Crashing: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 33

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Feb 19, 2017
Air date: Feb 26, 2017
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Air date: Mar 12, 2017
Air date: Mar 19, 2017
Air date: Mar 26, 2017
Air date: Apr 2, 2017
Air date: Apr 9, 2017

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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 (33) | Top Critics (16)

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…
Top Critic

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…

Crashing has enough mostly gentle amusements to keep it on track.

Feb 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

[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…

Though the writing boasts imaginative scenarios and an intimate sense of what it's like to be a fool with nowhere to go, the show's fixation on Holmes and the weaknesses of his character becomes repetitive quite quick.

Feb 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Crashing" fits into the comedian's adjusting brand, but whether it finds a sharper focus down the road is uncertain.

Feb 17, 2017 | Rating: B- | 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
  • 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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