White Famous

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  • TV-MA
  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 6.2  (1,689)

White Famous is a comedy television series that premiered on Showtime in 2017. The show is loosely based on the life of Jamie Foxx and stars Jay Pharoah as an up-and-coming comedian named Floyd Mooney. The series explores the challenges and absurdities of making it big in Hollywood in a way that is both hilarious and thought-provoking.

The show's premise revolves around Floyd Mooney's quest to become "white famous." What does that mean? Essentially, it refers to the phenomenon of being a black celebrity who achieves mainstream success and recognition, transcending racial boundaries along the way. Think of actors like Will Smith or musicians like Beyoncé - they're not just famous in the black community, they're famous across the board.

Floyd is on the cusp of that kind of stardom, but he's still struggling to get there. He's a gifted comedian with a loyal following, but he's not yet a household name. In order to elevate his career to the next level, he agrees to do a TV series for a powerful network executive named Stu Beggs (played by Stephen Tobolowsky). The catch? The show is a generic, laugh-track laden sitcom that flattens out all of Floyd's edgy, subversive humor. It's a huge compromise, but Floyd feels like it's a necessary step if he wants to make it to the top.

As the series progresses, we follow Floyd as he learns more and more about the cutthroat, competitive world of show business. He interacts with a variety of characters, including his best friend and fellow comedian Ron Balls (Utkarsh Ambudkar), his ex-girlfriend and baby mama Sadie (Cleopatra Coleman), and a successful white comedian named Teddy Snow (T.J. Miller) who takes Floyd under his wing. Together, they navigate the ups and downs of the biz, dealing with everything from racism to sexism to good old-fashioned backstabbing.

One of the things that makes White Famous so compelling is its willingness to tackle serious issues in a way that's both hilarious and poignant. For example, in one episode, Floyd gets offered a role in a film called Soul Man 2, in which he would have to wear blackface. The show explores the complex ethical questions surrounding that kind of role, while still managing to be absolutely hilarious. In another episode, Floyd struggles with the fact that he's being asked to water down his act for white audiences - and when he finally decides to go all out and tell some truly edgy jokes, he gets a hostile response from the crowd. The show is able to highlight the absurdity of racism and prejudice in the entertainment industry while still making us laugh.

Of course, a lot of the humor in the show comes from Jay Pharoah's incredible comedic talent. He's a master impressionist (you may remember him from his days as a cast member on Saturday Night Live), and he brings that same energy and versatility to his performance in White Famous. Whether he's doing an impression of Denzel Washington, giving a hilarious monologue about the difficulties of being a black man in America, or just goofing around with his friends, Pharoah is a true joy to watch. He's also a gifted dramatic actor - there are several moments in the series where he has to explore his character's emotional depth, and he does so with aplomb.

All in all, White Famous is a great show for anyone who loves smart, edgy comedy with a social conscience. It's a sharp satire of the entertainment industry that manages to be both funny and thought-provoking. If you're in the mood for a show that will make you laugh and make you think, this is definitely one to check out.

White Famous is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on October 15, 2017.

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Zero F**ks Given
10. Zero F**ks Given
December 10, 2017
Life comes full-circle for Floyd as career opportunities rain down following the release of yet another viral video. While Floyd deliberates over which path is the best for him, Sadie entertains a weighty offer of her own and Balls takes a chance on love. Season finale.
9. Scandal
December 3, 2017
A video of Floyd makes its way around the internet, igniting controversy.
8. Make-Believe
November 26, 2017
Floyd buries his pride and accepts a role in Kali's newest music video, directed by Teddy, to spend more time with the singer. Malcolm leverages his job as an agent to bag an ambitious backup dancer with big screen dreams. Meanwhile, Teddy and Floyd have a falling out as Balls battles the blues.
7. Duality
November 19, 2017
Floyd turns to Malcolm and Balls for advice after catching Robbie in a compromising position with a co-star. Sadie's patience with Floyd wears thin as an important music showcase for her approaches. Meanwhile, Kali, a popstar, takes an interest in both Sadie's music and in Floyd.
6. Wolves
November 12, 2017
A coked-out Teddy seeks Floyd's help in winning back the rights to 'Angry Black;' Malcolm sets up shop at Floyd and Balls' place while looking for new employment. Meanwhile, Amy's talent for negotiation gets tested when a confrontation with Peter turns violent and an unexpected opportunity presents itself to Floyd.
Life on Mars
5. Life on Mars
November 5, 2017
When their children's misbehavior sends Floyd, Sadie, Peter and Amy to the principal's office, it's Floyd, not Trevor, who lands in hot water. While Sadie worries about the punishing consequence this could have on Trevor's enrollment, Malcolm and Teddy unwittingly suffer the professional repercussions of Floyd's misdeeds.
4. Appetites
October 29, 2017
Floyd and Balls are called upon to settle a creative dispute over Teddy's use of the N-word; Stu shares troubling news from the set of 'Molested!'; and Floyd receives an unwelcome invitation to a dinner party hosted by Peter and Amy, where secrets from the couple's philandering past threaten to resurface.
3. Woo
October 22, 2017
Floyd's commitment to 'Angry Black' wavers after learning Sadie's new boyfriend has been cast as his co-star. Malcolm goes head-to-head with a sexy rival from his past as she attempts to poach his clients. And a chance fling with the network president's wife looms large over Floyd's fledging career - while Balls has a brush-in with love of his own.
2. Heat
October 15, 2017
Malcolm pushes a reluctant Floyd to commit to a race-based prestige series.
1. Pilot
October 15, 2017
A racially charged video becomes an opportunity for Floyd. Series premiere.
Trailer: White Famous
0. Trailer: White Famous
October 15, 2017
The official trailer for the SHOWTIME original series White Famous. Jay Pharoah stars as Floyd Mooney, an African-American comedian whose star is on the rise. But the path to stardom is a minefield that Floyd must navigate to maintain his credibility while trying to become "white famous." Don't miss the series premiere of White Famous on Sunday, October 15th at 10PM ET/PT.
Where to Watch White Famous
White Famous is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch White Famous on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, The CW and CW Seed.
  • Premiere Date
    October 15, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (1,689)