Detroiters (TV series)

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Detroiters
Detroiters.png
GenreSitcom
Created bySam Richardson
Tim Robinson
Zach Kanin
Joe Kelly
StarringSam Richardson
Tim Robinson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producersSam Richardson
Tim Robinson
Zach Kanin
Joe Kelly
Lorne Michaels
Jason Sudeikis
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesBroadway Video
Central Productions
Release
Original networkComedy Central
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseFebruary 7, 2017 (2017-02-07) –
August 16, 2018 (2018-08-16)
External links
Website

Detroiters is an American television comedy series created by Sam Richardson, Tim Robinson, Zach Kanin and Joe Kelly. The series, filmed on location in Detroit, starred native Michiganders Sam Richardson (of Detroit) and Tim Robinson (of Clarkston).[1] The series premiered on Comedy Central on February 7, 2017[2][3] and ran for two seasons. On December 11, 2018, Comedy Central canceled the series.[4]

Premise[edit]

Best friends and next-door neighbors Sam Duvet (Richardson) and Tim Cramblin (Robinson) work together as creatives at Tim's family's advertising agency in Detroit (which Tim took over after his father stepped down), producing low-budget TV commercials for local businesses.[5]

Cast[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Pat Vern Harris as Sheila Portnadi, the secretary at Cramblin Advertising
  • Lailani Ledesma as Lea, an intern at Cramblin Advertising
  • Mort Crim as Himself
  • Shawntay Dalon as Chrissy Cramblin, Tim's wife and Sam's sister; she works on an automotive assembly line[6]
  • Andre Belue as Tommy Pencils, an employee at Cramblin Advertising
  • Quintin Hicks as Quintin the Bartender
  • Jason Sudeikis as Carter Grant, a Chrysler executive[6]
  • Christopher Powell as Ned, a security guard for the building where Cramblin Advertising is located
  • Carolette Phillips as Rhonda Devereux

Guest stars[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110February 7, 2017 (2017-02-07)April 11, 2017 (2017-04-11)
210June 21, 2018 (2018-06-21)August 16, 2018 (2018-08-16)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"John SolomonZach Kanin, Joe Kelly, Sam Richardson & Tim RobinsonFebruary 7, 2017 (2017-02-07)1010.447[7]
22"Hog Riders"Nicholas JasenovecChristopher Powell & Chip HallFebruary 14, 2017 (2017-02-14)1020.388[8]
33"Sam the Man"Osmany RodriguezSam RichardsonFebruary 21, 2017 (2017-02-21)1030.366[9]
44"Devereux Wigs"Bill BenzZach KaninFebruary 28, 2017 (2017-02-28)1040.368[10]
55"Happy Birthday Mr. Duvet"Becky MartinAmber RuffinMarch 7, 2017 (2017-03-07)1050.288[11]
66"3rd Floor"Bill BenzZach KaninMarch 14, 2017 (2017-03-14)1060.426[12]
77"Smilin' Jack"Nicholas JasenovecTim RobinsonMarch 21, 2017 (2017-03-21)1070.336[13]
88"Dream Cruise"Becky MartinMichael CheMarch 28, 2017 (2017-03-28)1080.355[14]
99"Husky Boys"Nicholas JasenovecJoe KellyApril 4, 2017 (2017-04-04)1090.341[15]
1010"Quick Rick Mahorn in Dearborn"Osmany RodriguezJoe KellyApril 11, 2017 (2017-04-11)1100.345[16]

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
111"April in the D"Andrew GaynordZach KaninJune 21, 2018 (2018-06-21)2010.264[17]
122"Jefferson Porger"Stephanie LaingJoe KellyJune 21, 2018 (2018-06-21)2020.233[17]
133"Duvet Family Reunion"Stephanie LaingAmber RuffinJune 28, 2018 (2018-06-28)2030.247[18]
144"Trevor"Dale SternTim RobinsonJuly 5, 2018 (2018-07-05)2040.314[19]
155"Farmer Zack"Alexander BuonoAmber RuffinJuly 12, 2018 (2018-07-12)2050.254[20]
166"Mort Crim"Dale SternChristopher Powell & Chip HallJuly 19, 2018 (2018-07-19)2060.255[21]
177"Lois"Dale SternSam RichardsonJuly 26, 2018 (2018-07-26)2070.316[22]
188"Hark Motors"Andrew GaynordZach KaninAugust 2, 2018 (2018-08-02)2080.274[23]
199"Little Caesars"Dale SternJoe KellyAugust 9, 2018 (2018-08-09)2090.279[24]
2010"Royals"Alexander BuonoLeila StrachanAugust 16, 2018 (2018-08-16)2100.239[25]

Production[edit]

Robinson and Richardson, both raised in Michigan, performed improv comedy together first at Hamtramck's Planet Ant Theatre, and later at Chicago's Second City.[26] They became close friends and conceptualized the idea of Detroiters. In an interview with the Metro Times, Robinson stated that they sought to depict Detroit as it really is and to avoid the overtly negative light in which the city is typically shown.[26]

Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video produced the show, and Jason Sudeikis, Joe Kelly, and Zach Kanin were executive producers. Robinson and Richardson also wrote for the show.[27]

Cast and filming[edit]

Detroiters was shot on-location in Detroit; filming locations included Belle Isle, Hamtramck, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the headquarters of Little Caesars. Many of the commercials shown throughout the series are based on actual spots that showed in the 1990s in the area.[26][28]

The show hired over 200 people from Detroit, including cast members Lailani Ledesma, Christopher Powell, and Shawntay Dalon.[26][28] The theme song was written by local artist and shoe entrepreneur Rick Williams.[28]

Release[edit]

Season 1 of Detroiters premiered on February 7, 2017 on Comedy Central.[26] The show was renewed and season 2 premiered on June 21, 2018.[29]

Cancellation[edit]

On December 11, 2018, it was announced that Comedy Central had chosen not to pick up the show for a third season.[27] Along with the announcement, Richardson tweeted, "Maybe it will find a home elsewhere, who knows?" Comedian Seth Meyers wrote an op-ed for Vulture where he advocated for another network to pick up the show.[30]

Broadcast[edit]

Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on The Comedy Channel on February 13, 2017.[31]

Reception[edit]

Detroiters received positive reviews from television critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 88%, based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Proudly stupid yet surprisingly soulful, Detroiters showcases an impressive level of commitment from its charming, well-matched leads – and balances its goofy humor with an equal helping of heart."[32] On Metacritic, the first season holds a score of 75 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews."[33]

The second season received a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.[34]

References[edit]

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