Returning the Favor

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Returning the Favor
ReturningTheFavorTitleCard.png
GenreReality
Created byMike Rowe
Presented byMike Rowe
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes42 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Rourke
  • Christopher Spry
  • Jacob Huddleston
  • Mike Rowe
  • Mary Sullivan
Running time18–26 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Hudsun Media
  • Mike Rowe Works
Release
Original networkFacebook Watch
Original releaseAugust 29, 2017 (2017-08-29) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Returning the Favor is an American reality web television series that premiered on August 28, 2017 on Facebook Watch. It follows Mike Rowe as he travels across the United States in search of people who are giving back to their communities. At the end of each episode, those being profiled get surprised with a reveal that allows them to do even more of whatever kind of good work they are doing. In July 2018, Facebook renewed the series for a third season which premiered on November 27, 2018.

Production[edit]

Rowe credits his mother as being a source of inspiration for bringing his show to Facebook. After posting a video of his parents and monitoring how many people viewed it after it was posted to his Facebook page, he realized the potential audience reach that the social media site could afford.[1]

On July 5, 2017, it was announced that Facebook had greenlit the production. The number and length of episodes had yet to be determined at the time.[2] The show is referred to internally by Facebook as one of their "hero shows" alongside other programs such as Ball in the Family and Strangers.[3]

On November 27, 2017, it was reported that Facebook had renewed the show for a second season consisting of 13 episodes. Facebook's vice-president of media partnerships Nick Grudin has said that the show has worked well on the platform because Rowe is "a very engaged creator, thinking through how to participate in natural ways with the audience in order to make and develop the storyline."[4] Between the first and second seasons, Returning the Favor released seven short videos, labeled as "Micro Editions", that ran between 6 and 7 minutes in length. Some of these mini-episodes followed up on subjects covered in the first season.[5]

On July 25, 2018, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour that Facebook had renewed the series for a third season.[6] On November 23, 2018, it was reported that season three would premiere on November 27, 2018.[7]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110August 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)October 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)
224December 19, 2017 (2017-12-19)August 28, 2018 (2018-08-28)
3TBANovember 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)TBA

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [8]Original release date
11"Operation Combat Bikesaver"August 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)
22"Donovan Discovers"August 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)
33"Girls Build"September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05)
44"Raising the Roughriders"September 12, 2017 (2017-09-12)
55"Loving You Through It"September 19, 2017 (2017-09-19)
66"A Hero's Retreat"September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)
77"Feeding the First Responders"October 3, 2017 (2017-10-03)
88"The Music Man"October 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)
99"Pens and Pencils All in a Rowe"October 17, 2017 (2017-10-17)
1010"Wedding Dress Rescue"October 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)

Season 2 (2017–18)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [9]Original release date
111"The Cop Who Saved Christmas"December 19, 2017 (2017-12-19)
122"Sleep in Heavenly Peace"February 13, 2018 (2018-02-13)
133"Against All Odds"February 20, 2018 (2018-02-20)
144"The Garage Of Blessings"February 27, 2018 (2018-02-27)
155"Alton's Toy Story"March 6, 2018 (2018-03-06)
166"Tough Love"March 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)
177"Serving Up Second Chances"March 20, 2018 (2018-03-20)
188"Bully Rehab"March 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)
199"Soldier Dogs"April 3, 2018 (2018-04-03)
2010"Rebuilding the Big Easy"April 10, 2018 (2018-04-10)
2111"Honoring the Brave"April 17, 2018 (2018-04-17)
2212"Adah's Dirty Laundry"April 24, 2018 (2018-04-24)
2313"All The Shingle Ladies"May 1, 2018 (2018-05-01)
2414"The Girl Who Feeds The Hungry"June 19, 2018 (2018-06-19)
2515"Grounds Of Love"June 26, 2018 (2018-06-26)
2616"Saving Kids On The Farm"July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03)
2717"Beauty And The Beets"July 10, 2018 (2018-07-10)
2818"The Can Lady"July 17, 2018 (2018-07-17)
2919"To Serve And Protect"July 24, 2018 (2018-07-24)
3020"Veterans Helping Veterans"July 31, 2018 (2018-07-31)
3121"Food 4 Kids"August 7, 2018 (2018-08-07)
3222"In Memory of Ian"August 14, 2018 (2018-08-14)
3323"An American Second Chance"August 21, 2018 (2018-08-21)
3424"Standing with Coal Country"August 28, 2018 (2018-08-28)

Season 3 (2018-19)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [10]Original release date
351"Saving our Veterans"November 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)
362"Coach Of The Year"December 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)
373"Raising the Youth of Detroit"December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)
384"The 89-Year-Old Golfer!"December 18, 2018 (2018-12-18)
395"A Firefighter Christmas"December 25, 2018 (2018-12-25)
406"Fences for Fido"January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
417"The Weights Veterans Carry"January 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)
428"Fighting for the Trades"January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)
439"The Bra Fairy"January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)
4410"Every Kid Deserves A Birthday Party"January 29, 2019 (2019-01-29)

Awards[edit]

In November 2017, Returning the Favor was one of five shows cited by Got Your 6, an entertainment industry-affiliated veterans organization with a Got Your 6 certification. In recognizing the series, the organization specifically cited the pilot episode, featuring a former Army engineer running a therapeutic motorcycle building program for other veterans, and episode six, which featured a quadruple amputee Army veteran who runs an outdoor retreat for other veterans suffering from injuries.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wojciechowski, Michele (August 9, 2017). "Parade Exclusive: Did Mike Rowe's Mom Get Him a Facebook TV Show?". Parade. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Petski, Denise (July 3, 2017). "Facebook Greenlights Two New Original Series As Part Of Expanded Push Into Video". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (November 16, 2017). "Facebook to Shift Funding Strategy for Watch Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (October 17, 2017). "Facebook Renews Several Original Shows as Programming Strategy Takes Shape (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Rowe, Mike (January 3, 2018). "Returning The Favor: "Micro-Editions" – Mike Rowe". MikeRowe.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Lynch, Jason (July 25, 2018). "Facebook Watch Will Only Order a Show If It Meets This Standard". Adweek. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Nolasco, Stephanie (November 23, 2018). "Mike Rowe's mom Peggy shares how faith was 'central' to family, funniest text sent to former 'Dirty Jobs' star". Fox News. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Returning The Favor Season 1". Facebook. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Returning The Favor Season 2". Facebook. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "Returning The Favor Season 3". Facebook. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  11. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (November 6, 2017). "Veterans Org Got Your 6 Launches Industry Fellowship Program, Hails 5 TV Shows". Variety. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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