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The Brink

The Brink
Promotional poster
Genre Political satire
Created by
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dave Holstein
  • Jack Black
  • Tim Robbins
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Little City Iron Works
  • Everyman Pictures
  • Jerry Weintraub Productions
Release
Original channel HBO
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21) – August 23, 2015 (2015-08-23)
External links
Website

The Brink is an American television comedy created by brothers Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib.[1] It focused on a geopolitical crisis in Pakistan. The show was conceived that each season will follow a different crisis somewhere in the world involving the same main characters. The pilot episode was written by the Benabib brothers and directed by Jay Roach.[1]

The series premiered on June 21, 2015 on the American cable television network HBO.[2] The Brink was initially renewed for a second season while the first season was still airing, however HBO later reversed its order and cancelled the series after just one season.[3][4]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.  Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  U.S. viewers
(millions) 
1 "Pilot" Jay Roach Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21) 1.60[12]
2 "Half-Cocked" Tim Robbins Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28) 1.26[13]
3 "Baghdad My Ass" Jon Poll Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib July 5, 2015 (2015-07-05) 1.17[14]
4 "I'll Never Be Batman" Michael Lehmann Dave Holstein July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12) 0.99[15]
5 "Swim, Shmuley, Swim" J. Michael Muro Jack Kukoda July 19, 2015 (2015-07-19) 1.06[16]
6 "Tweet Tweet Tweet" Michael Lehmann Sam Forman July 26, 2015 (2015-07-26) 0.97[17]
7 "Sticky Wicket" Scott Winant Aasif Mandvi August 2, 2015 (2015-08-02) 1.00[18]
8 "Who's Grover Cleveland?" Michael Lehmann Wes Jones August 9, 2015 (2015-08-09) 0.89[19]
9 "Just a Little Crazy Talk" Adam Bernstein Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib & Dave Holstein August 16, 2015 (2015-08-16) 0.94[20]
10 "There Will Be Consequences" Michael Lehmann Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib & Dave Holstein August 23, 2015 (2015-08-23) 0.87[21]

Reception

The Brink received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a rating of 54%, based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Brink avoids disaster thanks to the game efforts of a talented cast, but they - and viewers - deserve political satire with a sharper bite."[22] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 52 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[23]

IGN reviewer Amber Dowling gave the entire first season an 8.0 out of 10 'Great' score, saying that "after a rough first couple of episodes the actors settled into their characters and viewers grew more comfortable with the tone. Quick and surprising plot twists coupled with strong on-screen pairings eventually resulted in a fun summer romp with plenty of potential."[24]

International broadcast

In Australia, the series premiered on July 7, 2015, on Showcase.[25] In India, the series premiered on June 22, 2015, on HBO Defined HD.[26]

References

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