Vice Principals is an American television comedy series starring Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Sheaun McKinney and Shea Whigham. The co-creators are Danny McBride and Jody Hill. The series was ordered by HBO in May 2014 with an 18-episode pickup, which will be split into two seasons and conclude the series. The series began to shoot in 2015 and wrapped in mid-2016, and premiered on July 17, 2016.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Rough House|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||July 17, 2016– present|
The second season will air in 2017.
Vice Principals focuses on ill-tempered, dogmatic, and disliked vice principal of North Jackson High School Neil Gamby (Danny McBride), and his ambitions of being promoted to the principal's chair when the principal is due to step down. However, when the current principal (Bill Murray) retires, he reveals that he trusts neither Gamby nor his scheming and seemingly sociopathic co-vice principal Lee Russell (Walton Goggins), and so instead outsources the job to college professor Dr. Belinda Brown (Kimberly Herbert Gregory). When Gamby's attempt to get the school faculty to veto the appointment backfires (as Brown quickly makes a positive impression on the staff with her goal-oriented agenda and amicability with students), he conspires with Russell to find some way of ruining Brown's reputation and installing himself as principal. The show chronicles the schemers' gradual self-destruction as their own biases and unlikable personalities increasingly alienate Brown and the rest of their co-workers.
- Danny McBride as Neal Gamby, the divorced vice principal in charge of discipline at North Jackson High.
- Walton Goggins as Lee Russell, vice principal of curriculum at North Jackson High, a conniving politician who enters into an unholy alliance with Gamby.
- Kimberly Hebert Gregory as Dr. Belinda Brown, North Jackson High’s “confident and powerful” school principal.
- Georgia King as Amanda Snodgrass, the idealistic new English teacher at North Jackson High.
- Sheaun McKinney as Dayshawn, a cafeteria worker whose job positions him near the eye of disciplinary storms.
- Busy Philipps as Gale Liptrapp, Neal's ex-wife and Ray Liptrapp's new bride.
- Shea Whigham as Ray Liptrapp, the new husband of Gamby's ex, and frequent target of his hostility — despite being a genuine and supportive guy.
- Maya G. Love as Janelle Gamby, Neal and Gale's daughter, whom Gale has primary custody of.
- Edi Patterson as Ms. Abbott, a Spanish teacher at North Jackson High with a crush on Gamby.
- Ashley Spillers as Janice Swift, the new secretary for North Jackson High.
- Susan Park as Christine, Russell's wife.
- Mike O'Gorman as Bill Hayden, a history professor at North Jackson High.
- Madelyn Cline as Taylor Watts, Spirit Captain at North Jackson High.
- RJ Cyler as Luke Brown, Brown's older son.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"The Principal"||Jody Hill||Danny R. McBride & Jody Hill||July 17, 2016||1.15|
|After their principal resigns, Vice Principals Neal Gamby and Lee Russell face off for the newly opened position. Both, however, are distraught when they meet the new principal, Dr. Belinda Brown, and agree to team up to take her down.|
|2||"A Trusty Steed"||Jody Hill||Danny R. McBride & John Carcieri||July 24, 2016||0.79|
|Dr. Brown begins to get under Gamby's skin as she hires someone to evaluate both him and Russell.|
|3||"The Field Trip"||Danny McBride||Danny R. McBride & John Carcieri & Adam Countee||July 31, 2016||0.89|
|In an attempt to get closer to teacher Amanda Snodgrass, Gamby agrees to go on an out of town field trip.|
|4||"Run for the Money"||Jody Hill||Danny R. McBride & John Carcieri & Jeff Fradley||August 7, 2016||0.71|
|As their homecoming football game approaches, Russell uses it as an opportunity to take down Dr. Brown, though Gamby is worried it will have negative consequences for the school.|
|5||"Circles"||Jody Hill||Danny R. McBride & John Carcieri & Hayes Davenport||August 14, 2016||0.82|
|After Gamby sabotages their latest venture, he and Russell cut ties; Dr. Brown works with Gamby to tone down his disciplinary methods; Russell deals with problems at home.|
|6||"The Foundation of Learning"||Jody Hill||Danny R. McBride & John Carcieri & Ben Dougan||August 21, 2016||0.85|
|Gamby and Russell create an elaborate scheme to turn the school against Dr. Brown; Gamby, eager to get closer to his daughter, learns motocross, with the help of Snodgrass.|
|7||"The Good Book"||Jody Hill||Danny R. McBride & John Carcieri & Hayes Davenport||August 28, 2016||0.62|
|At teacher workday, Dr. Brown has Russell watch her mischievous children; Gamby and Snodgrass get closer; Dr. Brown's husband returns.|
|8||"Gin"||Jody Hill||Danny R. McBride & John Carcieri & Tim Saccardo||September 11, 2016||0.63|
|Gamby must decide who he is loyal to as Dr. Brown offers him a new, more respectable role and reveals she plans on firing Russell. His relationship with Snodgrass is complicated as he learns that she used to sleep with a different teacher at the school.|
|9||"End of the Line"||Jody Hill||Danny R. McBride & John Carcieri||September 18, 2016||0.56|
|Gamby and Russell blackmail Dr. Brown, resulting in a shake up on the school staff; Gamby and Snodgrass are still not talking.|
On June 15, 2015, the Charleston City Paper reported Vice Principals filming in the North Charleston, South Carolina neighborhood of Park Circle. The newspaper added that comic actors Will Ferrell and Bill Murray would make cameo appearances in the series. Scenes that take place in the school were shot on the campus of R. B. Stall High School and also filmed on campus of West Ashley High School.
Vice Principals has received positive to mixed reviews from critics. Vice Principals holds a 7.9/10 rating on IMDb. On Rotten Tomatoes the season has a rating of 64%, based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Vice Principals is sporadically amusing and benefits from its talented stars, but its mean-spirited humor sometimes misses the mark." On Metacritic, the season has a score of 56 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The complete first season of "Vice Principals" was released on DVD and Blu-ray by HBO Studios Home Entertainment on February 7, 2017.
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