The Detour (TV series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Detour
The Detour.png
Created by
Composer(s)Rob Kolar
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes32 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jason Jones
  • Samantha Bee
  • Brennan Shroff
  • Tony Hernandez (Season 2)
  • Larry Rapaport (Pilot)
  • Matthew Spiegel (Season 1)
  • David Bausch (Season 2)
Production location(s)
Editor(s)Edward Chin
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • TBS Productions (Season 1)
  • Randy & Pam's Quality Entertainment (Season 2)
  • Jax Media (Season 2)
  • Studio T (Season 2)
  • Nomadic Productions (Season 3)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkTBS
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseApril 11, 2016 (2016-04-11) –
External links

The Detour is an American comedy television series created by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee about a family vacation road trip. The series premiered on TBS on April 11, 2016.[1] The show was renewed for a second season on April 6, 2016, five days prior to the series premiere.[2] The second season premiered on February 21, 2017. On April 25, 2017, TBS renewed the series for a third season.[3]

On May 11, 2018, the series was renewed for a fourth season.[4]


The series follows Nate Parker, Jr. (Jason Jones), his wife Robin Randall (Natalie Zea), and their kids Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich) and Jared (Liam Carroll) as they drive from their home in Syracuse, New York, to Florida for a family vacation. The trip experiences several dramatic delays such as car trouble, run-ins with law enforcement, unforeseen medical mishaps, and intervening locals. Additionally, it is revealed that Nate caused some professional trouble before leaving Syracuse and has ulterior motives for the Florida trip, fueling flashbacks and a framing device involving several law-enforcement agencies and an interrogation into his unspecified crimes.[5]

Season 2, the family settles in New York City as Nate finds a new career but more trouble as pieces of Robin's past begin to resurface including her relationship with her father, wanted felon J.R. Randall (James Cromwell). The framing device is once again present, with the couple now under interrogation by the United States Postal Inspection Service as an attempt to get at J.R., led by the overzealous (and very pregnant) Agent Edie (Laura Benanti).

Season 3 sees the family flee to Alaska. The framing remains but with Nate and Robin discussing their case with their lawyer, Joe Delicious (Max Casella).



  • Phil Reeves as Gene
  • Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Carlos (Season 2)
  • Tom Amandes as Dr. Rob (Season 1)
  • Judge Reinhold as Davey (Season 1)
  • Maz Jobrani as Gupta (Season 1)
  • Weronika Rosati as Oksana (Season 1)
  • Wayne Caparas as Lobsong (Season 1)
  • James Cromwell as Jack "J.R." Randall (Season 2)
  • Mamoudou Athie as USPIS Agent Carl (Season 2)
  • Max Casella as Joe Delicious (Season 2-3)
  • Darin Cooper as ICE Agent (Season 1)
  • Vince Foster as USDA Agent (Season 1)
  • Deja Dee as DEA Agent (Season 1)
  • Taylor Kowalski as Billy Evans (Season 1)
  • Adam Boyer as Morris (Season 1)
  • Denitra Isler as Latisha (Season 1)
  • Mary Kraft as Shelly
  • Angelina Lewis as Svetlana (Season 1)
  • Paul Cuneo as Carl (Season 1)
  • Sebastian Greco as Caleb (Season 1)
  • Britt Rentschler as Melissa (Season 1)
  • Samuel Vielma as Marco (Season 1)
  • Jonathan D. Williams as Paul (Season 1)
  • Jeff Blumenkrantz as Lars (Season 2)
  • Teddy Canez as Conrad (Season 2)
  • Donshea Hopkins as Chase (Season 2)
  • Marceline Hugot as Judith (Season 2)
  • Catrina Ganey as Judge (Season 2)
  • Meredith Henderhan as Stenographer (Season 2)
  • Saverio Guerra as Paddy Greenberg (Season 2)
  • Paloma Guzman as Carlita (Season 2)
  • Perry Yung as Zhi (Season 2)
  • Erik King as Harris (Season 2)
  • Jocelyn Bioh as Isabel (Season 2)
  • Kevin Townley as Martin (Season 2)
  • Akira Ito as IRS Drone (Season 2)
  • Jim Santangeli as SWAT Officer (Season 2)
  • Amy Shiels as Nicole (Season 2)
  • Souleymane Sy Savane as African Man (Season 2)
  • Dave Hanson as Agent Randy (Season 2)
  • Richard Nwaoko as Bobby (Season 2)
  • Fletcher Bee-Jones as Young Nate
  • Samantha Bee as Nate's Mother
  • Caitlynne Medrek as Nurse (Season 3)


TBS ordered the pilot, written by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee in October 2014.[6] The show is based on the real life couple's own experience with family vacations.[12]

It was picked up for ten episodes in February 2015.[1] On April 6, 2016, the show was renewed for a second season before the premiere.[2]


Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 April 11, 2016 (2016-04-11) May 30, 2016 (2016-05-30)
2 12 February 21, 2017 (2017-02-21) April 25, 2017 (2017-04-25)
3 10 January 23, 2018 (2018-01-23) March 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
11"The Pilot"Steve PinkJason Jones & Samantha BeeApril 11, 2016 (2016-04-11)1011.166[14]
Nate, Robin and the kids are headed from Syracuse to Ft. Lauderdale in a janky minivan instead of flying. Among truckers, aggressive drivers, and roadside breakfast spots, the family learns nothing on the road is what it seems.[13]
22"The Hotel"Steve PinkJason JonesApril 11, 2016 (2016-04-11)1021.043[14]
Having driven their van, 'Blue Thunder', into a ditch, it has to be repaired overnight. The Parkers stay at a nearby motel, Swift Stay Suites. What could possibly go right?[13]
33"The Tank"Steve PinkMike BeaverApril 18, 2016 (2016-04-18)1030.841[15]
The Parkers are barely back on the road when Nate gets pulled over for driving under the influence. He's completely sober but somehow there's still some jail time involved.[13]
44"The Restaurant"Brennan ShroffJason JonesApril 25, 2016 (2016-04-25)1040.863[16]
Back on the road, the Parkers begrudgingly stop to eat at a nauseatingly culturally insensitive roadside restaurant and dinner theater called Conquistadors.[13]
55"The B & B"Jeff TomsicSamantha BeeMay 2, 2016 (2016-05-02)1050.771[17]
While the kids recover from acute food poisoning, the Parkers decide to get some rest at a southern B&B. They are treated to southern hospitality, southern customs and Russian vodka.[13]
66"The Wedding"Jeff TomsicNeena BeberMay 9, 2016 (2016-05-09)1060.843[18]
Instead of getting back on the road, Robin agrees to marry the southern gentleman Dr. Rob and his Russian bride but soon realizes that something is very, very, very, very wrong.[13]
77"The Road"Jason JonesJason JonesMay 16, 2016 (2016-05-16)1070.695[19]
Blue Thunder is stuck in traffic. Nate and Robin take a stroll down memory lane about how they met and the kids learn an important lesson in 'too much information'. Seriously. Too much. Stop telling us all this.[13]
88"The Drop"Joe KesslerChad CarterMay 23, 2016 (2016-05-23)1080.837[20]
Nate needs to take a detour to Salvation, Florida where it's Christmas every day of the year - except on Christmas. Things get tense when the family discovers that Nate has been lying to them in addition to being followed by 'government goons.'[13]
99"The Track"Jeff TomsicBrennan ShroffMay 30, 2016 (2016-05-30)1090.894[21]
The Parkers finally make it to Ft. Lauderdale only to have Nate's plan of getting his job back completely unravel. But at a nearby race track, there is hope.[13]
1010"The Beach"Jeff TomsicMike Beaver & Jason JonesMay 30, 2016 (2016-05-30)1100.777[21]
Nate, Robin and the kids attempt to take down Nate's company in epic whistle blowing fashion. It won't be easy, but if there's one thing we've learned about this family is that they don't give up without a punch to the throat or a cheap kick to the groin.[13]

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
111"The City"Brennan ShroffChad Carter & Jason Jones & Samantha BeeFebruary 21, 2017 (2017-02-21)2011.456[23]
Nate is offered a new job in New York City, so the family moves from Syracuse to the Big Apple. Robin isn't thrilled about the idea. And of course, getting there will be way harder than it should be.[22]
122"The Club"Brennan ShroffJess LacherFebruary 21, 2017 (2017-02-21)2021.113[23]
Robin's ex Carlos lures her back into their wild past with a visit to the club where they used to party. Meanwhile, the kids meet Nate's new boss, and Nate gets a teeny bit jealous when he sees Robin with Carlos.[22]
133"The Tub"Brennan ShroffKristy Lopez-BernalFebruary 28, 2017 (2017-02-28)2030.984[24]
As Nate and Robin contemplate having another baby, a neighbor's casual get-together turns into a home birth. And Delilah learns what it means to be a third wheel.[22]
144"The Court"Dale SternBrennan ShroffMarch 7, 2017 (2017-03-07)2041.118[25]
Robin attempts to get a divorce from Carlos, but he has other ideas. She's also forced to come clean about her past in the city.[22]
155"The Birth"Timothy GreenbergMike BeaverMarch 14, 2017 (2017-03-14)2051.036[26]
Ever wonder what happened the night the twins were born? Here's a taste: Halloween, drunk Nate, unhappy Robin and Gene dressed as Napoleon Dynamite.[22]
166"The Tournament"Dale SternChad CarterMarch 21, 2017 (2017-03-21)2061.108[27]
At Delilah's taekwondo tournament, Nate has to have a tough conversation with Jared and an even tougher one with Carlos.[22]
177"The Heat"Jason JonesJason JonesMarch 28, 2017 (2017-03-28)2071.072[28]
The Parkers settle into a seemingly normal New York City routine, but they're being surveilled by Federal agents who see much more than they intended to.[22]
188"The Job"Brennan ShroffBrennan ShroffApril 4, 2017 (2017-04-04)2081.088[29]
Faced with the threat of losing his job, Nate tries to land a new customer and brings the family along.[22]
199"The Dilemma"Jason JonesChad CarterApril 11, 2017 (2017-04-11)2090.967[30]
Her past finally having caught up with her, Robin prepares to go away for a long time. Nate tries to piece together what went wrong and Delilah and Jared make the most of their school talent show.[22]
2010"The Trip"Brennan ShroffMoujan ZolfaghariApril 18, 2017 (2017-04-18)2101.006[31]
New York to Florida in a janky van? This sounds familiar. But this time there's no stopping as Robin and Nate make record time to get to the kids.[22]
2111"The Mule"Brennan ShroffMike BeaverApril 25, 2017 (2017-04-25)2111.141[32]
Robin and Nate live out their (mostly Nate's) action movie fantasies as they make their way to the kids, who are actually doing just fine without them.[22]
2212"The Ass"Brennan ShroffMike BeaverApril 25, 2017 (2017-04-25)2120.790[32]
The family is reunited, but this time it's Robin who makes a huge mistake.[22]

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
231"The Run"Brennan ShroffJason Jones & Samantha BeeJanuary 23, 2018 (2018-01-23)3011.017[34]
Jason Jones and Natalie Zea star in this acclaimed, unpredictable and all-too-honest comedy about the chaos that erupts during a couple's thousand-mile road trip with the kids.[33]
242"The Stop"Brennan ShroffHannah Klein & Isabel RichardsonJanuary 30, 2018 (2018-01-30)3021.083[35]
Nate tries to navigate his new role as stay-at-home dad. Between the kids hitting puberty and Robin's long work hours and incessant partying, he's... managing. Kind of.[33]
253"The Mark"Jason JonesChad CarterFebruary 6, 2018 (2018-02-06)3030.880[36]
Edie continues to surveil the Parkers and is looking for the stupidest member of the family to get close to. She has a lot of choices.[33]
264"The Goal"Natalie ZeaBrennan ShroffFebruary 13, 2018 (2018-02-13)3040.922[37]
Edie has gone undercover, posing as an assistant coach of Jared and Delilah's hockey team. When they go on the road together, Robin suddenly gets a little jealous of this mysterious stranger.[33]
275"The Boat"Brennan ShroffChad CarterFebruary 20, 2018 (2018-02-20)3051.032[38]
With Robin out of work, its Nate's turn to earn-- on an Alaskan factory fishing trawler. But it's only 7 months of rotting fish, meth fumes, and family separation. What could go wrong?[33]
286"The Vows"Brennan ShroffIan BergerFebruary 27, 2018 (2018-02-27)3061.000[39]
Upon returning home from a winter at sea, Nate is left at the dock by his family. After a lift back to his "life"in town, he soon realizes things change fast. And he's not sure he likes it. Actually, he really hates it.[33]
297"The Water"Brennan ShroffMike BeaverMarch 6, 2018 (2018-03-06)3070.971[40]
A look back at Robin and Nate's first vacation together. A trip to the tropics and their first time alone since the kids were born. Spoiler Alert. They have an awful time.[33]
308"The Plane"Brennan ShroffTimothy GreenbergMarch 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)3081.066[41]
Nate is reunited with his family and pulls off an evacuation away from Edie and the feds. He didn't have much time to plan it and he has to rely on a terminally ill, 90 year old Alaskan bush pilot.[33]
319"The Funeral"Brennan ShroffMike BeaverMarch 20, 2018 (2018-03-20)3091.008[42]
Having crashed their plane into the Alaskan wilderness the family must rely on one another to survive. It's like the Revenant. But less cold and grunting.[33]
3210"The Escape"Brennan ShroffChad CarterMarch 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)3100.906[43]
The Parkers finally happen upon help in an abandoned ghost town which is filled with deadly serious Pacific Rim LARPers.[33]


In Canada, The Detour premiered on April 21, 2016 on The Comedy Network.[44] In Latin America it premiered on June 9, 2016 on TBS Latin America. It premiered on Comedy Central India on October 5, 2016.[45]

It is available in Australia on streaming service Stan as of January 2018.[46]


On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 78% based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Sometimes raunchy, but often honest and endearing, The Detour brings the laughs as the story tries to find its way."[47] On Metacritic, the first season holds a score of 69 out of 100, based on 19 critics.[48]

On Rotten Tomatoes, season two has an approval rating of 100% based on 5 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10.[49] On Metacritic, the Season has a weighted average score 77 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[50]


  1. ^ a b TBS (February 24, 2015). "TBS Greenlights New Comedy from Jason Jones & Samantha" (Press release). The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "TBS Renews Jason Jones Comedy 'The Detour' For Season 2 Ahead of Series Debut". Variety. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (April 25, 2017). "Jason Jones & Samantha Bee's 'The Detour' Renewed For Season 3 By TBS". Deadline. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (April 7, 2016). "'The Detour': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  6. ^ a b TBS (October 28, 2014). "TBS Orders Comedy Pilot from Jason Jones & Samantha Bee" (Press release). The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 2, 2014). "Natalie Zea To Star In Jason Jones & Samantha Bee's TBS Vacation Pilot". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 5, 2014). "'True Detective' Adds Ronnie Gene Blevins, Emily Rios & Timothy V. Murphy; TBS Vacation Pilot Adds 2". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (July 30, 2015). "Daniella Pineda Joins 'The Detour'; Courtney Grosbeck In 'The Player'". Deadline Hollywood.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (November 10, 2015). "Mary Grill Takes 'The Detour'; Billy Campbell Joins 'Medici: Masters Of Florence'". Deadline Hollywood.
  11. ^ Roots, Kimberly (July 31, 2017). "The Detour Promotes Laura Benanti to Series Regular Ahead of Season 3". TV Line. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  12. ^ TBS (March 5, 2015). "Samantha Bee Heading to TBS - Former "Daily Show" Correspondent Signs Up to Host Comedy Series" (Press release). The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "The Detour, Season 1 on iTunes". Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Alex Welch (April 12, 2016). "Monday cable ratings: 'Better Call Saul' and 'Teen Mom' hold steady". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  15. ^ Alex Welch (April 19, 2016). "Monday cable ratings: 'Better Call Saul' finale holds steady, NBA Playoffs soar". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  16. ^ Alex Welch (April 26, 2016). "Monday cable ratings: 'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta' lands on top". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  17. ^ Rick Porter (May 3, 2016). "Monday cable ratings: NBA Playoffs finish on top, beat broadcast". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  18. ^ Alex Welch (May 10, 2016). "Monday cable ratings: 'Love & Hip Hop' and 'Black Ink Crew' dip". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  19. ^ Alex Welch (May 17, 2016). "Monday cable ratings: 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' rises". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  20. ^ Alex Welch (May 24, 2016). "Monday cable ratings: NBA Playoffs lead, 'Love & Hip Hop' dips". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  21. ^ a b Rick Porter (June 1, 2016). "Monday cable ratings: Record NBA game for TNT leads the way". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "The Detour, Season 2 on iTunes". Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  23. ^ a b Porter, Rick (2017-02-23). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'The Detour' scores series high with Season 2 premiere". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  24. ^ Welch, Alex (2017-03-01). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'Taboo' and 'WWE Smackdown' dip". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  25. ^ Welch, Alex (2017-03-08). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'WWE Smackdown' reigns supreme". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  26. ^ Porter, Rick (2017-03-16). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'Rachel Maddow Show' hits an all-time high". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  27. ^ Welch, Alex (2017-03-22). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'WWE Smackdown' wins the night, 'If Loving You is Wrong' premieres well". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  28. ^ Welch, Alex (2017-03-29). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'WWE Smackdown' and 'The Challenge: Invasion' hold steady". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  29. ^ Welch, Alex (2017-04-05). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'WWE Smackdown' ticks up, 'If Loving You is Wrong' holds steady". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  30. ^ Welch, Alex (2017-04-12). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'The Detour' holds steady, 'WWE Smackdown' rises". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  31. ^ Welch, Alex (2017-04-19). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'Pretty Little Liars' premieres, NBA Playoffs lead the night". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  32. ^ a b Welch, Alex (2017-04-26). "Tuesday cable ratings: 'Genius' premieres, 'Pretty Little Liars' falls". Tvbythenumbers. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  33. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "The Detour, Season 3 on iTunes". Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  34. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (January 24, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.23.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  35. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (January 31, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.30.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  36. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (February 7, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.6.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  37. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (February 14, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.13.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  38. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (February 22, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.20.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  39. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (February 28, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.27.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  40. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (March 7, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.6.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  41. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (March 14, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.13.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  42. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (March 21, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.20.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  43. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (March 28, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.27.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  44. ^ "All New Series THE DETOUR and Season 4 of INSIDE AMY SCHUMER Premiere April 21, Exclusively on The Comedy Network". Bell Media. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  45. ^ "The Detour on Comedy Central India".
  46. ^ "The Detour now on Stan". TV Tonight. 2018-01-10. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  47. ^ "The Detour: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  48. ^ "The Detour-Season 1 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  49. ^ "The Detour: Season 2 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  50. ^ "The Detour: Season 2 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 18, 2018.

External links[edit]