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Righteous Gemstones

Righteous Gemstones

  • Premiered: 
    August 18, 2019
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Danny McBride 
  • Subject Matter: Family
  • Tags: religious, televangelist

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Plot Synopsis

Created and executive produced by series star Danny McBride, RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES is a comedy series that follows a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work at their South Carolina megachurch. The larger-than-life patriarch of the Gemstones, Eli, built an evangelist empire with his late wife Aimee-Leigh, and he fears his children -- Jesse, Kelvin and Judy -- may be lost without her. When he's not tending to his gold mine of a flock, he's mediating petty disputes among his three children. The first-born son of Eli, Jesse, takes his role in the family's glitzy megachurch seriously, even if he's a party boy at heart. A husband and father of three, his life gets turned upside down when anonymous blackmailers with a scandalous video threaten to destroy his image as a righteous family man. As Jesse's younger brother, Kelvin has a lot to prove if he's going to be taken seriously as a minister and person. Small and fierce, he may be more innocent than his siblings, but he's just as fiery. Eli's only daughter and often the odd woman out, Judy, is relegated to being the secretary of the family and just wants to be included. While not-so-secretly living in sin with her fiance BJ, she has a few tricks up her sleeve in addition to the chip on her shoulder. RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES premieres on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO with a one-hour episode, followed by half-hour episodes on subsequent Sundays.
Season 2 of RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES debuted with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 10-11:25pm ET/PT on HBO. The new season finds the Gemstone family threatened by outsiders from both the past and present who wish to destroy their empire. Episodes include:

"I Speak in the Tongues of Men and Angels" (Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 10-10:55pm): As Jesse eyes a business opportunity with an Evangelical couple (Eric Andre and Jessica Lowe) on the rise, the media cracks down on a fellow preacher. Meanwhile, Eli reconnects with a figure (Eric Roberts) from his mysterious past. Written by Danny McBride; Directed by David Gordon Green

"After I Leave, Savage Wolves Will Come" (Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 10:55-10:25pm): After doubling-down on their efforts to invest in Zion's Landing, Jesse and Amber scramble for the cash. Meanwhile, Eli's attempts to dodge a big-city reporter (Jason Schwartzman) spell doom for the Gemstones. Written by Danny McBride & John Carcieri & Jeff Fradley; Directed by Jody Hill

"For He Is a Liar and the Father of Lies" (Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 10-10:30pm): The Gemstone siblings seek to pull back the curtain on their father's past. Eli shares a hard truth, and Kelvin grapples with an unruly God Squad. Written by Danny McBride & Kevin Barnett & Chris Pappas; Directed by David Gordon Green

"As to How They Might Destroy Him" (Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 10-10:30pm): Still reeling from their father's revelation, Kelvin and Jesse conspire to put Eli in his place. As BJ's baptism approaches, Judy clashes with her in-laws, while Baby Billy struggles with his own growing family. Written by Danny McBride & John Carcieri & Edi Patterson; Directed by Danny McBride

"Interlude II" (Sunday, January 30, 2022 from 10-10:30pm): Christmas, 1993. While Eli considers a tempting offer from an old friend, Baby Billy crashes the Gemstones' celebrations. Written by Danny McBride & John Carcieri & Jeff Fradley; Directed by David Gordon Green

"Never Avenge Yourselves, But Leave It to the Wrath of God" (Sunday, February 6, 2022 from 10-10:30pm): After surviving a harrowing attack, Jesse takes matters into his own hands. Eli attempts to make amends, while Kelvin struggles to control his flock. Written by Danny McBride & John Carcieri & Jeff Fradley; Directed by Jody Hill

"And Infants Shall Rule Over Them" (Sunday, February 13, 2022 from 10-10:30pm): With Eli temporarily out of the picture, the Gemstone siblings are left to quarrel over who's in charge -- until some wise words help pave a way forward. As Tiffany (Valyn Hall) tracks down Baby Billy, Gideon faces his future. Written by Danny McBride & John Carcieri & Jeff Fradley; Directed by Jody Hill

"The Prayer of a Righteous Man" (Sunday, February 20, 2022 from 10-10:30pm): As the dust settles back at the compound, Jesse, Kelvin, and Judy consider where they stand. Baby Billy reconnects with a figure from his past. Written by Danny McBride & Grant Dekernion & Jeff Fradley; Directed by David Gordon Green

"I Will Tell of All Your Deeds" (Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 10-10:45pm): While the Gemstones celebrate the launch of Zion's Landing, Baby Billy faces a chance to embrace fatherhood. Written by Danny McBride & John Carcieri & Jeff Fradley; Directed by Jody Hill

One month earlier -- on Tuesday, January 25 -- HBO announced that it renewed RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES for a third season.



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