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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 20, 2019
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  • Summary: The comedy from David Caspe, Jordan Cahan, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg takes a look at Black Monday--October 19, 1987, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, through the lives of Rod “The Jammer” Jaminski (Don Cheadle), who was the self-made head of the financial firmThe comedy from David Caspe, Jordan Cahan, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg takes a look at Black Monday--October 19, 1987, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, through the lives of Rod “The Jammer” Jaminski (Don Cheadle), who was the self-made head of the financial firm where trading prodigy Blair Shmerman (Andrew Rannells) and the first female head trader Dawn Darcy (Regina Hall) works at. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Jan 18, 2019
    100
    Intelligent, rapid-fire dialogue and brilliant performances from a stellar cast will leave you laughing and wanting more. The world of Black Monday can be harsh with a self-centered bent, but it certainly is entertaining. Much like the 1980s itself.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 17, 2019
    80
    At the same time, Black Monday can be very funny, very clever about incorporating 1980s cultural references (not counting the piles of coke and “Wolf of Wall Street”-style excess) and very vulgar. It’s also propelled by three extremely talented people, among them Mr. Cheadle, who makes Mo abrasive, egotistic and obnoxious, yet at the same time a sympathetic outsider.
  3. 75
    Cheadle and Hall approach the roles with a lack of piousness, infesting their characters with humorous bits of business that almost always land. ... One feels Hall’s anger, but like Richard Pryor, she mines a bleak and tense situation for all its comic potential--and the results are perpetually perceptive.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 17, 2019
    60
    Broadly satirical. ... Thankfully, you don't have to like these jerks to enjoy them. [21 Jan - 3 Feb 2019, p.13]
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 17, 2019
    50
    There’s so much going on that it’s difficult to separate Black Monday’s sharpest moments from its constant throwaway lines. Cleverness appears in each of the first three episodes (one bit in which Oliver Stone’s hired researcher shadows Mo to get ideas for the movie “Wall Street” is a nice, full basket of ’80s Easter eggs), only to be drowned out by all the frantic energy and half-attempts at humor that smother it. Rannells and Cheadle are good together--enough so that the series may yet settle down and find its way.
  6. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jan 18, 2019
    40
    There is a lot about Black Monday that’s desperate; characters are desperate for success, respect, money, revenge, happiness, and change. It makes the show an uneasy watch, as its leads strain so hard to get what they think they need.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 10, 2019
    20
    It's hard to imagine that a half-hour comedy set on Wall Street with Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells in major parts could go off the rails so quickly and spectacularly, but Showtime's latest, Black Monday, does just that. And that's even before you factor in Regina Hall giving arguably the best performance in the bunch. ... A lot of talent wasted working on something that seems thrown together, unstructured and ill-advised.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 21, 2019
    10
    Hilarious look at the fast-paced, cocaine-laced world of Wall Street in the 1980s in the year leading up to the stock market crash of 1987.Hilarious look at the fast-paced, cocaine-laced world of Wall Street in the 1980s in the year leading up to the stock market crash of 1987. Episode 1's witty writing sketches out an ensemble of unique personalities with the promise of some nuanced backstories. Can't wait to watch 1987 unfold in Black Monday. Expand

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