Black Monday: Season 1 Reviews

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Top Critic
November 23, 2019
"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.
May 30, 2019
Black Monday is silly, politically incorrect, loud, puerile and relies on lots of penis gags. Obviously I enjoyed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2019
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.
February 19, 2019
Four episodes in, Black Monday's tonal mash-up makes more sense. The mix of sitcom plotting, Seth Rogen/Judd Apatow-style bro banter, and glossy cable period-piece is starting to gel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 23, 2019
That the early episodes come off so tonally confusing, insubstantial and unpleasant is a pity.
January 23, 2019
Just because something is over the top doesn't mean it doesn't have moments of being spot-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2019
So much is packed into the first episode of roughly 35 minutes that some of it backfires or whizzes by -- and yet it is compelling, like a slap in the face.
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 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 22, 2019
For now it's at least great fun to watch Don Cheadle doing lines and talking business, and maybe that's the point, that in the end the market is made by egos and chaos.
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
Black Monday can be very funny, very clever about incorporating 1980s cultural references and very vulgar. It's also propelled by three extremely talented people, among them Mr. Cheadle.
January 18, 2019
Black Monday is a pastiche of extremes, the '80s in quotation marks, and that works for at least part of the show Caspe and Cahan have made.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
Watching Black Monday, it's hard to resist fantasizing about a financial system less beholden to such buffoonery and greed.
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
A show with an incredible ensemble of talented actors but as little focus as its cocaine-addled characters.
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