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Eastbound and Up, Up, Up
on 12 November 2009
Wow. Here's something you don't find everyday - truly great television. I've just finished watching this series on FX Channel and I'm desperate for Season 2 (which is apparently going ahead, and I hear at 13 episodes rather than the 6 of this first season, but don't quote me on that.)
It was advertised on Sky as being "The new comedy by Will Ferrell" but I don't see that its BY Will Ferrell at all. He appears in two episodes and co-produces it, but the real star is Danny McBride, and he is the reason why I watched this. I've been a fan of his since seeing him in David Gordon Green's excellent "All the Real Girls". I always was unsure whether McBride was acting or just being himself, which is, I suppose, the mark of a great actor. I didn't realise that this show was directed (the first 3 episodes anyway) by David Gordon Green too.
The thing is, this is a very coarse, offensive show. There are hundreds of 'f' words, nudity and drug-taking. Its easy to dismiss this as a cheap laugh, until you watch two or three episodes. This is a very well-written story about love, life and, in particular, the age at which a man realises he just isn't what he used to be anymore but he isn't yet ready to accept it.
I found myself really caring about a loudmouth, obnoxious, mulletted redneck and by the final episode I was actually shouting advice at the screen.
That's not to say that this isn't outrageously funny, because it will make you laugh out loud once you have stopped cringing at the political incorrectness of Kenny Powers. The supporting cast are brilliant too; witness the transformation of Stevie.
In summary, please don't miss this show, and certainly don't just watch one or two episodes and turn off in disgust. Watch the whole thing and feel the love. Watch it and you'll most certainly be IN.