Yet another series set in the 1980s, “Black Monday” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA) offers a broad satire of Wall Street and the go-go-go, cocaine-charged yuppie culture of the Reagan era.
The title is a reference to both the stock market crash of Oct. 19, 1987, still the worst in history, and to the larger-than-life Maurice Monroe (Don Cheadle), a financial hustler who projects a “Superfly” veneer to bamboozle his mostly white colleagues.
He drives a fire-engine-red Lamborghini limousine, which, it is pointed out, lacks the speed of a sports car and the comfort of a limo but has a price tag meant to dazzle and intimidate.
When not overcompensating with his brash attitude (“I’m going to put the ‘brother’ in Lehman Brothers!”), Maurice projects an inner sadness born of a backstory of abandonment and loneliness. This combination of profane comedy and maudlin reflection is not a good one.
Andrew Rannells (“The Book of Mormon”) co-stars as Blair Pfaff, a naive newcomer trying to peddle a fancy algorithm to various investment firms. His encounter with Maurice is one of many contrived situations, as is his improbable connection to a major account.
“Black Monday” is not so much a comedy as a vehicle for comedians doing “bits” as cartoonlike characters. Many of the more outrageous moments almost seem written for YouTube clips. As such, “Monday” is entertaining for about two minutes at a time.
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