Just Watch It: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
As a lot of you may know, during the Summer, Television sucks. Aside from Game of Thrones and some Netflix original series, everything else is fairly forgettable. Last Summer, a show called You’re The Worst caught my eye thanks to its strong writing and hilariously flawed characters. This year, the show that stood out to me was Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
To briefly explain the plot, SDRR centers around Johnny Rock (Denis Leary), a middle-aged rocker who wanted to be rich and famous, but it didn’t really pan out. 25 years later, he discovers that he has a daughter named GiGi (Elizabeth Gillies), who has dreams of being a famous singer. After reuniting his old band, Johnny makes his daughter the new lead singer and the band becomes known as The Assassins.
I’ve always been a fan of sitcoms and comedies with an ensemble cast, like Community and Parks & Rec, which is what attracted me to SDRR. When it comes to the show’s humor, every can hold their own and there isn’t a weak link in the bunch. The animosity between Johnny and Flash is the funniest aspect of the show and the budding father-daughter relationship between Johnny and GiGi is what keeps the show grounded in between all of the silliness.
There is also a large amount of references to bands old and new. Even though that’s not really that surprising, what is surprising is the fact that a lot of the bands referenced aren’t extremely famous, if famous at all. SDRR does reference notable bands like The Beatles and Nirvana, but a lot of the bands the show talks about, I’ve never heard of. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of Classic Rock, it’s refreshing to hear about a band that I don’t know about and go look up some of their music online.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll has gotten mixed reviews among various entertainment sites, so it would probably be best if you judged for yourself if you like the show, but I think you will.