Big Time in Hollywood, FL is a Comedy Central series that I had ignored because the ads looked kinda dumb, but I’ve subsequently heard a lot of good things. And since they put the first 9 episodes on their website in advance of the first season finale, it seemed like a good time to check it out.
It’s not like anything I’ve seen before, really. Most of the characters are played straight, in a crime/drugs murder story. But the main characters are two 30-ish year old brothers, still living with their parents (Stephen Tobolowsky and the mom from Picket Fences) in suburban Florida. When their parents decide to kick them out, they come up with a ridiculous scheme to avoid having to get real jobs. It goes horribly wrong, and then it becomes a comedic version of a crime story where someone gets in over their head and is always one bad move away from prison or death.
I haven’t found most of the jokes all that funny, but I find the plot compelling. The jokes that do land, infrequent though they may be, are often seriously funny. And there are some unusual/good cameos: Ben Stiller, Michael Madsen, Cuba Gooding Jr, Keith David, and Paz Vega. Worth watching.