Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus

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  • TV-MA
  • 2017
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.6  (1,449)

Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus was a docu-series that premiered on Cinemax in 2017 and ran for two seasons until 2018. The show was created by Mike Judge, who is best known for his animated sitcoms such as Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill and Silicon Valley. The show was co-created by Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett.

The central premise of the show was to document the lives of some of the most influential and iconic country music artists of the 20th century. Through interviews with their peers, friends, bandmates, and family members, the show aimed to give viewers an intimate and often humorous look into the lives of these musicians, many of whom were notorious for their wild and sometimes destructive behavior.

The show featured interviews with a diverse array of country music legends, including Johnny Paycheck, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more. Each episode focused on a different musician, with the first season covering artists such as Johnny Paycheck and George Jones, while the second season delved into the stories of Blaze Foley, James Brown, and George Clinton.

Mike Judge served as the narrator of the show, providing context and commentary on the interviews and archival footage. Judge's dry and often irreverent sense of humor added an extra layer of entertainment to the already fascinating stories being told.

The show was notable for its use of animation to bring to life some of the more outrageous stories being told. For example, in one episode, an animated sequence showed Johnny Paycheck shooting a man in a bar fight, while in another, a cartoon Tammy Wynette rode a motorcycle through a Walmart.

In addition to Mike Judge's narration, the show also featured interviews with many of the people who knew the musicians best, including family members, bandmates, and other musicians. These interviews provided insight into the personal lives of the musicians, often revealing the darker, less glamorous side of the country music scene.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show was its focus on lesser-known musicians and their stories. For example, the Blaze Foley episode focused on a musician who was largely unknown during his lifetime but whose influence can still be felt in the music of artists like Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt.

Overall, Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus was an entertaining and informative look into the lives of some of the most influential country music artists of the 20th century. With its mix of archival footage, interviews, and animated segments, the show provided a unique and engaging way to learn about the stories behind the music.

Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on September 22, 2017.

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Betty Davis
8. Betty Davis
December 21, 2018
Season 2 finale. The queen of funk, Betty Davis should have been a superstar. A small-town Southern girl, she exploded onto the music scene in the early '70s after launching a career in New York as a fashion model and playing muse to Miles Davis, and her brief marriage to the jazz legend helped launch her career as a performer.
Morris Day and The Time
7. Morris Day and The Time
December 14, 2018
One of the biggest characters in funk history, Morris Day was an aspiring drummer who became the embodiment of cool. The iconic front man might have had a different life altogether, if not for childhood friend Prince Rogers Nelson, but he made a Faustian bargain with the future superstar, and the result was Morris Day and The Time. Though the band skyrocketed to the top with hits like "Jungle Love," resentment festered and the rivalry between the two singers reached a breaking point.
James Brown (Part Two)
6. James Brown (Part Two)
December 7, 2018
[Cinemax] HD. 'James Brown Pt. 2.' (Season Two) James Brown faces adversity and challenges to his throne as the king of funk.
James Brown
5. James Brown
November 30, 2018
Episode Info James Brown was renowned for his infectious voice and unbelievable dance moves, earning a reputation as the hardest-working man in show business. Between his womanizing ways, perfectionist attitude and daredevil style, he built an empire that went far beyond entertaining, often alienating musicians and business partners along the way.
Bootsy Collins
4. Bootsy Collins
November 23, 2018
Bassist Bootsy Collins went from rocking out in Ohio to working with the notorious James Brown, who taught him "The One" funk basics. But it was when Bootsy met George Clinton that he created his larger-than-life persona and became the backbone of the P-Funk empire. As the frontman of Bootsy's Rubber Band, he quickly achieved solo stardom before realizing that what he loved most about music was the joy of just being part of a group.
Rick James (Part 2)
3. Rick James (Part 2)
November 16, 2018
[Cinemax] HD. 'Rick James (Part 2).' (Season Two) How Rick James fell from grace amid his rivalry with Prince, cocaine abuse, and run-ins with the law.
Rick James (Part 1)
2. Rick James (Part 1)
November 9, 2018
Part 1 of 2. The self-proclaimed "King of Punk Funk," Rick James came from humble beginnings in Buffalo before hooking up with Neil Young while dodging the draft in Canada. With a penchant for pyrotechnics, glitter, custom boots and marijuana, his quest to become a black rock star reached its apex when a throwaway song, "Super Freak," topped the charts and gave him the fame he'd dreamed of.
George Clinton
1. George Clinton
November 2, 2018
Season 2 premiere. George Clinton was a cornerstone figure in funk music who went from singing a cappella in a barbershop to chasing Motown glory in Detroit with his band, The Parliaments. But the introduction of LSD took him to the next level, as he built a funk empire with outrageous costumes, frequent band-name changes and an occasional bit of nudity.
Where to Watch Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus
Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus is available for streaming on the Cinemax website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus on demand at Apple TV Channels, Hulu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 22, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (1,449)