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Dan Rydell
Seasons 1, 2
First Episode "Pilot"
Last Episode "Quo Vadimus"
Appearances 45 episodes (see below)
Played By Josh Charles
Profession Sportscaster
Affiliation Sports Night
Position Anchor
Gender Male

Dan Rydell is a major character in the first and second seasons of Sports Night. He is played by starring cast member Josh Charles and debuts in "Pilot". He is a sportscaster. He is an anchor for Sports Night.



Dan is from a Jewish family in Connecticut. He had a younger brother named Sam, who died in a motor vehicle accident while under the influence; Dan blames himself for this. He also has an older brother named David and an unnamed sister. He attended Dartmouth. Prior to working at Sports Night, he worked at Lone Star in Dallas with Casey and Dana. In 1x14, he meets Rebecca Wells, for whom he develops feelings; however, she remains married to her estranged husband, and decides to try to work things out with him. Early in season 2, Danny begins seeing a psychologist to cope with his feelings of depression and anxiety around his brother's death and the difficult relationship with his father as a result of that death. Danny is a fan of Tom Waits and can touch-type. He took Biochemistry at some point.

Season 1[]


Season 2[]


Season one appearances
"Pilot" "The Apology" "The Hungry and the Hunted" "Intellectual Property" "Mary Pat Shelby"
"The Head Coach, Dinner and the Morning Mail" "Dear Louise" "Thespis" "The Quality of Mercy at 29K" "Shoe Money Tonight"
"The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee" "Smoky" "Small Town" "Rebecca" "Dana and the Deep Blue Sea"
"Sally" "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" "The Sword of Orion" "Eli's Coming" "Ordnance Tactics"
"Ten Wickets" "Napoleon's Battle Plan" "What Kind of Day Has it Been?"
Season two appearances
"Special Powers" "When Something Wicked This Way Comes" "Cliff Gardner" "Louise Revisited" "Kafelnikov"
"Shane" "Kyle Whitaker's Got Two Sacks" "The Reunion" "A Girl Named Pixley" "The Giants Win the Pennant, the Giants Win the Pennant!"
"The Cut Man Cometh" "The Sweet Smell of Air" "Dana Get Your Gun" "And the Crowd Goes Wild" "Celebrities"
"The Local Weather" "Draft Day: Part I It Can't Rain at Indian Wells" "Draft Day: Part II The Fall of Ryan O'Brian" "April Is the Cruelest Month" "Bells and a Siren"
"La Forza del Destino" "Quo Vadimus"