The Brink: Season 1

The Brink: Season 1

The Brink: Season 1

Golden Globe nominee Jack Black, Oscar winner Tim Robbins, and Emmy nominee Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) are less-than-competant US government officials tasked with preventing World War III in this HBO half-hour geopolitical satire.

2015USA
Comedy
EPISODE 1.1

Pilot

An unlikely trio try to prevent World War III: the U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C.; a low-level diplomat in Islamabad; and a stressed-out Navy fighter pilot on an aircraft carrier in the Red... MORE Sea.

EPISODE 1.2

Half-Cocked

Alex is captured by Zaman's soldiers and subjected to intense interrogation when they suspect he's working for the CIA. Walter begs the president to delay the air strikes until he can reach someone in the... MORE Pakistani government, and Zeke and Glenn continue their high-stakes mission under extreme circumstances.

EPISODE 1.3

Baghdad My Ass

Alex needs to get to the U.S. embassy to send a message to Walter, but he'll have to get past the ambassador to do it. Meanwhile, Zeke and Glenn land in the brig to await... MORE their disciplinary hearing, and Walter's desperate flight to India could be in jeopardy due to a medical emergency.

EPISODE 1.4

I'll Never Be Batman

Alex gets advice from Walter before his crucial rendezvous with Raja. Walter works around a medical emergency and interference from above to cut a deal with India's foreign minister. Zeke realizes he's promised more than... MORE he can deliver to the women in his life.

EPISODE 1.5

Swim, Shmuley, Swim

Zeke and Glenn are rescued by an eccentric English couple after escaping their armed captors. Alex and Rafiq find Fareeda hiding at her school with a group of female students who have nowhere to go.... MORE Walter defies the president by flying to Israel to meet with the prime minister.

EPISODE 1.6

Tweet Tweet Tweet

Walter runs into Joanne in Tel Aviv and tries to use her new position to his advantage. Zeke and Glenn, who are being held hostage by Martin and Vanessa, agree to participate in role-playing games... MORE in hopes of being released. Kittredge shares a revolutionary dream with Alex.

EPISODE 1.7

Sticky Wicket

Zeke is challenged to a fight. En route to DC, Walter fakes a medical emergency to force an unscheduled landing. With the American Embassy on lockdown, Alex plots an escape.

EPISODE 1.8

Who's Grover Cleveland?

With tensions rising in Islamabad, Walter tries to convince the President to act with caution. On the aircraft carrier, Zeke must deal with the women in his life before he and his fellow pilots get... MORE new orders. Inside the Embassy, Alex tries to make amends with Rafiq and Fareeda.

EPISODE 1.9

Just a Little Crazy Talk

Walter tries to strike a deal with Zaman's highest-ranking general. Zeke and Glenn find a way to pass the time after being grounded. With Rafiq translating, Alex tries to figure out if and when he... MORE should initiate Walter's "Plan B."

EPISODE 1.10

There Will Be Consequences

Zeke and Glenn are sent to take down a plane armed with nuclear weapons heading to Tel Aviv. Alex must play a mental game with Zaman in order to convince him to recall that plane.... MORE Walter speaks with leaders around the world to prevent a global catastrophe.

The Brink: Season 1 / Reviews

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The Brink has no backbone, which happens to be the one thing that satire requires.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

In the right hands, it could be as provocative as the Kubrick film it emulates. But as it stands, it barely would pass muster as a back-half sketch on SNL.

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Variety

Variety

The show operates at a tone of constant hysteria, which, as justified as that may be, begins to feel exhausting. In fact, after five episodes, this might be one of those shows where binge-watching yields diminishing returns.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

It’s a depressing waste of talent, although having so many talented people involved at least keeps “The Brink” watchable.

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Vox

Vox

There are funny moments scattered throughout, but by and large, The Brink aims to filter the satire of Strangelove through the tone of Family Guy, where there's no joke so obvious that it can't be made even more obvious.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Schreiber, one of film and TV’s most gifted and versatile character actors, is magnetic as an irredeemable con artist and serial womanizer who’s in way over his head.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The show gets further boldness points for positioning an honest-to-goodness nation state as its nuclear hornet’s nest (an area where even In The Loop pulled its punches) and depicting at least one U.S. official as apocalypse’s No. 1 fan.

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