Vice Principals

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  • TV-MA
  • 2016
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.0  (30,697)

Vice Principals is a dark comedy series created by Danny McBride and Jody Hill, who also worked together on the show Eastbound & Down. The show premiered on HBO in 2016 and ran for two seasons, ending in 2018. The series stars McBride as Neal Gamby, one of two vice principals at North Jackson High School, who is jockeying for the top job of principal. The other vice principal is Lee Russell, played by Walton Goggins, who is Gamby's rival for the principal position.

The show takes place at North Jackson High School, a suburban school in an undisclosed Southern state. The school itself is a character in the show; it's old, rundown, and in desperate need of renovation. The show deals with the power struggle between Gamby and Russell, as they both scheme and plot to become the next principal. Along the way, they clash with other teachers and staff members, including Dr. Belinda Brown, the new principal who is brought in from outside the district to replace a retiring principal.

One of the show's strengths is the chemistry between McBride and Goggins. The two actors have worked together before, and their on-screen dynamic is electric. Gamby and Russell are both egotistical and selfish, but they're also oddly endearing. McBride plays Gamby as a gruff and vulgar man, but he's also vulnerable and petty. Goggins, on the other hand, plays Russell as a smooth-talking manipulator with a hidden agenda. Together, they create a believable and darkly funny rivalry that drives the show's plot.

The show also features a strong supporting cast, including Busy Philipps as Gale Liptrapp, a teacher who has a contentious relationship with Gamby, and Da'vine Joy Randolph as Dr. Belinda Brown. Randolph's character is a breath of fresh air, as she brings a new perspective to the school and shakes up the status quo. Georgia King plays Amanda Snodgrass, a fellow teacher who has a crush on Gamby, and Sheaun McKinney plays Dayshawn, a custodian at the school who is often caught up in Gamby and Russell's schemes.

The show's humor is dark and often cringe-worthy. Gamby and Russell are both flawed characters, and the show does not shy away from showing their worst qualities. However, the humor is balanced by moments of pathos and genuine emotion. For example, Gamby's relationship with his daughter is a recurring subplot that provides a touch of humanity to the character.

The show's visual style is also noteworthy. The show is shot on location in South Carolina, and the cinematography captures the bleakness and desolation of the school's setting. The show also utilizes a unique color palette, with muted greens and browns that match the drabness of the school. The show's soundtrack is also worth mentioning; it features a mix of classic rock and country music that adds to the show's Southern gothic vibe.

Overall, Vice Principals is a darkly funny show with great performances, memorable characters, and a unique visual style. While it is not for everyone (especially those sensitive to cringe humor), the show's subversive take on high school politics is sure to attract a devoted fan base. The show ended after two seasons, but it left a lasting impression on those who watched it.

Vice Principals is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on July 17, 2016.

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The Union of the Wizard & The Warrior
9. The Union of the Wizard & The Warrior
November 12, 2017
The school year comes to a startling end.
Venetian Nights
8. Venetian Nights
November 5, 2017
The approach of prom night escalates tensions between Gamby and Russell.
Spring Break
7. Spring Break
October 29, 2017
Gamby gets unexpected company on spring break; Amanda is illuminated during a writer's retreat.
The Most Popular Boy
6. The Most Popular Boy
October 22, 2017
A plot to sabotage a standardized test jeopardizes Russell’s job as Gamby is caught in the middle.
A Compassionate Man
5. A Compassionate Man
October 15, 2017
Russell's birthday bash is marred by a revelation about his wife's college boyfriend.
Think Change
4. Think Change
October 8, 2017
A death in Russell's family forces Gamby into the role of North Jackson's acting principal.
The King
3. The King
October 1, 2017
Gamby's hunt for his shooter leads him into a novelist's graduate-school class; Russell's ire is fueled by an unflattering caricature.
2. Slaughter
September 24, 2017
Gamby identifies a suspect, with Dayshawn's help; Russell tests out a kindness strategy at school.
Tiger Town
1. Tiger Town
September 17, 2017
Recovering from his wounds, Gamby returns to a dramatically changed North Jackson High.
Where to Watch Vice Principals
Vice Principals is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Vice Principals on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, HBO NOW, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 17, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (30,697)