Review: Loaded (AMC) – “Money makes everything bigger; houses, cars, and problems”
By Daniel Redford on July 3, 2017
AMC summer series is a British dramedy based on an Israeli original that revolves around four friends who make it big when their gaming app takes off. Josh, Leon, Ewan and Watto (Jim Howick, Samuel Anderson, Jonny Sweet, and Nick Helm) have been working together on computer games since their teens. Their latest project is Cat Factory, and they become millionaires when it is acquired by a big American corporation.
The guys go through the usual stages of sudden insane richness. They buy a ridiculously large house, a Ferrari, a helicopter, and a yacht. But in the meantime, they are supposed to work for their new employer, personalized by their mean boss Casey (Mary McCormack, In Plain Sight), who is turning their fun startup into a boring corporate office only interested in making money.
To make matters worse, the money starts getting in the way of almost all relationships in the show, including those of Josh’ parents, Josh and his girlfriend Abi (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), Watto and his mother, Ewan and his date, and — ultimately — the four friends themselves.
Josh, Leon, Ewan and Watto are four very different guys, and that is reflected in their reaction to suddenly being insanely rich. Still, it is clear that even beneath all the fighting that they will do over the course of the season, they share a past and have a lot of affection for each other.
Casey, on the other hand, is a first class business bitch — a role that perfectly fits McCormack. She went on a limb to convince her boss to invest in Cat Factory, and is now prepared to go to great lengths to make as much money as possible off of it. She manipulates the guys and plays them out against each other. But still, deep down, she appears to have some respect for their friendship and what they have accomplished by working together.
is a show of clashes. Between poor and rich, startup and corporate, British and American. But also between best friends. And boy do they clash good and hard. In the end these clashes are what makes interesting to watch. can do a lot of good things with money, but money can also do a lot of bad things with you.
Loaded airs on Mondays at 10/9c on AMC.