Return of The Last O.G.
TBS renews The Last O.G. for season two proving 2nd Chances are indeed a beautiful thing.
If you tuned into The Last O.G. expecting a drawn out over extended Saturday Night Live skit the jokes on you.
“It’s not your regular old slapstick comedy. These characters feel like people you can kind of recognize and relate too.” -Cedric the Entertainer.
The new sitcom from Jordan Peele, Tracy Morgan, and TBS features well rounded, fully developed characters. Whether you’re from Brooklyn, Boca Raton, or Bellevue, WA everyone can relate to the dynamics of the show.
After 15 years in prison Tray Barker (Tracy Morgan) is released with time off for good behavior. He is out of touch with society, reality, and going through it. Jay-Z and Biggie’s Brooklyn are MIA. Tray finds the Brooklyn he loved replaced with a whitewashed, gentrified coffee shop on every other corner version of itself. In fact, the only thing that’s still the same in Tray’s world isn’t a thing at all, his cousin Bobby remains well cousin Bobby. Don’t act like you don’t know Cousin Bobby. In most families cousin Bobby is cousin Ray Ray, cousin Pookie, Mookie, your Uncle Keith, Darnell, or Tyrone. Tray tries to comes to grips with all the changes and make up for lost time.
All Tray wants to do is find a way for this new world order to make sense, bond with his kids and stay out of jail. The woman he loved is married, and he is the father of twins he didn’t know about. His daughter (Taylor Mosby) is a streetwise smart cracking clap backing version of her mother Shay. Shahzad (Dante Hoagland) is a thoughtful, introspective kid he’s the voice of reason. Tray plead his case to his daughter Amira.
“I did 15 years in a federal penitentiary. When I look at you, your brother, and your mom, I see what I missed out on. I see what I lost” Tray Barker – The Last O.G.
Tiffany Haddish plays Shay, a mom of 15-year-old twins Amira and Shahzad. Tray's release means Shay needs to figure out how to co-parent teenagers with him and her husband Josh (Ryan Gaul). Cedric The Entertainer ups the comedic value even more in the role of Miniard Mulins. He runs the half-way house Tray is staying in after his release from prison.
In the third episode entitled 'Truth Safari' Shay’s husband Josh slips up and tells Tray where the kids go to school giving him the chance to reach out to his kids. He suggests the kids join him on a truth safari so he can show them Brooklyn the way he remembers it them background on his history with Shay. When Shay finds out Josh let Tray trick him into telling him where the kids are she panics. Josh tries to convince her Tray won’t hurt his kids, and that she is partly to blame for the situation because she withheld her pregnancy from him. She tells Josh she’s not worried because he’ll hurt them she's worried because she knows they’ll like their dad.
The Last O.G. came out the gate swinging. The show premiered with some of the highest ratings cable television has seen in awhile.
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, over 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.
Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish, and Cedric The Entertainer's comedic chops drive the comedic aspect of the show. The executives at TBS ordered a second season of The Last O.G. after airing only three episodes.
Dante Hoagland and Taylor Mosby elevate The Last O.G. from a one-dimensional comedy to must see TV. The writers delivered a great show. The young stars on the show knock it out the park. Whether your laughing, or on the verge of tears the characters in The Last O.G. tug at your heart strings and remind you of a couple people you know or used to know.
If you’re not watching The Last O.G. you need to rethink your TV goals and get your life together. Luckily for you TBS and Tracy Morgan believe 2nd chances are a beautiful thing. The first three episodes are streaming on demand. Catch all of the heartwarming fun with The Last OG starring Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish, Cedric The Entertainer, Ryan Gaul, Allen Maldonado, Dante Hoagland, and Taylor Mosby Tuesdays 10:30/9:30c on TBS.
Unless otherwise noted images courtesy of TBS.