The Jack and Triumph Show

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The Jack and Triumph Show
Jack-and-triumph-show.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Robert Smigel
Michael Koman
David Feldman
Starring Jack McBrayer
Robert Smigel
June Squibb
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Koman
Robert Smigel
Jack McBrayer
Conan O'Brien
David Fieldman
Dino Stamatopoulos
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes (TV)
28 minutes (online)
Production company(s) Poochie Doochie Productions
Universal Television
WDM Productions
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network Adult Swim
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release February 20 (2015-02-20) – April 3, 2015 (2015-04-03)
External links
Website

The Jack and Triumph Show is a television sitcom from Universal Television for Adult Swim that premiered on February 20, 2015 and ended on April 3, 2015 with a total of 7 episodes.[1] The live-action series was created by Robert Smigel, Michael Koman and David Feldman.[2]

The series features Jack McBrayer playing Jack Mlicki, the former child star of a fictional Lassie-like series. The puppet Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog represents his co-star from that series.

The series was initially picked up for 20 episodes,[3] but when only 7 episodes had aired, in August 2015 Dino Stamatopoulos confirmed that it would not be returning.[4]

Plot[edit]

The show is about two former child actors (Jack McBrayer and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog) who starred in a Lassie-like show from the 1980s and 1990s called Triumph's Boy. Jack had grown up playing the role of the small boy in the series even as he grew into adulthood. Though he is kind-hearted and optimistic, being a child actor had led to Jack being sheltered, naive, and socially awkward. After their show's cancellation, Jack and Triumph lived an indulgent and morally questionable lifestyle with the money they had made from the show. However, when Jack finds out that his parents had squandered all his earnings, he and Triumph are forced into a life of thievery and prostitution.

This goes on for a while until Jack decides to visit June Gregory, who played the role of his mother in "Triumph's Boy". She agrees to take in both him and Triumph on the condition that Jack does not go back into acting and instead tries to get back on the straight and narrow path of a normal, Christian lifestyle. She grows ever more disdainful of Triumph, who continues to be a trouble-making nuisance, and eventually comes up with a plan to get rid of him. June arranges for Jack to go on a wilderness trip. Right after he leaves, she tells Triumph to get in the car because Pet Smart is having a sale on used kitty litter. She gives Triumph a handheld game to occupy him on the ride and drives to Montana, where she throws him into a ditch and abandons him. She gets home seconds before Jack returns from his trip and tells him that Triumph had left to get cigars and never came back. Over the course of 15 years, June helps teach Jack how to live a normal life while Triumph follows her scent back to her house, picking up many jobs along the way to sustain himself. Jack greets him warmly, but June fakes feeling ill and tells Jack to go get her medication. While Jack is upstairs, June and Triumph yell angrily at each other until they come to an agreement: Triumph will not tell Jack what June did to him as long as Triumph can stay and live with the two of them.

Triumph is dead set on getting Jack and himself back into show business and resuming their life of stardom. However, June insists that Jack continues living his reformed, Christian lifestyle. Triumph often goes to drastic measures finding ways to get publicity and gain back the pair's stardom while trying to keep June from finding out. The result is that Triumph and June are both attempting to pull Jack in opposite directions, and he essentially has no power over his own life as the two manipulate the naive former actor.[5]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1"Triumph Comes Home"Thomas KailMichael Koman & Robert SmigelFebruary 20, 2015 (2015-02-20)1041.72[6]

Jack goes back into a flashback of his acting life. He also states that after the show was cancelled, he was in a funk. Meanwhile, Triumph comes back to reunite with Jack and the family.

Guest starring: Michael Winslow, Tay Zonday, Brent Spiner, Hulk Hogan
2"Coffee"Linda MendozaDavid Feldman & Ben JosephFebruary 27, 2015 (2015-02-27)TBA1.35[7]

Jack discovers his hidden talent of making coffee.

Guest starring: Paul Rudd, Ezra Koenig
3"Something Racist"Linda MendozaRobert Smigel & Michael Koman & David FeldmanMarch 6, 2015 (2015-03-06)1011.33[8]
Guest starring: Tay Zonday, Leonard Maltin, Joey Fatone, Maury Povich
4"Siri"Lonny PriceJulie Klausner & Craig RowinMarch 13, 2015 (2015-03-13)TBA1.41[9]
Guest starring: Christopher Meloni, Joey Fatone, Vincent Pastore, and Susan Bennett as the voice of Siri
5"Sorvino's Pants"Thomas KailStory by: Michael Koman
Teleplay by: Dino Stamatopoulos
March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20)TBA1.26[10]
Guest starring: Cathy Moriarty-Gentile, Steve Schirripa, Paul Sorvino, Burt Young
6"Dog House"Lonny PriceStory by: Andy Breckman
Teleplay by: Andrew Weinberg
March 27, 2015 (2015-03-27)TBA1.29[11]
Guest starring: Caroline Rhea, Nadia Dajani, Joey Fatone, Vincent Pastore, Tay Zonday, Ben Curtis
7"Commercial"Linda MendozaMichael Koman & Robert Smigel & Ben JosephApril 3, 2015 (2015-04-03)1071.28[12]
Guest starring: Alan Thicke, Ben Curtis, Lawrence O'Donnell

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (January 10, 2015). "Robert Smigel Talks Triumph The Insult Comic Dog & Adult Swim Sitcom". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Hughes, Jason (May 9, 2014). "Adult Swim's New Slate Features Mike Tyson, Jack McBrayer, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog". TheWrap. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ de Moraes, Lisa. "Triumph's Robert Smigel Acknowledges Adult Swim Sitcom An "Odd Experiment" – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Statement made by Dino Stamatopoulos on August 29, 2015.[dead link]
  5. ^ O'Connell, Michael (May 9, 2014). "Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to Star in Buddy Comedy at Adult Swim". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 23, 2015). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Alaskan Bush People' Tops Night + 'Gold Rush', 'Jack & Triumph Show', NBA Basketball & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 2, 2015). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Gold Rush' Wins Night, 'Bring It!', NBA Basketball, 'Preachers'Daughters' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ Kondolojy, Amanada (March 9, 2015). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Gold Rush' Tops Night + 'Gold Rush: The Dirt', 'Bring It!', NBA Basketball & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 16, 2015). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Gold Rush' Wins Night, College Basketball, 'Bring It!', 'Bering Sea Gold','Preachers' Daughters' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 23, 2015). "Friday Cable Ratings: NCAA Basketball Dominates Night + 'Bring It!', 'Children's Hospital', 'Newsreaders' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 30, 2015). "Friday Cable Ratings: NCAA Basketball Wins Night, 'Bring It!', 'Jack & Triumph Show', 'Girl Meets World' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 6, 2015). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Children's Hospital' Tops Night + 'Bring It!', 'Newsreaders' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 

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