The Last O.G.

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The Last O.G.
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Title screen from the pilot
Genre Comedy
Created by
Starring
Composer Joseph Stephens
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Tracy Morgan
  • Jorma Taccone
  • Eric Tannenbaum
  • Kim Tannenbaum
  • Joel Zadak
  • John Carcieri
  • Jordan Peele
Producers
CinematographyMichael Simmonds
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
  • Streetlife Productions Inc.
  • Monkeypaw Productions
  • Full Flavor
  • The Tannenbaum Company
  • Principato-Young Entertainment
  • Matthew 633
  • Artists First
  • Studio T
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network TBS
Original releaseMarch 31, 2018 (2018-03-31) 
present (present)
External links
Official website

The Last O.G. is an American comedy television series created by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri that premiered on March 31, 2018 on TBS. The series follows a convict released after serving fifteen years who returns to Brooklyn to find his old neighborhood has changed, and his ex-girlfriend is raising their children with another man. It stars Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish, Allen Maldonado, Ryan Gaul, Taylor Christian Mosby, Dante Hoagland, and Cedric the Entertainer. In May 2019, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on April 7, 2020. [1] [2] In October 2020, the series was renewed for a fourth season. [3]

Contents

Premise

Tray is an ex-con who is released from prison for good behavior after serving fifteen years. He returns to his old Brooklyn neighborhood to find that it has become gentrified. His ex-girlfriend, Shannon (also known by nickname Shay-Shay), is now married to another man named Josh and is raising his twin children Amira and Shahzad. Tray decides to become a better man and a father with the help of the owner of a halfway house, Mullins, and his cousin Bobby.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 10March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)June 5, 2018 (2018-06-05)
2 10March 30, 2019 (2019-03-30)June 4, 2019 (2019-06-04)
3 10April 7, 2020 (2020-04-07)June 9, 2020 (2020-06-09)

Season 1 (2018)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4] [5] Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4] U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot" Jorma Taccone John Carcieri & Jordan Peele March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31) [lower-alpha 1] 1.87 [6] [lower-alpha 2]
22"Bobo Beans"Chioke Nassor Jeff Stilson April 10, 2018 (2018-04-10)1.52 [7]
33"Truth Safari"Chioke Nassor Alex Rubens April 17, 2018 (2018-04-17)1.12 [8]
44"Swipe Right" John Lee Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin April 24, 2018 (2018-04-24)1.16 [9]
55"Repass"Chioke Nassor Diarra Kilpatrick May 1, 2018 (2018-05-01)1.05 [10]
66"Tray-ning Day"Maurice MarableMarc TheobaldMay 8, 2018 (2018-05-08)1.15 [11]
77"Lemon Drops"John LeeAdam SchulmanMay 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)1.01 [12]
88"That Backslide"Maurice MarableDiallo Riddle & Bashir SalahuddinMay 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)1.04 [13]
99"Paid in Full"Jorma TacconeJohn CarcieriMay 29, 2018 (2018-05-29)1.17 [14]
1010"Clemenza"Chioke NassorJohn Carcieri & Jordan PeeleJune 5, 2018 (2018-06-05)1.16 [15]

Season 2 (2019)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4] [5] Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4] U.S. viewers
(millions)
111"Ladies First" Pete Chatmon Mary FitzgeraldMarch 30, 2019 (2019-03-30) [lower-alpha 3] 1.63 [17]
122"Git Up, Git Out & Git Something" Jorma Taccone Marc TheobaldApril 9, 2019 (2019-04-09)0.89 [18]
133"A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays"Jorma TacconeDiarra KilpatrickApril 16, 2019 (2019-04-16)0.87 [19]
144"Scenario"Pete ChatmonAllen MaldonadoApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)0.85 [20]
155"Sound of Da Police" Matthew A. Cherry Kevin AriettaApril 30, 2019 (2019-04-30)0.87 [21]
166"Keep Their Heads Ringing"Pete Chatmon Jordan Black May 7, 2019 (2019-05-07)0.82 [22]
177"Criminal Minded" Reginald Hudlin Arthur Harris & Angela Nissel May 14, 2019 (2019-05-14)0.74 [23]
188"Mama Said Knock You Out"Maurice MarableTracey AshleyMay 21, 2019 (2019-05-21)0.97 [24]
199"Your Mom's in My Business"Reginald HudlinJordan BlackMay 28, 2019 (2019-05-28)0.93 [25]
2010"Fight the Power"Reginald HudlinSaladin K. PattersonJune 4, 2019 (2019-06-04)0.80 [26]

Season 3 (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4] [5] Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4] U.S. viewers
(millions)
211"Lookin at the Front Door"Matt Sohn Keenen Ivory Wayans & Jerron HortonApril 7, 2020 (2020-04-07)0.81 [27]
222"Started from the Bottom"Dale SternKeenen Ivory Wayans & Tyree ElaineApril 14, 2020 (2020-04-14)0.66 [28]
233"Ballin"Dale SternKeenen Ivory Wayans & Kate SpurgeonApril 21, 2020 (2020-04-21)0.84 [29]
244"They Reminisce Over You"Matt SohnKeenen Ivory Wayans & Kate SpurgeonApril 28, 2020 (2020-04-28)0.71 [30]
255"Family Feud"Robert TownsendKeenen Ivory Wayans & Andrew BarbotMay 5, 2020 (2020-05-05)0.72 [31]
266"The Breaks"Richie KeenKeenen Ivory Wayans & Charla LauristonMay 12, 2020 (2020-05-12)0.75 [32]
277"In Da Club"Richie KeenKeenen Ivory Wayans & Marc TheobaldMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)0.72 [33]
288"Come Clean"Robert TownsendKeenen Ivory Wayans & Carl JonesMay 26, 2020 (2020-05-26)0.65 [34]
299"All I Need"Tiffany JohnsonMarc TheobaldJune 2, 2020 (2020-06-02)0.76 [35]
3010"Warning"Matt SohnCarl JonesJune 9, 2020 (2020-06-09)0.72 [36]

Production

Development

On January 16, 2016, it was announced that FX had given the production a pilot order. The episode was written by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri. Executive producers were set to include Peele, Carcieri, Tracy Morgan, Eric Tannenbaum, and Joel Zadak. Production companies involved with the pilot included FX Productions. [37]

On October 17, 2016, it was announced that series was moving from FX to TBS and that it had been given a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The previous month, FX decided not to proceed with the production and its producers began to shop it around. Various networks showed interest but it ultimately came down to TBS and Comedy Central. The existing pilot script was rewritten and Studio T became involved in the series' production replacing FX Productions. [38]

On May 17, 2017, it was announced that the series had been titled The Last O.G. [39] On July 27, 2017, it was announced that series would premiere on October 24, 2017 with two episodes airing for a full hour. [40] However, on January 11, 2018, it was announced that series would premiere on April 3, 2018. [41] The premiere had been delayed after the departure of series co-creator and showrunner John Carcieri, who left after production on season one had ended. He was replaced by Saladin K. Patterson. [42] On April 23, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season. [43] On January 16, 2019, it was announced that the second season would premiere on April 2, 2019. [44] On May 15, 2019, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on April 7, 2020. [1] [2] On October 15, 2020, TBS renewed the series for a fourth season. [3]

Casting

Alongside the initial pilot announcement, it was confirmed that Tracy Morgan would star in the series. [37] On March 15, 2017, it was announced that Allen Maldonado had been cast as series regular. [45] On April 13, 2017, it was reported that Ryan Gaul was joining the main cast. [45] In May 2017, it was announced that Tiffany Haddish, Cedric the Entertainer, Taylor Mosby, and Dante Hoagland were joining the show as series regulars. [46] [39]

Release

Marketing

On February 16, 2018, TBS released the first trailer for the series. [42] On January 16, 2019, a trailer for season two was released. [44]

Premiere

On March 12, 2018, the series held its world premiere at the annual South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas at the Paramount Theatre. Following the screening, journalist Ramin Setoodeh moderated a question-and-answer session with Jorma Taccone, Tracy Morgan, and Tiffany Haddish. [47] [48]

Reception

Critical response

The series was met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 82% with an average rating of 7.47 out of 10 based on 34 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Despite uneven writing, The Last O.G. succeeds on the strength of Tracy Morgan's inspired performance and Tiffany Haddish's comic instincts." [49] On Metacritic it has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100 based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews." [50]

Ratings

On April 3, 2018, the official series premiere drew 1.8 million total viewers, with 882K in the key 18-49 demo in Live + same day. This was the largest cable comedy premiere since 2016, the largest scripted cable comedy premiere since 2015, and the strongest TBS original debut ever. In addition, more than 6.9 million total viewers tuned into the show over a three-night, five-telecast launch on TBS and TNT following the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four. [51]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResultRef.
2018 BET Awards Best Actress Tiffany Haddish Won
Black Reel Awards [52] Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Tracy Morgan Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesTiffany HaddishNominated
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Jordan Peele & John CarcieriNominated
2019 BET Awards Best ActressTiffany HaddishNominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesTracy MorganNominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedy TV StarTiffany HaddishNominated
Shorty Awards Best TV SeriesThe Last O.G.Nominated [53]

Notes

  1. The episode originally aired as a "sneak peek" on March 31, 2018. It was later re-aired for its official television premiere on April 3, 2018.
  2. The episode's official premiere was viewed by 1.8 million people.
  3. The episode originally aired as a "sneak peek" on March 30, 2019 and was later re-aired for its official television timeslot premiere on April 2, 2019 which received 1.00 viewers. [16]

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