Third-episode verdict: Eastbound and Down

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 4

Third-episode verdict time for Eastbound and Down, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s sports-related comedy about a failed major league baseball player who returns to his home town to become a teacher. The only problem? He’s a complete a-hole.

After a not desperately promising start, things looked like they were going to get better with the second episode, a reasonably funny piece with a cameo by Will Ferrell himself as a BMW dealer almost as a-holey as our ‘hero’.

But episode three wasn’t even pilot episode funny, with few jokes and a worrying tendency to suggest that the hero was going to learn some valuable lessons in life. Oh no.

Ultimately, while there are a few yucks to be had both from its political incorrectness and from its laughing at the jock hero who thinks he’s the business – but really, really isn’t – the joke’s just not able to sustain the show: you get acclimatised to Danny McBride’s insensitivity and stupidity and the show stops being funny and you just don’t notice his offensiveness any more. The characters aren’t really sufficient to fill in the gaps left behind, either.

So despite its promising pedigree, I’d say don’t bother.

Carusometer rating: 4
Prediction: It’s HBO, so it’ll last the season, but won’t get renewed.


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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