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Myrtle Beach

If you’re not familiar with Kenny Powers of Eastbound and Down you’re really missing out on quality programming. I think I’m really partial to the series because Jody Hill set the first season in my home state of North Carolina. When most people think about NC, they think of rednecks and people playing banjos on their porch or Chapel Hill basketball. The tarheel State is full of much more nuanced characters and it’s really hard to appreciate the type of people and towns. There’s a lot of tone and dialect in the show that just feels welcoming to me being an NC native, even if it is super racist and offensive at time.

Kenny is lovable offensive asshole and a partier, and where do partying southern assholes congregate? Myrtle Beach, that’s where season 3 is set. There’s really a level of trash and atmosphere there that can’t really be understood unless you’ve ever been. There are drunk guys in trucker hats and fat women in rebel flag bikinis yelling at their boyfriends to go to the seafood buffet. Then imagine all of this with chain surf shops every ten feet and dilapidated 60’s motels with four foot deep pools, as far as the eye can see. I really hope they capture the essence of Myrtle Beach in season 3, and from the promo video, it looks like they might have hit it out of the park.

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