REVIEW: Loudermilk – 1.01: “A Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing”

Loudermilk
Loudermilk

To be, or not to be?

I’m just going to embrace my inner Sam Loudermilk and (try to) be blunt from the get-go: Loudermilk is not a show I would normally find myself watching. If you’ve seen the shows/films I cover, you know I generally stick to the young adult and/or fantasy-based realm. A dry humor show about a substance abuse counselor and the teenage girl he’s forced to take under his wing doesn’t really fall under that.
But there is something captivating about Loudermilk, that holds your attention throughout the whole pilot episode.

The overall premise of the show and episode can be summed up in a few sentences: Sam Loudermilk has to help a teenage girl, Claire, from her trouble with substance abuse, in order to save his sobriety meetings/meeting room. Of course he does and the pair are bound to form a sort of father figure/mentee relationship. But this series is so much more then that.

Loudermilk

Kindhearted Ben & Asshat Sam

For starters, Sam is a perfect example of an anti-hero. Of course he cares for the people he counsels, and his only friend, Ben, but most of the time he has an odd way of showing it. He definitely isn’t afraid to say what he thinks, and boy is that a trait that I wish I had.

In terms of Sam’s acquaintances around him, I think Allison (Laura Mennell) is a great match for him. I’m definitely interested to see where (or I should say if) their “relationship” is headed. Out of all the characters, Ben Burns (Will Sasso) intrigues me the most. He flies under the radar as the nice guy, but based on the ending, he’s hiding a big secret from those around him. After wondering what hilarious quip Sam is going to say next, this potential story-line is what has me interested to keep watching this series.

For those that watched Loudermilk, what were your thoughts on it?

The trailer for the series overall can be viewed below.

Loudermilk airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30pmc on Audience.