The Brink

For other uses, see The Brink (disambiguation).
The Brink

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Genre Political satire
Created by
Composer(s) David Robbins
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Dave Holstein
  • Jack Black
  • Tim Robbins
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Jerry Weintraub Productions
  • Everyman Pictures
  • Little City Iron Works
Original network HBO
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release June 21 (2015-06-21) – August 23, 2015 (2015-08-23)
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The Brink is an American television comedy created by brothers Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib.[1] It focused on a geopolitical crisis in Pakistan. The show was conceived that each season would follow a different crisis somewhere in the world involving the same main characters. The pilot episode was written by the Benabib brothers and directed by Jay Roach.[1]

The series premiered on June 21, 2015 on the American cable television network HBO.[2] The Brink was initially renewed for a second season while the first season was still airing.[3] HBO later reversed its order and cancelled the series after just one season.[4]





No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Jay RoachRoberto Benabib & Kim BenabibJune 21, 2015 (2015-06-21)1.60[10]
2"Half-Cocked"Tim RobbinsRoberto Benabib & Kim BenabibJune 28, 2015 (2015-06-28)1.26[11]
3"Baghdad My Ass"Jon PollRoberto Benabib & Kim BenabibJuly 5, 2015 (2015-07-05)1.17[12]
4"I'll Never Be Batman"Michael LehmannDave HolsteinJuly 12, 2015 (2015-07-12)0.99[13]
5"Swim, Shmuley, Swim"J. Michael MuroJack KukodaJuly 19, 2015 (2015-07-19)1.06[14]
6"Tweet Tweet Tweet"Michael LehmannSam FormanJuly 26, 2015 (2015-07-26)0.97[15]
7"Sticky Wicket"Scott WinantAasif MandviAugust 2, 2015 (2015-08-02)1.00[16]
8"Who's Grover Cleveland?"Michael LehmannWes JonesAugust 9, 2015 (2015-08-09)0.89[17]
9"Just a Little Crazy Talk"Adam BernsteinRoberto Benabib, Kim Benabib & Dave HolsteinAugust 16, 2015 (2015-08-16)0.94[18]
10"There Will Be Consequences"Michael LehmannRoberto Benabib, Kim Benabib & Dave HolsteinAugust 23, 2015 (2015-08-23)0.87[19]


The Brink received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a rating of 54%, based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Brink avoids disaster thanks to the game efforts of a talented cast, but they - and viewers - deserve political satire with a sharper bite."[20] Metacritic gives the first season a score of 52 out of 100, based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[21]

IGN reviewer Amber Dowling gave the entire first season an 8.0 out of 10 'Great' score, saying that "after a rough first couple of episodes the actors settled into their characters and viewers grew more comfortable with the tone. Quick and surprising plot twists coupled with strong on-screen pairings eventually resulted in a fun summer romp with plenty of potential."[22]

International broadcast

In Australia, the series premiered on July 7, 2015, on Showcase.[23] In India and Pakistan, the series premiered on June 22, 2015, on HBO Defined HD.[24] In Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, the series premiered on November 11, 2015, on Orbit Showtime Network (OSN).


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Andreeva, Nellie (February 11, 2014). "HBO Gives Series Order To Comedy Pilot 'The Brink' Starring Jack Black & Tim Robbins, From Jay Roach & Jerry Weintraub". Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  2. Pedersen, Erik (April 9, 2015). "HBO Launching Comedies 'The Brink' & 'Ballers' With 'True Detective' In June". Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  3. "'The Brink' Renewed for Season 2 by HBO". Variety. July 21, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  4. Andreeva, Nellie (October 27, 2015). "'The Brink' Not Going Forward With Season 2 At HBO". Deadline. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  5. "Jack Black/Tim Robbins Comedy 'The Brink' Premieres on HBO This Summer". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  6. ship name revealed in episode "Half-Cocked," class determined by hull number of CVN-82
  7. Andreeva, Marshall Manesh. "Esai Morales Joins HBO Comedy Pilot 'The Brink' As Regular, Will Play POTUS".
  8. The Deadline Team (August 13, 2014). "Carla Gugino Joins HBO's 'The Brink'". Deadline. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  9. 1 2 "HBO's Jack Black Comedy Series Adds 'Gavin and Stacey,' 'Doctor Who' Actors". The Hollywood Reporter. September 5, 2014.
  10. Bibel, Sara (June 23, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Detective' Wins Night, 'Ballers', 'Naked and Afraid', 'The Last Ship' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  11. Kondolojy, Amanda (June 30, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: BET Awards Tops Night + 'True Detective', 'Ballers', 'Naked and Afraid' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  12. Bibel, Sara (July 8, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: Shark Week Wins Night, 'True Detective', ' Ballers', 'The Last Ship', 'Botched', 'Falling Skies' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  13. Bibel, Sara (July 14, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Naked and Afraid XL' Wins Night, 'True Detective', 'Basketball Wives', 'Ballers', 'The Strain' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  14. Bibel, Sara (July 21, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Naked and Afraid XL' Wins Night, 'True Detective', 'Ballers', 'The Strain', 'The Last Ship', 'Tut' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  15. Kondolojy, Amanda (July 28, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'I am Cait' Tops Night + 'Naked & Afraid XL', 'Rick & Morty', 'True Detective', NASCAR, 'Ballers' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  16. Bibel, Sara (August 4, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Rick and Morty' & 'Naked and Afraid XL', Win Night, 'True Detective', 'The Last Ship', 'Ballers', 'The Strain', 'Ray Donovan' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  17. Kondolojy, Amanda (August 11, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Detective' Tops Night + 'Naked and Afraid XL', 'Rick & Morty', 'Ballers', & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  18. Bibel, Sara (August 18, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Naked and Afraid XL' Wins Night, 'Rick & Morty', 'Ballers', 'The Last Ship', 'The Strain', 'Ray Donovan' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  19. Kondolojy, Amanda (August 25, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Fear the Walking Dead' Tops Night + 'Talking Dead', 'Naked & Afraid', 'Rick & Morty', & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
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  21. "The Brink: Season 1 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  22. Amber Dowling (September 1, 2015). "The Brink: Season 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  23. "Duck Dynasty, The Brink, Finding Carter, A Place To Call Home and live sport". The Green Room. July 3, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  24. "HBO Defined brings two new comedy series".
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