The show, which will launch in the UK on Sky Atlantic next month, has had a mixed reception from critics. Digital Spy has rounded up some of the most notable reviews below:
"The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin's return to television, premiered on Sunday night, and let's get ready to rumble. It's a series that will serve as an escape valve of relief, anger and confirmation, articulating so many things that so many people feel about the frequently-pathetic state of the news media."
The Washington Post
"The show fails to meet the high expectations that greet it, save one: it is crammed with incessant jibber-jabber."
The New York Times
"At its best, and that doesn't come into full view until the third and fourth episodes, The Newsroom has a wit, sophistication and manic energy that recalls James L Brooks's classic movie Broadcast News. But at its worst, the show chokes on its own sanctimony."
The New Yorker
"The Newsroom treats the audience as though we were extremely stupid. Characters describe events we've just witnessed. When a cast member gets a shtick (like an obsession with Bigfoot), he delivers it over and over. In episode four, there's a flashback to episode three. In a recent interview, Sorkin spoke patronisingly of cop shows, but his Socratic flirtations are frequently just as formulaic, right down to the magical 'Ask twice!' technique."
The Hollywood Reporter
"On the plus side, you have to applaud Sorkin's ability to milk emotion whenever he wants. He can make the politically jaded feel patriotic and the cynical see hope in any situation. Also, love or hate his soapboxing, the man can write. And what might be the most alluring part of The Newsroom is that it's clear Sorkin wants the show to be enormous, filled with characters of all stripes and able to take on innumerable storylines as it looks at journalism, politics, romance, the workplace and America itself."
"Its goals and its narrative strategies are in direct conflict with each other... [The show is a] dramatically inert, infuriating mess, one that wastes a fine cast to no demonstrable purpose, unless you consider giving Sorkin yet another platform in which to 'Set the People Straight' is a worthwhile purpose."
New York Post
"Newsroom is both entertaining and irritating. The info is important and good, but the quipping banter with which it's delivered, isn't. News junkies will be hooked."
The Newsroom continues on Sundays on HBO in the US. The series will air in the UK on Sky Atlantic from July 10.