by Julia Davis
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||28–31 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround|
|Original release||October 14 –|
December 2, 2018
Camping is an American comedy television series, based on the British television series of the same name created by Julia Davis, that premiered on October 14, 2018, on HBO. The series was created by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner and stars an ensemble cast including Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, Juliette Lewis, Ione Skye, Chris Sullivan, Cheyenne Haynes, Arturo Del Puerto, Janicza Bravo, and Brett Gelman.
Camping follows "Walt, whose 45th birthday was supposed to be a delightful weekend back to nature, at least according to his obsessively organized and aggressively controlling wife Kathryn. But when the camping trip gathers Kathryn's meek sister, holier than thou ex-best friend and a free-spirited tagalong in one place, it becomes a weekend of tested marriages and woman on woman crime that won't soon be forgotten. Plus, bears."
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||Jenni Konner||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||October 14, 2018||0.544|
|2||"Going to Town"||Jenni Konner||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||October 21, 2018||0.404|
|3||"Fishing Trip"||John Riggi||John Riggi||October 28, 2018||0.384|
|4||"Up All Night"||Wendey Stanzler||Paula Pell||November 4, 2018||0.265|
|5||"Just Plain Mad"||Jude Weng||Travon Free & Lena Dunham||November 11, 2018||0.246|
|6||"Carleen?!"||Wendey Stanzler||Lena Dunham||November 18, 2018||0.273|
|7||"Birthday Party (Part 1)"||Jude Weng||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||November 25, 2018||0.298|
|8||"Birthday Party (Part 2)"||Jason Benjamin||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||December 2, 2018||0.308|
On February 8, 2018, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order consisting of eight half-hour episodes. Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner had been developing the series with HBO for some time prior to the announcement and finally received a green light following Jennifer Garner's commitment to star. The series is based on the British series Camping created by Julia Davis. The series was expected to be written by Dunham and Konner who would also executive produce alongside Julia Davis, Christine Langan, and Ilene S. Landress. Production companies involved in the series were slated to include A Casual Romance, Hush Ho, and Baby Cow Productions.
On March 19, 2018, it was reported that Tom Lassally had joined the series as an executive producer for 3 Arts Entertainment. On July 25, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on October 14, 2018.
Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Jennifer Garner had been cast in the series' lead role. On March 16, 2018, it was announced that David Tennant had joined the main cast in the lead male role. A few days later, it was reported that Janicza Bravo, Arturo Del Puerto, Brett Gelman, and Juliette Lewis had been cast as series regulars and that Bridget Everett was joining the series in a recurring capacity. That same month, Ione Skye also joined the main cast. On May 16, 2018, it was reported that Busy Philipps and Nicole Richie had joined the cast of the series in undisclosed capacity.
Principal photography was expected to begin in the spring of 2018 in Los Angeles.
On July 25, 2018, the series held a panel at the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour featuring executive producer Jenni Konner and cast member Jennifer Garner. The following day, a teaser trailer for the series was released.
The series has been met with a mixed to negative response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 27% approval rating, with an average rating of 4.84 out of 10 based on 51 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "The first season of Camping makes it difficult to determine who the least happy campers are: those on the screen or those watching it." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 50 out of 100 based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
In a negative review, Variety's Caroline Farmke criticized the series saying, "the series wastes its potential, showing so little insight or movement that watching Camping becomes nearly as unpleasant as it is for the characters living through it." In another unfavorable critique, Collider's Andrea Reiher was equally dismissive saying, "It truly leaves one wondering: What is the point of this show? If it's not laughs or personal growth, is it just a slice-of-life comedy about unlikable people? That's not enough, especially in this overcrowded TV landscape. Plus, who has the patience to wait half a season or more before finding characters they want to stay with on this journey? Despite high hopes for this combination of Dunham's writing talent and Garner's charisma, there just isn't enough over the first four episodes to really make this a comedy worth tuning into. You can skip this Camping trip." In a more mixed assessment, Indiewire Ben Travers was slightly more positive saying, "Camping is certainly an ensemble-driven comedy, and the supporting cast is easier to get behind, but that's like saying it's easier to build a fire with a piece of glass than two rocks. Both will test your patience, and they don't work well together." In a rare positive evaluation, The Wall Street Journal's John Anderson described the series as "A very funny, quasi-cringy series that takes the Sartre-esque point of view into the great outdoors." Gwen Inhat of The A.V. Club summed up her D+ review, "It’s a waste of a fine cast and a bucolic setting. One possible upside for the series is that Camping might inspire people to go camping themselves, just to get away from TV for awhile". Due to the mostly negative reviews, the show was cancelled after one season.
|1||"Pilot"||October 14, 2018||0.1||0.544||0.267||0.811|
|2||"Going to Town"||October 21, 2018||0.1||0.404||0.181||0.585|
|3||"Fishing Trip"||October 28, 2018||0.1||0.384||0.188||0.572|
|4||"Up All Night"||November 4, 2018||0.1||0.265||0.169||0.434|
|5||"Just Plain Mad"||November 11, 2018||0.1||0.246||0.233||0.479|
|6||"Carleen?!"||November 18, 2018||0.1||0.273||0.177||0.450|
|7||"Birthday Party (Part 1)"||November 25, 2018||0.1||0.298||0.183||0.481|
|8||"Birthday Party (Part 2)"||December 2, 2018||0.1||0.308||0.172||0.480|