Superior Donuts: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
Superior Donuts

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While Superior Donuts' talented cast impressively delivers, the annoying laugh track and stale jokes leave a hole in the middle of a crusty -- albeit topical -- narrative.



Critic Ratings: 21


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User Ratings: 79

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Air date: Feb 2, 2017

A grumpy donut-shop owner and his new employee who work in a gentrifying Chicago neighborhood are followed in the series premiere of this comedy.

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Air date: Feb 6, 2017

Arthur tries to prove his worth with a new donut flavor after Franco's creative recipe becomes a best seller. Meanwhile, Fawz comes up with an inventive password to prevent Maya and James from stealing his store's WiFi.

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Air date: Feb 13, 2017

Franco pressures Arthur to increase security after Fawz's dry-cleaning store is robbed, but he grows concerned when Arthur buys a gun. Meanwhile, Tush offers Maya advice for self-protection.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2017

Franco accuses Arthur of not trusting him when he hesitates to let him deposit money for the shop. Meanwhile, James regrets confiding in Randy after she shares his secret with the other cops.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2017

Franco and Sweatpants organize a protest to oppose their landlord's plan to convert their apartment building into luxury condos. Meanwhile, Randy is nice to James in hopes of scoring a good recommendation from him for her sergeant's exam.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2017

Randy and Fawz try to show Arthur the fun side of life when he reluctantly takes a day off work. Meanwhile, Franco feels determined to prove himself at the donut shop in Arthur's absence.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2017

Franco is subjected to an unwarranted stop-and-frisk, prompting Randy to discuss racial profiling with her fellow cops. Meanwhile, Arthur must confront his own prejudices after suspecting that Franco's friend stole a piece of his sports memorabilia.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2017

The group decide to take up a collection to pay for Franco's medical expenses when he's hurt at work and doesn't have insurance. Later, Tush experiences unusual side effects when he participates in an experimental drug trial.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2017

When Randy's mom comes to town, Franco encourages Arthur to go out on his first date in years.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2017

Arthur encourages Franco to pursue his art but is caught off guard when Franco paints a mural on the side of the donut shop, sparking controversy in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Fawz decides to run for president of the Uptown Business Council.

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The comedy series, based on the play of the same name by Tracy Letts, follows the life of the owner of a small donut shop in Chicago. Arthur (Judd Hirsch) doesn't get many clients anymore, and when Fawz (Maz Jobrani), the owner of the dry cleaners next door, offers to buy his shop, he refuses, out of nostalgia for old days gone. When a Starbucks opens across the street, the end for the small donut shop seems near, until an ambitious young man, Franco (Jermaine Fowler), shows up asking for a job and promising to modernize the shop and get it back to its past splendor. Things don't really go as planned when Franco gets fired and later arrested for vandalizing the Starbucks. After some soul searching, Arthur decides to give Franco another chance and promises to listen to his ideas and suggestions. The first season of the show centers on the clash between Arthur's ways of old and Franco's innovations---and the fight against a big corporation.

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Critic Reviews for Superior Donuts Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (16)

If Superior Donuts can recognize its strengths and bolster its ambitions, it could evolve into something like Franco's hot sauce spiked-creation: paying homage to its humble roots while giving them a modern kick.

Feb 2, 2017 | Full Review…

This is a new CBS multi-camera sitcom ...That means the jokes won't just arrive; each one will ricochet around the stage set like a pinball ball in a room of bumpers.

Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Aspires to a contemporary relevance - but manages only a weary crustiness.

Feb 1, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Unfortunately, the laugh track is annoying, the jokes are often stale and the other characters are one-dimensional. If the writers serve fresher fare, Donuts might have a chance.

Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Superior Donuts may well get stale in a hurry. But it's on a network that somehow has kept the idiotic and likewise eatery-themed 2 Broke Girls on the air for an astonishing six seasons. And this one is better than that.

Feb 1, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The Superior Donuts recipe is as old as doughnuts -- or Cheers, to which it's far from ready to be compared, but it's also just topical enough to feel fresh.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

As with so many sitcoms, the protagonists of Superior Donuts don't yet feel like living, breathing humans who've spent decades on the planet acquiring experiences and points of view.

Feb 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite some clumsy execution, Superior Donuts has enough heart to keep your eyes from glazing over.

Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Fowler's motormouth antics meet their match in Hirsch's masterly slow burn, and their instant chemistry is a pleasure to behold even if the gags aimed at pretentious hipster millennials... encroaching chains... carry a distinctively musty whiff.

Feb 2, 2017 | Full Review…

With its talented cast and a willingness to reference current events, Superior Donuts evinces some potential, especially if the show's writers can come up with better, less redundant sitcom plots.

Jan 27, 2017 | Full Review…

The messages are positive and relevant, but Superior Donuts also features your typical sitcom fare, including some quick punch lines and a reliance on some tired stereotypes for laughs.

Feb 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Superior Donuts feels like the kind of sitcom that would have struck audiences as a cozy place to visit every week if it had premiered in the days before cable and streaming. As it is, it feels at once odd and stale.

Feb 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Superior Donuts: Season 1

  • Mar 19, 2019
    I loved this show. Funny, cute, with a great cast that worked off each other very well. Sorry to see it go. There's too much bad tv & too little that can just brighten your viewing schedule!
  • Feb 05, 2018
    This show started out strong with a great cast. The second season has progressively gone downhill. It’s heavy on political correctness and social commentary, but the humor has been lost. The writers showcase the young black male lead, while largely ignoring the biggest talents in the cast.
  • May 29, 2017
    This show is fun to watch. The characters make great comedy.
  • May 25, 2017
    Caught 5 minutes of this show and feel sorry for the actors involved. Judd Hirsch, Katey Segal, and David Koechner can't save this show with 2 broke girls quality jokes and bad laugh track.
  • May 16, 2017
    Love it, it's a treat to see a sitcom like this on the air again. Critical reviews will unfortunatly sour many viewers opinions, but if you like 30 minutes of laughs and you enjoyed the Fresh Prince, The Facts of Life, Steve Urkel, The Growing Pains, Balki Bartokomous, or Get a Life.......You should give this gem a try.
  • Apr 24, 2017
    Its a nice mix between that 70s show and brooklyn nine nine plus delicious looking donuts, one of the best shows i've watched this year. Also diversity I love maz jobrani and his hilarious comedy skills. please dont cancel this show i hope it goes on
  • Apr 10, 2017
    A sitcom with potential if not for all the racial undertones which is highlighted with annoying laugh tracks. A show with potential that fails to deliver.
  • Apr 04, 2017
    Great TV show, Love it
  • Mar 27, 2017
    It's funny seeing Rieger and Katey Sagal tackling serious issues in a comedic fashion on this fresh new comedy.
  • Mar 06, 2017
    On the surface it seems derivative and formulaic but like all good sitcoms the chemistry makes the difference. The show simply works -- largely due to the charm of Jermaine Fowler but it is more than that. Every time I watch an episode I laugh and get a warm feeling, probably a reflection of the way Judd's character cares for Jermaine's. I think the show deserves more advertising and I encourage more people to watch it. In a day in age that mindless "reality" shows get great ratings it is time to return to watching and rewarding true situational shows.

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