South Side (TV series)
|Created by||Diallo Riddle|
Lil Rel Howery
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Blieden|
Will A. Miles
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Central Productions|
|Original network||Comedy Central|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original release||July 24, 2019 –|
South Side is an American comedy television series created by Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle. Filmed and set in the Englewood area of Chicago, it follows two friends, portrayed by Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, who have recently graduated from community college and are seeking business success while working at a rent-to-own shop. The show premiered on Comedy Central on July 24, 2019. In August 2019, the series was renewed for a 10-episode second season.
South Side centers on
a pair of newly minted community college graduates and small-time hustlers who are always cooking up some petty scheme — from black market Viagra to street corner popcorn — with an eye toward upward mobility.
- Sultan Salahuddin as Simon
- Kareme Young as Kareem
- Chandra Russell as Sergeant Turner
- Bashir Salahuddin as Officer Goodnight
- Lil Rel Howery as Bishop
- Zuri Salahuddin as Stacy
- Quincy Young as Quincy
- Diallo Riddle as Allen Gayle
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Xbox"||Michael Blieden||Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle & Sultan Salahuddin||July 24, 2019||0.256|
|2||"Sell Yourself"||Michael Blieden||Bashir Salahuddin & Diallo Riddle||July 31, 2019||0.279|
|3||"Turner Buys a Building"||Michael Blieden||Bashir Salahuddin & Diallo Riddle||August 7, 2019||0.316|
|4||"The Day the Jordans Drop"||Michael Blieden||Langston Kerman||August 14, 2019||0.277|
|5||"Cold Cases"||Michael Blieden||Chauncey B. Raglin-Washington & Bennett Walsh||August 21, 2019||0.241|
|6||"Mongolian Curly"||Michael Blieden||Chandra Russell||August 28, 2019||0.262|
|7||"Chi-town"||Michael Blieden||Sultan Salahuddin||September 4, 2019||0.311|
|8||"Weird White Murderer"||Michael Blieden||Alisha Cowan||September 11, 2019||0.246|
|9||"Mild Sauce Meatballs"||Michael Blieden||Will Miles||September 18, 2019||0.210|
|10||"Litcoin"||Michael Blieden||Michael Blieden||September 18, 2019||0.199|
On October 17, 2017, it was announced that Comedy Central had ordered the pilot for South Side from creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, writing alums from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The two also serve as executive producers and co-stars. On May 16, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on July 24, 2019.
The showrunners, Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, stated that South Side was created to portray the South Side of Chicago where Bashir Salahuddin grew up and to show that "[t]here is joy on the South Side and the many Chicagoans who made this show, both in front of and behind the camera, are eager to share that joy." The show is set in Englewood and features local actors and production members from Chicago.
On August 28, 2019, Comedy Central renewed the series for a 10-episode second season. On September 4, 2019, Comedy Central and WBEZ Chicago launched South Side Stories, a groundbreaking podcast collaboration between a public media organization and a cable television partner that celebrates the real-life people and places that inspired the hit scripted comedy series.
Sultan Salahuddin, cast in the lead role of Simon, is the brother of show creator Bashir Salahuddin. Bashir's wife, Chandra Russell, portrays the role of Sergeant Turner. Sultan Salahuddin's co-lead, Kareme Young, is the real-life twin brother of cast member Quincy Young, who also plays his brother in the show. Other cast members and guest stars include Chicago natives Lil Rel Howery, Nathaniel “Earthquake” Stroman, LisaRaye McCoy, and Kel Mitchell.
South Side received positive critical reception. Writing for Vanity Fair, Laura Bradley stated,
The writers worked to imbue the series with a diverse cast of characters whose values, socioeconomic status, and ambitions varied widely. Instead of criminality or victimhood, the thing all of the show’s main characters have in common is their drive.
Tambay Obenson wrote in a review for IndieWire,
Brought to life by local Chicagoans, both in front of and behind the camera, “South Side” succeeds in what it sets out to do: give viewers a more complete, if humorous depiction of life on Chicago’s south side. The creators and cast know this world intimately, and instead of turning their camera on the usual crime and poverty, they find the humor that exists within the mayhem.
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