Peacock’s ‘Rutherford Falls’ Lets Native American Characters Go Beyond Comic Stereotypes: TV Review

Peacock’s ‘Rutherford Falls’ Lets Native American Characters Go Beyond Comic Stereotypes: TV Review
The most memorable moment of “Rutherford Falls” — featuring two characters sitting opposite each other and just talking with startling honesty — deviates sharply from the show’s established norm. Otherwise, the new comedy from Ed Helms, Sierra Teller Ornelas and uber-producer Michael Schur focuses on hapless heir Nathan Rutherford (Helms) trying to preserve his family legacy while his childhood best friend Reagan works to do the same for her tribe — which, to say the least, has a complicated relationship to the Rutherfords who first “settled” the town years ago. In the first four episodes screened for critics, as the increasingly complicated plot takes over.

In the fourth episode, when “Rutherford Falls” gets laser-focused on making a specific point, and even deadly serious about it, it makes for a genuinely jarring scene — but also, in the absence of another distinct center, a welcome one.

Terry (Michael Greyeyes), a wealthy Native American casino owner,
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