Monday, March 16, 2009

Eastbound and Down: Instant Classic

At this point, there's only one more episode left, and it's unclear if this will be the first and only season. What is very clear though is this show is brilliant. It's an instant classic. The only thing I can compare it to is Mr. Show with Bob And David. When it was on, at that point in my life, I couldn't believe I had the physical ability to actually laugh as hard as I did. Not a lot of my friends watched it, but over the years, you would meet people who were familiar with it, and their knowledge and appreciation of the show was a litmus-test for instant friendship. Meeting a friend's roommate's friend in a dorm room and sharing a passion for Mr. Show was as rock solid of a foundation one needed for building friendships. But then, slowly, Mr. Show became something everyone rightfully knew about. And when any bum on the street knows about it, the litmus test factor is gone. I'm not saying it's cool, or there was some type of diminishing coolness factor based on the show's popularity, if anything the opposite applies, only the morons and nerds would sit in a room and talk about how great Mr. Show was, all I'm saying is that once any serial killer or child molester can buy the dvds at Best Buy and watch it, you don't want to use the show as a pathway towards friendship.

But Eastbound and Down is that show. It's Mr. Show With Bob and David when Mr. Show was still for the dorks. It's The Wire before everyone caught on around the forth season, it's Freaks and Geeks. I don't know how many people currently watch it, but if it's anything less than the exact population of America the Great, then there's a problem. Eastbound and Down, watch it, love it, laugh.


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