Eastbound & Down



Washed-up jock is no role model in hilarious adult comedy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kenny is a thoroughly unlikable character. He's racist and sexist, swears constantly, and is mean to kids.


Some intense arguments.


Some nudity, including topless women, as well as plenty of graphic discussion about sex. A man's erection is seen through his pants.


Extremely profane. The main characters seem unable to construct a sentence without swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and other choice words. Kenny also often swears at, or in front of, children.


Some name brands are visible, especially on beer cans. Kenny seems to particularly enjoy Miller High Life.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Kenny is often shown drinking beer, sometimes while driving, and he sometimes gets staggering drunk. He also likes cocaine and is shown using it.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dark comedy's main character is a profane, misogynistic former baseball player who's squandered his money and his talent. Angry and bitter about the direction his life has taken, he tries to soothe his pain with beer and drugs but secretly cries himself to sleep. Expect nonstop swearing (including "f--k" and worse), drinking, and drugs, as well as some nudity and frequent graphic descriptions of sex.

What's the story?

It's really hard to like Kenny Powers (Danny McBride), but he sure does want to be liked. Once a star pitcher, the washed-up ball player has squandered his fortune, been drummed out of the big leagues, and now, in EASTBOUND & DOWN, is slumming it as a middle school gym teacher while crashing with his brother's family. Once accustomed to the trappings of fame, Kenny can barely disguise his contempt for the regular folks he works with -- including his middle-class brother -- and he deludes himself by pretending he's still important. The one highlight of his new life is finding that his high school girlfriend April (Katy Mixon) is a coworker at Jefferson Davis Middle School. Kenny continues to imagine that she still wants him -- even though she's now engaged to the school principal (Andrew Daly).

Is it any good?


He's self-centered, crass, inconsiderate, and extremely profane. And yet, Kenny Powers is trying his very best to start fresh back home. Turns out, his best is terrible. Watching Powers' attempt at redemption while having absolutely no self-awareness is excruciatingly painful and painfully hilarious. The show's jokes aren't for the faint-hearted; you may cringe as much as laugh, and the lives of its characters can appear remarkably bleak. But somehow this mullet-sporting sad sack will weasel his way into your heart. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about role models. What makes someone a good role model? Just because someone is a talented sports star, should he or she be pressured to be a positive influence in other arenas?

  • Is there anything to like about Kenny Powers? Why do you think he gets away with so much? 

TV details

Cast:Danny McBride, John Hawkes, Katy Mixon
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 10 year old Written by11114522 April 5, 2011
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byTCC14 June 29, 2009

A great show.

Now Will Wade is not the critic of the bunch. My dad,me, and his friend both watch this show and understand the humor. The story,Kenny Powers, an ex-pitcher goes back to his hometown and moves in with his brother and his wife and also their three childern. Kenny gets a new job as a subsitute teacher for gym class but later becomes the new teacher for gym. Kenny meets again with his old flame from high school and is trying rekindle her love for him even though she is engaged to the school's principal. Kenny has the idea to get back to the top and defeat his old foe from his past of baseball. Eastbown and Down has bad language and there is drug use. Now Will Wade Kenny Powers is not meant to be looked as a role model.....at all. Will if you think that a character like Kenny Powers is looked up as a role model to childern.....THINK. There is a postive message to this show that message is keep trying.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old February 15, 2011

What if...

...you couldn't say a sentence without swearing? You get Kenny Powers. From the words of Link: Well, excuuuuse me, dumbo cusser!
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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