• Air date: 08 Aug '83 14 episodes
      Not Necessarily the News is a satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in September 1982 as a comedy special, and then ran as a series from 1983 to 1990. It featured sketches, parody news items, commercial parodies, and humorous bits made from overdubbing or editing actual news footage. It was based on the British series, Not the Nine O'Clock News. Not Necessarily the News was also the birthplace of Rich Hall's sniglets. It starred: ⁕Anne Bloom, as Frosty Kimelman ⁕Rich Hall, who did a regular feature on "sniglets". ⁕Tommy Koenig ⁕Sam McMurray ⁕Audrie J. Neenan, as Jacqueline Pennell ⁕Danny Breen, as Steve Casper ⁕Mitchell Laurance, as news reporter Pete Kimelman. ⁕Stuart Pankin, as anchorman Bob Charles. ⁕Lucy Webb, as Helen St. Thomas ⁕Jan Hooks ⁕Annabelle Gurwitch ⁕Tom Parks NNTN was Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels' first professional television writing gig. The show's first theme song was the instrumental bridge of Eric Clapton's cover of...
  • List of Episodes (14)
    • 1. Pilot {1}

      08 Aug '83
      The Newsroom is shut down and our newscasters must go elsewhere. However they do not do well and they become homeless. They are saved by a friendly man named Chester, who brings them into his home.
    • 2. Pilot {2}

      15 Aug '83
      Living in the house of Chester, our team discovers he is an infamous murdere and call the police, but discover that they themselves are being arrested for being accomplices. They get a lawyer, and after 3 mistrials, they are set free, but are still homeless, and unemployed.
    • 3. Pilot {3}

      22 Aug '83
      Are team, desperate for money, start a chalk selling buisness, after it fails, they try several other things before getting hired at a new station, WBBCC
    • 4. The Regan of Doom

      02 Oct '83
      The newsroom is visited by a Ronald Regan impersonater, he begins to wreak havoc and begin turning the staff against each other. They proceed to throw the Regan out, but they discover this fake Regan is the real thing.
    • 5. Theo

      09 Oct '83
      Annabelle has a new love intrest, a quirky fellow named Theo. Meanwhile, A mystery guest has been called to the show, who is he? what will he do? The answer is: Its the Regan impersonator, and he has come to wreak havoc and break up Theo and Annabelle.
    • 6. Road Trip

      16 Oct '83
      Rich and Michael go on a road trip to mexico where Rich is kidnapped and traded for beer. Meanwhile the crew is visited by a gay man. Also, Annabelle divises a plot to humiliate the Regan because of the loss of her boyfriend, Theo.
    • 7. Machine

      23 Oct '83
      Staurt gets a new car, and so does Rich. They decide to have a deathrace. After Stuart wins, Rich gets depressed and checks himself into mental institution, leaving Stuart to get him out.
    • 8. Halloween {unedited version}

      In this uncut original episode that HBO refused to air becuase of male nudity and slams at the U.N. {The ONLY time HBO has ever pulled an episode} Rich picks up up a hooker that turns out to be his long lost daughter
    • 9. Halloween {Edited Version}

      07 Nov '83
      In this newly edited version, the comments {or slurs} against the United Nations and the male nudity scene are cut out. HBO also wanted the scene where a woman is penetrated by a mans fingers {i could be more specific, but this is a G-Rated site} edited down so you see only a bit of nudity.
    • 10. Audrie in Love

      14 Nov '83
      Audrie gets two love intrests, Rob and Bob, who turn out to be brothers. Meanwhile, Rich has a try at boxing, and of course, fails miserably.
    • 11. The Funeral

      21 Nov '83
      After Rich's father dies, he makes an ass of himself at the funeral. Eating candles and making love to a dog.
    • 12. Action Star

      28 Nov '83
      The Stuido is visted by an Arnold Swartzenger type character. Audire and Annabelle both fall in love with him, so does Rich, who questions his sexuality.
    • 13. KKK and Rich

      05 Dec '83
      Rich joins a group club. Little does he know this club is the dreaded Klu Kulx Klan. Meanwhile Micheal tries to call a bet made by Stuart that he can make love to 3 women at once.
    • 14. Human Face

      12 Dec '83
      Rich gets plastic surgeary, but his doctors fear he has gotten cancer from the plastic. Meanwhile, Stuart and Melanie have a flashback of there mystery past.