Movies and TV Shows for News Junkies

There's no stopping the news, and whether you're a fan or not, one thing's for sure: it's hard to escape. So instead of getting bogged down by information, clickbait or the rabbit hole of the internet, give in to the world of news through movies and TV shows set in the news industry. They're made specifically for your entertainment, and there are no strings attached. What kind of news could be better? Think of it as pleasurable fake news.

Comedy and Drama

Cult classic Anchorman is bound to temporarily take you away from problems with its goofy antics and memorable one-liners. The silly and crass humor lends well to people who love to quote it while watching it over and over again. 

Follow it up with Anchorman 2 if you want to stay in that world. Even though it may not be as loved as the original, it's always nice to see a familiar face.

Jump back to the 1980s with Broadcast News, featuring the drama of a romantic triangle between a reporter, producer and anchorman. Throw in big changes at the network and watch the sparks fly.

Critically Acclaimed 

Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas star in the 1978 hit The China Syndrome. Secrets are uncovered while investigating a nuclear power plant in this Academy Award-nominated film.

Prior to that, the 1976 film Network won the Academy Award for best original screenplay. Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch deliver stellar performances in this satirical take on a network and its employees' struggle with low ratings.

Ripped from the Headlines

Set in 1950s America, Good Night, and Good Luck examines the role of broadcast journalism and the real-life feud between Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy.

When a tobacco executive is fired from his company and 60 Minutes wants to do a story on big tobacco, things get messy. Russell Crowe and Al Pacino star in The Insider, a fictionalized account of the true story of a whistle-blower.

TV Series

The BBC's espionage thriller The Hour and The Hour 2 is set in a newsroom in Cold War England. This two-season series follows investigative reporters and their personal and professional drama. 

HBO's The Newsroom debuted in 2012 to the delight of Aaron Sorkin fans. This three-season series follows a made-up cable news channel with Jeff Daniels at the forefront. Expect on- and off-camera drama in this take on a newsroom and its staff.

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