m…

15 Feb 09
1999

Dana and the Deep Blue Sea

Having been rebuffed by Rebecca, Dan turns to Casey for help in dating her. Casey, still wrestling with his feelings for Dana, refuses. Next Dan turns to Jeremy in his efforts…

16 Feb 23
1999

Sally

When Casey has a one-night stand and does not tell anyone, the entire staff, led by Dan, prods him for details. After Gordon cancels a date with Dana, she questions the status…

17 Mar 09
1999

How Are Things in Gloca Morra?

A televised tennis match heads into overtime, delaying the start of Sports Night and forcing Dana to choose between canceling a date with Gordon and handing the show over to Sa…

18 Mar 23
1999

The Sword of Orion

Hit hard by the news of his parents’ impending divorce, Jeremy pushes himself to solve the mystery of a yachting disaster. This will be his first feature length story. Me…

19 Mar 30
1999

Eli's Coming

Dan’s day is not shaping up to be a good one as Bobbi Bernstein returns to the broadcast, and he discovers Rebecca’s husband hasn’t quite reached “̶…

20 Apr 06
1999

Ordnance Tactics

Isaac’s in the hospital, the network brass is all over Dana, Jeremy wants to break up with Natalie, Rebecca may go back to her husband and Casey continues to see Sally &#…

21 Apr 13
1999

Ten Wickets

Jeremy can’t figure out how to report a great story no-one understands. Natalie doesn’t accept Jeremy’s attempts to break up with her. Rebecca gives Dan her d…

22 Apr 27
1999

Napoleon's Battle Plan

Gordon has proposed to Dana, and Casey is seething, but tells Dan he plans to ““take the high road’ and follow Napoleon’s Battle Plan: Show up and see w…

23 May 04
1999

What Kind of Day Has it Been

Season One Finale.
Gordon has an announcement for Dana. Dan helps Casey and his son Charlie with a problem. Dana has a big new camera and she’s threatening to use…

About Sports Night

Sports Night ran nearly two full seasons on the ABC network in the US during the ’98-99 and ’99-00 seasons. Smart, fast-paced, witty and featuring a fine ensemble cast, Sports Night struggled in the ratings from the start, particularly during its second season, when it was routinely pre-empted and moved from night to night. Art imitated life imitating art, as the show took on a consultant, was hired to “tweak” the ratings. The show within a show continued to falter, amidst rumors of the imminent sale of its network and the subsequent gutting of its staff, until it, like its parent Sports Night, simply disappeared from the schedule.

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