I'm Dying Up Here: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
I'm Dying Up Here

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While I'm Dying Up Here hints at untapped potential and deserves praise for authentic period detail, its attempts at affecting drama are undermined by subpar writing and a muddled focus.



Critic Ratings: 37


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Air date: Jun 4, 2017
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In Season 1 of "I'm Dying Up Here," the comics of Goldie Herschlag's Hollywood comedy club learn the hard way that success isn't all it's cracked up to be. As one of their number finally gets his big break, newcomers Adam (RJ Cyler), Ron (Clark Duke) and Eddie (Michael Angarano) try to find their place in the group. Meanwhile, Cassie (Ari Graynor) flirts with controversy, Goldie (Melissa Leo) pitches an idea with potential at the weekly poker game that gets Eli (Jeffrey Nordling) excited, and Nick (Jake Lacy) gets cold feet about his relationship with Tawny. Elsewhere, Ralph (Erik Griffin) and Edgar (Al Madrigal) take a road trip and Barton (Obba Babatundé) goes against Goldie. Guest starring Sebastian Stan; executive produced by Jim Carrey.


Melissa Leo
as Goldie
Ari Graynor
as Cassie Feder
Michael Angarano
as Eddie Zeidel
Andrew Santino
as Bill Hobbs
Clark Duke
as Ron Shack
Erik Griffin
as Ralph King
R.J. Cyler
as Adam Proteau
Al Madrigal
as Edgar Martinez
Brad Garrett
as Rom Martin
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Critic Reviews for I'm Dying Up Here Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (23)

While there's much to be said for the care that has been poured into depicting the decade, the story's portrait of the darkness that drives comedians is, well, pretty familiar.

Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The show just may find its priorities and zero in on them. There's potential here, all over the place, waiting to be pulled together.

Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm Dying Up Here convincingly recreates both a period and the primal scream existence of would-be star comedians who seem to most enjoy trading very barbed insults during frequent gatherings at a local diner.

Jun 5, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

For as much as it wants to parallel the present with candid stories on sexism, racism, and more material covered by the era's edgiest comics, I'm Dying Up Here still feels stuck in the past.

Jun 2, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Too little of it feels lived-in or genuine. And that's a fatal flaw that extends to the overwritten scripts as well. For a show about being authentic, I'm Dying Up Here too often comes off as remarkably fake.

Jun 1, 2017 | Full Review…

You've seen it before, read it before. Too bad Dying passed up an opportunity to tell it in an exciting, engaging new way.

May 31, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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In "I'm Dying Up Here," it's not clear whether we should be laughing at or with these comedians.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

In tune with the 1970s setting, everything (and everyone) is bathed in a jaundice-hued, yellow light that's period appropriate but also a bit off-putting.

Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…

A good way to describe what I've seen of I'm Dying Up Here would be dour. And while I know that the opening deals with some pretty heavy issues, at least some of the performances should have helped to lighten the load, but they don't.

Jun 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Even though that theme is relentlessly pursued in I'm Dying Up Here, the pursuit aimlessly wanders off in many directions and never leads to brilliance.

Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I'm Dying Up Here: Season 1

  • Jan 28, 2019
    Excellent writing and cast. Very surprised to see the critics ratings. I thought it would get a 9. Stumbled across the show and and binged S1. Now onto S2 and hope it stays captivating. I thought S1 was exceptional.
  • Jul 09, 2018
    This is an amazing show but I feel like the writing is all over the place and doesn't really ever lead to much. Then again life as a comedian can be muddled and that is what this show is about. I hope to see a season 3.
  • Jun 25, 2018
    This show is great! I have o idea why the critics reviews are so poor. The performances are terrific, the scripts are well done and there is real tension in the character development.
  • Jun 25, 2018
    DARk, HIlarious, and very well writte and acted. One oF the best shows on caBle!
  • Jun 13, 2018
    Solidly disagree with the critics on this one. I was pleasantly suprised with this show and found the so called "muddled focus" actually aids the narritive and style of the show.
  • Jun 10, 2018
    Melissa Leo is perfect as Goldie, the owner of 70's LA comedy club with the clout to decide who "goes up" on her stage and gets a spot on Johnny Carson. Thw show shows the funny as well as the dark side of the various standups who hang around "Goldie's" waiting for their big break --- Carson's couch. The supporting case is perfect. Fair warning: don't expect a full-on comedy. The drama, romance, sadness and petty competition compete with the laughs. it's all on display
  • May 29, 2018
    In the 70’s my focus was on saturday morning cartoons, my purple schwinn with floral banana seat and school work - in that order. the more grown-up trappings of clothes, music and cars hold absolutey no appeal to me. I will go out of my way to not watch a movie or series set in this era. However, i’ve been watching a lot of stand-up comedy specials and documentaries lately thanks to this explosion of CONTENT we are experiencing at the moment. I dont know if stand up is seeing a resurgence, perhaps it was always big on the left coast, perhap there are waves happening that hit other regions of the country for a few years each decade? Either way, this series feels appropriately timed. I’m drawn into the characters successes and pitfalls. The more poignant moments are still battles of today... women’s equality, racism, aging while trying to feel relevant. The show has taken me on a ride (in an ugly amc gremlin ? JK) during the first season and i eagerly awaited the second season - which does not disappoint! In spite of this series being set in the 70’s (which i now have come to appreciate the logic of the writers/producers in doing so) this show is moving, interesting, well-written, and funny. By the way, melissa leo is fantastic in everything she does - how can it not be good?
  • May 24, 2018
    Let snooty critics be absorbed in “muddled focus” and “subpar writing” comments (oohhh my…). I will stay entertained by [mostly] period correct scenes, interesting character development, and a fun soundtrack. As suspected, the road to stand-up comedy, maybe just in the 70’s(?) is 16-Tons! I hope this series can make a go of it.
  • May 04, 2018
    The writing for the show is absolutely amazing. I love the show, and have watched every episode multiple times. Definitely my favorite show on television right now.
  • May 02, 2018
    51%??! Who are these "critics"? They must have been watching another show because the show I've been watching is friggin' awesome. 5 stars baby. And 10 stars to whoever dresses Goldie, give me all of her gowns please!

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