Black Monday

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  • TV-MA
  • 2019
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.4  (6,296)

Black Monday is a comedic and satirical television series that premiered on SHOWTIME in 2019. The show centres around the infamous Black Monday stock market crash that occurred on October 19, 1987. Black Monday was one of the largest one-day percentage drops in stock market history and it is estimated that the crash caused over $1 trillion in losses worldwide.

The series stars Don Cheadle as an unpredictable and ruthless Wall Street trader named Maurice "Mo" Monroe, Andrew Rannells as Blair Pfaff, a talented and ambitious up-and-coming trader, and Paul Scheer as Keith Shankar, a socially awkward yet highly intelligent trader. The show takes place in the year leading up to the crash and explores the greed, excess, and corruption that was rampant in the financial industry at the time.

Mo is a charismatic and dynamic character who is driven by his desire to make as much money as possible, regardless of the consequences. He runs a small, dubious trading firm called The Jammer Group, and his main goal is to beat his competitors and make a profit at any cost. Mo is also involved in a secret and illegal deal with the Vice President of the United States, who is played by Kurtwood Smith. The two men are working together to take over a major airline, and they will stop at nothing to make it happen.

Blair is a young and talented trader who is hired by Mo to join The Jammer Group. He is determined to succeed on Wall Street, and he quickly becomes Mo's protege. However, Blair soon realizes that Mo's world is much more dangerous and corrupt than he ever imagined. He must navigate a world of insider trading, blackmail, and manipulation if he wants to make it to the top.

Keith is a socially awkward trader who is obsessed with numbers and statistics. He works for a rival firm called Georgina & Georgina, but he is constantly looking for ways to advance his career. Keith is often the butt of the joke and the target of his colleagues' mocking, but he is also a brilliant trader who is always crunching numbers and analyzing data.

The show features an ensemble cast of talented actors who bring their characters to life in a hilarious and irreverent way. In addition to the main trio of Cheadle, Rannells, and Scheer, the show also stars Regina Hall as Mo's girlfriend Dawn, a talented and ambitious trader who is determined to make it on Wall Street. Casey Wilson plays Tiff Georgina, the daughter of the billionaire owner of Georgina & Georgina, who is struggling to prove herself to her father and advance in the company.

Black Monday is a fast-paced and witty show that uses humour to explore the world of high finance in the late 1980s. The series is filled with pop culture references, music from the era, and hilarious parodies of classic movies and TV shows. At its heart, the show is a commentary on greed, power, and the corrupting influence of money. It highlights the excess and decadence of the 1980s and how these factors contributed to the rise of Wall Street as an untouchable force in American society.

The show's creators, David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, have a background in comedy and it shows in the writing. Black Monday is full of sharp dialogue, wacky hijinks, and unexpected twists and turns. The show does not shy away from the darker side of its subject matter, but it manages to balance the satire with heart and humour.

Overall, Black Monday is an entertaining and clever show that offers a unique take on a pivotal moment in American history. The show's excellent cast and writing make it a must-watch for fans of comedy and drama alike.

Black Monday is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (30 episodes). The series first aired on January 20, 2019.

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10. One!
August 1, 2021
New Year's Eve 1989. It's Mo's "wedding day," but priority number one is to make sure he and his crew live to see another decade. He and Dawn, Blair, Keith and Yassir work together to do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.
9. Two!
July 25, 2021
Mo tries to make his own bachelor party happenin’. A killer is still on the loose and they’ve chosen to celebrate in a cabin…in the woods. Keith enjoys his social status upgrade until someone unexpected returns.
8. Three!
July 18, 2021
Dawn readies for her upcoming move to the West Coast, only to find that Mo's attempt to help her has, yet again, backfired. Blair realizes that the killer is inside the house. Keith needs a job real, real bad.
7. Four!
July 11, 2021
Mo and Dawn work through some "artistic differences" as Nomi's star rises. Blair and Tiff schmooze a VIP, and Keith tries to rekindle things with Mike.
6. Five!
June 27, 2021
The group is thrust (literally) back together in a black-site interrogation turned group-therapy session.
5. Six!
June 20, 2021
Mo and Dawn are at odds when it comes to Nomi's musical future. Meanwhile, Keith, Tiff and Corkie combine forces to make a damage-control commercial for Pfaffashions. Elsewhere, Blair gets a panic room to panic in.
4. Seven!
June 13, 2021
Mo tries to keep up with Nomi but he comes to realize that time catches up with us all when he finds he can’t party like he used to. Meanwhile, Dawn’s attempt to get him to slow down backfires. Elsewhere, Pastor Newell’s funeral planning goes off the rails and ends with a bang.
3. Eight!
June 6, 2021
Dawn puts on a show at her new "job" for her parole officer, while Blair puts on a show for the RNC. Mo makes a big personal announcement, and Keith tries to please Larry. Blair shoots for political points and his electroshock therapist gets a shock of his own.
2. Nine!
May 30, 2021
Keith thinks he's the perfect tailor-made business-wiz Tiff and Corkie need to rebrand Pfaffashions and put it back in the money. Dawn and Mo negotiate their new work/life balance the way they negotiate everything else
1. Ten!
May 23, 2021
It's 1989 and Mo makes his first big "discovery" as a newly minted jazz producer. Dawn's still serving time for masterminding Black Monday, Blair learns the hard way how to play politics, and Keith discovers that the late Lenny Leighman has some big follicles to fill. Mo hatches a plot to get Dawn an early release.
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Black Monday is available for streaming on the SHOWTIME website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Black Monday on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 20, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (6,296)