Season 1
Season 1
No. of episodes 22
Original run September 18, 2006 to June 28, 2007
DVD release October 16, 2007
Season chronology
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Season 1 is the sole season of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It consists of 22 episodes. It originally aired from September 18, 2006 to June 28, 2007 on NBC. It was released on DVD on September 30, 2008.


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1 1 Full episode promote new 01 Pilot Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin September 18, 2006
At the home of Jack and Marylyn Rudolph, a dinner party is underway. The guest of honor is Jordan McDeere, recently hired as President of NBS. Wilson White, Chairman of the Tunney Media Group, praises Jordan, congratulates Jack Rudolph for hiring her and asking for “unprecedented success”. Jordan is thanking her hosts when a message is delivered to her: something has happened at Studio 60. She responds that nothing bad could happen on her first day. The phones and pagers of everyone in the room begin to come alive.
2 2 Full episode promote new 02 Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Christina Kiang Booth - Story
September 25, 2006
Matt and Danny have five days to put together their first show, which is receiving enormous media attention and Harriet tries her best to work with Matt. In the meantime, Jordan puts her new job on the line by facing down pressure due to a controversial sketch amidst criticism from sponsors and affiliates scared of alienating Christians. Also, staff writers Ricky and Ron — who were catalysts to Matt and Danny's initial departure — express their dismay at being made to work for Matt.
3 3 Full episode promote new 03 Chris Misiano Aaron Sorkin October 2, 2006
A network focus group sends a scare through the company that the ratings success of Matt and Danny's first show might have been a one-time thing. Harriet expresses her jealousy at Matt having spent the night with Jeannie so shortly after breaking up, accusing him of rubbing it in her face. The team is pleased to have had a high rating for their opening week with Matt and Danny's return, but fear they won't retain momentum in the ratings in the follow-up show. Jeannie is disappointed by the focus group's score for her sketch "Commedia Dell'Arte". Matt makes a deal with Jeannie regarding the success of the sketch on the live broadcast.
4 4 Full episode promote new 04 Timothy Busfield Mark Goffman and Aaron Sorkin October 9, 2006
Jordan is approached by Vanity Fair columnist Martha O'Dell, requesting access to Studio 60 to write a long lead story about the rebirth of the show. Harriet offers Matt a baseball bat she was given by a major league baseball player, unaware that the pitcher had written his phone number on it. When it's discovered that the show has inadvertently plagiarized another comedian's material during a sketch, the team scrambles to break into the taped West Coast feed to correct their error.
5 5 Full episode promote new 05 David Petrarca Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Dana Calvo - Story
October 16, 2006
While the cast goes through rehearsals with Lauren Graham and Sting, a reporter tries to get the story on Matt and Harriet. Meanwhile, Jordan passes on a lucrative — but tasteless — new reality series.
6 6 Full episode promote new 06 David Semel Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Melissa Myers &
Amy Turner - Story
October 23, 2006
A drunken Jordan makes friends with the cast during an after-show party, Danny tries to get Matt's mind off Harriet with the help of three sexy women, Simon makes a plea to hire more black writers and Cal deals with a mysterious man backstage.
7 7 Full episode promote new 07 Lesli Linka Glatter Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Mark McKinney - Story
November 6, 2006
Harriet is cited in an interview as being anti-homosexual, though she claims to have been impartial in her comments. This causes a dispute in which Tom injures a man protesting against Harriet. Through a unique series of events, Tom is later arrested. Following this, a variety of cast and staff from NBS travel to Pahrump, a small town in Nevada, to get Tom out of jail in time for his show that night. The presiding judge is not a fan of Studio 60.
8 8 Full episode promote new 08 Timothy Busfield Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
David Handelman and
Cinque Henderson - Story
November 13, 2006
Jack has to get Tom out of a small town jail to make it back for his show that night as tension heats up between Matt and Harriet. In the absence of Simon to co-host the "News 60" segment, Matt asks Dylan to co-anchor with Harriet, who is surprisingly reluctant to "play" himself before the camera.
9 9 Full episode promote new 09 John Fortenberry Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Christina Kiang Booth and
Mark Goffman - Story
November 20, 2006
After the show comes down, Matt discovers that Ricky and Ron are planning to leave — and take the writing staff with them — to write their adaptation of their Studio 60 character "Peripheral Vision Man" as a Fox network sitcom. Matt tries to discourage them from going since he thinks their show will fail, but Ricky takes his concern for condescension, claiming Matt is trying to hold him back. Harriet contemplates doing a lingerie photo spread in a magazine, which Tom and Simon advise her against for the sake of her professional image. Jordan and Danny wrestle with budget cuts, as Jordan suggests either adding product placement or firing 15 staff members.
10 10 Full episode promote new 10 Bryan Gordon Eli Attie and Aaron Sorkin November 27, 2006
The cast has to get through the show despite being ravaged by a virus, and Matt has to get through the week with a new and much smaller writing staff. Matt calls in for the help of fellow former writer of Studio 60 Andy Mackinaw. Jordan reveals to Danny that she's pregnant. Inexperienced writers Darius and Lucy have a sketch approved to air for the first time, only to have it pulled at the last moment due to its similarity with a real-life hostage situation.
11 11 Full episode promote new 11 Dan Attias Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Christina Kiang Booth &
Cinque Henderson - Story
December 3, 2006
With a holiday show on the horizon, Matt is determined to bring the Christmas spirit to Studio 60. Meanwhile, following a visit to the OB/GYN, Danny has to confront his true feelings for Jordan. Harriett is offered a career changing opportunity. Tom and Simon jump at the opportunity to assist the writing team to write Christmas based sketches in order to enjoy the company of a certain member of the writing team, however their presence is seen as more of a hindrance by the writing staff. When Danny discovers that band members from various TV shows intend to call in sick in an effort to help musicians who have been homeless since Hurricane Katrina, he takes the opportunity to create an entire band from New Orleans musicians who play a centerpiece on the show.
12 12 Full episode promote new 12 Lawrence Trilling Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Dana Calvo &
David Handelman - Story
January 21, 2007
The cast and staff come back from their holiday break and prepare for the first show of the New Year with Danny in full pursuit of Jordan. Matt starts bidding in an online auction for a date with Harriet to compete with Luke Scott, a film director interested in Harriet, both on and off screen. Jordan is introduced to Hallie Gallaway, the newly appointed Vice President of Alternative Programming, but unfortunately doesn't get off on the right foot with her, due to referring to her area of specialty as "illiterate programming". Jordan makes a plea for Danny to stop pursuing her, claiming it's embarrassing, however he says that he won't.
13 13 Full episode promote new 13 Timothy Busfield Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Eli Attie - Story
January 29, 2007
Danny and Jordan are locked on the roof of the theatre while other members of the cast and staff attend a dinner honoring Harriet, whose relationship with Matt begins to unravel.
14 14 The Harriet Dinner Part II John Fortenberry Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Dana Calvo and
Mark Goffman - Story
February 4, 2007
Danny and Jordan escape from the roof. Matt's fight with Harriet leads him to indulge his drug addiction.
15 15 The Friday Night Slaughter Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Melissa Myers &
Amy Turner - Story
February 12, 2007
Matt remembers how he and Harriet first met in 1999, and struggles to garner memories of a fired writer from Cal and Danny. In the aftermath of his argument with Harriet, he begins taking drugs. Tom and Dylan spend the episode lobbying to prevent their sketch from being cut between dress rehearsal and airtime.
16 16 4 AM Miracle Laura Innes Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Mark McKinney - Story
February 19, 2007
Matt is stuck on a Wednesday night with writer's block and also has to contend with a young lawyer named Mary Tate who's investigating a sexual harassment claim while Harriet continues shooting her movie. In addition, Jordan and Danny enter into a contest to see who'd make the better parent.
17 17 The Disaster Show Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay

Chad Gomez Creasey &
Dara Resnik Creasey - Story

May 24, 2007
Allison Janney, as herself, is the guest host of a show that goes haywire when the propmasters and cue card workers stage a last minute wildcat strike. While the show is on, a bomb threat referencing a Muhammad sketch threatens the building.
18 18 Breaking News Andrew Bernstein Aaron Sorkin May 31, 2007
Jordan experiences an emergency with her pregnancy during the live show when she suddenly cannot feel her baby kick. However, an even larger emergency is unfolding for Tom, whose brother is involved in a hostage crisis. Amidst all this, Matt's pill use gets discovered as he deals with the continuous presence of Mary Tate.
19 19 K & R Part 1 Timothy Busfield Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay

Mark Goffman - Story

June 7, 2007
Jordan is rushed into surgery as the situation with Tom's brother grows more grim. It is discovered that the cause for Jordan's concern is a nuchal cord. While resting in the emergency room, she suffers spasms indicating eclampsia. Treated initially with magnesium sulfate (also called Epsom salts), it leaves the doctor with no choice but to proceed with an emergency caesarean section. This leads Danny to propose to Jordan on the spot, which she lovingly accepts. Matt and Harriet respond to Tom's situation in different ways, one with hope, the other with prayer. Flashbacks have Wes ill and interim show heads Matt and Danny forced on the difficult task of heading the show's first post-9/11 episode.
20 20 K & R Part 2 Dave Chameides Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay

Jack Gutowitz and
Ian Reichbach - Story

June 14, 2007
The situation with Tom's brother continues to drag on through the night. After a news anchor describes the relationship between the brothers as "estranged", Simon lashes out harshly at the media. At the hospital, Jordan's baby is delivered, but the situation worsens as Jordan begins bleeding internally. Mary Tate counsels Matt that if Jordan were to die, Danny would have no rights regarding Jordan's child. Flashbacks depict Danny and Matt fighting with network brass over a yet-to-be-aired, post-9/11 sketch depicting the relationship between Hollywood and the White House.
21 21 K & R Part 3 Timothy Busfield Aaron Sorkin
Mark McKinney
June 21, 2007
Jordan's internal hemorrhaging is stopped, but her prolonged exposure may have led to a bacterial infection, leaving Harriet and Danny feeling helpless to do anything. Jack tries pressuring Simon into releasing a written apology to the media, which he firmly refuses to do. The military gains information that the terrorists may have executed one of the airmen, leading Mary Tate's K & R efforts to go forward. In addition to this, Mary Tate begins to draw up the paperwork that can make Danny the baby's legal guardian in the event of Jordan's death. Flashbacks reveal that Matt and Danny aired a sketch displaying the dubious relationship between the White House and Hollywood five weeks after 9/11, a sketch that angered many viewers. When Matt refused to release any apology, Jack threatened to fire them. This lack of principle led Matt and Danny to quit the show.
22 22 What Kind of Day Has It Been Bradley Whitford Aaron Sorkin June 28, 2007
The long night for the cast finally comes to an end: Jordan, Danny, and the newborn finally become true family, Simon agrees with Jack to apologize for his harsh remarks, and the relationship between Matt and Harriet begins a new chapter. Most importantly, Tom's brother and his comrades are successfully saved and delivered into American hands. The final image in the shows run is the entire cast of Studio 60 looking back on the day's events, ready to start all over again come Monday.




Main: Cast

The series has a large ensemble cast including 10 starring cast members, 4 special guest stars, 65 guest stars, and 134 co-stars. There are several notable uncredited cast members, often playing themselves as the host or musical guest of the show. For a complete listing see the cast article, significant or recurring roles are listed here.


  1. Matthew Perry as Matt Albie (21 episodes)
  2. Amanda Peet as Jordan McDeere (21 episodes)
  3. Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp (21 episodes)
  4. Steven Weber as Jack Rudolph (22 episodes)
  5. D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles (22 episodes)
  6. Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes (22 episodes)
  7. Nate Corddry as Tom Jeter (22 episodes)
  8. Timothy Busfield as Cal Shanley (20 episodes)
  9. Evan Handler as Ron Oswald (4 episodes)
  10. Carlos Jacott as Ricky Tahoe (4 episodes)

Special guest starring

  1. Ed Asner as Wilson White (6 episodes)
  2. Christine Lahti as Martha O'Dell (3 episodes)
  3. Judd Hirsch as Wes Mendell ()
  4. Eli Wallach as Eli Weinraub ()

Guest starring

  1. Nate Torrence as Dylan Killington (19 episodes, 5 as a co-star)
  2. Ayda Field as Jeannie Whatley (16 episodes)
  3. Camille Chen as Samantha Li (15 episodes, 4 as a co-star)
  4. Lucy Davis as Lucy Kenwright (15 episodes)
  5. Simon Helberg as Alex Dwyer (14 episodes, 4 as a co-star)
  6. Merritt Wever as Suzanne (12 episodes)
  7. Columbus Short as Darius Hawthorne (10 episodes)
  8. Mark McKinney as Andy Mackinaw (10 episodes)
  9. Diana-Maria Riva as Lilly Rodriguez (8 episodes, 1 uncredited)
  10. John Mahon as George (7 episodes)
  11. Josh Stamberg as Luke Scott (6 episodes)
  12. John Ennis as Denny (6 episodes, 5 as a co-star)
  13. Raymond Ma as Zhang Tao (5 episodes)
  14. Julia Ling as Kim Tao (5 episodes)
  15. Kari Matchett as Mary Tate (5 episodes)
  16. Stephanie Childers as Hallie Gallaway (4 episodes)
  17. JD Walsh as Jess (4 episodes)
  18. James Lesure as Captain Boyle (3 episodes)
  19. Wendy Phillips as Shelley Green (3 episodes)
  20. Michael Stuhlbarg as Jerry Jones (2 episodes)
  21. Michael Hyatt as Maisie (2 episodes)
  22. Casey Sander as Bevo (2 episodes)
  23. Teddy Sears as Darren Wells (2 episodes, 1 as a co-star)
  24. John Goodman as Judge Robert Bebe (2 episodes)
  25. Jay Paulson as Deputy Roger Boone (2 episodes)
  26. Michael Kostroff as David Langenfeld (2 episodes)
  27. Kelvin Yu as Kevin Yu (2 episodes)
  28. Cyia Batten as Wendy (2 episodes)
  29. Vernee Watson-Johnson as Zelda (2 episodes, 1 as a co-star)


  1. John F. Carpenter as Herb Sheldon (9 episodes)
  2. Joey Thurston III as Cue card tech (9 episodes, 2 uncredited)
  3. William Stanford Davis as Floor Manager (8 episodes)
  4. Kirstin Pierce as Marylyn Rudolph (3 episodes)
  5. Amy Honey as Jenny - P.A. #1 (5 episodes, 1 uncredited)
  6. Wendle Josepher as Deb (4 episodes)
  7. John Cabrera as Elliot (4 episodes)
  8. Ben Murray as Louis (3 episodes)
  9. Jah Shams as P.A. #2 (3 episodes)
  10. Emiko Parise as Emiko (3 episodes)
  11. William Duffy as a DJ (3 episodes, voice only, 1 uncredited)
  12. Chris Hogan as Hal (2 episodes)
  13. Amir Talai as Fred (2 episodes)
  14. Lee Dawson as a State Trooper (2 episodes)
  15. Stephen Alvarez as TV News Anchor (2 episodes)
  16. Nina Mann as Shirley (2 episodes)
  17. Eddie Hassell as Cody (2 episodes)
  18. Jackie Michele Johnson as Cody's #1 Fan (2 episodes)
  19. Lisa M. Haskins as Jill (2 episodes)
  20. Amanda Tepe as Bobbie (2 episodes, 1 uncredited)
  21. Elizabeth Sung as Mrs. Tao (2 episodes, 1 uncredited)



  1. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer (22 episodes)
  2. Thomas Schlamme - Executive Producer (22 episodes)
  3. Eli Attie - Co-executive Producer (12 episodes)
  4. Mark Goffman - Producer (21 episodes)
  5. Patrick Ward - Producer (22 episodes)
  6. Dylan K. Massin - Episodic Producer (21 episodes)
  7. Mindy Kanaskie - Associate Producer / Co-producer (22 episodes)
  8. Lauren Lohman - Associate Producer (21 episodes)


  1. Aaron Sorkin - Creator (22 episodes), Executive Producer (22 episodes), Writer (22 episodes)
  2. Eli Attie - Co-executive Producer (12 episodes), Writer (2 episodes)
  3. Mark Goffman - Producer (21 episodes), Writer (4 episodes)
  4. Dana Calvo - Story Editor (21 episodes), Writer (4 episodes)
  5. Mark McKinney - Story Editor (12 episodes), Writer (3 episodes)
  6. Cinque Henderson - Staff Writer (21 episodes), Writer (2 episodes)
  7. Melissa Myers - Staff Writer (21 episodes), Writer (2 episodes)
  8. Amy Turner - Staff Writer (21 episodes), Writer (2 episodes)
  9. Christina Kiang Booth - Staff Writer (14 episodes), Writer (2 episodes)
  10. David Handelman - Staff Writer (12 episodes), Writer (2 episodes)
  11. Chad Gomez Creasey - Staff Writer (5 episodes), Writer ()
  12. Dara Resnik Creasey - Staff Writer (5 episodes), Writer ("The Disaster Show")
  13. Jack Gutowitz - Writer's Assistant (21 episodes), Writer ()
  14. Ian Reichbach - Writer's Assistant (21 episodes), Writer ("K & R: Part 2")


  1. Timothy Busfield - 6 episodes
  2. Thomas Schlamme - 4 episodes
  3. John Fortenberry - 2 episodes
  4. Chris Misiano -
  5. David Petrarca -
  6. David Semel -
  7. Lesli Linka Glatter - (with Busfield)
  8. Bryan Gordon -
  9. Dan Attias -
  10. Lawrence Trilling -
  11. Laura Innes -
  12. Andrew Bernstein -
  13. Dave Chameides -
  14. Bradley Whitford -

Other crew

  1. Camille H. Patton - Casting (22 episodes)
  2. Dennis S. Hall - Director of Photography (Multiple episodes)
  3. Thomas Del Ruth - Director of Photography (Multiple episodes)
  4. Kenneth Hardy - Production Designer (21 episodes)
  5. Janet Ashikaga - Editor (Multiple episodes)
  6. Rob Seidenglanz - Editor (Multiple episodes)
  7. Russell Denove - Editor (Multiple episodes)
  8. Neal Ahern Jr. - Unit Production Manager
  9. Douglas S. Ornstein - Unit Production Manager
  10. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music (22 episodes)