From the retro graphics to the giant shoulder pads (and plenty of cocaine), Showtime’s over-the-top comedy series, Black Monday, has nailed the 1980s. Set in the shadow of the looming international stock market crash of October 19th, 1987, the series follows the underdog trading company, the Jammer Group, that is challenging the blue-blood old guard and taking down the entire system. Season 2 returns to Showtime on March 15th.
The show opens a year before the crash and follows Maurice “Mo” Monroe, played by Don Cheadle (Avengers), a fast-talking and faster-scheming money man at the helm of Jammer Group. He has a plan to take on the system, with the help of his right-hand man Keith (Paul Scheer, The Good Place) and tough as nails ex-lover Daen (Regina Hall, Black-ish). The key ingredient? Blair, a hot new MBA, played by Andrew Rannells (Big Mouth, The Book of Mormon), and his surprisingly well-connected fiancée Tiff (Casey Wilson, Happy Endings). By the end of the year, which rolled out in a 10-episode first season, the team will play a roll in crashing the world’s largest financial system—and a couple of murders.
Season 1 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbFMhDTRNmQ
How to watch Black Monday Without Cable
Black Monday airs on Showtime and is available only through the premium network. However, there are several ways to watch showtime online without having cable TV. The easiest way is subscribing directly to Showtime for $10.99 a month, after a 7-day free trial. Showtime can also be added to most major streaming services as an add-on premium channel, for the same rate, such as Amazon Prime, Hulu, FuboTV, Sling, DIRECTV Stream, and YouTube TV. All the options are available to view and compare online on Showtime’s website.
Why You Should Watch Black Monday
While the series had mixed critical response, it found favor with audiences, enough to bring it back for a second season. Its irreverent humor crossed with an embrace of the decadence of wealth and power in the 1980s makes it a delightful guilty pleasure—you don’t necessarily respect these people, but watching them make trouble can be fun.
In season 2, returning March 15th, the team is in the aftermath of Black Monday. The clothes and the hair are bigger, the stakes are higher, and Blair and Dawn are now in charge. Blair is living the high life, and Dawn is getting the ladies in on the action. But looming over them is the presence of Mo, who is on the run with Keith, but not ready to let go of his power, or his search for who played him. Who will take the fall—for the crash and the murders? Season 1 included numerous cameos, such as Ken Marino (Veronica Mars) as twin Lehman brothers. Marino returns in season 2, along with new guest stars Tuc Watkins (The Boys In the Band), June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Dulé Hill (Suits), and Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul).
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