Bordertown: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Bordertown

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Bordertown's controversy-rich premise is an idea disappointingly ill-served by its execution, which repeatedly mistakes crass, desperate gags for topical humor.

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Critic Ratings: 18

87%

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User Ratings: 68

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 3, 2016

Bud Buckwald, a border patrol agent, is furious when he learns that his daughter is engaged to J.C., his neighbor's nephew; a new anti-immigration law could lead to J.C.'s deportation.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2016

After fighting to get a border wall constructed, Bud loses his job when the structure destroys the economy.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2016

Bud is asked to lure a big church donor away from the local Mexican Catholic church and bring him to the megachurch Bud attends.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2016

When the high school football coach is forced out of the job, Bud takes his place; Bud discovers a secret weapon -- the number one drug mule in Mexico.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2016

When Maria's sister has a baby, causing the Mexifornia population to consist of more Latinos than Caucasians, Bud wants to compensate by having a baby with Janice.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2016

When Ernesto forces J.C. to work on his crew, J.C. is appalled by the working conditions and goes on strike; an ostrich stalks Bud.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2016

In his efforts to become wealthier and more successful than Ernesto, Bud unintentionally becomes a mole for drug kingpin Pablo Barracuda.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2016

Sanford travels to Mexico and gets hooked on a more potent elixer; Bud helps his Mexican look-alike sneak over the border; Ernesto struggles with an uncooperative leaf.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2016

Due to her poor eating habits, Gert has a heart attack during the Little Miss Mexifornia Pageant; Ernesto and Maria use medication to make Pepito behave.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2016

When Bud's house catches fire, Ernesto comes to the rescue; J.C. and Becky decide to date other people.

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Cast & Crew

Hank Azaria
Bud Buckwald

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Alex Borstein
Janice

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Judah Friedlander
Sanford Buckwald

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Nicholas Gonzalez
Ernesto Gonzalez

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Missi Pyle
Gert Buckwald

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Seth MacFarlane
Executive Producer
Mark Hentemann
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Bordertown: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Bordertown: Season 1

  • Apr 03, 2021
    It's ashame that the content was so stereotypical and offensive as it's actually (or was I guess) a very funny show with a lot of great humor in it. Oh well, moving on I guess.
  • Mar 26, 2020
    Anybody notice the critics don't like it but the auidience comment that they do. Doh! I'm a huge fam of adult comedy from Duckman to Futurama, American Dad etc and I have been from the beginning. Bordertown was freaking fantastic!!!!One of my favorite cartoons of all time. Perhaps people weren't ready for it back then, nowadays with shows like Paradise PD it may be time to have another go. Be careful not to offend the poor little sensitive viewers or say anything offensive or not politically correct! BOO HOO Get a fecking sense of humor!
  • Feb 27, 2019
    Minus 1/2 a star for the cheesy Godzilla dubbing, this is a really absorbing crime drama. Finland setting packs a dramatic bonus. Stylish, taut, mesmerizing thriller. Characters build and grow into people you care to find out what happens to them. Just subtitle already! Keep it coming, please! Thank God there is no PC downgrade. Girls like guns and power and know how to use them. Guys are macho and tough and cool. Love it!
  • Feb 19, 2019
    Mature television at its best. Season two has greatly improved the quality of the show and is totally engrossing.
  • Feb 10, 2019
    Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen is one of the most respected officers at the National Bureau of Investigation in Finland. When his wife barely survives brain cancer, Sorjonen decides to take his family to an idyllic small town near the border of Russia, to live a quiet peaceful life. But how peaceful is life on the border between two worlds?
  • Jan 22, 2019
    Enjoyable but deeply flawed at times, and for a whodunnit, it's often predictable. The final two-episode arc from Season 1 was especially problematic to me. Now granted as a U.S. citizen I can't purport to know the ins and outs of Finnish criminal law, but much of that story surrounding Janina was ludicrous. And the idiot suspect speaking for 3 days without a lawyer present (something not granted to Janinia, I might add) makes me shake my head. You'd do well to throw out the procedural elements of the show, or at best, take them with a grain of salt, and focus on the characters and the gorgeous Finnish scenery. One thing I really did like is the characters are grown-ups, not sassy millennials or prettyboy/girl Gen-Xers. The characters wear their roles well and nobody feels out of place, which is more than I can say for 90% of U.S. productions. But overall the story is just missing something for me, and each two-hour crime case just meanders aimlessly for too long. That doesn't mean I disliked it--FAR from it. I loved it. But it could just be so much *more*.
  • Nov 05, 2018
    It is better than your own imagination. The actors and actresses play their roles excellent with a brilliant story line. A foreign language but worth to watch.
  • Jul 28, 2018
    Well made. Didn't trigger my "this is just unbelievable" sensor.
  • Jun 09, 2018
    Very good series and without the usual violence you expect with US TV detective dramas, good stories, exceptionally good acting, production values quite good but not up to BBC standards, but very good....
  • May 19, 2018
    One of the less successful Scandinavian crime dramas, if the three part Doll's House in anything to go by. Ironically, for a premise that hinges on the memory and observation skills of it's chief protagonist, it's surprisingly cack-handed on occasion. Some examples: the bit where the police woman asks a colleague what she's going to do with a single black hair located at a crime scene. Forensics, anyone? The same police officer is also tasked by a superior about what strikes me as an issue of gross misconduct, but the issue just gets glossed over. The FBS lady is woeful. Clumsy and out of shape (not because she's a woman but because she's supposed to be a high level operative), the scenes where she has to get a bit handy with folk - the hotel employee and clubbing Sorjonen - look slowed down and badly choreographed bordering on parody. At the heart of it all is our quirky misanthrope with almost supernatural powers of deduction. But his skills are at the expense of any discernible personality and we are left, like his co-stars floundering in his interminable wake, by turns bored and puzzled. Asocial and grossly introspective might make for a good investigator, but it doesn't make for very good viewing. His presence in many of the scenes almost drags them down. The family drama is also something of a sideshow as it fails to develop any of the characters in relation to one another. Example: what 17 year old daughter wanders into the family kitchen to find mum tending an open wound on dad's head without expressing surprise or concern? Indeed, none of the characters at the end of the three episodes really mesh as a whole or individually, and it all seems a bit random. It lacks tension and sufficient drama to be fully engaging. It has promise, though. So I'll trawl through the next few with my fingers crossed. Whatever it's faults, it's still way better than most US crime drama on Netflix.

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