Eastbound & Down : Season 1

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 15, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. The humor in Eastbound is a far cry from the cerebral comedy currently en vogue on shows like "The Office" and "30 Rock," but that doesn't mean Eastbound can't do sly humor that falls left of center.
  2. 75
    Powers, the central character in the strangely compelling new HBO series Eastbound & Down is a down-on-his-luck pitcher whose glory days in the Major League are well behind him.
  3. I generally don't place myself in that crowd [viewers who think there's nothing funnier than an overweight guy with a jock-strap tan line], being more "Elf" than "Old School," but McBride's Powers exudes a Mitch Williams-meets-John Kruk vibe that's hard to resist, and, hey, I laughed more than once.
  4. 88
    If you thought "Tropic Thunder" was the funniest movie of the year and that everything Will Ferrell touches makes you laugh until you squirt Diet Pepsi out of your nose, then you will love Eastbound & Down.
  5. 90
    Working something of a miracle, Danny McBride, who plays Kenny and is one of the creative talents behind the show premiering tomorrow on HBO--the most recklessly funny comedy of the year--makes us kind of like Kenny Powers.
  6. What further elevates the half-hour is the deadpan, deer-in-the-headlights fashion in which his co-stars orbit around McBride, who seems instinctively to understand that being a delirious bastard means never having to say you're sorry.
  7. 80
    McBride is comfortable improvising, and in Eastbound there’s a lot of pleasurable tension in watching Kenny create difficult situations with his poor judgment and get out of them with his escape artist’s quick brain.
  8. What lifts Eastbound & Down away from mere crudball humor is McBride's ongoing love affair with the lower middle class.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 198 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 72
  2. Negative: 4 out of 72
  1. Mar 6, 2016
    8
    This show is funny, if a bit gratuitous. Still funny as all hell. It's a lot like a tv version of Talledega Knights the Ballad of Ricky Bobby.This show is funny, if a bit gratuitous. Still funny as all hell. It's a lot like a tv version of Talledega Knights the Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Good stuff. Full Review »
  2. Jul 11, 2014
    8
    Great Show, great Season start. Danny McBride again in hisGreat Show, great Season start. Danny McBride again in his Parade role Full Review »
  3. Mar 24, 2014
    9
    Hillarious, Very well written and suprisingly at times heart felt, Eastbound and down is a rare example of a comedy show that gets better,Hillarious, Very well written and suprisingly at times heart felt, Eastbound and down is a rare example of a comedy show that gets better, more rude and more entertaining Full Review »