Mr Inbetween

Mr Inbetween is an Australian black comedy-crime drama television series which premiered on FX on 25 September 2018 in the United States,[1] followed by Fox Showcase in Australia on 1 October 2018.[2] The series is a serialization of the 2005 feature film The Magician, which was created, written by and starred Scott Ryan.[3] Ryan reprises his lead role and is also a writer for the series.[1]

Mr Inbetween
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Season 2 promotional poster
Genre
Created byScott Ryan
Written byScott Ryan
Directed byNash Edgerton
Starring
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)Australian English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes17
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Scott Ryan
  • Nash Edgerton
  • Jason Burrows
Producer(s)Michele Bennett
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time23–29 minutes
Production company(s)Create NSW
Screen Australia
Jungle Entertainment
Blue-Tongue Films
FX Productions
DistributorFox Networks Group Content Distribution
Release
Original networkFox Showcase (Australia)
FX (United States)
First shown inUnited States
Original release25 September 2018 (2018-09-25) –
present (present)
External links
Website

The program was originally commissioned for FX Australia as its first original drama production,[4] but launched in Australia on Showcase following the closure of FX Australia between commission and premiere.[2]

On 9 October 2018, FX and Foxtel renewed the series for a second season which premiered on 12 September 2019.[5][6] On 26 May 2020, the series was renewed for a third season.[7]

PremiseEdit

Ray Shoesmith is a hitman for hire who makes a life out of balancing his criminal activities with his obligations to friends and family. He tries to be a father to Brittany (Chika Yasumura), his daughter with his ex-wife, Jacinta (Natalie Tran), a loving boyfriend to Ally (Brook Satchwell), and a good caretaker to his sick brother Bruce (Nicholas Cassim). Ray also covers for his friend Gary (Justin Rosniak) when needed, and follows his boss Freddy's (Damon Herriman) orders without question. Ray deals with criminals and monsters in his own violent way; this behavior, however, starts to take its toll and affects his relationships.

CastEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

EpisodesEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1625 September 2018 (2018-09-25)9 October 2018 (2018-10-09)
21112 September 2019 (2019-09-12)21 November 2019 (2019-11-21)

Season 1 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateViewers
11"Pee Pee Guy"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan25 September 2018 (2018-09-25)645,000[8] (U.S.)
87,000[9] (AU)
22"Unicorns Know Everybody's Name"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan25 September 2018 (2018-09-25)515,000[8] (U.S.)
85,000[9] (AU)
33"Captain Obvious"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan2 October 2018 (2018-10-02)551,000[10] (U.S.)
44"On Behalf of Society"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan2 October 2018 (2018-10-02)426,000[10] (U.S.)
55"Hard Worker"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan9 October 2018 (2018-10-09)408,000[11] (U.S.)
66"Your Mum's Got a Strongbox"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan9 October 2018 (2018-10-09)319,000[11](U.S.)

Season 2 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateViewers
71"Shoulda Tapped"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan12 September 2019 (2019-09-12)506,000[12] (U.S.)
82"Don't be a Dickhead"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan19 September 2019 (2019-09-19)539,000[13] (U.S.)
93"I Came from Your Balls?"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan26 September 2019 (2019-09-26)383,000[14] (U.S.)
104"Monsters"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan3 October 2019 (2019-10-03)332,000[15] (U.S.)
115"Can't Save You"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan10 October 2019 (2019-10-10)394,000[16] (U.S.)
126"Let Me Stop You There"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan17 October 2019 (2019-10-17)360,000[17] (U.S.)
137"Watch Out for Snakes"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan24 October 2019 (2019-10-24)415,000[18] (U.S.)
148"See You In Your Dreams"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan31 October 2019 (2019-10-31)344,000[19] (U.S.)
159"Socks Are Important"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)432,000[20] (U.S.)
1610"Nice Face"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan14 November 2019 (2019-11-14)409,000[21] (U.S.)
1711"There Rust, and Let Me Die"Nash EdgertonScott Ryan21 November 2019 (2019-11-21)383,000 (U.S.)[22]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Mr Inbetween has received critical acclaim for its writing and performances. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 90% based on 20 reviews and an average rating of 6.98/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Mr Inbetween's familiar setup is quickly forgiven thanks to its expertly built tension and a mesmerizing performance from Scott Ryan."[23] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 75 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24]

Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter called it "One of 2018's best shows... Creator-writer-actor Scott Ryan and director Nash Edgerton deliver a tour de force that gets a lot done in very little time".[25] Entertainment Weekly named it one of Fall 2018's Must-Watch TV, praising the show's dark comedic tone; "Ryan radiates a casual toughness, like he's cheerfully counting your most breakable bones. Mr. Inbetween gets wilder as it goes along, until the season finale becomes a fully surreal, Fargo-ish tale of a hit gone way wrong."[26] John Doyle of The Globe and Mail called it "a little masterpiece of quiet, compulsively watchable comedy/drama. There are no big ideas here, but the strength of its small-scale narrative is breathtaking."[27]

The New York Times included it on their Best of Fall 2018 TV list, stating "The balance between dread and deadpan laughs is adroitly maintained, and there's an appealing casual improvisatory vibe."[28] The Boston Globe said of the show's first season, "The killer with a heart of gold isn’t a new trope, of course; viewers have repeatedly been put in the position of moral compromise in the past two decades, most recently with HBO’s Barry. But Mr. Inbetween gives it a fresh and funny going over."[29]

In 2019, Season 2 premiered to additional positive reviews.[30] Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone praised it, stating "The huge improvement from an already solid first season to this tremendous second one has me wondering if Mr. Inbetween has another big leap in it — or if spending even more time in Ray Shoesmith’s world might force Ryan, and us, to start empathizing too much with this very dangerous man."[31] Ben Travers from IndieWire said, "Pair these deeper thoughts with sharp dialogue, an ideally grubby aesthetic, and strong supporting characters, and Mr. Inbetween ends up a rewarding experience worth much more exploration."[32] Screen Rant gave it a positive review, saying "Season 2 elevates the series on nearly every level, from Ryan's writing and acting to the performances of the supporting cast and the directing of Nash Edgerton."[33]

AccoladesEdit

Mr Inbetween has been nominated and won the following awards:[34]

Australian Directors' Guild Awards
Year Category Nominee Result
2020 Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama Series Nash Edgerton for "Monsters" Nominated
2019 Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama Series Nash Edgerton for "On Behalf of Society" Nominated
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards
Year Category Nominee Result
2019 Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Scott Ryan Won
Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Damon Herriman Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Brooke Satchwell Nominated
Best Drama Series Michele Bennett, Nash Edgerton, Blue-Tongue Films Nominated
2018 Best New Talent Scott Ryan Won
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Scott Ryan Nominated
Best New Talent Chika Yasumura Nominated
Best Television Drama Series Michele Bennett Nominated
Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy Nash Edgerton for "Unicorns Know Everybody's Name" Nominated
Best Screenplay in Television Scott Ryan for "Unicorns Know Everybody's Name" Nominated
Logie Awards
Year Category Nominee Result
2019 Most Outstanding Actor Scott Ryan Won
Casting Guild of Australia Awards
Year Category Nominee Result
2019 Best Casting in a TV Comedy Kirsty McGregor Won
2018 Best Casting in a TV Comedy Kirsty McGregor Nominated
The Equity Ensemble Awards
Year Category Nominee Result
2019 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Series in a Drama Series Scott Ryan, Damon Herriman, Justin Rosniak, Brooke Satchwell, Nicholas Cassim, Chika Yasumura, Natalie Tran Nominated
Australian Writers' Guild Awards
Year Category Nominee Result
2018 Comedy – Situation or Narrative Scott Ryan Nominated
Screen Producers Australia Awards
Year Category Nominee Result
2018 Drama Series Production of the Year Michele Bennett (producer), Nash Edgerton (executive producer), Scott Ryan (executive producer), Jason Burrows (executive producer), Blue-Tongue Films, Jungle Entertainment Won

ReferencesEdit

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  32. ^ Travers, Ben (25 September 2018). "'Mr. Inbetween' Review: FX's Savvy Sundance Acquisition Puts Another Smart Hitman Story to Good Use". IndieWire. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
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