I think it could best be described as "charming."
Second season premiere just aired last night. And I agree that it's a bit dumb at times, sometimes laughably so.
But who cares. As far as TV goes, it's world class entertainment.
I don't know. There's just something about it. How it's all put together. Like all the pieces you need to make a good show, they're all there.
I remember something I heard Timothy Olyphant say, and he said that movies used to be stories with events sprinkled in to keep it moving forward. Today, movies are just a series of events with no story to glue it together.
Right now, TV shows are in general way better than most movies that are pumped out by Hollywood. I applaud the boys at The Asylum because they're a big parody of the whole Hollywood circus, in more ways than one. And they're making it work and they're making money.
In The Newsroom, you don't really care that they're talking about Occupy Wall Street, or whatever. As Bob says, it might as well have been the Macarena. You care about the characters and the "off air" story. It's called The Newsroom, but who gives a shit about news anyway. It's not about the news, it's about the people.
It's brilliantly made and Will McAvoy may be the funniest character on TV.