Roadies: Season 1 (2016)

Season 1

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Roadies' condescending tone, boring and underdeveloped characters, and lack of dramatic intrigue lead to a failure to rock.



Critic Ratings: 48


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User Ratings: 314

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Air date: Jun 26, 2016

A group of roadies tour with a rock band. In the opener, the loyal crew of the Staton-House Band get a jolt when a slick British financial advisor is hired to overhaul the tour's finances.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2016

An array of crises land on Bill after the band puts on a disastrous show.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2016

Bryce Newman, a notorious music blogger, pens a scathing post about the band, so Reg invites him to the group's next show to smooth things over. But the crew takes matters into its own hands.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2016

The crew become victims of a mythical rock and roll curse and try to break it by completing some odd tasks. Meanwhile, Bill and Shelli search for Rick, the band's hard-living bassist, who has gone missing.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2016

Needy friends and family descend upon the crew when the band visits Denver, their hometown. Meanwhile, Christopher House's infamous ex-girlfriend, Janine, appears and must be kept away from him at all costs.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2016

Janine shakes things up with the band and crew; Wes treats Winston to a guitar lesson from a rock legend.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2016

Bill, Reg and Phil set off on a quest to retrieve Christopher's stolen iPad. Meanwhile, a famously idiosyncratic rock photographer arrives to shoot the band and causes chaos backstage.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2016

The Staton-House Band's first-ever corporate gig sets the crew loose at a beachfront resort in San Diego, where several relationships take unexpected turns.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2016

Season 1 ends with a star-studded lineup coming together for a rock legend's memorial. Meanwhile, the crew faces an uncertain future.

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A group of roadies tour with a rock band.

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Critic Reviews for Roadies Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (23)

As my panel of technicians note, Crowe gets some of the little things right, even if the series overall is a bit of a mess.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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It may not be rock 'n' roll - but we like it.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Roadies exemplifies the best of Crowe's earnest exuberances, as well as the potholes he should now know how to avoid.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The worst of Roadies doesn't negate its sweet spots. It's almost as if the series is an ongoing collection of albums, some far better remembered than others.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Unfortunately, the characters in Roadies, writer-director Cameron Crowe's new Showtime series about a rock band's road crew, come off like an irritating Sorkin ensemble.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Unlikeable characters fill the foreground, while an unfocused music track fills the background.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…
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Roadies is far too cynical an attempt at replicating bygone, heartwarming sincerity.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

This is disappointing show-off schlock from the creative mind of Cameron Crowe, and the hipster ensemble of die-in-a-ditch for the ditties is as contrived as the mandatory group hug ceremony the roadies prayer-circle before each show.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Messy and maudlin and yet so affectionately charactered and detailed that it is Cameron Crowe's first, best destiny -- the work he was born to do.

Aug 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Crowe can be corny, but he's never phony, and when the characters here drop into reveries about why they do what they do it's easy to buy them as passionate people who live in service of art.

Aug 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Instead of affecting and memorable television, you get an odd mash-up of workplace drama and romantic comedy, a bit like The Office with a much cooler wardrobe and a fraction of the laughs.

Jul 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Like Vinyl, this show treats its industry so insufferably precious, it's hard to even sit through an entire episode without feeling the need to take a breather.

Jun 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roadies: Season 1

  • Jul 02, 2020
    Moronic 'critics' again with typical idiocy trashed this exceptionally excellent show, which no doubt led to it getting cancelled. May they all rot for this and their many other transgressions against creative originality. Having thus ranted, I agree with the 86% of audience reviewers who thought it was superbly written, acted, conceived and executed, with a deep understanding of rock'n'roll, the road, friendship, romance, loyalty, family, america, oddballs and hard work. Just a terrific season and it so too bad for all concerned that there wasn't more. mindless critics with their 35% rating. grrrr.
  • May 27, 2020
    I absolutely love this.
  • May 14, 2020
    Petsonally, I found it illuminating, humorous and fun. It had its serious moments, stupid ones and light hearted one. All in all its a good show that simply didnt get enough views to warrent the second season I felt it deserved. The writing did fall away near the end though.
  • May 16, 2019
    Loved it from start to finish. It's not perfect but it's shortcomings are far outweighed by all of the bits that come out right.
  • Mar 24, 2019
    Critics are MORONS! Critics of anything are folks that failed at the art. Be it music, acting, film making, painting, etc...I will say that to 100% enjoy this series it takes a bit of knowledge of music/music industry/are or were a musician/worked in the music biz...But if you have! It's GENIUS! CC has done it again!
  • Feb 21, 2019
    Why is it not available on showtime anytime?
  • Sep 22, 2016
    This is the only tv show I've ever watched that managed to convey a sense of hope
  • Sep 22, 2016
    Once you get familiar with the characters, this show will make you feel good after watching it. I know people need Hate, Misery, Fighting and Constant Arguing in their show in order to enjoy them, but if you are one of the very very very few left on this earth that can actually enjoy a show that makes you happy when it's over, then Roadies is your show. This show has old school music (The Who, John Mellencamp, Lynyrd Skynyrd) and new school (Halsey, The Head and the Heart) so there is something for everyone who still loves Rock music. GET ON BOARD!
  • Sep 13, 2016
    Cameron Crowe at his best. Give it a chance and watch this show get under your skin!
  • Sep 10, 2016
    Fantastic series, ridiculously under-rated!

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