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Lucky Hank - AMC+

William Henry "Hank" Devereaux, Jr., the unlikely English department chairman at the badly underfunded Railton College in the Pennsylvania rust belt, is coping with a midlife crisis.

Just as Hank's life begins to unravel, his wife, Lily, also begins to question the path she is on as the vice principal of the local high school, and the choices she has made. Told in the first person by Hank, the series is adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo's novel "Straight Man," which was inspired by his own experiences teaching at colleges.


After several stints at the big screen, Saul is back on the little one. Bob Odenkirk both produces and stars in this ten episode season from AMC+ who also brought me The Mayfair Witches earlier this year. Five episodes in and things are looking good. They're not Breaking Bad good, but the tone here is vastly different.


To say that Hank is going through a mid-life crisis that we all go through at this particular age is not exactly true but nonetheless inventive, engaging and delivers a satisfying experience. The script is more often clever than funny, but hints at both albeit rarely at the same time. The supporting cast are mostly average, but rarely get that much of a chance to really extend themselves, with the exception of long-suffering, but singularly brilliant wife, Lily, played deliciously by Mireille Enos.


Having reached a point where the season could go in one of two polarising directions, I am still keen to see what becomes of Hank and his life, which bears enough resemblance personally for it to strike the odd chord. But only the odd one. Russo's novel is on order too, and I am also looking forward to reading that when it arrives.



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