Aaron Sorkin came back to TV last Sunday with his new HBO series The Newsroom. If you missed it, don’t worry — you’ve probably heard it all before anyway.
On the occasion of the famed, Emmy- and Oscar-winning screenwriter’s return, some eagle-eyed viewer has compiled “Sorkinisms — A Supercut,” showing how even an acclaimed writer — known for his distinct verbal rhythms — has reused bits of dialogue throughout his career.
It doesn’t include The Newsroom, Moneyball or Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention, but even so, it stacks clips of characters in Sports Night, Studio 60, The West Wing and several of Sorkin’s movies uttering the same phrases over and over: serial earnest entreaties to “look at my face,” compulsive endings of assertions with “and you know it” and a cascade of “you think?” that has to be seen to be believed.
(And if you love Sorkinisms anyhow, and really did miss the series premiere of The Newsroom, it’s on HBO’s YouTube channel here.)