Who Is America (Showtime)

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Who Is America (Showtime) – Premieres 15th July

Comedy where Sasha Baron Cohen manages to dupe government officials, active political supporters and members of the arts into interviews with his over-the-top characters, as they actively take part in some ridiculous opinions, to almost to the same level of the Brass Eye peado-geddeon episode.

While a couple of the characters don’t hit the mark that often, and possibly overlap with some of Cohen previous characters. When it does work it becomes very funny, surreal and more than a bit worrying to see how far some folks go along with it.

It’s worth a watch.

5.8/10

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Just Another Immigrant (Showtime)

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Just Another Immigrant (Showtime) – Premieres 8th June

Comedy documentary/mockumentary where stand up comedian Romesh Raganathan has decided to try a crack the US, by booking the 3000 seater Greek Theatre with no plan on how to fill it.

Having head over a few weeks before his family join him, Romesh and his uncle Rags go about LA trying to raise Romeshs’ profile. As well as trying to sort the living arrangements for his family when they finally arrive.

The show is a bit similar to the old comedy show La La Land, where the industry people that Romesh meets are on the more left field side. Leading to some weird exchanges where both sides don’t know what to make of each other. It’s a decent bit of laid back comedy.

6.1/10

Patrick Melrose (Showtime)

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Patrick Melrose (Showtime) – Premieres 12th May

A drama that follows the titular Patrick Melrose, a chap from upper class stock who is addicted to every drug under the sun, which stemmed from him dealing with his traumatic childhood.

It begins with Patrick receiving a phonecall informing him that his father, who was behind the childhood abuse, is finally dead. Which Patrick celebrates by having a lovely bit of Heroin. After talking to his friend about the news Patrick then has to head off to New York to collect his fathers cremated remains to bring back to London.

Before heading out he comes to the decision that now his father has gone, it’s time to quit the drugs. Which becomes increasing difficult upon his arrival, leading him to fall off the wagon in a epic fashion. After recovering from his session, Patrick arrives back at London knowing he’s reached rock bottom and needs help getting sober.

As an opening episode it does go along at a decent pace, though the fact that Patrick is pretty dislikable doesn’t give you any real reason to want to keep watching. All together it ends up being a bit of a trek to get through.

4.0/10

Our Cartoon President (Showtime)

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Our Cartoon President (Showtime) – Premieres 11th February

Animated comedy that follows the adventures of Donald Trump going about his daily business being a bumbling moron with a twitter account while sort of running the country.

In the show it has Donald watching Fox News where their subject of the day becomes Trumps biggest worry. Leading to his members of staff trying to temper his more outlandish ideas with something more sensible, all while trying to make it seem like his idea.

As this is going on, the Beavis and Butthead take of Don Jr and Eric are in the background trying to make Donalds original idea work, but managing to make the situation worse. Though by the end they manage to get one thing to work leading to Donald achieving his goal of getting the appraisal of Fox News.

For a comedy based on Trump it is better than The President Show, with the caricatures of everyone involved feeling like an amalgamation of everything that’s been done on programmes like The Daily Show, The Opposition and any other late night chat show. That said it the jokes don’t seem to hit as often as they should do and is all a bit predictable.

3.1/10

The Trade (Showtime)

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The Trade (Showtime) – Premieres 2nd February 

A documentary that follows the effect of the drug trade in the US. The show follows three different aspects, the Mexican growers of the heroin, a police department in Ohio who are arresting dealers and an addict in Georgia who is try to stop using.

As the show flits between the three stories it shows how the drug trade is the sole source of income for the small Mexican town and how it has changed the area. It shows how the Ohio police are trying to take down the dealers bringing in drugs to the area by arresting lower lever dealers and getting them to reveal their contacts. And it shows how one persons addiction is effecting their family as they try to kick their habit and how it’s wearing the family down each time they relapse.

As documentaries go it’s interesting while having some really bleak moments in it.

5.8/10

The Chi (Showtime)

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The Chi (Showtime) – Premieres 7th January – Renewed

A drama set in Chicagos south side, where after a man is murdered, the events spawned from the actions of a lad that discovered him leads to a group of individuals crossing paths as they are brought into the fallout.

While the shows pacing is on the slow side, it manages to introduce all the main characters while keeping the main story going along without ever dragging. 

It’s a good solid opening episode.

6.4/10

SMILF (Showtime)

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SMILF (Showtime) – Premieres 5th November – Renewed

A comedy drama that follows Brigette, a single mother who is trying to balance her parental, work and social life while dealing with her strenuous relationship with her mother and coming to terms that her ex is now dating again.

For an opening ep it takes a while to get going, and some of the relationships shown are vaguely touched upon making some parts feel like you’ve missed something with the way they play out. It’s not a bad opener though it doesn’t really does much to make you wanna check out the next episode.

4.6/10