Rutherford Falls: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Rutherford Falls

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Though it takes a few episodes to find its footing, a winsome ensemble, witty writing, and a willingness to engage with complex issues facing Indigenous peoples in modern America make Rutherford Falls a place worth visiting.

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Critic Ratings: 32

67%

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User Ratings: 36

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan Rutherford and his friend, Reagan, engage in battle against the relocation of a historical statue.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

A troubled Nathan relies on his former history professor to help put his life back on track. Meanwhile, Reagan accepts Terry's offer in his quest to sway the opinions of their Tribal Council leaders.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan visits his brother in hopes of reconciling with his family. Later, Bobbie steps in to help Reagan run the museum.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan Rutherford and his friend, Reagan, engage in battle against the relocation of a historical statue.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

At the annual History Fair, Reagan and Nathan offer to judge the contest entries. Meanwhile, Mayor Dierdre and Terry Thomas compromise.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan recruits influential allies amidst his legal troubles as Reagan asks her neighbors to donate to her cultural center project.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Reagan stumbles upon some unexpected information as Rutherford Inc. amps up its cooperation effort with the Minishonka Nation.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Reagan and Terry take notes a Native American gaming conference as Nathan finds an unlikely ally in his campaign against a rival.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

As progress sweeps through their communities, Reagan and Nathan struggle to find their footing.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

With her cultural center open, Reagan experiences difficulty finding an employee. Meanwhile, Nathan grapples with secrets that newly emerged from his family history.

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RUTHERFORD FALLS is a comedy about two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a crossroads -- quite literally -- when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wakeup call.

Cast & Crew

Dustin Milligan
Josh Carter
Jesse Leigh
Bobbie Yang
Ed Helms
Nathan Rutherford
Jana Schmieding
Reagan Wells
Michael Greyeyes
Terry Thomas
Ed Helms
Executive Producer
David Miner
Executive Producer
Mike Falbo
Executive Producer
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News & Interviews for Rutherford Falls: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Rutherford Falls Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (18)

There are many appealing elements in play, notably a breakout comic performance by Jana Schmieding, but little clear sense of what the larger theme is going to be.

Apr 22, 2021 | Full Review…

The series doesn't have much of its own comedic signature, even though it has plenty of compelling ideas.

Apr 21, 2021 | Full Review…

There's a pretty decent show brewing in "Rutherford Falls."

Apr 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Genial charmer that quietly makes TV history.

Apr 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Where the sitcom shines - and, like early "Parks," shows a promising upward trajectory - is in fleshing out the Minishonka community.

May 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Helms may be the name brand star luring people in to watch this show, but casting him as the willful foil to someone like Terry, thereby bringing more attention to the stellar and deserving Greyeyes, is a masterful move.

Apr 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Rutherford Falls is a home run. It forces audiences to recognize how important this moment is.

May 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Rutherford Falls's first season isn't perfect, but the building blocks are there for it to become a truly great comedy.

May 1, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The series is rich with potential and what I saw in the first few episodes has me hooked!

Apr 30, 2021 | Full Review…

It's charming as hell and often very funny... Most of its jokes, however, are rooted in character, and its characters are refreshingly complex.

Apr 28, 2021 | Full Review…

If you have an interest in great supporting characters and occasionally good humor with a good message behind it, you might enjoy Rutherford Falls.

Apr 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A smart comedy that takes a view of indigenous people that most TV shows, even recent ones, have just not made the effort to take.

Apr 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rutherford Falls: Season 1

  • 9h ago
    I love the story plot. The actors are great and it's very funny. Behind the comedy though the story deals with a very important issue. Happy I decided to view this series. I'm really enjoying it.
  • 3d ago
    It's just not funny. That's a problem for a show billed as a comedy.
  • 4d ago
    This show touches on complex issues with humour, accuracy and sensitivity. I started to watch it because of Ed Helms (and he didn't disappoint), but I continued to watch it because of the ensemble cast and interesting (and refreshingly fresh) storyline. The show is quirky and serious, funny and poignant.
  • 6d ago
    Do not think I laughed once.
  • May 11, 2021
    Takes a couple episodes to establish it's world and find it's footing, just like most Michael Schur shows (and most sitcoms, really), but once it gets going it's right up there with the rest.
  • May 08, 2021
    I thought this show was incredibly charming. Really the only thing I wasn't into was the blustery Rutherford family stuff involving the family house in New Jersey. The music was great, the title sequence was charming, the acting is fantastic and Michael Greyeyes has spectacular comic timing. I am writing this review because I was kind of dismayed to see a low audience score. It's been a really long time since I've been so enamored with a show from the jump- i think maybe the last time I felt like this was Kimmy Schmidt. Anyway, great work writers - it felt honest and funny and fresh and it dealt with contemporary issues in a way that let all the issues be voiced in a way that didn't talk down to any one person.
  • May 07, 2021
    Atypical drama-satire for North American audiences; not a studio sit-com, no laugh-track. I am not surprised that the audience rating is around 65% fresh. Once you shift your expectations, over the first 4 episodes it grows into an excellent series, with a few one-liners, underlying satire with meaningful and ultimately rewarding elements of colonial-indigenous differences, shaking up a Euro-centric narrative of history (without being too "woke", but rather striving for messy authenticity). The lead female character,, Reagan, is excellent, as is the Casino manager, Terry, and all of the supporting cast are very good. The one area that may be improved is the lead guy, Nathan, who's portrayal of Nathan Rutherford lacks much nuance or complexity -- even Boy Scouts have some depth. That said, he DOES bring his Hollywood star power to the show, and some decent comedy bits, so his limitations are tolerable, with the potential to improve - maybe a relationship, or new vocation?? In sum, an excellent show, well worth your time.
  • May 04, 2021
    Rutherford Falls is a potential TV series with an interesting topic about indigenous people live in America. This is really fresh for me.
  • May 03, 2021
    This show is truly awful and in no sense funny . Even if they added a laugh track you still wouldn't know when to laugh. It makes other recent mainstream ‘comedies' seem good in comparison to it. (It makes Mr Mayor and ‘ call me Kat' no longer the worst new comedies of the season )
  • May 03, 2021
    It has potential, the writing is a little bland they need more cringe.

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