• Air date: 01 Jan '85 11 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 (11)
    • 1. Marathon

      01 Jan '85
      Rich runs the New York marathon and wins. But is stripped of the title becuase of false rumors about steriod addiction. He must find out who framed him.
    • 2. The Guy from Elecko

      08 Jan '85
      A foreign man gets a job in the studio, and as usual, he seduces the female members of the staff.
    • 3. Le Boob

      15 Jan '85
      Rich goes on a hunt for the world's largest breasts. Searching London, Paris, and Los Angeles. Our newscasters follow him and chase the story.
    • 4. Le Boob Part 2

      22 Jan '85
      Rich continues his search for the world largest breasts. Taking him to Hong Kong and Brazil. He finds that his co-star, Annabelle, is the winner of the contest.
    • 5. Annabelle and Rich Go Down Under

      29 Jan '85
      While in Autrailia, Annabelle and Michael suffer romantic obsession and jealousy before Rich comes and ruins everything by gettting tangled up with the mob.
    • 6. Tales of 3

      05 Feb '85
      3 short stories 1} ""The Quickining"" It is shown to us what would happen if everything in life were sped up 90% 2} ""Robotican"" Rich gets a robotic arm and it begins to take controll of his life 3} ""Leprechan"" The Studio is visited by 3 Leprechans
    • 7. Brother and Mother

      12 Feb '85
      Stuart's brother comes to the studio and falls in love with Annablle.
    • 8. The Pope

      04 Mar '85
      Our studio gets a very very speical visit from the pope himself.
    • 9. Fight Club

      11 Mar '85
      Stuart and Rich institute an infamous studio fight club.
    • 10. Not Necessarily the News: America

      31 May '85
      An hour long speical celerating the best moments of the show.
    • 11. Hot Noise

      18 Mar '85
      The entire staff is ordered to undergo a sexaholics class.