Eastbound & Down

Common Sense Media says

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





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kenny is a thoroughly unlikable character. He's racist, 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.


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 pay cable 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.

Parents say

Kids say

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 delude himself by imagining that she still wants him -- even though she's now engaged to the school principal (Andrew Daly).

Is it any good?


Self-centered, crass, inconsiderate, and extremely profane, Kenny is nothing like the role model he imagines himself to be. And that's the main issue with this sad comedy. It's not entirely clear whether Eastbound & Down is supposed to be a story about Powers' redemption -- or whether his one-note character is the entire joke, because Kenny shows no sign that he may be on any kind of journey of self-discovery.

Meanwhile, he's not particularly fun to watch, and the show's efforts to mine humor from his arrogance and hubris mostly strike out.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about role models. The show makes it clear that Kenny was once a role model; he even has his own line of motivational tapes. Do you think the racist, sexist, and angry former baseball player he is now makes a good role model for anyone? Based on his depiction, do you think he set a good example even at the peak of his career? What makes someone a good role model?

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
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
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


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