The Brink (TV series)

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The Brink
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Promotional poster
Genre Political satire
Created by
Starring
Composer David Robbins
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Dave Holstein
  • Jack Black
  • Tim Robbins
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
  • Jerry Weintraub Productions
  • Everyman Pictures
  • Little City Iron Works
Release
Original network HBO
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseJune 21 (2015-06-21) 
August 23, 2015 (2015-08-23)
External links
Website

The Brink is an American television comedy created by brothers Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib. [1] It focuses on a geopolitical crisis in Pakistan. Before cancellation, the show was conceived so that each season would follow a different crisis somewhere in the world involving the same main characters. The pilot episode was written by the Benabib brothers and directed by Jay Roach. [1]

Contents

The series premiered on June 21, 2015 on the American cable television network HBO. [2] The Brink was initially renewed for a second season while the first season was still airing. [3] HBO later reversed its order and cancelled the series after just one season. [4]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot" Jay Roach Roberto Benabib & Kim BenabibJune 21, 2015 (2015-06-21)1.60 [10]
2"Half-Cocked" Tim Robbins Roberto Benabib & Kim BenabibJune 28, 2015 (2015-06-28)1.26 [11]
3"Baghdad My Ass" Jon Poll Roberto Benabib & Kim BenabibJuly 5, 2015 (2015-07-05)1.17 [12]
4"I'll Never Be Batman" Michael Lehmann Dave HolsteinJuly 12, 2015 (2015-07-12)0.99 [13]
5"Swim, Shmuley, Swim" J. Michael Muro Jack KukodaJuly 19, 2015 (2015-07-19)1.06 [14]
6"Tweet Tweet Tweet"Michael LehmannSam FormanJuly 26, 2015 (2015-07-26)0.97 [15]
7"Sticky Wicket" Scott Winant Aasif Mandvi August 2, 2015 (2015-08-02)1.00 [16]
8"Who's Grover Cleveland?"Michael LehmannWes JonesAugust 9, 2015 (2015-08-09)0.89 [17]
9"Just a Little Crazy Talk" Adam Bernstein Roberto Benabib, Kim Benabib & Dave HolsteinAugust 16, 2015 (2015-08-16)0.94 [18]
10"There Will Be Consequences"Michael LehmannRoberto Benabib, Kim Benabib & Dave HolsteinAugust 23, 2015 (2015-08-23)0.87 [19]

Reception

The Brink received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a rating of 53%, based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Brink avoids disaster thanks to the game efforts of a talented cast, but they - and viewers - deserve political satire with a sharper bite." [20] Metacritic gives the first season a score of 52 out of 100, based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". [21]

IGN reviewer Amber Dowling gave the entire first season an 8.0 out of 10 'Great' score, saying that "after a rough first couple of episodes the actors settled into their characters and viewers grew more comfortable with the tone. Quick and surprising plot twists coupled with strong on-screen pairings eventually resulted in a fun summer romp with plenty of potential." [22]

International broadcast

In Australia, the series premiered on July 7, 2015, on Showcase. [23] In India, the series premiered on June 22, 2015, on HBO Defined HD. [24] In Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, the series premiered on November 11, 2015, on Orbit Showtime Network (OSN).

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