Hacks: Season 1 (2021)

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A prickling debut that pulls few punches, Hacks deftly balances its sharp critiques of the comedy world with more intimate moments, all the while giving the incomparable Jean Smart a role worthy of her talents -- and an excellent partner in Hannah Einbinder.

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Critic Ratings: 71

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User Ratings: 431

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Episodes

Air date: May 13, 2021

An entitled young writer and a waning comedy legend must put aside their differences to save their careers.

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Air date: May 13, 2021

Deborah tests Ava's limits.

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Air date: May 20, 2021

Ava gains insight into Deborah's past.

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Air date: May 20, 2021

At DJ's jewelry expo, Ava comes to better understand Deborah and DJ's complicated mother-daughter relationship; Deborah receives an unexpected piece of ammunition against Marty.

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Air date: May 27, 2021

Deborah blackmails Marty; Ava has a wild night to remember in Las Vegas that puts everything in perspective.

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Air date: May 27, 2021

While Deborah recovers from surgery, she and Ava have a unique bonding experience when Deborah dispels a major misperception about her past.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2021

DJ's birthday party becomes a surprise dual function; meanwhile, Deborah and Marty reconnect.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2021

With a little encouragement from Ava, Deborah's unpolished set sparks a career-defining moment.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2021

Ava attempts to keep a secret from Deborah, but someone from within Deborah's inner-circle leverages the truth.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2021

As her final performance at the Palmetto approaches, Deborah must decide whether to put it all on the line.

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Cast & Crew

Jean Smart
Deborah Vance

Actor
Hannah Einbinder
Ava Daniels

Actor
Carl Clemons-Hopkins
Marcus

Actor
Rose Abdoo
Josefina

Actor
Paul W. Downs
Jimmy Lusaque Jr.

Actor
Mark Indelicato
Damien

Actor
Poppy Liu
Kiki

Actor
Christopher McDonald
Marty Ghilain

Actor
Megan Stalter
Kayla Schaeffer

Actor
Paul W. Downs
Executive Producer
Lucia Aniello
Executive Producer
Mike Schur
Executive Producer
David Miner
Executive Producer
Morgan Sackett
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Hacks: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Hacks: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    It's hard to find a character on television today more annoying, less enjoyable to watch than Hannah Einbinder's Ava. To be fair, it's not the actress' fault. Einbinder is just way too good at playing every stereotype thrown at her generation, wrapped in the most mousy self-righteous yet entitled package. Ava is so obnoxious that I wish "Hacks" was a slasher movie with Jean Smart literally hacking her to pieces. Fortunately, Jean Smart makes ever scene that she's in bearable. It's a privilege to watch Smart in anything. She manages to shine here despite being surrounded by clearly talentless showrunners. Sadly, the writers of the show suck - the writing is so bland and mediocre, you forget it's an HBO show. For a show about comedy, the actual comedy writing is so limp and stale, it's embarrassing to see the show's great premise go to waste.
  • Jun 13, 2022
    Jean Smart dominates "Hacks" as Vegas diva Deborah Vance - which is good and bad, since it means Hannah Einbinder, as writer Ava Daniels and Deborah's foil, is overshadowed for most of the season. The rest of the cast are very good to outstanding supporting the two leads. The show is a funny, if ricocheting between ridiculous to serious, take on the back-biting world of showbiz. So, if that isn't for you then "Hacks" will not be on your to view list.
  • Jun 03, 2022
    Unrealistic, mean-spirited characters wallowing in pseudo-feminist victimhood.
  • Jun 02, 2022
    The cast is SO funny and it perfectly mixes sadness with comedy.
  • May 31, 2022
    Based on the premise alone I should have loved this show and found any way to call it great, but it fell so flat to me. I rarely found anything funny and most interactions and plots felt choppy and predictable. It wasn't bad at all, and it felt like a great introduction to further these characters, but I have been utterly confused by all the award nominations and wins. It was a solid start, but nothing to write home about. Maybe season 2 will live up to the hype.
  • May 14, 2022
    Do they really expect us to believe that anyone in Hollywood has ever been canceled for making a joke about a right winger? The jokes in the show are way too safe. They sound like they were written with an HR rep looking over the writer's shoulder. The characters are unbelievable and uninteresting.
  • Apr 24, 2022
    This is one that you don't expect to be drawn into so deeply or enjoy so much - but you do and you will. Humor, drama, angst… A peek into lives most of us do not experience but the emotions and crises are all too human. I am excited to see S2. Now that I am invested in the characters, I have to see them through and I know there will be plenty of fun and feeling along the way
  • Apr 21, 2022
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  • Apr 15, 2022
    So good that I finished the entire season in one sitting.
  • Mar 31, 2022
    Jean Smart is phenomenal in this role.

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