Bupkis season 1 review: Pete Davidson’s new series is a hilarious therapeutic journey

BUPKIS -- “Magic Moment“ Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Philip Ettinger as Evan, Pete Davidson as Pete Davidson -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/PEACOCK)
BUPKIS -- “Magic Moment“ Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Philip Ettinger as Evan, Pete Davidson as Pete Davidson -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/PEACOCK) /

Peacock has a brand new series starring Pete Davidson in Bupkis. All eight episodes drop at the same time on May 4, 2023. Is the series worth checking out? I share my review of the series to help you make up your mind.

Bupkis follows a heightened fictionalized version of Pete Davidson’s life. The series was written by Judah Miller, Dave Sirus, and Pete Davidson, who also plays himself, with Edie Falco playing his mother and Joe Pesci playing his grandfather.

The show literally opens with Pete Davidson navigating his Oculus to find porn and trying to masturbate. Finally, after seeing something he likes and is about to finish, his mother (Edie Falco) comes downstairs with his laundry, and he ejaculates all over his mother. It sets the tone for the show, and the entire sequence was downright hilarious.

After his disastrous morning, he leaves the house and meets his grandfather (Pesci). Pete’s grandfather is a loud mouth old-school type of guy that tells you like it is. However, within the lunch, his grandfather reveals that he is dying. Because of this, Pete decides that he wants to spend more time with him.

Before each episode begins, we get a warning that the show is fictionalized accounts of things that have happened, but when you watch the show, you can’t help but see Pete playing out his real life in front of your eyes. Pete struggles with the balance of life and family and has struggled for quite a while since his father passed away. The show’s writing is super personal to the point where it had to be hard for Pete to be part of the writing team, but I am sure it had to be somewhat therapeutic at the same time.

Joe Pesci and Edie Falco are a massive delight in Bupkis

Does everyone remember Robert DeNiro in Dirty Grandpa, where he played this perverted older man? Well, Bupkis is Joe Pesci’s Dirty Grandpa, and the fact he is on this show opposite of Pete Davidson is truly a crowing achievement in TV history. Every single time this man is on the screen, you are excited to see what in the world will come out of his mouth next. The same can be said for Edie Falco, who was a delight as Pete’s mom. There is one basketball scene with her that is brilliant. I adore her and just loved her so much in this. I don’t know how Pete got these two in the show, but I love him for it.

Vin Diesel is like Martin Scorsese

Pete Davidson dedicated an entire episode to him trying to be in the Fast and Furious. It has a massive car chase sequence that was beautiful. This episode has confirmed what I felt all along in saying that Pete is my spirit animal. We would 1000% be best friends in real life. Pete is hands down one of the funniest people on the planet, and his work continues to show just that.

The soundtrack is pure genius that includes songs from Creed (Brad Garrett singing) shortly after we see Garrett dancing to Cotton Eyed Joe and a moment dedicated to “See You Again” within the Fast and Furious dedicated episode. On top of that, the cameos are out of this world. It’s so funny when you see random people show up as themselves having the time of their lives.

Overall, Bupkis is hands down one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a long time. If you aren’t a fan of Pete Davidson or his humor, maybe this show won’t be for you, but for me, I love Pete and this show. From the writing to Pete getting Pesci and Falco in the show to the overall comedy, I am not sure I will see a funnier show in 2023.

Bupkis is coming to Peacock on May 4, 2023. 

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