Bust Down
The image shows the four lead characters playing cards on the hood of a car in their work uniforms. They are peering up towards the sky directly at the camera.
GenreComedy[1]
Created by
Directed byRichie Keene
Starring
  • Chris Redd
  • Sam Jay
  • Langston Kerman
  • Jak Knight
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producers
  • Langston Kerman
  • Jak Knight
  • Chris Redd
  • Sam Jay
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Hilary Marx
  • Andrew Singer
  • Richie Keen
  • Guy Stodel
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production companies
Original release
NetworkPeacock
ReleaseMarch 10, 2022 (2022-03-10)

Bust Down is an American comedy television series co-created by and co-starring Langston Kerman, Jak Knight, Chris Redd, and Sam Jay. The series premiered on Peacock on March 10, 2022.

Plot

The series follows a group of friends working low-wage jobs at a casino in Gary, Indiana.[2]

Cast

Production

Bust Down was produced by Universal Television and Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video.[4] Michaels was executive producer with Hilary Marx, Andrew Singer, Richie Keen, and Guy Stodel, as well as series creators and stars Langston Kerman, Jak Knight, Chris Redd, and Sam Jay.[5] They described the show as predominantly about friendship and their intention for the show's comedy to be "raunchy, irreverent, and complicated."[5]

The series premiered on Peacock on March 10, 2022. All six episodes were released simultaneously.[6]

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Bad Hang"Richie KeeneLangston Kerman, Jak Knight, Chris Redd, and Sam JayMarch 10, 2022 (2022-03-10)
2"Post Nut Promises"Richie KeeneLangston KermanMarch 10, 2022 (2022-03-10)
3"Beige Rage"Richie KeeneJak KnightMarch 10, 2022 (2022-03-10)
4"Pitching Tent"Richie KeeneZack FoxMarch 10, 2022 (2022-03-10)
5"Won't He Do It"Richie KeeneGary RichardsonMarch 10, 2022 (2022-03-10)
6"Party of Two"Richie KeeneEmmy BlotnickMarch 10, 2022 (2022-03-10)

Reception

The series received mainly positive critical reception. It holds a score of 76/100 on review aggregator Metacritic.[7] Angie Han of The Hollywood Reporter praised Bust Down: "the series’ comic voice is admirably bold — and if you’re left cold by one joke, there are usually three more coming right on its tail."[1] Ebony's Savannah Taylor described the show: "abandoning the appeal of respectability politics and good-mannered humor, this show...is the definition of doing hood rat stuff with your friends" and praised the comedy as "just straight up, raw Black tomfoolery."[2] Richard Roeper rated the series 3/4 stars and hailed the "biting social commentary, some ridiculously effective over-the-top physical shtick and a steady stream of laugh-out-loud moments" but also noted that the show "“will have some viewers bailing within the first 10 minutes of the premiere episode."[8] Nina Metz gave Bust Down 3/4 stars in the Chicago Tribune and called the creators and stars "goofy as hell, but also intelligent and thoughtful and self-aware, which allows them to take on otherwise touchy subject matter."[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Han, Angie (9 March 2022). "Peacock's 'Bust Down': TV Review". THR. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Savannah (2022-03-07). "Peacock's 'Bust Down' Is All Kinds of Funny". EBONY. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  3. ^ a b Metz, Nina (10 March 2022). "'Bust Down' review: 'SNL's' Chris Redd and friends are profane, hilarious and down and out in Gary, Indiana". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2022-03-11.
  4. ^ "'BUST DOWN' | NEW Teaser Starring Chris Redd, Sam Jay, Langston Kerman and Jak Knight". blackfilm.com. 2022-03-02. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  5. ^ a b "Here's Your First Look at 'Bust Down,' Peacock's Hilariously Absurd 'Show About Nonsense'". Complex. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Peacock's 'Bust Down' Pushes the Boundaries of Traditional Comedy". NBC Los Angeles. 2022-03-09. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  7. ^ "Bust Down : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  8. ^ Roeper, Richard (2022-03-09). "'Bust Down': Casino crew deals raunchy humor on some heavy topics". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2022-03-09.