Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (2015)

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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

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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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Critic Ratings: 46

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User Ratings: 138

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Air date: Jul 16, 2015

An Afghan Whigs reunion inspires Johnny to see if he can get the band back together in the premiere of this comedy about an aging and broke bad-boy rocker from the 1990s who gets another shot at fame 25 years later as a songwriter for a brash and talented young singer who's a big fan of his earlier work.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2015

Gigi and her bandmates challenge Johnny to write songs without drugs or alcohol.

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Air date: Jul 30, 2015

Johnny dies on the Internet, and decides to stay that way when it makes financial sense, but it also leads to a big break for Gigi.

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Air date: Aug 6, 2015

Gigi's a hit in New York City, which leads to the revelation that the Heathens are still popular in Belgium.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2015

Gigi is adamant that the whole band visit a renowned music therapist.

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Air date: Aug 20, 2015

Johnny mulls getting a tattoo of Gigi's name when she tests his commitment to being her father.

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Air date: Aug 27, 2015

Gigi meets Johnny's mom and discovers how "Mary Poppins" wrecked her showbiz career—and Johnny's childhood.

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Air date: Sep 3, 2015

Johnny sets Gigi up on a date with someone her own age; Bam and Rehab invent a new music genre.

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Air date: Sep 10, 2015

Gigi lands a record deal of epic proportions; Bam and Rehab quit the band to become DJs.

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Air date: Sep 17, 2015

In the Season 1 finale, Gigi gets set up with a producer from the West Coast by Greg Dulli, a move that thrills Johnny—but mostly because Flash hates the idea.

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Critic Reviews for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (28)

Some of the show's targets almost certainly won't be laughing.

Jul 15, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

Jul 15, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Unlike the variously overweight and past-their-prime stars of some male menopause efforts, Leary brings a certain aging appeal to the role.

Jul 17, 2015 | Full Review…

The rockers of FX's latest may be bad to the bone, but the show itself is just plain bad.

Jul 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

A warm family sitcom Sex&Drugs is not. Neither is it a very funny sitcom.

Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll comes off as Leary's Dad band, the TV equivalent of getting together with your classic rock-loving friends, and doing some serious shredding, man. They seem to be having a great time, but that doesn't mean viewers will.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is a lot of fun, but it's very rough around the edges.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll even offers original music along the way, making this a show that (as they might have said on American Bandstand) has a beat and you can laugh to it.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Even if you're not yet sold on the characters in Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, the sterling music history anecdotes alone will have you tuning back in for episode two.

Jul 23, 2015 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1

  • Oct 28, 2015
    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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  • Oct 14, 2017
    great show with great music
  • Sep 16, 2016
    Love it! Liz Gillies is such a talented and beautiful actress and singer.
  • Sep 15, 2016
    This show is so good! Love the satire on the music industry, great cast.
  • Sep 10, 2016
    SDRR is SO GOOD. Love the drama, the comedy, the music. Great chemistry between the cast members. And Liz Gillies is such an amazing talented singer.
  • Sep 08, 2016
    Great show, don't know why it is so underrated, probably because people fail to see the satire in it. Very talented cast, both in acting and in music. Second season was even stronger than the first and leading to a great finale. Would recommend it to everyone!
  • Sep 27, 2015
    It feels as out of date and out of touch as the main character.
  • Sep 17, 2015
    A bit too cliche to be original, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is sarcastic, drug-fueled, and too old-school for it's own good. It both loves and hates the modern music industry, but can't seem to decide which side it truly falls on.
  • Aug 23, 2015
    Short and snappy epidoses. Leary's charachter harks back to his sneering heyday, mix in music and nostalgia and its a winner.
  • Aug 08, 2015
    I suppose all the characters sh**ting on Johnny Rock is supposed to be funny. But it actually makes me hate the other characters instead of laugh. The flirting and hints about a possible sexual relationship between Gigi and Flash is kind of sickening too. Plus, Denis Leary is dressed and styled like Ginger from Casino at 80yo, not Christopher Walken. I'm done after 3 episodes.

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