Crashing: Season 1 (2017)

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The refreshingly goofy Crashing embraces a measured positivity and an overall sweetness that sets it apart from its more sardonic contemporaries.

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Critic Ratings: 39

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User Ratings: 153

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Air date: Feb 19, 2017

In the premiere of a comedy about a timid, aspiring comedian whose life is turned upside down by his wife's affair, Pete is consoled and taken in by Artie Lange as he struggles to find his place in the chaotic New York stand-up scene.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2017

Pete gives Artie Lange a ride to Albany, N.Y., and gets to open for the gig he's sharing with T.J. Miller, but winds up going to extremes with a fan to make sure Artie stays clean and sober.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2017

Pete stays at T.J. Miller's place and witnesses a comedian who is always on. Meanwhile, Pete and T.J. go to a yard sale upstate, where Pete forms an unlikely alliance with Jessica's boyfriend, Leif, to get back a prized possession.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2017

Pete hands out flyers for a comedy club in an effort to get stage time, an experience that comes with encounters with disinterested passersby, bonds with other aspiring comedians, a turf war with a rival barker and a pep talk from a veteran comic.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2017

Pete's folks come to New York for his mom's birthday, so he asks Jess to act like nothing's changed, but a tense dinner reveals harsh truths about their relationships as Jess struggles to keep quiet.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2017

Pete is homeless again and facing professional disappointment, so he turns to Artie Lange, who invites him to be on his podcast. Meanwhile, Sarah Silverman takes Pete in as part of her collection of stray comedians and encourages him to find work as an audience "warm-up" act, which leads to a situation where he could make a name for himself.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2017

Pete's warm-up gig on Rachael Ray's show gives him a natural high, but he comes crashing down after a surprise visit from Leif's wife, who pulls him back into the chaos of his separation from Jess.

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Air date: Apr 9, 2017

In the Season 1 finale, Artie Lange tags along with Pete to a baptism after an attempt to cheer him up goes awry, and they both come away with new perspectives on spirituality and sacrifice.

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The semi-autobiographical show follows Pete (Pete Holmes) as he tries to become a stand-up comedian after his wife cheats on him and he's left with nothing else. When Pete hits rock bottom, he decides to follow his dreams of becoming a comedian, and tries his best at stand-up shows; however, he's not as talented as he would like to think, and it's only with the help of other famous comedians that he's able to learn the ropes. Among others, Artie Lange and T.J. Miller, playing fictional versions of themselves, teach him how to be spontaneous, irreverent and careless, helping Pete shed his old self and take on a new persona.

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Critic Reviews for Crashing Season 1

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (19)

The Big Apple may not need another struggling comedian. But TV could sure use a guy like Holmes.

Mar 24, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

At its best, though, Crashing is a kind of corrective, and an honest one at that. Comedy need not be only the refuge of the cynic. It also has room for figures like Holmes, for whom the craft is less a burden than a blast.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…

While all this adds up to a perfectly enjoyable experience, Crashing never gets off the couch... He's a comic with plenty of talent, but stuck in a story that doesn't stand out.

Feb 14, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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A genial, likable sitcom that fits the genial, likable personality of its leading man.

Feb 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Crashing deserves an audience. It is clever, witty and genuinely funny, working from the idea that the stand-up comedian is a kind of pastor to his unruly flock.

Feb 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Crashing works because Holmes is so sweet (there's really no other word for it) that we root for him every step of the way.

Feb 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We cringe as we watch Pete's innocence pitted against the experienced vets of comedy... But as of right now, it's wonderful to witness the bittersweet struggle through his own mess in hopes that he will ultimately discover his own personal happiness.

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a problem that Pete has no deeper point of view because Crashing asks us to believe that his love of the art is so powerful it could a) destroy his life and b) give him a reason to crawl out of the wreckage. But Pete doesn't stand for anything.

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Crashing has a nice, shaggy-dog-story rhythm to its plots... This is the kind of show that's not going to make the big pop-culture impact of the series that precedes it -- Girls -- but it's a worthy dispenser of pleasure.

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Being a comedian can be a thankless grind, but in Pete (not to mention Holmes's) hands, it's a joy to remember that the whole point is to make people laugh.

Mar 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Crashing's] six chapters of little more than 20 minutes each, are entertaining, fun and very binge-worthy. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Crashing is a treat, and a worthy new addition to the comedy house of worship HBO has been building for decades. But, like the fictional Pete Holmes, you have to endure some mortification to get there.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crashing: Season 1

  • Mar 10, 2018
    FAntastic Series...and Season 2 is even better!
  • Mar 05, 2018
    This show is funny, but the first season is a little strange, because Pete grows very slowly. This show is awkward, cringy and pretty funny.
  • Mar 05, 2018
    Fantastic, well thought out and executed show.... currently one of my favorite tv shows.
  • Mar 05, 2018
    Amazing show, Pete Holmes is like my spirit animal. I know that phrase makes its rounds around the internet, but I feel like how Pete acts. For every awkward person out there just trying to make their way in the world, this show is for you. It's funny, it's raw, and it's so real! Why more people are not talking about this show, I will never know...lol
  • Jan 28, 2018
    Great first season! Looking forward to season two. Any fan of stand-up comedy should appreciate this show. It does a nice job showing how much time and effort these guys/girls put into trying to make it. The premise for this show is pretty original. Pete "crashes" on different comedian's couches for an episode or two. Pete Holmes does a great job in his semi-autobiographical story. Artie Lange shines as a recurring character. There are lots of cameos from other comedians.
  • Jan 18, 2018
    Nice take on a similar idea. Pete is the too nice guy that your want to route for!
  • Dec 14, 2017
    Your characters are not likable and undynamic. Trying too hard in general. Try again.
  • Jun 21, 2017
    Best show in like forever, explosively funny, must get a season 2
  • Apr 14, 2017
    consistently hilarious
  • Apr 10, 2017
    Judd Apatow's latest HBO series is a naturalistic comedy, and like its protagonist/star/co-creator Pete Holms it's by turns endearing, funny, overly modest, and awkward. Set amidst the stand-up comedy scene in New York, Crashing certainly has a lot of good material to work with, but it instead focuses on the plight of its main character which often isn't too interesting. Let's face it, as much as we want to like the naive neer-do-well that Pete Holms portrays here, the fact is that he's just pedestrian in every conceivable way (look, personality, mannerisms, etc.), which may work for Mike Birbiglia, but here it just feels like the guy isn't trying. The show's at its best, unsurprisingly, when capitalizing on its guest stars. Having various comedians play fictionalized versions of themselves (a page perhaps taken from previous HBO series like The Larry Sanders Show and Extras) often leads to memorable performances full of self-deprecation and self-satire, particularly abounding in an episode featuring Sarah Silverman and her former co-star Steve Agee. Crashing is not particularly great in any way, but it's thoroughly solid, and there's plenty of potential for it to improve next season.

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