Black Monday: Season 1 Reviews

February 16, 2019
To be honest, all this gets old pretty fast.
February 14, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 26, 2019
Black Monday has an interesting topic, but it chose to tell it four different ways rather than focusing on one interesting way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 24, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 23, 2019
That the early episodes come off so tonally confusing, insubstantial and unpleasant is a pity.
January 23, 2019
The problem is that the market is short for either catharsis or humor on Black Monday and, given the options abounding on TV, audiences may not want to bet on a whole season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 23, 2019
The writing and its delivery come off as so consciously choreographed that the first few episodes feel like an earnest off-Broadway production put on by high school thespians.
January 23, 2019
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.
January 22, 2019
The series generates some laughs out its own self-awareness, as well as the sheer energy of stars Don Cheadle, Hall and Andrew Rannells. But those jokes ultimately undercut any attempt to take the characters and their story seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 21, 2019
"Black Monday" isn't very successful at capturing the zeitgeist of the time beyond sappy music by Bryan Adams, cringe-worthy fashion choices and bright red Lamborghinis.
January 18, 2019
The Showtime comedy doesn't entirely go bust, but as a viewing proposition, offers a poor return on investment.
January 18, 2019
In "Black Monday" that humor often has a brotastic, locker room flavor, perhaps meant to invoke an innocently dirty quality in the film comedies of the period.
January 17, 2019
There's so much going on that it's difficult to separate "Black Monday's" sharpest moments from its constant throwaway lines.
January 16, 2019
[Black Monday] just tries too hard to write narrative checks you can't cash, looks oddly cheap, and loses the plot fairly quickly.
January 16, 2019
A show with an incredible ensemble of talented actors but as little focus as its cocaine-addled characters.
January 15, 2019
It promises to tell you who "really" caused the 1987 stock market crash, then it does its damnedest to make you not care enough to stick around and find out the answer.
January 15, 2019
I love Cheadle and Hall, but - to paraphrase the Boomtown Rats - I don't like Monday.
January 11, 2019
Black Monday dabbles in farce, social commentary, and character study, without managing to establish a coherent point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 10, 2019
What's clear through three episodes is that Black Monday is a black hole of sorts, and given how much great programming exists outside of black tunnels, viewers will have to ask themselves how much time they have to see if this show can turn it around.
January 2, 2019
This show leverages everything it can, but behind the hypercolor tones and florid trader-speak, there's little behind it all.