Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus

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Mike Judge Presents:
Tales from the Tour Bus
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GenreDocumentary
Comedy
Created by
Narrated byMike Judge
Theme music composer
ComposerJohn Frizzell
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerRichard Mullins
Running time24–29 minutes
Production companies
  • Judgemental Films
  • Zipper Bros Films
  • Sutter Road Picture Co.
  • Diamond Docs
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCinemax
Original releaseSeptember 22, 2017 (2017-09-22) –
December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
External links
Official website

Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus is an American animated documentary television series created by Mike Judge, Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett that premiered on September 22, 2017 on Cinemax. It is Cinemax's only animated series.

Premise[edit]

The series is presented as a biographical oral history of musicians with each season focusing on a specific genre. It is narrated by Mike Judge and presents anecdotes of star performers as told by their families, bandmates, and close associates. Interview subjects are presented in rotoscope and their anecdotes in a contrasting cel animation style, interspersed with performance footage and news footage.

Production[edit]

On January 12, 2017, it was announced that Cinemax had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes. The show was created by Mike Judge, Richard Mullins, and Dub Cornett. Judge and Cornett executive produce, Bob Engelman co-executive produces, and Mullins produces.[1]

On May 16, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season moving the genre focus from country to the likes of James Brown and P-Funk. Joining the series creative team are Mark Monroe as a co-executive producer and Nelson George as a consulting producer.[2] On October 4, 2018, it was reported that the second season would premiere on November 2, 2018.[3]

Release[edit]

On September 14, 2017, Cinemax released the first official trailer for the series.[4]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Johnny Paycheck"Mike JudgeJulien Nitzberg, Jeff Feuerzeig, Richard Mullins,
Dub Cornett, & Mike Judge
September 22, 2017 (2017-09-22)N/A
22"Jerry Lee Lewis"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)0.069[5]
33"George Jones and Tammy Wynette (Part One)"Mike JudgeMark Monroe, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg,
& Mike Judge
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)0.050[6]
44"George Jones and Tammy Wynette (Part Two)"Mike JudgeMark Monroe, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg,
& Mike Judge
October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)N/A
55"Billy Joe Shaver"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeOctober 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)0.061[7]
66"Waylon Jennings (Part One)"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeOctober 27, 2017 (2017-10-27)0.125[8]
77"Waylon Jennings (Part Two)"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeNovember 3, 2017 (2017-11-03)0.105[9]
88"Blaze Foley"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeNovember 10, 2017 (2017-11-10)0.045[10]

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
91"George Clinton"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeNovember 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)n/a
102"Rick James (Part One)"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)n/a
113"Rick James (Part Two)"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)n/a
124"Bootsy Collins"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeNovember 23, 2018 (2018-11-23)n/a
135"James Brown (Part One)"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeNovember 30, 2018 (2018-11-30)0.094[11]
146"James Brown (Part Two)"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)0.040[12]
157"Morris Day and The Time"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)0.055[13]
168"Betty Davis"Mike JudgeMark Monroe & Mike JudgeDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)N/A

Reception[edit]

The first season has been met with a positive response from critics. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 8.5 out of 10, based on 6 reviews.[14] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 83 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 12, 2017). "Mike Judge Animated Country Music Series Greenlighted By Cinemax". Deadline. Retrieved May 16, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Pedersen, Erik (May 16, 2018). "'Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus' Renewed On Cinemax; Season 2 Will Bring The Funk". Deadline. Retrieved May 16, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Cinemax Presents Season Two of MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS". Broadway World. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Nordine, Michael (September 14, 2017). "'Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus' Trailer: The 'King of the Hill' Creator Gets Animated Again — Watch". IndieWire. Retrieved May 16, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 2, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.29.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved October 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 9, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.6.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved October 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 23, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.20.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved October 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 30, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.27.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved November 3, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 6, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.3.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved November 14, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 13, 2017). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.10.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved November 14, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 3, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.30.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 3, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 10, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.7.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 10, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 17, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.14.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 17, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved May 17, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 17, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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