‘Rutherford Falls’ Review: Ed Helms Confronts Racist History in a Misguided Peacock Comedy Series

‘Rutherford Falls’ Review: Ed Helms Confronts Racist History in a Misguided Peacock Comedy Series
The story of a small town honoring its dead white ancestors with a statue that, later on, causes problems has been news fodder for the last few years. But the premise of the new Peacock series “Rutherford Falls,” is: What if that was funny? And while there certainly is entertainment to be mined from the series, it’s not in regard to its central protagonist.

“Rutherford Falls” is about the town of the same name, and its biggest cheerleader Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms). Nathan runs the town’s historical museum, where he documents the exploits of his ancestors that includes harmless pursuits like exterminating a rampant possum population and making a peaceful treaty with the local Native tribe, the Minneshonka.

But when the massive statues of Nathan’s ancestor, dubbed “Big Larry,” causes traffic jams because it is in the middle of the road, it’s an opportunity for Nathan
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