Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Jean Smart, a mainstay of US television for the past 40+ years, delivers what could be her defining role in this smart, poignant and biting look at the closing years of a Vegas comic’s career. But, you make thing, oddly for a show focused around comedy it’s not that funny. Yeah you will laugh but never effusively (this isn’t Friends or Seinfeld) and the tone can be downright melancholic at times. But that’s kinda the point. Much like The West Wing, Hacks isn’t about what the world sees its about what the world doesn’t see – the machinations, the hard work, the failed lives behind date jokes that litter the green rooms of the worlds comedy clubs & stages. It’s about what makes comedy rather than the comedy itself. And that’s what makes it as good as it is. Relative newcomer Hannah Einbinder is fantastic as writer Ava and together her and Smart make a formidable paring. It’s Zoomer Vs Boomer. The best compliment to make about Hacks is just how many comedians have supported Smart and the show. You must be on to something when people like Rogan come out to praise it. So Hacks, much like shows like Girls and Louie before it, may not be for everyone but the fact that season 1 has left me gagging for more – probably the biggest compliment of all.
Best Bit: Smart is just brilliant
Binge, Watch, Skip:
If You Liked this Try: Louie (TV), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV), Girls (TV)