If you were a fan of Eastbound & Down, then I’m pretty sure you’ll love Danny McBride and co-creator Jody Hill’s new HBO series Vice Principals — which goes even meaner and cuts closer to home than Kenny Powers almost ever did.
Starring McBride and Justified’s Walton Goggins as the scheming, underhanded and ambitious VPs of North Jackson High, the nine-episode first season that debuts July 17 is, as I say in my video review above, about as fun and foul-mouthed far from the likes of Degrassi High and most Big 4 sitcoms as you can get.
The gist is McBride’s VP of Discipline Neal Gamby and Goggins’ bow-tied VP of Curriculum Lee Russell join forces to claw their individual way to the Principal slot vacated by Bill Murray and now filled by Dr. Belinda Brown, marvelously portrayed by Kimberly Hebert Gregory.
The back-stabbing, preening, bad parenting and even-worse portrayal of the teaching profession are the cherries on a hilariously nasty cake. Covering the fall part of the school year, the first season of the two-season run also stars Georgia King as the new English teacher, Busy Phillips as the ex-wife of McBride’s Gamby, Shea Whigham as her new husband, and Sheaun McKinney as well-placed and well-informed cafeteria staffer Dayshawn.
In an American workforce where insecurity is the real entrepreneurship for many, Vice Principals, at least from what I’ve seen, proudly flies the Sunday night mean-spirited knucklehead flag for the premium cabler now that Veep has wrapped its fifth season.
So click on my review of Vice Principals above and thank God your VP wasn’t as bad as these two – or, as good, if you know what I mean.