The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1 (2019)

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The Righteous Gemstones

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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

89%

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User Ratings: 228

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 18, 2019
2
Air date: Aug 25, 2019
3
Air date: Sep 1, 2019
4
Air date: Sep 8, 2019
5
Air date: Sep 15, 2019
6
Air date: Sep 22, 2019
7
Air date: Sep 29, 2019
8
Air date: Oct 6, 2019
9
Air date: Oct 13, 2019

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Critic Reviews for The Righteous Gemstones Season 1

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (22)

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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It's brilliantly done in a wonderfully subversive highly cinematic style that reminds one of the Cohen brothers' mischievousness, that distinctive mix of wry humour, eccentricity and darkness.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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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[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…

Ultimately, Gemstones is just a portrait of one troubled family, and it's a sharp and colorful one.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

There's plenty of humor to be found here, but-in a twist bigger than any of its narrative right-turns-there's also considerable heart.

Dec 3, 2019 | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1

  • 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!
  • Nov 21, 2019
    I honestly think Walter Goggins steals the show once he shows up. There are some laugh-out-loud moments, but I would have liked a little more time with the characters before sliding into the extortion storyline.
  • Nov 10, 2019
    Great, great, show. Danny McBride's best work, in my opinion. Plus, how can you deny Dan Goodman? Also, a real breakout performance by Edi Patterson. I'll be checking out what else she does with her career. Her relationship with her husband may have stolen the show for me. Good concept, good execution.
  • Nov 02, 2019
    In the beggining, I raised my eyebrow to the leading characters. If they are so unlikeable, how am I supposed to like this? Turns out the show finds a way to humanize its characters just enough for the show to feel fun and wild.

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