Black Monday: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
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Black Monday zips with irrepressible style and a seductively stacked cast of charismatics stars - but this Wall Street odyssey is too preoccupied with flash to ferment its needed substance.



Critic Ratings: 45


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User Ratings: 99

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Air date: Jan 20, 2019

Wide-eyed Blair is thrust into the insane world of '80s Wall Street. Mo enacts his master plan to take over the Georgina Jeans Company.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2019

A Hollywood screenwriter shadows Mo at the office, as he and Dawn fight over her desire to be made a partner. Keith plays a prank on Blair.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2019

Mo attempts to create a father/son bond with Blair. Dawn and Spencer (guest star Kadeem Hardison) have a lively dinner with Dawn's parents. Keith finds his secret increasingly difficult to hide.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2019

Mo and Dawn attempt to reunite Blair and Tiff.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2019

Mo takes Dawn to the Predator's Ball in an effort to raise the capital The Jammer Group needs to pay off their debts. Blair is saddled with a weekend work assignment.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2019

At Blair and Tiff's engagement party, Mo's feelings for Dawn begin to cloud his judgment.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2019

Mo takes Blair on his bachelor party, while Dawn realizes she?s a very important guest at Tiff?s bachelorette party. Keith faces a loaded decision.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2019

A glimpse into Mo's past; and Blair and Dawn pursue some necessary detective work.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2019

Mo is determined to make Blair and Tiff's marriage happen, for better or worse. Keith tries to impede the SEC's sting operation by any means possible.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2019

Everything comes crashing down.

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It's all happening at The Jammer Group, a ragtag Wall Street firm headed by Maurice "Mo" Monroe (Emmy nominee and Golden Globe® winner Don Cheadle). Mo leads his team of misfit traders, including no-nonsense Dawn (Regina Hall, Girls Trip), eager-to-please Keith (SAG® Award winner Paul Scheer, The League), wild man Wayne (Horatio Sanz, Saturday Night Live), and hotshot Yassir (Yassir Lester, Making History). Into this motley mix walks Blair Pfaff (Tony® Award nominee and Grammy® winner Andrew Rannells, Girls), a young wide-eyed trader who gets in way over his head. Together, they take on the moneyed, blueblood, old-boys club of New York finance and end up unwittingly crashing a Lamborghini limousine, the glass ceiling and the world's largest financial system in this scathing comic commentary on 1980s excess.

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Critic Reviews for Black Monday Season 1

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (24)

"Black Monday" gives us lots of great moments with other characters from Mo's firm, too - for example, Regina Hall's Dawn Darcy, who's Mo's only female executive.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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When you've got a cast like Black Monday's and dialogue like Black Monday's and costumes like Black Monday's, you should be able to forgive a story that isn't quite as remarkable as it might think.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…
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As an actor, Cheadle obviously enjoys this sort of ride. From House of Lies to Black Monday requires little more than a change of wardrobe. The characters of Marty Kaan and Mo Monroe otherwise are cut from the same cloth.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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A show with an incredible ensemble of talented actors but as little focus as its cocaine-addled characters.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Awash in red flags for a burgeoning series, as the lead character is a questionable, outdated pick and the premise begs for a quick resolution to the mystery being teased. But viewers could do a lot worse than invest in this likely crash.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Black Monday is silly, politically incorrect, loud, puerile and relies on lots of penis gags. Obviously I enjoyed it.

May 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

To be honest, all this gets old pretty fast.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Black Monday has an interesting topic, but it chose to tell it four different ways rather than focusing on one interesting way.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite a great performance by Regina Hall and some decent jokes, Black Monday is a hollow series that has a loud, overwhelming focus on obnoxious greed.

Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It lacks any compelling through-line as a drama or a comedy, which is not even to mention how this intellectual vacuum renders those pesky non-PC jokes pretty unfunny.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

When Black Monday stays in its comfort zone, it's something genuinely refreshing to see from a prestige provider.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It's fast. Hoo boy, is it fast. Jokes come non-stop from a bunch of angles.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Monday: Season 1

  • Jul 25, 2020
    I didn't watch any trailers or read about the show, expected a boring but also interesting documentary or something of the sort. This show is comedy gold though and I watched the entire first season in two days.
  • Jul 24, 2020
    I think this is about as great as a show can get. It's FUNNY, it's super original, it's smart, it's cheeky, it's DIVERSE, the set design is amazing and it's easy to watch. Probably not a great fit for the overly conservative or those with a mediocre sense of humor but for my husband and I this is everything a TV show should aspire to be. The cast is amazing too. I never feel compelled to write reviews but for the right audience, this is incredible.
  • Jun 28, 2020
    Great costumes and props in this show really portrays the 1980's. I was born in the 1970's so it was pretty accurate as far as props go. The script is not that funny however. I thought Don Cheadle's other show, House of Lies, was better.
  • May 01, 2020
    Hilarious. Quick whit. Fun. Love it.
  • Mar 06, 2020
    Fast and witty with lots of cultural references spanning the superficial to the profound. And executed by a stellar cast (Regina Hall and Don Cheadle are smashing!) One of my all-time favourites.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    HILARIOUS. Took me back to a time before so many shows seemed politically correct.Regina Hall did an excellent job.
  • Aug 10, 2019
    Best new show of the year
  • Jul 21, 2019
    The critics who panned this are CRAZY! This show is great! Hilarious and dusted with just enough drama to make the viewer care. The comedic acting is fantastic -- Cheadle has never been better -- and Regina Hall is a perfect foil for him. The 80s vibe only makes it more enjoyable. Can't wait for Season 2!
  • Jul 12, 2019
    Loved the first ep which also probably made it hard for the rest of the series to maintain that level, as my interest did wane throughout. Excellent soundtrack/score!
  • Jun 29, 2019
    The montage at the end is one of the best TV moments I've experienced.

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