Rutherford Falls: Season 1 (2021)

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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: 38

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Town namesake Nathan Rutherford and his best friend, Reagan, find themselves at a crossroads -- quite literally -- when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wake-up call.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan seeks guidance from his old college history professor; Reagan agrees to join Terry as he tries to win over members of their Tribal Council.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan leaves Rutherford Falls and heads to his brother Duz's family home, eager to reconnect with his family; Reagan is put in charge of the museum with Bobbie's help.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Terry reflects on his family and career during an interview with Josh; after being served, Nathan attempts to smooth things over in his own way.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan and Reagan serve as judges in their town's annual History Fair; Terry Thomas and Mayor Deirdre try to find common ground.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan seeks powerful allies to settle his legal difficulties; Reagan turns to her community to solicit donations for her cultural center.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Negotiations ramp up between Rutherford Inc. and the Minishonka Nation; Reagan makes a startling discovery.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Terry and Reagan attend a Native American gaming conference; Nathan forms an unlikely alliance in an attempt to thwart a shared enemy.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan and Reagan both struggle to navigate rapid changes in their communities, livelihoods and friendship.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Nathan tries to process his family history; Reagan struggles to hire a staff member for her new cultural center.

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Cast & Crew

Ed Helms
Nathan Rutherford

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Jana Schmieding
Reagan Wells

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Michael Greyeyes
Terry Thomas

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Jesse Leigh
Bobbie Yang

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Dustin Milligan
Josh Carter

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Ed Helms
Executive Producer
Mike Schur
Executive Producer
Sierra Teller Ornelas
Executive Producer
David Miner
Executive Producer
Mike Falbo
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Rutherford Falls: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Rutherford Falls: Season 1

  • Jun 21, 2022
    I absolutely love this show and I recommend it to everyone! Stories about modern Native people being written and acted *by* Native writers and actors!!! It's well past time, and thanks to decades and decades of activist work by Native actors and storytellers, a fantastically funny and trauma-free show like Rutherford Falls exists! Jana Schmeiding is soooo funny as Regan Wells, who is an utterly relatable and lovable leading character, she can be both the butt of the joke as well as dole out absolute zingers! And Ed Helms plays the total boob, Nathan Rutherford, so perfectly, you love him even when he's being intolerable, and you can understand why he and Regan are friends. But maybe the best character of all is Michael Greyeyes' Terry Thomas. At first, Terry seems like the foil to Nathan and Regan, but Terry is the best!! He's clever, he's sharp, he's intimidating and approachable, and Michael Greyeyes' plays him to comedic and dramatic perfection!!
  • May 15, 2022
    Honestly, I only watched this initially because I love Ed Helms and had just finished the office when this show came to the UK via Peacock. I ended up watching the season through twice and I got so much more out of it the second time because it does need abit of commitment to really get the most out of it and I think the first season could have done with being a few eps longer to let us understand who everyone is better but it's a really fun show with a big heart. I would never have picked a show about a small town and native tribes if it hadn't been for Ed Helms being the star, but actually so many of the characters are so good and the dialogue is so fresh and funny, It reminded me of parks and recs first season in that it is great but has even more potentially with some tweaks and additional cast members over the coming couple of seasons. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
  • May 13, 2022
    A fun show with a lot of heart. Really digs into the importance of your own history & community as well as respecting others. And the necessity of addressing the less glamorous parts of history as well. Reagan was great, I think the show struggled a little more with Nathan though, in attempting to point out his flaws but also make him sympathetic, it sometimes failed at both. Still very enjoyable though.
  • May 11, 2022
    What the **** were you thinking, Peacock?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • May 06, 2022
    I really liked this sweet little show that could. You know I had to like it considering how strongly I dislike Ed Helms and I still kept watching. Jana Schmieding's Reagan made me watch for her struggles to be seen and growth towards being more confident and assertive. And what can I say of the magnificent Michael Greyeyes? Episode 4 centered on his character, Terry Thomas, brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. Plus, you have to love small handful of supporting characters buzzing through to spike the laughs. The writing is humorous while making good points about the clash of two (or more) cultures and it's great to see Indigenous actors in front of the camera and know Indigenous people have a lot of say in their characterization, unlike almost every other previous instance. I'm glad it got a second season!
  • Apr 06, 2022
    Creaky round the edges but a solid watch with a few giggles and some interesting commentary on the burden of history and the treatment of historically abused communities. It will likely find its feet in season two.
  • Mar 26, 2022
    Watched because of Ed Helms, but couldn't finish the season. Honestly, just not entertaining or a good story. Just meh. The Cast is fine but just needs better writing and actually be funny. If it gets a second season I might revisit, as it has potential. I would love some new characters brought in to change up the dynamic and bring in more laughs.
  • Feb 19, 2022
    Boring and repetitive. Ed helms playing another annoying entitled rich guy, what a treat. not. just wasn't funny. waste of time
  • Dec 30, 2021
    I liked it - didn't love it. I think it's similar to a lot of comedy shows that are good in season 1 and can improve to be great by season 2 or 3. Glad there will be a season 2 to see where it goes.
  • Nov 17, 2021
    There's certainly fun and interesting characters but the writing is awfully stale. Ed Helms doesn't carry the lead role energy, and Jana Schmieding's acting is pretty rough. I had to stop at episode four, aside from the boring/predictable dialogue, the unrealistic love interest between Reagan and Josh was just too much. Really fun idea and premise, would love to see it done with different writers and re-casted (definitely keeping Michael Greyeyes and Jesse Leigh, I thought they were great).

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