“Vice Principals” is quite possibly one of the funniest shows I have seen in a while come through HBO. Danny McBride, aka Kenny Powers, and Walter Goggins star in this very dark comedy centering around the power struggle between two vice principals vying for the job of recently retired principal played by Bill Murray.
Everything following is pure comedy genius. Going to be honest with you though, depending on your sense of humor, this series may not be for everyone. Just go in forewarned. Even with that, I LOVED this show. I only wish it was another season or two.
I get it though, you want to get out while you’re ahead, ‘either you die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.’ Here are the top five reasons you should get out and make “Vice Principals” part of your collection when it comes out Tuesday, April 10.
Reason 1: Danny McBride’s Creation
Danny McBride may be typecast for a lot of the same characters, but he delivers in an way similar to Kenny Powers did for Eastbound and Down. McBride had his hand in a lot of the writing, producing and even directing with this series. His vision for comedy is different than anything we are used to seeing on television. It is a testament to him and HBO wanting to push the envelope in what we are meant to find funny. It works in the best possible way.
Reason 2: The Madness
What would you do if you were passed up for promotion? Would you be willing to team up with your nemesis to take down the person who was picked over you? Well, Neal Gamby (McBride) and Lee Russell (Goggins) make the pact to get rid of the newly appointed extremely popular principal Belinda Brown. What lengths do you think these fools will go through to get their way? Trust me, the sh*t’s hilarious! The madness only gets better into the second season.
Reason 3: Features
The behind the scenes feature may be really short, but the input seemed like this show was a blast to work on. The blooper reel is even better. I can’t even imagine how hard it must have been to keep a straight face and be professional in such a hysterical environment. The cast and crew looked like they had too much fun making this show. For some extra laughs in half the time, check out the bloopers.
Reason 4: Who Done It?!
With all the comedy that goes down in this show, you’ll see what I mean when I say, “Who Done it?” There is a mystery aspect to this comedy series and it leads you in so many different directions. You never really have a grasp on the answer until it is finally revealed to you in an epic fashion in the finale. It’s a real “OH SH*T” moment. Even in that moment it’s HILARIOUS!
Reason 5: The Bromance
The once enemies, turned ‘bros’ is a cornerstone for this series. It’s silly how these two interact with each other and build somewhat of a trusting relationship. In their own way, it’s the only way they know how to engage with each other. The love-hate relationship is something to be seen. No one can expect what tests their friendship/loyalty to the cause of becoming Principal. Watch the series and find out.
I only wish Danny McBride and HBO continued with this series. This one was a gem over two seasons it was on the air. Initially it was not one of the series I planned on watching until my wife, of all people, put me on. She usually has terrible taste in television, but every so often she comes across a diamond in the rough. This one didn’t disappoint at all. Each episode kept you interested, entertained, and engaged with the characters. Make sure to get out and cop Vice Principals on digital HD or blu-ray. You won’t regret it, I promise. When you cop it, let me know what you think.