Showtime's Black Monday: Grade It!

TVLine | 1/20/2019 | Rebecca Iannucci
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Feeling a little nostalgic for the shoulder-padded days of the 1980s? Fortunately, Showtime’s Wall Street satire Black Monday has arrived to fill the perm-sized hole in your heart.

Created by David Caspe (Happy Endings) and Jordan Cahan (Marry Me), the half-hour comedy made its debut on Sunday night — though the subject matter at its heart is no laughing matter. Black Monday chronicles the (fictional) events leading up to Oct. 19, 1987, otherwise known as the day of the (non-fictional) worst stock market crash in Wall Street’s history, which gave the show its title.

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Before you give us your reviews of Episode 1, here’s what went down in the premiere:

Black Monday opens in the immediate aftermath of the titular stock market crash, and the streets of New York are bleak as wealthy finance bros weep over their lost dough. A Lamborghini limousine pulls up outside the New York Stock Exchange building — and moments after the driver steps out of the car, a man suddenly crashes on top of the limo, having fallen from the top of the NYSE. We don’t learn the identity of this unfortunate soul, but we do glimpse an emerald pin on his tie and a Rolex watch on his wrist.

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The episode then jumps back to one year earlier, and a few mysteries are quickly solved: That emerald tie pin belongs to recent business school grad Blair Pfaff (Girls‘ Andrew Rannells), though we can’t be sure he was the one who landed on top of the limo; and the limo, for that matter, belongs to stock whiz Maurice Monroe (House of Lies‘ Don Cheadle), known in the trading world as Mo the Marauder.

When we first meet the highly ambitious (and highly coked-up) Mo, he has his heart set on the designer jeans company Georgina, whose shares he wants...
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