LOOT: SEASON ONE
Starring: Maya Rudolph, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, Ron Funches, Nat Faxon, Meagen Fay, Stephanie Styles, Olivier Martinez, and Adam Scott
Creators: Matt Hubbard and Alan Yang
Loot is a show that is carried on the back of its cast. Some jokes land only because it’s Maya Rudolph (Molly), and when she can’t salvage them, her co-stars’ response will make you laugh, smile, or fill up with glee. They’re often accompanied with embarrassment, but standouts like Ron Funches (Howard) and Nat Faxon (Arthur) are so likable that it works. Really, the entire cast is spot on, and even though there are jokes for jokes’ sake, it’s their individual talent fully utilized to bounce off each other that makes Loot funny, witty, and charming.
I genuinely wonder if Loot would have been as watchable as it is without the hilariously committed Maya Rudolph. Her spine is probably split in two from carrying this show on her back because she sells even the worst jokes successfully. In all fairness, the show's entire cast is pretty funny, but it really is her show. That said, a lot of the jokes can feel slightly one-note, and I guess the story is fine. I can’t say it’s a bad show by any stretch of the imagination, but without Maya, I don’t think it would’ve worked even this well.