A critical and commercial success, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BUrgundy has become a cult classic movie for fans of comedian Will Ferrell and the movies of producer Judd Atapow. Acting as both a tribute to and spoof of the petty rivalries of local news teams and the popular culture of the 1970s Anchorman has become popular amongst fans of gross out comedies. Following a short period in the career of San Diego news anchorman, Ron Burgundy the movie has spurned many years of rumors regarding a sequel.
San Diego in 1975 has yet to see the rise of women in the workpplace, particularly at the local TV station, KVWN-TV. The newroom of the Evening News is dominated by men who offer a sexist and arrogant view of women; holding on to their position as the top local news team in the San Diego area the news editor Ed throws a hige party attended by all the news staff. During the party Ron attempts to seduce a woman later revealed to be a new female journalist at KVWN, Veronica Coningstone; Ron is embarrassed, but like the rest of the news team attempts to persuade Veronica to date them. After refusing to date any colleagues Veronica breaks her rule to begin a relationship with Ron.
Following an altercation with a cyclist on the way to the newsroom Ron is delayed and Veronica steps in to his place as news anchor for the evening; Ron and Veronica then end their relationship amid their jealousy of each other. After losing his job amid a fued with Veronica Ron returns to a big local news story at the San Diego Zoo to rescue Veronica from a bear pit and begin an on and off screen relationship with her.
The 94 minute movie was written by star Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay; the movie stars many of the regular actors used by production company Atapow Productions, including Luke Wilson, Paul Rudd, Vince Vaughn and Steve Carell.