In so many ways, The Righteous Gemstones fits neatly alongside Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals in star and creator Danny McBride’s growing catalogue of HBO comedies about a certain type of straight white male American manhood.

Its comic sensibility feels familiar, down to the cadence of the dialogue and the shamelessness of the nudity. The tone walks that same line between silly and dark. McBride once again plays a wannabe alpha male whose efforts to puff himself up only make him seem smaller. And the queasiness that comes along with all of it, the sense that these people represent Everything That’s Wrong With America, as amusing as they might be, hasn’t gone away.  Read more…

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