South Side (TV series)

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South Side
Lead characters Simone and Kareme stand in front of a brick wall that has wheat paste images of the other characters on the show. They are wearing turquoise polo shirts with the RTO logo.
Official promotional poster
GenreSitcom
Created byDiallo Riddle
Bashir Salahuddin
Sultan Salahuddin
StarringSultan Salahuddin
Kareme Young
Quincy Young
Chandra Russell
Bashir Salahuddin
Diallo Riddle
Lil Rel Howery
Zuri Salahuddin
Theme music composerSasha Go Hard
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producersMichael Blieden
Will A. Miles
Diallo Riddle
Bashir Salahuddin
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesEmerald Street
The Riddle Entertainment Group
Jax Media
Comedy Partners
MTV Entertainment Studios
DistributorParamount Media Networks
Release
Original network
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseJuly 24, 2019 (2019-07-24) –
present

South Side is an American sitcom 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 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.[1][2] In August 2019, the series was renewed for a 10-episode second season.[3] The series moved to HBO Max for its second season on November 11, 2021, making the series a "Max Original".[4] The second season premiered on November 11, 2021.[5] In February 2022, the series was renewed for a third season.[6]

Premise[edit]

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".[7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Sultan Salahuddin as Simon James[7]
  • Kareme Young as Kareme Odom[7]
  • Chandra Russell as Sergeant Turner[7]
  • Bashir Salahuddin as Officer Goodnight[7]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast releasedNetwork
110July 24, 2019 (2019-07-24)September 18, 2019 (2019-09-18)Comedy Central
210November 11, 2021 (2021-11-11)November 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)HBO Max

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Xbox"Michael BliedenBashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle & Sultan SalahuddinJuly 24, 2019 (2019-07-24)0.256[17]
22"Sell Yourself"Michael BliedenBashir Salahuddin & Diallo RiddleJuly 31, 2019 (2019-07-31)0.279[18]
33"Turner Buys a Building"Michael BliedenBashir Salahuddin & Diallo RiddleAugust 7, 2019 (2019-08-07)0.316[19]
44"The Day the Jordans Drop"Michael BliedenLangston KermanAugust 14, 2019 (2019-08-14)0.277[20]
55"Cold Cases"Michael BliedenChauncey B. Raglin-Washington & Bennett WalshAugust 21, 2019 (2019-08-21)0.241[21]
66"Mongolian Curly"Michael BliedenChandra RussellAugust 28, 2019 (2019-08-28)0.262[22]
77"Chi-town"Michael BliedenSultan SalahuddinSeptember 4, 2019 (2019-09-04)0.311[23]
88"Weird White Murderer"Michael BliedenAlisha CowanSeptember 11, 2019 (2019-09-11)0.246[24]
99"Mild Sauce Meatballs"Michael BliedenWill MilesSeptember 18, 2019 (2019-09-18)0.210[25]
1010"Litcoin"Michael BliedenMichael BliedenSeptember 18, 2019 (2019-09-18)0.199[25]

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [26]
111"Treat Yourself"Michael BliedenAlisha CowanNovember 11, 2021 (2021-11-11)
122"Ambulance"Michael BliedenBashir Salahuddin & Diallo RiddleNovember 11, 2021 (2021-11-11)
133"The Election"Ismail SalahuddinLangston KermanNovember 11, 2021 (2021-11-11)
144"Turner's and Brenda's Day Off"Michael BliedenChandra Russell & Alisha CowanNovember 18, 2021 (2021-11-18)
155"Life of an Ottoman"Michael BliedenBennett WalshNovember 18, 2021 (2021-11-18)
166"Chicago's #1 Party Promoter"Michael BliedenWill MilesNovember 18, 2021 (2021-11-18)
177"Face Your Fears"Michael BliedenSultan SalahuddinNovember 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)
188"Tornado"Bashir Salahuddin & Diallo RiddleMichael BliedenNovember 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)
199"10 Less Minutes"Michael BliedenBashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle & Zuri SalahuddinNovember 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)
2010"Sarcophacouch"Michael BliedenChandra RussellNovember 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Title screen of season 1

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.[27][28] 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.[28]

Showrunners Salahuddin and 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."[29] The show is set in Englewood and features local actors and production members from Chicago.[12]

Casting[edit]

Sultan Salahuddin, cast in the lead role of Simon, is the brother of show creator Bashir Salahuddin. Bashir plays Officer Goodnight opposite his wife, Chandra Russell, who portrays Sergeant Turner. Sultan's co-lead, Kareme Young, is the real-life twin brother of cast member Quincy Young, who also plays his brother on the show.[30] Other cast members and guest stars include Chicago natives Lil Rel Howery, Nathaniel "Earthquake" Stroman, LisaRaye McCoy, Chance the Rapper, and Kel Mitchell.[29]

Release[edit]

South Side premiered on July 24, 2019. On August 28, 2019, Comedy Central renewed the series for a 10-episode second season.[3] On August 13, 2020, it was reported that the series' first season was set to be streaming on HBO Max in 2021 and the series moved to HBO Max in November 2021, making the series a "Max Original".[4] The second season was released on November 11, 2021.[5] On February 8, 2022, HBO Max renewed the series for a third season.[6]

Reception[edit]

South Side received positive critical reception.[31] The first season of the show has a score of 79/100 on review aggregator Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[32] 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...the thing all of the show's main characters have in common is their drive."[30] Tambay Obenson wrote in a review for IndieWire, "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."[33]

Season 2 holds a 100% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on six critics' reviews.[34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2022 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle (for "Tornado") Won [35]

Other media[edit]

On September 4, 2019, Comedy Central and WBEZ Chicago launched South Side Stories, a podcast collaboration that centers the real-life people and places that inspired the series.[36]

References[edit]

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