TULSA KING: SEASON ONE
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Andrea Savage, Martin Starr, Jay Will, Max Casella, Domenick Lombardozzi, Vincent Piazza, A.C. Peterson, Garrett Hedlund, and Dana Delaney
Creator: Taylor Sheridan
Tulsa King isn't a great show. In fact, it's actually a fairly generic mob story, but, man, does Sylvester Stallone elevate the material. In his best original role in years, he commands the screen as Dwight Manfredi. Series creator Taylor Sheridan must have written this role with him in mind because few actors would have the same level of success with it. Unfortunately, there are some tonal issues throughout, and the series ends a little flat, failing to build hype for a sophomore season. In spite of this, it’s still an entertaining and worthwhile series I’ll return to.
Coincidence or not, as prolific series creator Taylor Sheridan adds more shows to his Paramount+ empire, one can really start to feel how thin he has stretched himself. Although I enjoyed Tulsa King quite a bit, every ounce of credit goes to the screen presence and charismatic magnetism of Sylvester Stallone. Outside of Sly, who honestly isn’t doing anything all that special, the series has a level of camp and cheesiness that is a little goofy, while, somehow, the characters and plotlines are both underwritten and overwritten at the same time. Plain and simple, this show does not work without Stallone, who remains infinitely watchable.
Tulsa King is the newest series from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, starring Sylvester Stallone as a New York mobster who is exiled to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Anyone who is familiar with me knows I grew up a huge Stallone fan, so to say this show was high on my must watch list is an understatement. Thankfully, the show is exactly what I was hoping for. Sly has never looked so at ease or excited to play a role; he commands the screen, carrying the show on his bulky shoulders. It's the ultimate dad TV show.