The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
The Righteous Gemstones

Critics Consensus

Though it may not win many new converts, fans of Danny McBride will find much to praise in The Righteous Gemstones's darkly hilarious pews.



Critic Ratings: 47


Audience Score

User Ratings: 103
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Air date: Aug 18, 2019
Air date: Aug 25, 2019
Air date: Sep 1, 2019
Air date: Sep 8, 2019
Air date: Sep 15, 2019
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Air date: Oct 6, 2019
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Critic Reviews for The Righteous Gemstones Season 1

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (15)

Distinctly uncomfortable to watch, and [reveals] a sad, surreal, and often funny truth about the American dream: to attain it, dreamers run the risk of blindly believing they're entitled to anything.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The show barely scratches the surface before reverting to a more conventional crime-dramedy mode. And so the familiarity of McBride's M.O. disheartens.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With that tight focus on these characters comes a need to differentiate them from similar characters we've seen before. That's the show's most significant flaw.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Righteous Gemstones is uneven but solid and engaging; I'm already dying to know what happens next. In a way, it's reflective of the megachurches it skewers: It's so easy to find yourself dazzled and buy into it completely.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Righteous Gemstones is hallelujah-worthy for its performances, energy, comedy, dramedy and occasional little heart tugs.

Aug 15, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Putting characters first is rarely a bad idea with ongoing TV series, and McBride ensures viewers will want to keep coming back just to see more of what this cast can do.

Aug 14, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Heart-warming...with a hint of tragedy placed over it, knowing that these good times aren't going to last forever.

Aug 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This show is like a bigger, flashier version of [Eastbound & Down]. It's big, loud and entertaining but as the season progresses it plays more and more with your expectations... revealing a depth you might not have initially anticipated.

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Full of funny and original characters... The Righteous Gemstones aims and hits the mark by underlining the most absurd aspects of the intersection between faith and business. [Full Review in Spanish]

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

At its best, it's Succession with pews; at its worst, it's worth skipping.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1

  • 14h ago
    Awesome show but wouldn't expect less from Danny McBride writing and acting!
  • Sep 15, 2019
    The critics are trippin and overthinking/missing it as usual which is what they are paid to do I guess but damn this is a hilarious show and there is soooooo much more going on if you know what to look for. I also like that it does not try to trash a religion but rather people who would exploit it and they make sure you know that on several occasions.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    Hysterically funny, well written, and well acted. This should be high up on your binge-watching schedule.
  • Sep 11, 2019
    Hilarious look at a fictional white trash evangelical family that mirrors reality quite well. Must see TV.
  • Sep 11, 2019
    Dark and hilarious!
  • Sep 08, 2019
    What a bizarre ensemble and show, but it works.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Extremely funny with a fresh storyline. Great characters all around.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    This is a laugh out loud series that is full of quirky humor. Each episode gets better and more fun to watch. This is a nice surprise that does not come along all the time.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    I tried to get through two episodes, but was hard to watch bc it's just so over the top. I quit church when i was 10 yrs old for normal reasons, the hypocrisy and loathed big churches taking money from elderly family members. Still this show is so dark - only for shock value. I dislike it's implications regarding what you do if you are rich... there's enough wannabees in this world already.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    HBO - we get it.. boobs are out, dicks are in. But it's not so "cutting edge" any more to show penis in every show, every night, every episode now just to say "I did that". I have no problem with nudity but it's literally SHOVED down your face non-stop it starts to get old. Just google "dicks" from your phone and save yourself 30 minutes if you want to watch this show.

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