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Peak TV Treasure: Detroiters

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NETWORK | Comedy Central

CREATED BY | Sam Richardson, Tim Robinson, Zach Kanin and Joe Kelly



PREMISE | Richardson (Veep) and Robinson (Saturday Night Live) star as lifelong pals Sam and Tim, who run a low-level Detroit advertising agency together. They’re not exactly Don Drapers, though: They quickly cook up annoying jingles for cheesy local ads before knocking off early for a round of brews. (Their elderly secretary Sheila doesn’t help much, either. She’s kind of a party girl.) With Lorne Michaels on board as an executive producer, lots of SNL-ers pop up for cameos: Cecily Strong, Michael Che and Jason Sudeikis, playing a Chrysler executive who quickly wishes he never met Sam and Tim.

WORTH YOUR TIME IF YOU ENJOY… | Goofy buddy comedies with a hint of the surreal; SNL alumni talking about male genitalia; hysterically awful local commercials; cinematic odes to the Motor City.

YOU SHOULD PROBABLY ALSO KNOW… | Richardson and Robinson are real-life BFFs, and it comes across on-screen: They make a dynamite comedy duo, with both delivering huge laughs. (Veep fans already know how funny Richardson can be, and Robinson has a hilarious, angry edge to him.) The episodes are peppered with delightfully absurd touches, like when Sam accidentally falls into the world of male prostitution… and finds that he likes it. And the show’s endearing hometown pride shines through in every frame, with loving shots of the city’s architecture and culture, bucking the stereotype that Detroit is just a crime-infested hellscape. (They have classic car shows there, too, you know!)

IS IT COMING BACK? | Yep, Comedy Central renewed Detroiters for a second season, set to debut in 2018.

WHERE CAN I WATCH IT? | All ten Season 1 episodes are available to stream via the Comedy Central app.

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  1. Daisy F. says:

    I’m from Detroit and have seen Tim Robinson perform at various theaters several times before he got his break on SNL. He is such a talented improviser, but to me, this show didn’t showcase his talent in the best way. Maybe he’s a better improviser than actor. I really wanted to love this show, but I found it really uneven and at times, grating on my nerves. Sam Richardson, who is SO good on Veep, is decent in this, but the writing quality is nowhere near Veep and so it seems as though he’s not as good an actor as he is. Same with Tim. I think they need to tone down the overacting. The show is at its best when it’s not trying to hard and I think that overall, those honest moments were too few for me to recommend it. I loved seeing Mort Crim, who was a throwback news anchor in Detroit, and some of the Detroit-based commercial parodies were so funny and nostalgic for me, but overall, I’m surprised to see this show profiled here.

  2. Jason Paul says:

    I really enjoyed this oddball show. Great characters.

  3. Gena says:

    I found it kinda silly, but cute — loved Tim and Sam’s sweet chemistry. :) (Also, one of my favorite moments from Tim’s season 38 stint as an SNL featured player was his two-part “Z-Shirt” ad with Kevin Hart. “Is it an A shirt? … Is it a B shirt? … Is it a C shirt?!…”)

  4. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    I’d call it the “Platinum Age of Television”.