Tenacious D (TV series)

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Tenacious D
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Title card
Created byJack Black
Kyle Gass
David Cross
Bob Odenkirk
StarringJack Black
Kyle Gass
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producersJack Black
Kyle Gass
David Cross
Bob Odenkirk
Production locationsSilvercup Studios, Los Angeles
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesDakota North Entertainment
HBO Original Programming
Release
Original networkHBO
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseNovember 28, 1997 (1997-11-28) –
March 15, 2000 (2000-03-15)
Chronology
Followed byTenacious D in the Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D was a TV series that ran on HBO from 1997 to 2000. It features the fictional accounts of the real-life comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which is composed of members Jack Black and Kyle Gass. All of the episodes of the show are available on Tenacious D's The Complete Master Works DVD.[1][2][3][4][5]

There were three half-hour episodes total in the season, each containing two segments. The show included many songs that would later be re-recorded for the band's studio albums Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny.[6]

In June 2020, the show was added to the streaming service HBO Max.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

The series follows the exploits of JB and KG, the two halves of Tenacious D., the self-proclaimed "greatest band on earth." Their music is heavy on power chords and lyrics about sex, Satan, and why they are "the greatest band on Earth."

Episodes are typically bookended by scenes of the band performing at an open mic night, with the events in between often serving as inspiration for a song performed at the end.[8]

Dispute with HBO[edit]

According to Gass, HBO offered Tenacious D a deal to make ten episodes, but in doing so, they would have to relinquish their role as executive producers.[9] Gass and Black decided to make a movie instead of giving HBO creative control of Tenacious D, and they made Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.[9]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byOriginal air date
1.1"The Search for Inspirado"Tom GianasNovember 28, 1997 (1997-11-28)

After a successful gig at the open-mic night, host Paul F. Tompkins asks Tenacious D to perform a new song. The band searches for inspiration ("inspirado"), but ends up with nothing. The pressure of this leads to the band's brief break-up, which becomes the inspiration for the new song, "Kyle Quit the Band".[8]

Songs Played:

1.2"Angel in Disguise"Tom GianasNovember 28, 1997 (1997-11-28)

After the band performs a sexually explicit song, they are met backstage by a woman (Laura Kightlinger) who propositions them. Kyle immediately agrees, but Jack makes a speech, causing the woman to go away. Jack explains that he is in love with a girl named Flarna, who has several unusual interests. Kyle uses this knowledge to impress Flarna as she is opening up the store she works at, and Jack comes upon them clogging. Flarna enters the store, and Jack and Kyle fight. During their struggle, a robber enters the store unnoticed. He comes out pointing a gun at Flarna, and when Jack objects, fires it at him. Kyle dives in front of the bullet and is seen lying motionless. As Jack sings of his loss, Kyle reappears, and in song attributes his survival to an oversized friendship medallion Jack had given him.[8]

Songs Played:

  • "The Sex Song/Sex Supreme" (released on the album Tenacious D as "Double Team")
  • "You Broke the Rules" (released on the album Tenacious D as "Karate")
  • "Kyle Took a Bullet"
2.1"Death of a Dream"Tom GianasNovember 27, 1999 (1999-11-27)

After another open-mic night, the band announces a T-shirt signing. When nobody shows up for the autograph session, the pair have a chance to talk to the store owner, Captain Ed, (played by Ernest M. Garcia),[10] a disillusioned ex-musician who compares believing in the rock star mythos to believing in the Sasquatch. The band almost gives up on their dream, but as they prepare to burn their guitars in a campfire near a forest, they encounter the Sasquatch, (played by John C. Reilly).[11] The Sasquatch attempts to join Tenacious D as a drummer and is rebuffed, but the band writes and performs a song about him, which he witnesses in disguise.[8]

Songs Played:

  • "Cosmic Shame"
  • "Kielbasa" (released on the album Tenacious D)
  • "Sasquatch"
2.2"The Greatest Song in the World"Troy MillerNovember 27, 1999 (1999-11-27)

As Jack and Kyle are playing a golf game within their apartment, they are interrupted by a writer (played by Scott Adsit) who has moved into the apartment next door. After he leaves, the band engages in several bizarre and noisy pre-show rituals, which bother their new neighbor. He calls the police, and the band sings their song "Tribute", to explain their side of the story.[8][11]

Songs Played:

  • "Tribute" (revised version released on the album Tenacious D)
3.1"The Fan"Tom GianasMarch 15, 2000 (2000-03-15)

At the open mic night, JB throws a large collection of guitar picks into the crowd, including his special clear pick, which he cannot continue the show without. After the band leaves the venue, they meet their biggest fan, Lee (actor JR Reed), who gives them the pick and asks them for a picture of the band for his fansite. Jack and Kyle visit the site after getting home, and become obsessed, visiting Lee late at night to give him the photos he requested. The next day, they leave 33 messages on his answering machine, and break into his house after he gets home from work. They sing a song about him, "Lee", which causes Lee to cry tears of joy. The band, plus Lee, then sing a song about their friendship, titled "Special Things", at open mic night.[8][11]

Songs Played:

  • "Explosivo" (released on the album Tenacious D, alternative version released on the EP D Fun Pak))
  • "Lee" (revised version released on the album Tenacious D)
  • "Special Things"
3.2"Road Gig"Tom GianasMarch 15, 2000 (2000-03-15)

The open-mic night host informs Jack and Kyle that his brother needs a few bands to play at his new club. He suggests the band go, exciting them about the prospect of a "road gig" (although the club is not far). On the way to the show, a bug hits their car's windshield, and Jack pulls over, since the car is out of wiper fluid. Searching for a place to get a refill, the band comes across Jesus Ranch, where a cult is living. The cult buries all of their feces at the ranch, since they believe that whenever people defecate, they lose a portion of their soul. After the band learns this, the county health department arrives at the ranch and demands everyone evacuate immediately. The members of the cult prepare for an armed standoff, and will not allow the band to leave. The health department employees attempt to drive the cult out by playing loud music, so Jack and Kyle play their own music in a sort of battle of the bands. This convinces the health department to pack up their equipment and leave, and after the cult leader gives the band a jug of wiper fluid, they make it to the road gig, where they perform the song "Jesus Ranch".[8]

Songs Played:

  • "Warning"
  • "The Road" - first half in the episode, second half during credits (released on the album Tenacious D)
  • "History" (released on the Pick of Destiny album)
  • "Jesus Ranch" (demo version released on the EP D Fun Pak)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Video on YouTube
  2. ^ Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006) Synopsis, Storyline, Plot - MovieWeb
  3. ^ "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006) - Production Information". Archived from the original on 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  4. ^ Tenacious D: The Greatest Band On Earth (HBO) Archived 2012-07-16 at archive.today
  5. ^ Gallo, Phil (1999-03-24). "Tenacious D". Variety. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  6. ^ Scott Thurlow, James Caverly (2003-05-22). "HBOwesome". dailytargum.com. Retrieved 2008-03-23.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (2020-06-07). "HBO Max: Every Movie & TV Show Confirmed for the Streaming Service". Collider. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Zoromski, Brian (20 November 2006). "Tenacious D: The Series". IGN. Archived from the original on 27 November 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  9. ^ a b Fischer, Paul. "Exclusive Interview : Jack Black & Kyle Gass". Moviehole. Archived from the original on 2007-02-23. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
  10. ^ Ernest Garcia, "IMDB", Internet Movie Database, 2012
  11. ^ a b c Tenenbaum, Max (13 April 2020). "Tenacious D's 10 Funniest On-Screen Songs". ScreenRant. Retrieved 21 December 2020.

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