The Great Indoors

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  • 2016
  • 1 Season

The Great Indoors is a comedy TV show from CBS that aired for one season in 2016-2017. The show was created by Mike Gibbons and produced by Gibbons and Chris Harris. The Great Indoors is set in a magazine publishing office and follows a group of millennials and their baby boomer boss.

The main character of the show is Jack Gordon (played by Joel McHale), an adventure reporter who travels the world and writes about his experiences for the magazine Outdoor Limits. When Outdoor Limits is shut down, Jack is forced to return to the office and work for the magazine's digital department. There, he finds himself working with a group of millennials who are more interested in their phones than his stories.

The millennials on Jack's team include Clark (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Emma (played by Christine Ko), and Mason (played by Shaun Brown). Clark is socially awkward and has a hard time communicating with people. Emma is a social media expert who is always on her phone. Mason is eager to please and has a crush on Emma.

The baby boomer boss is Roland (played by Stephen Fry), the founder of the magazine. Roland is out of touch with the digital world and has a hard time understanding the younger generation. He often clashes with Jack over the direction of the magazine.

The Great Indoors explores the generation gap between millennials and baby boomers. The show is filled with humor and satire as the characters navigate their differences. Jack often finds himself at odds with his team, who he sees as entitled and lazy. Meanwhile, the millennials view Jack as old-fashioned and out of touch.

The show also tackles issues such as social media addiction, workplace diversity, and the changing nature of the publishing industry. Emma's character, in particular, is used as a vehicle to explore the role of social media in modern society. Her obsession with likes and followers is contrasted with Jack's old-school approach to storytelling.

Despite its promising premise, The Great Indoors was not well-received by critics or audiences. Many criticized the show for being too clichéd and predictable. The characters were seen as one-dimensional and the humor was often juvenile. The show was also criticized for relying too heavily on outdated stereotypes of millennials and baby boomers.

Ultimately, The Great Indoors was cancelled after one season. The show's creators and producers were disappointed with the decision, but they acknowledged the show's flaws. In an interview with Deadline, Gibbons said, "We’re proud of the show we made, but we also recognize that there are things we could have done better. We’ll take those lessons with us as we move forward."

While The Great Indoors may not have been a critical or commercial success, it did attempt to address important issues facing modern workplaces. The show's exploration of the generation gap between millennials and baby boomers is relevant and timely. However, its execution fell short of its potential. The Great Indoors serves as a cautionary tale of the dangers of relying too heavily on stereotypes and clichés in comedy.

The Great Indoors is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (22 episodes). The series first aired on October 27, 2016.

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The Company Retreat
22. The Company Retreat
May 8, 2017
At the magazine's notoriously carnal company retreat, feelings resurface between Jack and Brooke as they work together to help Clark finally hook up with Emma – the same way they did five years ago. Also, Roland asks Jack to lead the staff in his absence after he accepts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to return to field reporting.
Roland's Secret
21. Roland's Secret
May 1, 2017
Jack gets caught up in Roland and Brooke's family drama when they both enlist his help to keep bombshells about their love lives from each other,
The Heartbreaker
20. The Heartbreaker
April 27, 2017
Jack plans a double date to get Eddie out of his funk, but the night turns awkward when they run into Eddie's ex-wife. Elsewhere: Emma decides to break up with her boyfriend and Clark ponders if he should make his move or save his friendship with Greg.
Ricky Leaks
19. Ricky Leaks
April 13, 2017
When Jack insults the magazine's I.T. manager, the "techspert" seeks vengeance by leaking office emails.
Party Paul
18. Party Paul
April 6, 2017
When Jack takes Brooke's fiance, Paul, and Roland out to fix their lukewarm relationship, his plan goes awry when Paul gets tipsy and goes missing.
17. Cubicles
March 30, 2017
Jack is distracted by the millennials' juvenile behavior, so Brooke installs cubicles in the bullpen to remedy the situation.
Aaron Wolf
16. Aaron Wolf
March 27, 2017
The millennials' journalistic honor slips when Jack's enemy, a former magazine staffer converted famous outdoor reality TV host, comes back to guest edit the magazine.
Relationship Jack
15. Relationship Jack
March 9, 2017
Jack is so preoccupied with his relationship with Rachel that it's a detriment to the magazine and his friends. Eddie and Roland to try to free him.
Friends Like These
14. Friends Like These
February 23, 2017
Jack asks his co-workers to pose as his closest friends at a dinner party after his girlfriend questions his lack of an inner circle.
13. DTR
February 16, 2017
In his plan to avoid commitment, Jack decides to date a millennial but must recruit Clark, Emma and Mason to help him keep up with the girl's tiring lifestyle.
Paul's Surprise
12. Paul's Surprise
February 9, 2017
When jealousy prompts Jack to insult Brooke’s fiancé, Paul (Andrew Leeds), at the couple's re-engagement party, he makes things worse by repeatedly botching his apology. Also, the millennials squabble over their job hierarchy when they can’t decide who should take point on creating a slideshow for the party.
Mason Blows Up
11. Mason Blows Up
January 19, 2017
When Mason gets attention for an investigative coup, Jack becomes envious and tries to reassert his dominance. Also, Clark can't muster up the courage to ask out Emma, so he gives her relationship advice about other guys instead.
The Explorers' Club
10. The Explorers' Club
January 12, 2017
Roland is criticized by the leader of the Chicago Adventure Society, who accuses him of faking a story of the expedition that defined his career, so Jack, Brooke and the millennials try to clear Roland's name.
The Mediocre Outdoors
9. The Mediocre Outdoors
January 5, 2017
Jack takes the group camping and tests their survival skills by leaving them to their own devices.
Office Romance
8. Office Romance
December 15, 2016
Jack regrets convincing Human Resources to toss out a "no inter-office dating" rule when he needs an excuse to break up with his co-worker, Amy (Jessica Makinson). Also, Mason closes in on uncovering Jack and Brooke's romantic history.
At Emma
7. At Emma
December 8, 2016
Emma quits her job after she fails to get a raise, making Jack and Roland the magazine's social media managers; Eddie rebrands his bar in an effort to increase business.
Going Deep
6. Going Deep
December 1, 2016
When Jack is clueless about how to help Eddie through the pain of his divorce, Brooke steps up to be Eddie's interim best friend. Also, a colossal secret comes out when Clark, Emma and Mason battle each other in a fitness tracker challenge to win concert tickets.
No Bad Ideas
5. No Bad Ideas
November 24, 2016
After Jack gives Clark a brutal performance review, Jack is forbidden by human resources to give the staff any feedback; Emma and Mason try to help Brooke hire a new intern.
You Don't Know Jack
4. You Don't Know Jack
November 17, 2016
The Millennials discover a secret about Jack's past after they clean out an old storage unit.
Step One: Shelter
3. Step One: Shelter
November 10, 2016
Jack faces the ultimate test of his survival skills when he's forced to crash at Clark's tiny apartment while he searches for a place of his own. Also, Roland sticks Brooke with telling the millennials their beloved office perks are being taken away due to budget cuts.
Dating Apps
2. Dating Apps
November 3, 2016
Clark, Emma and Mason must intervene when Jack decides to try online dating and creates the worst profile ever for himself.
1. Pilot
October 27, 2016
Joel McHale stars as Jack, a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the new desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication, on the series premiere of the new comedy.
Where to Watch The Great Indoors
The Great Indoors is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Great Indoors on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 27, 2016