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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (2015)




Critic Consensus: Denis Leary's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll feels much like the aging rocker it is trying to portray -- a beloved star struggling to reach his former glory.


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An aging and broke bad-boy rocker from the 1990s gets another shot at fame 25 years later as a songwriter for a brash and talented young singer who's a big fan of his early work.


Denis Leary
as Johnny Rock
Robert Kelly
as Bam Bam
Josh Pais
as Ira Feinbaum
Greg Dulli
as Greg Dulli
Joan Jett
as Joan Jett
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Critic Reviews for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1

All Critics (46)

Some of the show's targets almost certainly won't be laughing.

July 15, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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I will continue to watch... hoping that Leary and company can continue to build the characters' chemistry into something special. The ensemble seems to be finding the right comic - if not drum-driven - beats.

July 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Leary fans who miss either his stand-up or hit show Rescue Me, should be satisfied, and I can easily see the program working out its writing kinks and getting stronger as the cast gels.

July 14, 2015 | Full Review…

This story is treading again on territory that has been long ago stomped down by every other dark antihero show in cable's years-long parade of damaged men whose self-destructive behavior is revealed in fits and starts to hide a wounded soul.

July 14, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If Leary had started by trying to build characters rather than stock figures that could embody or experience satirizable things, the show would have more staying power. As is, it seems likely to drop off the charts soon.

July 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Unlike the variously overweight and past-their-prime stars of some male menopause efforts, Leary brings a certain aging appeal to the role.

July 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1

From Denis Leary comes the outrageous FX comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. In Season 1 aging '90s rock star Johnny Rock puts his old band back together when his estranged daughter Gigi seeks him out in order to help launch her music career. Leary is especially good and does a terrific job with the satirical, irreverent style of comedy. And Elizabeth Gillies gives an impressive performance as Gigi, and has great chemistry with Leary. Additionally, the writing can be rather clever in its commentary about the music industry. However, the show gets a little overly crass and vulgar at times, taking full advantage of its TV-MA rating. Yet on the whole Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is an entertaining and fun sitcom that delivers a promising first season.


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