Dramedy about a family that runs a high-interest loan business.
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Laurie Metcalf ...  Bobette Buffkin 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Jeff Hephner ...  Morgan Buffkin / ... 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Jay R. Ferguson ...  Cooper Buffkin 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Katie Lowes ...  Brandy Buffkin 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Marsha Thomason ...  Julia Miller 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Nick Searcy ...  Roy Buffkin 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Joe Peracchio ...  Mike Klink 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Jessica Gee-George ...  Additional Voices 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Grant George ...  Additional Voices 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Michelle Griego Michelle Griego ...  Cami 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Jesus Mayorga ...  Raffe 8 episodes, 2008-2009
David T. Quan David T. Quan ...  Busboy / ... 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Kimberly Estrada ...  Cherise Buffkin 7 episodes, 2008-2009
Gary Farmer ...  Shep 7 episodes, 2008-2009
Joey Naber 7 episodes, 2008-2009
Chris Browning ...  Detective Yapp 6 episodes, 2008-2009
Ravi Patel ...  George Patil 6 episodes, 2008-2009
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo Peter Navy Tuiasosopo ...  Manny Mamayo 5 episodes, 2008-2009
Joseph Negus Joseph Negus ...  PePaw 4 episodes, 2008-2009
Judge Reinhold ...  Barry 4 episodes, 2008-2009
Andy Brooks ...  Tino mamayo / ... 4 episodes, 2008-2009
Chad Brummett Chad Brummett ...  Damon 4 episodes, 2008-2009
Jenny Gabrielle ...  Madison 4 episodes, 2008-2009
Ryan O'Quinn 4 episodes, 2008-2009
Mark Vasconcellos ...  Pastor Jeff 4 episodes, 2008-2009
James McCauley James McCauley ...  Professor Dimitri Rosivich 3 episodes, 2008-2009
Michael Sheets ...  Larry Conroy 3 episodes, 2008-2009
Lauren Poole ...  Tiffany 2 episodes, 2008-2009
Tina Borek ...  Gym Girl / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Cliff Gravel Cliff Gravel ...  Angry Loan Customer / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Tyler Williams ...  Muscular Guy 2 episodes, 2008
Steven Ray Byrd ...  Bar Patron / ... 2 episodes, 2009
David House David House ...  J.C. Wallace 2 episodes, 2009
Christina July Kim ...  Sang Hee 2 episodes, 2009
Elisa Morse Elisa Morse ...  Heather Kelly 2 episodes, 2009
Lauren Petzke Lauren Petzke ...  Stacy LaChance 2 episodes, 2009
Kisha Sierra ...  Phoebe Fuller 2 episodes, 2009
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Dramedy about a family that runs a high-interest loan business.

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USA

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English

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5 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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The Best Show That (Practically) No One Is Watching
15 October 2008 | by Miles-10See all my reviews

This is the best show on CW currently IMHO. Jeff Hephner reminds me a little of Matthew Fox on "Lost" and he could even carry this show, but he doesn't need to because the rest of the cast is so good.

The subject matter is off-putting. It's about seedy shylocks. If half the people who might otherwise watch this show owe money to such people themselves, why would they want to watch a show about them? Even so, you have to admire Morgan, Hephner's character, because he refuses to physically hurt anybody who owes money. Instead, he uses psychology and, yes, under-handed trickery to get money from his customers. The trouble is that you see the look on their faces, and you know that even though he didn't break their bones, he hurt them all the same. (In the case of a customer named Yapp, there is nothing subtle about his pain, he is comically over the top with it.) Making Morgan sympathetic would seem a hard sell, but this show does make him seem like someone who is in a dirty business who nevertheless tries hard to keep it as clean as he can. Maybe the addition of the Mamayo brothers to the cast of characters helps: these rival loan sharks are NOT above breaking a deadbeat customer's legs. Even Morgan's crooked mother seems honest compared to them.

Against this unhappy drama, the comic aspect of the show is of such a dry nature that when I was asked if the show is funny, I had to think about it. Yes, it is funny, but so was the Sopranos right up until Tony murdered someone with his bare hands in an early episode. The grim subject matter of "Easy Money" is so, well, grim, that the dry humor, which is funny when it happens, is forced into the back seat by the high stakes drama. Morgan doesn't really want to do what he is doing or be who he has been as long as he can remember. In the second episode, his friend who works at the mall's book store tells Morgan that what he is agonizing over is an opportunity to become whatever he wants to be. Apparently the friend has heard Morgan express the desire before to leave his way of life before, but he has always thought he was trapped by his family ties.

The people Morgan deals with are either crooked or miserable or both. There is humor in their behavior, but it is sad. A lot of them are too stupid to know that they are doomed. Their antics are only comical as long as you forget that, in the long run, they will end tragically.

All of that is reason to understand misgivings about this show, but it so well done that the show rises above the material. Both episodes seen so far have been as good or, often, better than what is on the big networks.

Don't write this show off without giving it a chance.


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