Where to Watch: TBS
Premiere: April 3
Stars: Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish, Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan couldn’t walk or talk after the 2014 car wreck that incredibly failed to kill him, but now, seven months from his 50th birthday, he triumphs in his first lead role on a successful TV show, The Last O.G. (The term, meaning “original gangster” — the criminal equivalent of “elder statesman” — was popularized by Ice-T's 1991 masterpiece rap album OG Original Gangster.)
Jordan Peele, who recently became the first black Oscar winner for original screenplay (Get Out), coproduced the show, featuring Morgan as Tray, who returns to his Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood after 15 years in jail for crack dealing. Tray is shocked by Bed-Stuy’s gentrification — it’s full of upscale moms urging kids to “eat the seaweed,” and his old drug boss (Empire’s rising star Malik Yoba, 50) now hawks a more profitable addictive product: $5 coffee.
Tray’s wife (Tiffany Haddish, the No. 1 breakout star of 2017 in Girls Trip) is happily and prosperously raising Tray’s and her teenage kids with a white husband, and Tray’s idea that she’ll take him right back proves unfounded. He bunks in a halfway house run by amusingly talentless comedian Miniard Mullins (the genius comedian Cedric the Entertainer, 53), lands a job, and struggles to adapt his gangster folkways to a place where the street’s main menace is soaring housing costs. “I feel like Rip Van Winkle,” laments Tray, “and I don’t even know who he is!”