Hap & Leonard

I was reluctant to watch this, just didn’t think it was my thing. It seemed to be advertised as a cross between Dukes of Hazzard and Smokey and the Bandit. Which are really the same thing. Maybe more of a dark Dukes/Bandit. And, full disclosure, I can’t stand either of those. So, I wasn’t looking forward to it. I was pleasantly wrong, though.

Set in the late 1980s, this shows us the “misadventures” (that’s a very benign word for what happens here) of two aging men, best friends since childhood, who had very different 1960s experiences. One refused the draft and ended up in jail for two years, total peacenik. The other served in Vietnam and is now very, very bitter about it. They get into the kind of horrific situation that makes you say, “I can’t believe they showed this on TV”.

Only six episodes, very beautifully filmed and well-acted. I was always surprised at the end of an episode, cuz I forgot myself and thought I was watching a feature film. A big, unexpected “yes”.

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Lori K.

Transplanted Yankee single mom trying to survive living in the South

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