Superior Donuts

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  • TV-PG
  • 2017
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.5  (3,414)

Superior Donuts is a television show that aired on CBS from 2017 to 2018, created by Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, and Bob Daily. The show is based on a play of the same name by Tracy Letts and follows the story of Arthur Przybyszewski, a former hippie who owns and operates a rundown donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. The show features a talented cast, including Jermaine Fowler as Franco Wicks, David Koechner as Carl “Tush” Tushinski, and Maz Jobrani as Fawz.

The show takes place in and around Superior Donuts, a shop that has been in Przybyszewski's family for generations. The shop is run-down, and the equipment often malfunctions, but it has a loyal customer base that keeps the business afloat. Arthur is content with life as it is, not looking to make any major changes to the shop or his life.

Franco is a young African-American man who is full of ambition and dreams of becoming an artist. He begins working at Superior Donuts in the hopes of saving enough money to fund his latest project. Franco's modern ideas and artistic sensibilities clash with Arthur's traditional views and resistance to change. Despite this, the two men develop a bond and eventually become friends.

Tush is a regular customer at the donut shop who often hangs out with Arthur, offering advice and keeping him company. Tush is a boisterous, larger-than-life character who enjoys living life to the fullest. He often regales Arthur with stories of his past exploits and adventures.

Fawz is the owner of a neighboring business, a video store. He is often at odds with Arthur but sees the potential of the donut shop as a prime location for his own business increase. He is a shrewd businessman who is always looking out for his own best interests.

The show revolves around the relationships between these characters and their interactions with one another. It tackles issues such as race, gentrification, and the struggles of small business owners. It also explores themes of friendship and the importance of community.

One of the hallmarks of the show is its humor. The dialogue is witty, and the characters are funny and endearing. The show strikes a balance between humor and drama, making for a compelling narrative that keeps the viewers engaged. The acting is top-notch, and the chemistry between the cast members is evident.

The show was praised for its diverse cast, which included African-American, Caucasian, and Iranian-American actors. The characters were portrayed as nuanced individuals with their own unique personalities and motivations.

Overall, Superior Donuts was a well-written, well-acted show that was unfortunately canceled after only two seasons. It tackled important issues while still managing to be entertaining and funny. Its cancellation was met with disappointment by fans, who felt that the show deserved more time to develop its characters and storylines. Despite its short run, Superior Donuts remains a beloved show among its fans and is worth checking out for anyone who enjoys comedy and drama with heart.

Superior Donuts is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (34 episodes). The series first aired on February 2, 2017.

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Donut Day Afternoon
21. Donut Day Afternoon
May 14, 2018
An armed robbery at the donut shop prompts Arthur, Franco and Sofia to make life-changing decisions about their futures.
Broken Art
20. Broken Art
May 7, 2018
Fresh off making the Dean's List, Franco decides to apply for a prestigious art fellowship, but in order to win a semester studying in Italy, he must compete with his girlfriend, Tavi. Also, Randy gets more than she bargains for when she hires Tush as her personal assistant.
The ICEMen Cometh
19. The ICEMen Cometh
April 30, 2018
With U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducting raids in Uptown, Sofia turns to Franco for help hiding her undocumented brother, Rafael, who faces deportation to Colombia. Also, Tush decides it's time to give up his daily sugar rush.
Pedal to the Meddle
18. Pedal to the Meddle
April 16, 2018
Arthur's offer to teach Franco to drive hits a speed bump when a cop catches Arthur with an expired license. Also, Tush prepares to attend a princely wedding for his friend Harry.
Balls and Streaks
17. Balls and Streaks
April 9, 2018
Arthur, a Cubs super-fan, is determined to break the consecutive attendance record for Opening Day games, but when he finds himself without a ticket, he's left scrambling for a way into Wrigley Field for the first time in 43 years.
Friends Without Benefits
16. Friends Without Benefits
March 26, 2018
Franco's girlfriend, Tavi, begins to wonder if he still has feelings for Sofia when he turns to her for advice. Also, Fawz dons a disguise and goes undercover to try and catch the culprit who's been stealing from one of his restaurants.
The Chicago Way
15. The Chicago Way
March 19, 2018
Randy, who just passed the detective's exam, is asked by her former supervisor, Ted, to talk to a female rookie who has filed a sexual harassment complaint against him. Also, Arthur's usual arrangement with a city health inspector to ignore violations in the shop goes awry when a new by-the-book inspector shows up.
High Class Problems
14. High Class Problems
March 5, 2018
When Franco discovers his new girlfriend, Tavi, is rich, he begins to wonder if she's only dating him to make herself look more progressive. Also, Arthur significantly raises the price of his donuts to help pay for a new boat motor and winds up attracting the hipster crowd he once rejected
Father, Son and Holy Goats
13. Father, Son and Holy Goats
February 26, 2018
When Arthur hires Fawz's son, Abe, at the shop, Franco encourages the aspiring DJ to skip college and follow his dream
Always Bet on Black
12. Always Bet on Black
February 5, 2018
Frustrated by Fawz's willingness to exploit Black History Month to make a buck, Franco invites Wheels Langdon, a former Negro League baseball player, to the shop to share his unsung story. Also, a suspicious Randy decides to investigate a mysterious woman Tush meets through an online dating site.
Grades of Wrath
11. Grades of Wrath
January 29, 2018
Convinced his first art-school assignment is a masterpiece, Franco is shocked when he receives a below-average grade and his unimpressed professor asks for a do-over. Also, Arthur becomes determined to discover the true identity of the customer who dared give his shop's coffee a negative online review
Labor Pains
10. Labor Pains
January 22, 2018
Faced with art school expenses, Franco gives Sweatpants a choice: find a job to help pay their rent or find a new place to live. Also, Tush and Fawz go to great lengths to help Randy build a social media presence that will inspire envy in her ex.
Sofia's Choice
9. Sofia's Choice
January 15, 2018
An admission from Franco and Sofia on the eve of her first big catering gig shocks Arthur and the gang. Also, Randy and Tush take temp jobs as security guards, leading to an unexpected revelation about Fawz.
Electile Dysfunction
8. Electile Dysfunction
December 18, 2017
When Arthur suddenly decides to run against Fawz in a local election, his campaign manager, Franco, tries to help his boss bring home a win. Also, Tush and Randy realize they crossed paths long before the donut shop, and the encounter was hardly sweet.
Homeless for the Holidays
7. Homeless for the Holidays
December 11, 2017
In the spirit of the season, Franco convinces Arthur and the rest of the gang to help John, a homeless man who falls ill at the donut shop, get back on his feet. Also, Tush and Sweatpants compete to be the more popular Santa.
Error of Admission
6. Error of Admission
December 4, 2017
Franco considers giving up admission to his dream school after he learns Arthur included his ethnicity on the application, despite Franco's desire to be accepted solely on the merits of his art.
Flour Power
5. Flour Power
November 27, 2017
After a fed-up Franco fires Arthur's longtime flour supplier for making offensive comments, Franco vows to find a more principled replacement, but the task proves more challenging than expected. Also, Randy reluctantly agrees to let Tush crash at her place when he rents his apartment during Pride Weekend to make extra cash.
Thanks for Nothing
4. Thanks for Nothing
November 20, 2017
When Franco decides to host an orphans' Thanksgiving at the donut shop, he encourages Arthur to invite his daughter, Lucy, but Arthur will only agree if Franco invites his own estranged family member, his father, Reggie.
3. Brotégé
November 13, 2017
Franco signs up to be a Big Brother but is disappointed when the kid, Andre, bonds more with Arthur than him.
Is There A Problem, Officer?
2. Is There A Problem, Officer?
November 6, 2017
When a video surfaces of Randy being aggressive during a traffic stop, Franco begins to question her capabilities as a police officer. To prove that Randy is a good cop, Arthur agrees to Franco's request to tail her while she's on duty, and the night takes a dramatic turn.
What the Truck?
1. What the Truck?
October 30, 2017
Arthur's business is threatened when Sofia (Diane Guerrero), an ambitious young entrepreneur, parks her organic food truck in front of the donut shop, becoming a hit with his customers and catching Franco's eye. Also, Franco grows frustrated trying to follow his dream of going to college.
Where to Watch Superior Donuts
Superior Donuts is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Superior Donuts on demand at Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 2, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (3,414)