‘Crashing’ is an American semi-autobiographical comedy television series that airs on HBO. Created by comedian Pete Holmes, the show is partly based on his life and his journey towards becoming a comedian.
The show came into existence after Holmes pitched the idea for the semi-autobiographical show to Judd Apatow and completed the script for its pilot episode. The pilot episode was subsequently picked up for filming by HBO in September 2015 with Apatow as director, and after a successful pilot, HBO greenlit the first season of the show in January 2016.
After a year of filming, Season 1 of ‘Crashing’, consisting of eight episodes, made its way to viewers screens on February 19, 2017, and it aired till April 9, 2017. Season 1 was greeted enthusiastically by television critics, who gave it outstanding reviews. Unsurprisingly, mid-way through Season 1, HBO renewed ‘Crashing’ for its second season, which premiered on January 14, 2018. Subsequently, HBO again renewed the show for its third season, which premiered on January 20, 2019. Now, fans are wondering whether ‘Crashing’ will get yet another season. Here’s everything we know about it.
Crashing Cast: Who is in it?
In ‘Crashing’, Pete Holmes stars as a fictionalized version of himself, also called Pete, who is portrayed as a Christian aspiring to become a youth pastor. However, an unfortunate turn of events in Pete’s life pushes him towards the life of a stand-up comedian.
Apart from Pete, Lauren Lapkus stars as Jessica, Pete’s ex-wife and the cause of much of his woes. Additionally, George Basil plays the role of art teacher Lief, Dov Davidoff plays Jason Webber, Aparna Nancherla plays Anaya, Jermaine Fowler plays Russell, and Henry Zebrowski plays Porter. Meanwhile, Fred Applegate and Audrie Neenan play Pete’s dad and mom, respectively.
These characters aside, comedians Artie Lange and T.J. Miller play themselves in the show, and ‘Crashing’ also has guest appearances from several others, including the likes of Allan Harvey, Jim Norton, Bill Burr, Amy Schumer, and Seth Meyers, to name a few.
Crashing Plot: What is it about?
The plot of ‘Crashing’ is loosely based on Pete’s own life. In reality, Pete married at the age of 22, but got divorced at the age of 28 after he found his wife having an affair. Although Pete was already a stand-up comedian by then and doing sets in Brooklyn, he decided to go all out after his divorce and pursue a full-time career in stand-up comedy.
The show, too, follows a similar narrative, although certain events and timelines are fictionalized to give it a more dramatic feel. In the first few minutes of the first episode, Pete walks in on his wife, Jessica, having sex with another guy, Leif, and from there on out, we see him trying to come to terms with his broken heart. Much like in real life, Pete portrays himself as a devoutly religious Christian in the show, and following his split with his wife, Pete undergoes a crisis of faith. However, he slowly manages to emerge from it, aided by his pals Artie Lange and T.J. Miller, and starts to find new purpose in stand-up comedy. Finally convinced that stand-up comedy is his true calling, we see Pete go all out to become a full-time stand-up comedian. In this entire process, we also see Pete reconciling his broken faith with the help of his atheist friends, and he finally develops a moral compass that is not shaped entirely by the moral diktats of religion.
Pete’s journey from a heartbroken young man to a successful comedian really resounded with television critics, who gave Season 1 of ‘Crashing’ a score of 91%, and said: “The refreshingly goofy Crashing embraces a measured positivity and an overall sweetness that sets it apart from its more sardonic contemporaries.” While Season 2 of ‘Crashing’ is not rated on Rotten Tomatoes, Season 3 enjoys a perfect score of 100%. Overall, ‘Crashing’ has a brilliant score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Viewers, meanwhile, seem to have enjoyed the show, and it has a good overall rating of 7.5/10 on IMDb.
Crashing Season 4 Release Date: Renewed or Cancelled?
Season 3 of ‘Crashing’ premiered on HBO on January 20, 2019, and just days before its finale on March 10, 2019, Pete Holmes announced on Twitter that ‘Crashing’ had not been picked up by HBO for a fourth season.
Speaking to Collider about the cancellation, Pete maintained his characteristic wit, saying, “The show ending where it’s ending is a little bit more true to theme, in the sense that the show was always about what it’s like to be a regular comedian and struggling. That’s why it was called Crashing, and as I’ve joked many times, it wasn’t called Flourishing. So there’s something kind of fitting about how it ends. Think about where he [Pete, the character] was in the first season. He was living upstate, he was not plugged into his potential, he was certainly not a part of the scene, and he wasn’t very funny. At the end of the third season, he’s funnier, he’s found better relationships, better friendships, he’s figured himself out.”
However, there’s a glimmer of hope for fans of the show as Pete also told Collider that he was open to giving the show a proper conclusion through a film adaptation – “I mean, there could be a movie or something, we’re certainly open to that. But if this were it, it would just be like, “Oh, wow. That’s nice. Thank you for that.”” While there’s no word on said movie as of now, you never know what the future holds.
Crashing Season 3 Trailer:
With ‘Crashing’ being cancelled by HBO, there’s no hope for a new season. However, here is the trailer for Season 3 of the show to give you a glimpse into Pete’s fictionalized life.
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