Mad Dogs: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)


Season 1
Mad Dogs

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Mad Dogs boasts exciting twists and a rich landscape, but occasionally squanders its talented actors on stale midlife-crisis observations.

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User Ratings: 150

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Air date: Jan 15, 2015

A group of underachieving fortysomething friends travel to Belize for an early retirement celebration that turns into a nightmare and puts their bond to the ultimate test as they deal with lies, deception and murder.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

The guys scramble to find the missing yacht, but their quest is complicated by an unexpected run-in with a pair of Swedish drug dealers and the appearance of a mysterious duffel bag tied to a cartel.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

The guys have only a few hours left to return the boat, but a local police investigation, their friend's corpse and the return of the murderous Cat make the task at hand even more of a challenge.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

A failed trip to the U.S. Embassy leads the guys to hunker down in the villa overnight. Deprived of food and water and surrounded by enemies, they feel compelled to confront the dark secrets of each others' pasts and place a value on the worth of their own lives.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

The guys receive help escaping Belize from an eager, go-getting Embassy employee. As they make their way through the countryside, encountering a variety of dangerous and unique creatures, the tension between the friends increases.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

The guys are on edge, quarantined, waiting for test results. As they struggle to come to terms with their past actions, Lawrence is attempting to track them down on orders from the notorious Jesus.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

Spread out and separated across the country, the guys must weigh their personal desires against those of their friends' lives in order to recover all of the missing money and save a kidnapped Joel.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

A charismatic entrepreneur named Aaron arrives with a promise to bring the guys back home if they complete a mysterious and dangerous mission involving Lawrence, Jesus and the duffel bag full of euros.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

A treacherous journey through the jungle begins, and leads to the discovery that their mission and Jesus aren't what they seem. Back in Belize City, tensions sizzle between Lawrence and Aaron; and a mysterious new figure arrives asking searching questions about Lex and his friends.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

Season 1 comes to an end with Joel hurrying to covertly complete Jesus' mission, while Gus and Cobi each deal with the authorities holding them accountable for their crimes. Meanwhile, Lex goes into surgery and has an ethereal encounter. In the end, the friends make one last attempt to get the heck out of Belize.

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A group of forty-something friends travel to Belize for a celebration that turns into a nightmare and puts their bond to the ultimate test as they deal with lies, deception and murder.

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Critic Reviews for Mad Dogs Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (17)

The cast is top-notch... acting like a bunch of fun-loving dudes having their male-only Big Chill moment - but then also bringing a palpable undercurrent of tension and competition that gradually rises to the surface.

Jan 27, 2016 | Full Review…

The perils pile up to an absurd level in this 10-part drama with some late, much needed relief from Fargo's Allison Tolman.

Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Ryan's writing, collaborating with Cris Cole, is typically razor-sharp, but the real draw here is the cast, all of whom find ways to stand out in a show that's very plot-driven.

Jan 19, 2016 | Full Review…

A few moments are undeniably unnerving, but I doubt they'll be enough to attract even fans of the "vacation gone wrong" horror genre.

Feb 1, 2015 | Full Review…

It's sort of like The Big Chill with murder.

Jan 31, 2015 | Full Review…
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Its midlife-crisis themes are tired, uninvolving and depressing.

Jan 16, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a show with a whole lot more depth when you look at it as uneasy commentary on the values that let these guys down. Mad Dogs didn't come here to celebrate American masculinity, but to mourn it.

Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Mad Dogs is a major commitment, one that those who like their comedy in shades other than pitch black may not be willing to make.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Shawn Ryan's Mad Dogs looks great and plays great.

Jan 20, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The pilot's ending fails to land with the dramatic intensity it intends as a result of some awkward camera moves, but the mildly enjoyable first installment of Mad Dogs shows the potential to be fun, dramatic and engrossing.

Jan 20, 2015 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Dark, adult comedy about macho men in trouble is violent.

Feb 23, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mad Dogs, in other words, is trying something that's really complicated and ambitious, and failing as often as it's succeeding. But in my book, you get at least a few points for effort.

Jan 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Dogs: Season 1

  • Oct 19, 2020
    This was a really thoughtful and engagingly done show. It gets mired in too much chatting with the main four sometimes, but the twists and turns and humanity and humility of it all make it stand out in a landscape of a lot of stilted garbage you see on streaming services. It's a damn shame it didn't get renewed, but this is a 10 part series I dare you not to binge in a day or two.
  • Jun 10, 2020
    I was hoping that each character would get killed off to end this stupidity.
  • Jun 05, 2020
    Engaging drama comedy with a lot of action as well as unexpected plot twists. We binged it in 2 days. Wish there had been more seasons!
  • Aug 26, 2018
    The most underrated show thus far. It's got everything you want in a show with plenty of humor at the right moments to keep you on your toes. It isn't some predictable show like you think it would be, people unexpectedly die and the story takes some unexpected turns. But that's what makes it so astounding. It's like narcos and breaking bad had a baby.
  • Jul 17, 2018
    Best show i have ever seen!! Suspenseful funny crime drama. So good, you will not be disappointed!
  • Feb 18, 2018
    This was fun... a weird cross between The Hangover and a British farce. It slightly loses it's way on the closing episodes but we still enjoyed it.
  • Feb 03, 2018
    Mad Dogs was given a single season before Amazon decided to not renew. While I did like the show, it is probably for the best. A pretty dark comedy that is following 4 forty-somethings who go down to Belize for a reunion that evolves into a nightmare of lies, deception, and murder. Based on a British show of the same name. Overall the people were pretty good in it, Billy Zane (of a dozen movies including The Phantom) and Michael Imperioli (of Sopranos) were the ones I specifically recognized and were my favorite characters in the show.  It was an entertaining show, each of the ten episodes they would make the absolute worst choice, people would die, strange people would wander into the show (one example, a little person dressed in a cat mask). Unlike a lot of other shows like this, it didn't let itself get too dark either. The biggest problem was ten episodes was too long for the situation. The original British show (which I hear one of the other actors in this Mad Dogs played the Billy Zane part in the original) was four episodes the first season (and two additional seasons for a total of 10). Meaning this season was two and a half times longer then the British first season and had too much filler. Pros: Funny and surprising regularly with decent acting. Cons: The material isn't enough for ten episodes, they should have cut it down a bit. Maybe I will try the British version now.
  • Feb 21, 2017
    The synopsis above must have been written by a young and inexperienced viewer. The "exciting twists" are often completely implausible, whereas the mid-life crisis observations give the characters some depth and makes viewers more tolerant of the aforementioned implausible twists.
  • Dec 05, 2016
    An underrated series that manages to mix together some action, comedy, suspense, drama and thrills along the way. It's not your typical '4 American Tourists get Lost While Abroad'. Go ahead and give it a go if you're into the slightly darker side of TV.
  • Sep 23, 2016
    Love the essence of this show. The story line is bit contrived at times, but series is enjoyable overall. Love the scenery/filming location.

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