Reviewed: Eastbound & Down (2009-2013)

eastbound_and_down_ver7_xlgKenny Powers is a natural talent when it comes to pitching which catapults him into the stratosphere of baseball success but he’s also a complete dick which takes all those privileges away almost just as quickly. This little TV series picks up with Kenny moving back to his hometown where he moves in with his brother’s family to pick up the pieces of a broken man and try to bring some normalcy back into his chaotic life. He gets a job at the local school as a PE teacher where an old flame also works. If he can win her back, maybe he can regain his mojo and begin to climb his way back to the top.

Eastbound & Down is the creation of Danny McBride (who plays powers), Jody Hill (Observe and Report) and Ben Best (Your Highness). It’s a story where redemption is dangled like a carrot in front of the ass that is Powers, but like all mule and cart scenarios, is forever out of reach yet we stay in the cart regardless as we watch this terrible man make bad decisions and be horribly offensive in the process.

As an HBO series, it’s the perfect antithesis of sitcom for those of us too jaded for anything NBC has to offer. The scripts are nice and loose with plenty of room for improvisation (McBride’s forte) and the supporting cast are all endearing in their own ways.

A shout-out to Steve Little is due as he is absolutely hilarious as Kenny’s ever loyal and put upon friend, Stevie Janowski.

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There’re also a slew of cameos including Will FerrellCraig RobinsonAdam Scott and rather surprisingly Matthew McConaughey who all add to the fun that is this show.

Three seasons exist so far and even though I’m of the personal opinion that the third Season wasn’t the greatest, I’m still frothing at the bit for the potential of another helping. If you’re easily offended, it may not be your cup of tea. Otherwise, get the fuck on this shit.

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