Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach Physical Education at his old middle school.
Reviews
Popularity
651 ( 10)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
2013   2012   2010   2009  
5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Kenny Powers (29 episodes, 2009-2013)
...
 Stevie Janowski (28 episodes, 2009-2013)
...
 April Buchanon (20 episodes, 2009-2013)
...
 Maria (20 episodes, 2010-2013)
...
 Dustin Powers (16 episodes, 2009-2013)
...
 Cassie Powers (16 episodes, 2009-2013)
Ethan Alexander McGee ...
 Dustin Jr. (16 episodes, 2009-2013)
...
 Wayne (15 episodes, 2009-2013)
Edit

Storyline

Kenny Powers was poised to rule the Big Leagues, but two things got in the way: his fading fastball and his insufferable personality. After a spectacular career flame-out, Kenny goes home to Shelby County, NC, to nurse his wounds and work as a gym teacher at his old middle school. Written by HBO

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Every kid has a baseball player to look up to. Kenny Powers is not that guy. (Season 1) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

P.E.  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The creators offered Walton Goggins a role on the third season of the show, but it wasn't possible, due to scheduling reasons. See more »

Quotes

Kenny Powers: Fuck that noise!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saints Row: The Third (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Hilarious!
19 April 2009 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

The collaborators behind The Foot Fist Way and Observe & Report made this television miniseries for HBO earlier this year. It's very much like their two films, but it's definitely their most satisfying work. That's mostly because it's consistently funny. The films are frequently hilarious, but get bogged down in some heavily dramatic moments. And they also have a lot of jokes that fail. The six episode show plays like a 2 1/2 hour movie, although the individual episodes are very much structured like television. Danny McBride stars as a John Rocker-like former baseball star named Kenny Powers. He came to fame during a World Series final game and was enormously popular. But between his bad behavior and diminishing results, and passing through about ten MLB teams, he's been kicked out and now he's broke. He returns to his North Carolina hometown and shacks up with his brother, who is married with three children. The only job he can get is as a substitute gym teacher at a local middle school (the teacher for whom he is substituting ends up dying at the end of the first episode, allowing him to become a real part of the faculty). Having tasted so much fame, Kenny is not at all happy at where he is landed. In his mind, some light training will get him back into the big leagues. Meanwhile, he can treat everyone around him like crap and pursue his now engaged high school sweetheart, who teaches art at the school. Like the two films, Eastbound and Down mines a very painful existence. It's mean and misanthropic. I learned to see Kenny Powers as a human being, but he sure as Hell is a repugnant one. It's hard to believe that anyone would give this guy the time of day. You'd think the former girlfriend would tell his to screw off, his boss would fire him and even his brother would disown him. Oh well, it's fiction, after all. Not everything has to be believable (unlike Observe & Report, there're no hints that any of the story is taking place within the character's mind). I wish I could come up with some lines from the show to prove how funny it can be, but IMDb is pretty useless so far. I probably wouldn't be able to post them here, anyway. The show is ridiculously profane. Fans generally refer to the protagonist as Kenny "F'ing" Powers (as Kenny Powers often does himself). Will Ferrel appears in a couple of episodes, but his over-the-top style clashes a bit with the more naturalistic style of the show. Craig Robinson also appears, and works a lot better. Besides Jody Hill, art-house (and Pineapple Express) director David Gordon Green directs. I hope Green sticks with comedy at least in half his career. I've never been a fan of his art-house hits (or non-hits; I don't think any of them have been commercially successful), but his comic style works brilliantly.


29 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?