Detroiters: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

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Proudly stupid yet surprisingly soulful, Detroiters showcases an impressive level of commitment from its charming, well-matched leads -- and balances its goofy humor with an equal helping of heart.



Critic Ratings: 19


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User Ratings: 83

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Air date: Feb 7, 2017

Two best friends try to make a name for themselves in advertising in the Motor City, which begins with Tim and Sam pitching an ill-fated campaign to Chrysler, while their assistant Lea dives into a hot-tub commercial.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2017

The guys buy a motorcycle instead of the production van they desperately need after a client inspires them to live life to the fullest, but their brand begins to suffer when they outsource their work to their building's security guard.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2017

Sam starts dating a local politician who suspects he's a gigolo, while Tim and his wife take a page from Sam's new lifestyle and try role-playing.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2017

An old Motown legend is approached to perform a jingle for a local wig company ad that Tim and Sam are producing, which forces Tim to come to terms with his own singing skills.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2017

Sam's dad is turning 60, but he struggles to come up with a worthy speech for his birthday party, while Tim tries to get an off-duty clown to perform at the event.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2017

A new tech company moves into Tim and Sam's building, disrupting their daily routine, but Sam tries to hide a crush on one of the outfit's female employees. Meanwhile, Lea runs into trouble editing an ad for a local mirror store.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2017

Tim and Sam get fired by a furniture store client, so they try to make an ad for its competitor, who's not exactly a natural on camera.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2017

Employees threaten to quit due to a lack of health insurance, so Tim and Sam try to collect the money they're owed from previous jobs to pay for it.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2017

Tim's father, Big Hank, returns unexpectedly from an asylum under suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile, Tim and Sam struggle to come up with a catchy slogan for a department store that caters to husky boys.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2017

Pistons legend Rick Mahorn decides to get serious about acting after appearing in one of the guys' ads. Meanwhile, Tim and Sam learn that the Chrysler executive they ran over has led a terrible life since.

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Critic Reviews for Detroiters Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11)

In the end, this is a comedy by natives for natives and residents near and far. It's that undeniable sense of pride and ownership that will make you "stand up and tell 'em you're from Detroit" between bouts of laughter and smiles.

Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Richardson and Robinson's laid back approach to rolling out comedy - and especially the former's addictively amiable nature - makes for consistent chuckles that can develop into hearty guffaws.

Feb 8, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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This silly but enjoyable comedy is a love letter -- or get-well-soon card -- to the battered city of Detroit.

Jun 13, 2019 | Full Review…

There is no ridiculous moment whose boundaries can't be pushed that much further, into even more ridiculous territory.

Feb 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Richardson and Robinson make for likable leads and Detroiters is savvy and funny in many ways, but what really made it work for me was the admirable affection that comes from its love for Detroit.

Feb 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Detroiters goes for the most stupid option. It's an approach that works for the most part, with the ridiculousness adding up to create a show that's lovably chaotic.

Feb 7, 2017 | Full Review…
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Detroiters shines as a silly, brazen piece of comedic storytelling that places its characters front and center.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This entertaining workplace comedy features lots of funny moments thanks to some good timing and solid editing. The jokes have a bit of edge, but not enough to take away from the lighthearted nature of the show.

Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Robinson and Richardson are funny guys (or they ought to be based on their backgrounds), but in this case, we're not buying what they do, and we're not entirely sure why they did it.

Feb 8, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A rare new sitcom with as much heart and soul as jokes and wackiness, Detroiters is a welcome surprise.

Feb 7, 2017 | Full Review…

There's a little something for everybody in this anti-Mad Men show, where friendship trumps business, the clients couldn't be smaller, and the setting is proudly unglamorous.

Feb 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Through a combination of good-natured goofiness, hyper-repetition, and a wide array of genuinely funny performances, Detroiters endears itself to the viewer quickly and steadfastly.

Feb 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Detroiters: Season 1

  • May 07, 2019
    It took a couple of episodes to like the characters but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Pretty funny. If you are from the Detroit area...I guarantee they hook you in.
  • Jan 19, 2019
    Such a great show, especially "Smilin Jack" and "Trevor." Why this show was canceled, I don't know.
  • Oct 14, 2018
    This show is a hidden gem. Give it a chance, you won't be sorry.
  • Aug 09, 2018
    "Proudly stupid yet surprisingly soulful" -- yep, that's a good description. Also, often crass, yet frequently sweet applies as well. But typically, quite funny along with a bit of nice satire thrown in about Detroit.
  • Jul 08, 2018
    I'm always on the lookout for new TV shows because, ya know, I need entertainment to balance out the harshness of reality, and I saw that the second season of Detroiters currently has an insane 100% approval from both critics and fans. Well that's because there aren't that many people rating it yet, but the first season also highly rated. So I gave it a shot, but it lasted only about a minute before I shut it down because of this idiotic scene where they douse a car salesman with scalding hot water. Is this really what society has devolved to that they think bullshit like this is funny? Yet another example of how ratings can't be trusted. Or am I missing something? Is there some redeeming situation that comes later to explain this?
  • Dec 27, 2017
    Really enjoyed it , but I'm from Michigan and get all the references. I think it'd fall short elsewhere. Hope to see more old commercials.Just enough silly to keep it going. Well done.
  • Apr 21, 2017
    Started out slow but progressed into a great show!
  • Mar 25, 2017
    I love this show. It is laugh out loud funny! Happy it's renewed for another season
  • Feb 15, 2017
    Mindless humor. Perfect to escape the daily news crap.
  • Feb 15, 2017
    Awful! Can't understand why anyone found anything in this show funny.

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