Eastbound & Down: Season 1 (2009)


Season 1
Eastbound & Down

Critics Consensus

Eastbound & Down might be too profane and obnoxious for some, but its broad humor and irreverent vibe make for some great comic moments.



Critic Ratings: 20


Audience Score

User Ratings: 121
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Air date: Feb 15, 2009
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Air date: Mar 1, 2009
Air date: Mar 8, 2009
Air date: Mar 15, 2009
Air date: Mar 22, 2009

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Washed-up major-league pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) returns to his North Carolina hometown after his career fizzles out in the first series of "Eastbound and Down." Refusing to admit his time as a pro baseball player has come and gone, Powers teaches phys ed at his former high school, while living with brother Dustin (John Hawkes) and his wife Cassie (Jennifer Irwin). Powers, who clearly still lives in the past, proudly rocks his mullet and chases after high-school girlfriend April (Katy Mixon).


Danny McBride (IV)
as Kenny Powers
Jennifer Irwin
as Cassie Powers
John Hawkes
as Dustin Powers
Katy Mixon
as April Buchanon
Will Ferrell
as Ashley Schaeffer
Andrew Daly
as Terrence Cutler
Bo Mitchell
as Wayne Powers
Ethan Alexander McGee
as Dustin Powers Jr.
Steve Little
as Stevie Janowski
Will Ferrell
as Ashley Schaeffer
Craig Robinson
as Reg Mackworthy
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Critic Reviews for Eastbound & Down Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (13)

The repertoire on display in Eastbound & Down feels too limited for a long stint on HBO's mound.

Feb 15, 2009 | Full Review…

The obnoxiousness is just a shortcut to a headache.

Feb 15, 2009 | Full Review…

They may be broadly drawn, but the characters aren't stereotypes.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, as crotch-grabbing hilarious as "Eastbound and Down" can be, it starts to wear thin after only twenty minutes or so

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the great things about Danny McBride is how he creates different iterations of his comic persona.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

You can't take your eyes off of McBride's creation, with his curly mullet, unfortunate clothes, and overly confident attitude.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The comedy - and, oh, there is much of it - comes less from sight gags or clever one-liners as it does from the sheer absurdity of what transpires and the ever-increasing ability for Powers to sink lower and fail more grandly from episode to episode.

Feb 15, 2009 | Full Review…

A far cry from the cerebral comedy currently en vogue on shows like The Office and 30 Rock, but that doesn't mean Eastbound can't do sly humor that falls left of center.

Feb 15, 2009 | Full Review…

It's crude, lewd and harsh, but also observed with merciless accuracy; a vision into one redneck's self-created hell, pitched to teeth-gnashing perfection by McBride.

Oct 24, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I don't know bout y'all but I'm hooked.

Feb 15, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It seems like a middling Fox series with a monotonous glut of obscenities and some nudity tossed in to make it pay-cable worthy.

Feb 15, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

it's a tired premise - a more profane version of the kind of low-swinging sitcom that could easily have wound up on TBS.

Feb 15, 2009 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Eastbound & Down: Season 1

  • May 26, 2019
    I stopped watching the first episode after the lead character started doing Scarface size cocaine lines in the back of a bar, not because that's so objectionable, but because the IQ of this series is so low that cocaine could not have been the stimulant. Instead, the writers must have been ingesting some brain erasing substance that brings to mind "Carbona not glue." Instead of using actual words or character development, the script is plugged with obscenities, everyone giving the finger, and women offering sex without any reason. I thought there would be humor a la "Bull Durham." These writers wouldn't even understand the soundtrack to Bull Durham. All the DVDs with this show on it should be confiscated, thrown into a pile and recycled into some material more beneficial to mankind. Thank God I didn't pay for this.
  • Oct 15, 2018
    Overly vulgar but it’s funny enough to be worth watching.
  • Oct 30, 2014
    A lot of the crude humor was right up my alley. The show's tagline is, "Every kid has a baseball player to look up to. Kenny Powers is not that guy." That is a FACT. It's also what had me struggling through the first season. The character of Kenny Powers is monumentally unlikable. Just when you feel like cheering for the guy he's back to doing something self-destructive or idiotic to put him in a worse position than he was before. Eventually the situations become so messed up that it's hard to take the good with the bad.
  • Sep 20, 2014
    At once crass and sure-handed, this first season establishes Kenny Powers' multi-faceted character (and juvenile humor), whilst grounded enough in empathetic pathos to serve as a light character study. Nothing too deep, but it has a bigger heart than it'd care to admit.
  • Feb 15, 2014
    Danny McBride and co. really knew what kind of series they wanted to make right from the get-go. This first season perfectly introduces us to Kenny Powers, the lovable dick-head who vicariously acts as a symbol for ego-tism for a whole plethora of celebrities and professional athletes. Consistently funny, but also deeply sad in it's interior, Eastbound and Down is one of the most impressive and boundary-pushing American sit-coms ever.

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