Watch The Detour

The Detour, on its surface, is a show about a family on a road trip vacation. The nature of their trip, however, is gradually called into question as more facts become known. Every member of the family is tested repeatedly in a madcap holiday turned adventure. The father, well intentioned but flawed in his approach, fights with his wife, a classic suburban sedated mother, for driving over flying under the guise of family togetherness. Deeper troubles are revealed though, as the trip meets one roadblock after another. The whole thing snowballs, with the premier episode culminating in a hilarious felonious mixup.

The children provide reinforcement to the parents, with the troublesome younger brother, and the overly intelligent older sister juxtaposing the overly rational wife and impulsive husband. The polar differences in the characters provide a perfect mix in a new kind of family comedy, truly original in television today. There exists in the show a perfect balance of recklessness and rationality, feeding an impetuous timeline culminating in an unpredictable climax.

Told partially through flashbacks, the show creates continuous tension and unpredictable turns of plot on the doomed journey of a family trying to stay together and reinforcing bonds through absurd trials and tribulations.

Tuesday 10:30 PM et/pt on TBS
3 Seasons, 32 Episodes
April 11, 2016
Comedy
7.8/10
Cast: Jason Jones, Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, Liam Carroll
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The Detour Full Episode Guide

  • The Parkers finally happen upon help in an abandoned ghost town which is filled with deadly serious Pacific Rim LARPERS.

  • Nate is reunited with his family and pulls off an evacuation away from Edie and the feds. Unfortunately, he didn't have much time to plan it and he has to rely on a terminally ill, 90 year old Alaskan bush pilot.

  • A look back at Robin and Nate's first vacation together. A trip to the tropics and their first time alone since the kids were born. Spoiler Alert. They have an awful time.

  • With Robin out of work, its Nate's turn to earn-- on an Alaskan factory fishing trawler. But it's only 7 months of rotting fish, meth fumes, and family separation. What could go wrong?

  • Edie has gone undercover, posing as an assistant coach of Jared and Delilah's hockey team. When they go on the road together, Robin suddenly gets a little jealous of this mysterious stranger.

  • Edie continues to surveil the Parkers and is looking for the stupidest member of the family to get close to.

  • Nate tries to navigate his new role as stay-at-home dad.

  • After a year on the lam across the continental US, the Parkers finally settle into the last place anyone will be looking for them. Alaska. But their lies and deceits soon come back to haunt them.

  • The family is reunited, but Robin makes a huge mistake.

  • Robin and Nate live out their action movie fantasies as they make their way to the kids, who are actually happy without them.

  • Robin and Nate make record time to get to the kids in a trip from New York to Florida.

  • Her past finally having caught up with her, Robin prepares to go away for a long time. Nate tries to piece together what went wrong and Delilah and Jared make the most of their school talent show.

  • With his job on the table, Nate tries to land a new customer and brings the family along.

  • The Parkers settle into a seemingly normal New York City routine, but they're being surveilled by Federal agents who see much more than they intended to.

  • At Delilah's taekwondo tournament, Nate has difficult conversations with Jared and Carlos.

  • Details are revealed about what happened the night the twins were born.

  • Robin tries to divorce Carlos, but he has something else in mind. Later, she's forced to come clean about her past in the city.

  • Robin's ex, Carlos, lures her back into some of their old activities, and Nate gets jealous; the kids meet Nate's new boss.

  • Robin isn't thrilled about Nate's new job in New York City, but the family leaves Syracuse anyway.

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