Vice Principals: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Vice Principals is sporadically amusing and benefits from its talented stars, but its mean-spirited humor sometimes misses the mark.


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The comedy series features two high-school vice principals trying to be promoted to the role of principal. In Season 1, the previous principal steps down and appoints Dr. Belinda Brown as his successor. Vice principals Neal Gamby and Lee Russell won't accept that and conspire to ruin Brown's reputation so that the board will have no choice but to pick one of them to take her place. The plan backfires when they only manage to alienate every other faculty member with their unlikable and at times crazy behavior.


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Critic Reviews for Vice Principals Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (19)

I admire the gambit, but I couldn't go for it. Witnessing a temper tantrum that's nearly a hate crime is about as funny on TV as it is in the news.

Jul 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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Danny McBride is his usual obnoxious, doofus, deluded, arrogant loser self in the new HBO comedy Vice Principals. But somehow this time it works.

Jul 15, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Perhaps the end could come sooner... Maybe before that second episode ever gets a chance to soil a network that by now should know much better than this.

Jul 15, 2016 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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It's enjoyable if you don't expect too much from it.

Jul 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Hardcore fans of McBride and Hill will overlook the familiarity just to have their favorite comedian back. But Vice Principals is unlikely to win over anyone not already converted.

Jul 13, 2016 | Full Review…

This is a Danny McBride comedy - not exactly funny, but weirdly engaging in its own uncomfortable way. His fans should be pleased. Everyone else will be puzzled - or worse, repulsed.

Jul 18, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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It isn't just McBride that makes Vice Principals so relentlessly, inappropriately hilarious. Joining him this time out is Walton Goggins.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Vice Principals pulls the rug out of this well-worn formula and as a result asks us to reconsider our TV, and possibly our real life, idols.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Very few shows make a compelling case for binge-watching beyond being able to stay on top of the pop culture cycle, but Vice Principals is a notable exception to the rule.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

... what we get from Vice Principals is the kind of humor that might well be too offensive if it weren't so undeniably hilarious.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vice Principals: Season 1


Danny McBride and Walton Goggins star in the HBO comedy Vice Principals. In Season 1 vice principals Neal Gamby and Lee Russell, bitter after being passed over for promotion, team-up in order to bring down North Jackson High's newly appointed principle Dr. Belinda Brown; a tough, no nonsense woman with her own ideas on how to run a school. McBride and Goggins have great chemistry as frenemies and deliver good performances. And the characters are fairly well-written, and oddly sympathetic in their own way. However, the comedy can be a little coarse and vulgar. Only 9-episodes, Season 1 of Vice Principals is wickedly funny and leaves the audience wanting more.


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Occasionally funny, Vice Principal is a dark comedy about two scheming administrators trying to dethrone a newly arrived principal at the school they work at. I don't really like the humour but the story was interesting enough to keep me coming back each week.


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