Critic Consensus: Denis Leary's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll feels much like the aging rocker it is trying to portray -- a beloved star struggling to reach his former glory.
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Some of the show's targets almost certainly won't be laughing.
I will continue to watch... hoping that Leary and company can continue to build the characters' chemistry into something special. The ensemble seems to be finding the right comic - if not drum-driven - beats.
Leary fans who miss either his stand-up or hit show Rescue Me, should be satisfied, and I can easily see the program working out its writing kinks and getting stronger as the cast gels.
This story is treading again on territory that has been long ago stomped down by every other dark antihero show in cable's years-long parade of damaged men whose self-destructive behavior is revealed in fits and starts to hide a wounded soul.
If Leary had started by trying to build characters rather than stock figures that could embody or experience satirizable things, the show would have more staying power. As is, it seems likely to drop off the charts soon.
Audience Reviews for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1
From Denis Leary comes the outrageous FX comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. In Season 1 aging '90s rock star Johnny Rock puts his old band back together when his estranged daughter Gigi seeks him out in order to help launch her music career. Leary is especially good and does a terrific job with the satirical, irreverent style of comedy. And Elizabeth Gillies gives an impressive performance as Gigi, and has great chemistry with Leary. Additionally, the writing can be rather clever in its commentary about the music industry. However, the show gets a little overly crass and vulgar at times, taking full advantage of its TV-MA rating. Yet on the whole Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is an entertaining and fun sitcom that delivers a promising first season.
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