No matter where we live, who our parents are, or what our socioeconomic status is, there’s one simple truth that unites the human race. It ain’t love. It’s not our bipedal tendencies. And it certainly isn’t religion.
You know, that little part of your brain that tells you it’s ok to eat Cheez Whiz and generic Ritz crackers, order a bottom-shelf gin-and-Fresca (at the gun show), or watch Suzanne Somers show her noo-noo on the Home Shopping Network.
It’s how much trash we allow to show that makes the difference. And for the small-town, larger-than-life Texan characters in Sordid Lives: The Series, the dumpster is darn near overflowing. And we love every scandalous minute of it.
Created, written and directed by Del Shores, the new LOGO series is a prequel to the events in both the Sordid Lives play and the 2000 film version. All the characters are back and most of the original actors, including Olivia Newton-John (Bitsy Mae), Ann Walker (LaVonda), Beth Grant (Sissy), Bonnie Bedelia (Latrelle) and Leslie Jordan (Brother Boy). Newcomers to the sordid little affair are Rue McClanahan (Peggy) and Caroline Rhea (Noleta), as well as Jason Dottley as Ty.
And even though it’s been eight years, it’s like it was just yesterday we were reciting every line of dialogue while watching the movie for the 312th time. Oh wait, it was.
With only 21 minutes each week to tell the intertwined stories of the Ingram clan and all their crazy friends, neighbors and relatives, there’s no time for idle chit-chat or long tracking shots of trailers in a row. Each and every scene is so packed to the tits with visual and verbal hilarity, it’s difficult to bear when the closing credits roll. We just can’t wait for the series to end so we can have a marathon viewing party.
And hopefully, there will be more seasons. This series, unlike any before it, marks the programming pinnacle for LOGO. It’s the first series on the network with prime-time-quality production values, star power and unparalleled creativity.
But even if Sordid Lives: The Series only gives us a single season of Tammy Wynette drag queens, wooden-legged adulterers, hot naked men and sex-maniac grannies, then we’ll take what we can get.
Then drown our sorrows in Boone’s.
Sordid Lives: The Series debuts on LOGO Wednesday, July 23
10:00 p.m. Eastern, with multiple repeats each week