The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1 (2019)

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Though it may not win many new converts, fans of Danny McBride will find much to praise in The Righteous Gemstones's darkly hilarious pews.

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Critic Ratings: 64

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User Ratings: 233

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Episodes

Air date: Aug 18, 2019

In the series premiere, Jesse Gemstone receives a video from blackmailers seeking to sully his reputation. Eli moves forward with plans to expand the Gemstone empire as he continues to mourn his late wife Aimee-Leigh.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2019

After discovering Amber, Pontius and Abraham reminiscing about an estranged family member, Jesse tasks his friends with acquiring surveillance footage that could explain the strange events of the night before.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2019

Aimee-Leigh's elderly brother Baby Billy returns to the Gemstone ministry, bringing along his much younger wife Tiffany. Jesse closes ranks on his co-conspirators to root out the identity of his blackmailers.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2019

This original HBO comedy follows the chaotic steps of the Gemstones, a powerful televangelist family who fights sin and try to spread the word of the Lord in the most profitable way possible.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2019

Una serie de comedia que cuenta la historia de una familia televangelista de fama mundial con una larga tradición de desviación, avaricia y trabajo caritativo.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2019

Jealous of Kelvin's rising star, Judy seeks her moment in the spotlight under Baby Billy's tutelage. Jesse procures a key piece of evidence he hopes will lead to the blackmailers.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2019

Eli wants Jesse, Kelvin and Judy to be front and center at Easter Sunday service, their biggest telecast of the year. Judy's deference to Baby Billy threatens her relationship with BJ and with her family.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2019

Jesse deals with the fallout of the dramatic events of Easter Sunday. Judy attempts to win back BJ after receiving some harsh words from Baby Billy. Kelvin has a crisis of faith.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2019

Season 1 finale. Eli questions his children's future in the Gemstone ministry. Jesse struggles to keep his marriage together. Judy opens up to BJ about her past. A disillusioned Kelvin embraces his dark side.

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Critic Reviews for The Righteous Gemstones Season 1

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (32)

Loud, dumb stuff can be fun but in "The Righteous Gemstones" it's all too easy; the jokes are tired, the characters broad and buffoonish, the plot turns lazy. Heaven help us.

Dec 3, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
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The Righteous Gemstones might be the funniest show currently on television, and it's certainly the funniest show I've ever seen about grief.

Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…
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Distinctly uncomfortable to watch, and [reveals] a sad, surreal, and often funny truth about the American dream: to attain it, dreamers run the risk of blindly believing they're entitled to anything.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The show barely scratches the surface before reverting to a more conventional crime-dramedy mode. And so the familiarity of McBride's M.O. disheartens.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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With that tight focus on these characters comes a need to differentiate them from similar characters we've seen before. That's the show's most significant flaw.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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The Righteous Gemstones is uneven but solid and engaging; I'm already dying to know what happens next. In a way, it's reflective of the megachurches it skewers: It's so easy to find yourself dazzled and buy into it completely.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…
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[Characters are] life-size cardboard cutouts we're meant to laugh at, with no genuine or sincere center, no motives that last past a logline.

Jan 19, 2020 | Full Review…

There is a poignancy in the light touches and the tragic backstories of The Righteous Gemstones that proves that this modest level of complexity is possible without sacrificing humor or originality.

Dec 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The show doesn't lack style, but it's shockingly weak on substance given its singular setting.

Dec 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"The Righteous Gemstones" apparently isn't trying to demean people with religious faith. But it's not clear what exactly it is trying to do. And it's not funny enough to make us want to keep watching.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

A Coen Brothers-like crime comedy of incompetents trying to be criminals and getting themselves further and further in trouble; some of the dialogue and scripting is evocative of Elmore Leonard at his most colourful (and this show is very colourful).

Nov 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The most compelling aspect of The Righteous Gemstones might be its reluctance to rub the viewer's nose in the apparent hypocrisy of its characters.

Oct 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1

  • Sep 05, 2020
    Absurd and fun, yet humanizing and empathetic. This is the best I have seen from Danny McBride and actually made me love and understand his comedic style much more. Even though the show's plot is moved forward by some of the characters' hypocritical indiscretions and crimes, the show does not condemn religion, megachurches, or even the characters themselves. The characters have depth and complexities that take what could have been caricature and instead give it humanity.
  • Aug 02, 2020
    Good concept, great characters, funny, creative show by Danny McBride.
  • Aug 02, 2020
    Fresh comedy. Great casting. Pretty engaging script for a comedy.
  • Feb 21, 2020
    The Righteous Gemstones has its moments, but shorter episodes and more thoroughly developed characters could bring it to the next level.
  • Jan 09, 2020
    Watching from the beginning and so far I think it's hilarious, first funny sitcom I have watched in a while.
  • Jan 05, 2020
    Hilarious!!!!! I can't wait for season 2.
  • Dec 18, 2019
    An original plot with funny, outrageous characters. Hilarious predicaments while still (at times) having serious dialogue and the genuine development of its' characters. Gemstones are a hit.
  • Dec 04, 2019
    Outstanding effort, one of the best series I've watched this year.
  • Dec 02, 2019
    Must see, Danny McBride is genious.
  • Nov 26, 2019
    Brilliant! Great story-telling and acting. Superb writing and cast! Great comedy timing from all involved. And poignant moments that drill down to the heart!

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