Mad Dogs (American TV series)

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Mad Dogs
Created byCris Cole
Based onMad Dogs
by Cris Cole
Written byCris Cole
Michael C. Martin
Zev Borow
Brett C. Leonard
Eileen Myers
Kent Rotherham
Shawn Ryan
Jon Worley
Directed byCharles McDougall
Uta Briesewitz
Clark Johnson
John David Coles
Randall Einhorn
Guy Ferland
Alex Graves
Ted Griffin
Mark Piznarski
Craig Zisk
ComposerRobert Duncan
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producersSuzanne Mackie
Cris Cole
Andy Harries
Shawn Ryan
Danielle Weinstock
ProducersLuillo Ruiz
Jon Worley
Ken Topolsky
CinematographyBernard Couture
Raphy Molinary
Nelson Cragg
EditorsDebbie Berman
David Kaldor
Robert Ivison
C.J. Liao
Scott Pellet
Robert Komatsu
Amy M. Fleming
Running time40 — 56 minutes
Production companiesMiddKid Productions
Cris Cole Productions
Left Bank Pictures
Amazon Studios
Sony Pictures Television
Original release
NetworkAmazon Prime Video
ReleaseJanuary 15, 2015 (2015-01-15) –
January 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)

Mad Dogs is an American comedy thriller television series produced by Amazon Prime Video.[1] It is a partial remake of the British show, also named Mad Dogs, that aired from 2011 to 2013.[2]


The show's first season consisted of 10 episodes,[1] expanding on the British version's first season's four hours of content.[3] It began airing on January 22, 2016 in the U.S., U.K., and Germany,[4] with an early release of the show available in December 2015.[5]


The plot is a "cocktail of testosterone and bad decision-making",[2] focused on the angst of a group of 40-something underachieving American men who become caught in a "vacation from hell".[1][4][6]


The actors have mostly episodic TV credits,[7] including Billy Zane as a man wealthy from underworld connections who invites his friends for a stay in Belize, Michael Imperioli as an irresponsible but good-hearted former traveling musician, Romany Malco as a family man, and Ben Chaplin (who starred in the Zane role in the UK version of the show) as an embittered teacher.[1][2][3] The show's female cast, including Allison Tolman and María Botto (reprising her role from the UK series), provide contrast to the male leads.[1][2][6]


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


Showrunner Cris Cole adapted the show from his own drama in the UK.[1] It was originally under development at the FX network.[8] Cole noted that because the American version is 10 hours to the British version's first season's four hours, the last six hours of the American version are "virgin territory" and have no comparative to the original.[3]

Rights to air the show were sold by Sony Pictures Television for more than 140 countries prior to the initial Amazon airing.[4]

In late-February 2016, Amazon announced that it had opted not to renew the series.[9] Although the original intention had been for the show to be a 10 episode limited series, Amazon and the show leadership had broached the idea of a potential second season.[9]

During filming of scenes of the pilot episode in Puerto Rico, actor Steve Zahn contracted dengue fever.[10]


The show earned mostly positive reviews and anecdotal evidence pointed to solid early viewership.[9] Critics have praised the cinematography of Belize in the "blue sky"[3] show as "gorgeous."[1][6] The first season holds a rating of 64 out of a 100 on metacritic.[11]

Critics note that the show wanders during its formulaic middle episodes of the season but is best as interpersonal conflicts are the focus.[1][6] Amazon opted not to renew the series for a second season.[12] About the cancellation, Co-showrunner Shawn Ryan said:

“Somebody at Amazon leaked the ratings to me and they indicated we should have been picked up for a second season. They had a regime in place then that isn’t there now. I was frustrated because the show was good and it was, at the time, their third-highest-rated show behind, Man in the High Castle and Bosch, and it was four or five times the viewership of Transparent, but there were people there who didn’t think the show was going to succeed and then were shocked when it got good reviews and it got the viewership and did but they already had made a business decision to move on.“[13]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Pilot"Charles McDougallCris ColeJanuary 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)
2"Xtabai"Alex GravesShawn RyanJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
3"Well"Randall EinhornCris ColeJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
4"Flares"Clark JohnsonBrett C. Leonard & Cris ColeJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
5"Hat"Uta BriesewitzEileen MyersJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
6"Leslie"Craig ZiskMichael C. MartinJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
7"Ice Cream"Guy FerlandZev BorowJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
8"Broodstock"Mark PiznarksiJon WorleyJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
9"Seahorse"Ted GriffinKent RotherhamJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
10"Needles"John David ColesCris ColeJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Poniewozik, James (January 20, 2016). "Review: On 'Mad Dogs,' an Amazon Series, Male Bellicosity Rules". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c d Lloyd, Robert (January 21, 2016). "Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' is a repetitious story of unhappy middle-age men behaving badly". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b c d Bianco, Robert (January 11, 2016). "'Mad Dogs' and Amazon go into the Belize sun". USA Today.
  4. ^ a b c Barraclough, Leo (January 21, 2016). "Sony Pictures Television Sells U.S. Drama 'Mad Dogs' to More Than 140 Countries". Variety.
  5. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (December 9, 2015). "Amazon Sets 'Mad Dogs' Premiere For January".
  6. ^ a b c d Dornbush, Jonathan (January 22, 2016). "Mad Dogs". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. ^ Venable, Nick (January 18, 2016). "The 3 Best New Amazon Pilots, And Why You Should Be Watching". CinemaBlend.
  8. ^ Stanhope, Kate (February 28, 2016). "Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' Canceled After One Season, EP Shawn Ryan Says". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (February 28, 2016). "'Mad Dogs' Ends Run On Amazon: No Season 2".
  10. ^ Nededog, Jethro (January 12, 2016). "Steve Zahn caught a potentially deadly fever while shooting Amazon series 'Mad Dogs'". Business Insider.
  11. ^ "Mad Dogs (2016) : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-02-28). "'Mad Dogs' Ends Run On Amazon: No Season 2". Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  13. ^ "Shawn Ryan Opens up About WGA Negotiations, Netflix's 'Night Agent' and How 'Terriers' Was Ahead of its Time". The Hollywood Reporter. 24 March 2023.

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