Nathan For You - Season 2
The series ran for four seasons. In October 2018, Comedy Central confirmed that Nathan for You had ended, with Fielder deciding to focus on other projects. It received acclaim from critics, several of whom considered it one of the best TV shows of the 2010s.
Nathan For You - Season 2
The series centers on Nathan Fielder, a business school graduate and consultant whose aim is to help struggling businesses. His marketing proposals are often outlandish and elaborate. One of the show's long-running story arcs concerns Fielder and his social awkwardness. Throughout episodes, his confidence is eroded as his ideas fail. In the show's first season, Fielder is unaware people do not enjoy his company. The character is based on Fielder's real life and his own struggles with social anxiety; he has noted that he did not want the character to "feel like a comedy character" but one that delivers the "most authentic moments from myself."
The series premiere garnered 354,000 viewers, improving in its second episode to 570,000. A special sneak peek episode that aired on March 13, 2013, after an episode of Workaholics further increased viewership, ending up at 615,000. The following episode, airing on March 14, had 428,000 viewers. The next week on March 21, ratings dropped further, landing at 394,000 viewers. On April 26, 2013, Comedy Central renewed the series for a second season of 8 episodes. Season 3 premiered on October 15, 2015. On December 10, 2015, Comedy Central picked up the show for a fourth season. The fourth season premiered on September 28, 2017, preceded by a one-hour special, "Nathan for You: A Celebration", which aired the week before. In June 2018, it was announced that Nathan for You would stream on Hulu.
In the second episode of season one, Fielder and the show's crew attempted to boost the popularity of a California petting zoo by turning one of their pigs into a celebrity through the filming of a hoax video of the pig (actually a trained stand-in pig following a plastic course placed beneath the surface) rescuing a goat who was stuck in a pond. Fielder had the crew sign non-disclosure agreements in order to maintain secrecy around the production.
An appearance in the eighth episode of the show's first season by private investigator Brian Wolfe led to Wolfe getting his own reality series on Investigation Discovery, Cry Wolfe. This was referenced on Nathan for You on the eighth episode of the second season, when Nathan tried to get a similar reality TV deal for a security guard who had also appeared in season one.
Episode three of the show's third season focused on Nathan's attempt to help a struggling moving company by providing the business with free labor. The plan involved the creation and marketing of an original fitness routine called "The Movement," which would emphasize the lifting of household objects (namely boxes and furniture) for exercise, and preclude the need for practitioners to go to a gym or health club. Nathan would then lure interested parties into working for the moving company by leading them to believe they were simply exercising. Marketing for "The Movement" involved a ghost-written book, which subsequently made it on to the Amazon best-seller list, and several television appearances by the "inventor" and public face of the routine, bodybuilder Jack Garbarino.
Nathan for You received critical acclaim. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 89% with an average rating of 8/10, based on 9 reviews. The second season has an approval rating of 100% with an average rating of 8.3/10, based on 10 reviews, with a critics consensus of, "Nathan for You arrived a brilliant comedy, but viewers will feel more acclimated to the series' cringeworthy wit in a second season that makes great use of Nathan Fielder's unflappable awkwardness." The third season has an approval rating of 100% with an average rating of 9.6/10, based on 12 reviews, with a critics consensus of, "Nathan for You continues to gain dimensionality in its third season, still plumbing horrified laughs while also unearthing a great deal of heart in its shameless star." The fourth season has an approval rating of 100% with an average rating of 9/10, based on 14 reviews, with a critics consensus of, "Nathan for You is an extraordinary program that effectively blurs the lines between television and reality."
Some of the best "Nathan For You" episodes involve celebrity impersonators, and "The Richards Tip" is among the finest. An L.A. diner enlists Nathan's help in getting public exposure in this episode from the show's fourth season. The plan is to hire a celebrity impersonator to leave a $10,000 tip, generating viral media buzz and flocks of curious customers.
"Nathan For You" landed media attention multiple times throughout its four-season run, but no episode made a greater splash than Dumb Starbucks from the first season. From the gutsy copyright infringement to Nathan's ridiculous fight with a lawyer to the entire Dumb Starbucks media campaign, this episode is a stone-cold classic.
If you didn't already know, "Nathan For You" is produced by "Tim and Eric" creators Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, whose eccentric and surreal comedy work at Adult Swim has had an immense impact on television comedy in the past decade. That "Tim and Eric" vibe is all over this episode from the show's fourth season, which has Nathan Fielder helping a chili shop and a massage parlor.
This episode from the show's second season is a triple-threat, offering some of Nathan's worst ideas with the funniest results. Throughout its three segments, Nathan ropes the owners of a liquor store, an extermination business, and a car wash into blatantly impractical schemes, and manages to tick off plenty of people in the process.
Every episode of "Nathan For You" involves somebody being uncomfortable on some level, whether it's the audience, the clients, or Nathan Fielder himself. (He deserves it). If we were to vote for the episode that made its guests the most visibly uncomfortable with Nathan's ideas, it would have to be "Hotel/Travel Agent" from the show's third season.
One of Nathan Fielder's most potent comedic superpowers is the ability to take a simple premise and expand upon it faster than the audience or his hapless guests can possibly process. That's the name of the game in the third season opener "Electronics Store," which begins with discount televisions and descends into a nightmare world of crocodiles, court hearings, and an emo Nathan.
The show's second season kicked off with this unforgettable double-header, in which Nathan "assists" a mechanic and a realtor. Although the premises for these two segments are more straightforward than some of Nathan's most logistically impressive stunts, it's the unplanned moments that make this episode one of the show's best.
We love "Nathan For You" when it's tackling businesses, but the episodes where it subverts the formula and goes for bigger and more outlandish ideas are truly incredible. One of the finest examples is "The Hero," closing out the show's third season with adrenaline rushes, identity theft, and a sprinkling of romance.
Deciding which episode of "Nathan For You" inspires the most second-hand embarrassment is difficult; that's what this show does best. But we nominate "Souvenir Shop/ELAIFF" from the show's second season, in which Nathan helps a Hollywood souvenir shop attract customers by staging the shooting of a movie.
"Santa/Petting Zoo" helps establish one of Nathan's recurring characters and shows how good this series is as a whole at staging viral events. In the Santa portion, Nathan helps a struggling Santa Clause impersonator by having them work out of a season at a discounted rate. However, Nathan soon realizes that the guy has a criminal history which puts a strain on their relationship.
This episode is a fun exploration of Billy Heath's quirky history and an oddly cathartic, emotional journey for Nathan himself, making this episode a distinct and surprisingly fitting season finale for the series.
Fielder stars, directs, writes and exec produces. Clark Reinking exec produced the first episode of season one with Dave Paige exec producing episodes two through six. Christie Smith and Dan McManus executive produce for Rise Management.
After yet another week of terrible HBO news, the promise of more Rehearsal is an unbelievable relief. But first, we have to find out how Fielder wraps up the first season of his comedy-turned-outrageously compelling docudrama.
One technique Fielder uses throughout this season was the \"Fielder Method.\" Reliving events through actors gave him a chance to see from certain perspectives what was happening when he wasn't in character. This helped Fielder during his time with Angela, as he prepared for difficult conversations with her using these methods and actors playing her. This is something viewers can think about in their own work and life events. How would we prepare for certain discussions about religion, child raising and revelations? These questions continue to arise for Nathan throughout the parenting rehearsal as all forms of television cross each other. Fortunately for him, he has an entire HBO budget to construct exact replicas of bars, houses, and restaurants and an unlimited supply of actors to help him prepare for these moments.
This show works only as a once-a-week episode drop, not as a quick six-episode binge. It gives time for viewers to understand what is going on and wait for the next week. The Rehearsal\/em has already been renewed for a second season. It's hard to know where Fielder will go with this, whether he tries to help a single person per episode or fall into another scenario where he confronts his own insecurities and fears of parenting. This is the strangest show I've watched in a long time, knowing there isn't a real script, just improvisation from Fielder and other actors combined with the real-life people he's trying to help. The finale is the most important episode that will really make viewers think about what this whole setup by Fielder is really trying to say. There's so much to think about after watching this show, especially how Fielder will top this in season 2. 041b061a72