Roadies: Season 1 (2016)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 48


Audience Score

User Ratings: 308
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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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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…
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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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It may not be rock 'n' roll - but we like it.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | 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…

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…

Roadies is far too cynical an attempt at replicating bygone, heartwarming sincerity.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roadies: Season 1

  • 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!
  • Sep 08, 2016
    If you're passionate about music & concerts and/or being on the road, this is for you!
  • Sep 02, 2016
    Can't believe the critic consensus on this show. It's easily one of the better shows on TV right now. Only thing I'll say is that the finale didn't have quite the musical appeal as some of the musical guests during the season. I like Jackson Browne... but Reignwolf was easily the best musical guest as I went to Youtube to check out more of their music based on that performance. I think it's a great ensemble cast and lots of likable characters. I can see many seasons for a show like this and so many directions they can go to keep it fresh. If I have one critique of the show it's that the staten house band seemed rather bland in terms of it's members. I know the show is not about them, but I don't find them interesting at all. Another great example of not being able to trust established critics for pointing out quality entertainment.
  • Sep 02, 2016
    Thoroughly loved this show. Excellent balance of fun, music and storyline. Hoping for season 2. And when will we see the premiere of Dead sex? Ha have to watch it to get that !

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