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The Detour - S01E02


Having driven their van, 'Blue Thunder', into a ditch, it has to be repaired over-night. The Parkers stay at a nearby motel, Swift Stay Suites. What could possibly go right?

Episode Title: The Hotel
Airs: 2016-04-11 at 21:28
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The Detour is sharply written--Jones and Bee co-wrote the pilot--and uses flashbacks to help progress storylines. It’s dark at times, and, at other times completely and hilariously over the top.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The Detour is ruthlessly adult stuff--surely too frank and out-there for some viewers--but it’s intrinsically honest, convulsively hilarious and oddly endearing.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Darren Franich

    The fun and challenge of The Detour is how it seems to be going for comedy in every direction, from delicate character comedy to sight gags to gross-out humor to full-fledged farce.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The Detour isn’t always in full command of its absurdities, but the killer lines keep coming.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    he Detour‘s welcomely serialized structure reveals a rhythmic predictability by episode 2, and not all of the lines land (particularly from the kids), but this is the kind of new-age, modern sitcom that feels fresh and exciting, even despite its obvious inspirations.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Even with the occasional fits and starts, The Detour looks like one of those shows that’s worth going out of one’s way to find.

    Variety Full Review
  • Allison Shoemaker

    In the episodes made available to the press, it often seems that the train is about to come off the track, thanks to one twist or bit of cleverness too many, but just as often, the series rights itself at the last moment. What seems to come out of left field often connects in an unexpected fashion.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The writing and performances combine to make The Detour worth the trip.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The Detour has already been renewed for a second season, so the show has time to develop into something more interestingly amusing.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The Detour is pretty consistently funny but the humor tends to be filled with sexual innuendo that some viewers will find offensive. For others, it will be just fine.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The Detour may try too hard in places--"Why are we in Penis-ylvania?" asks the son (Liam Carroll), who, like his mother (Zea) thought the family was flying, not driving, to their Florida vacation--but the wackiness is balanced by the genuine moments its characters share.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    I can't say I have completely made up my mind myself, though on balance I'm more yea than nay, and the series' intelligent dopiness is something of a going style in comedy. Certain things do strike me odd.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    For a show going in as many different directions as The Detour does, the pieces of the narrative seem to be connecting well past the half-way point in the first season. The episode-to-episode continuity adds up nicely if you like your comedies heavily serialized and there are hints that some of the elements that feel disparate and chaotic could also tie together.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The Detour is obviously not traveling a high road, but those with a taste for cheerful vulgarity will likely find it very funny. [4-17 Apr 2016, p.21]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Michael Slezak

    Unfortunately, The Detour too often confuses the obvious for the outrageous, and mistakes hacky-ness for hilarity.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The family blunders its way into all sorts of awkward situations, with the two children (Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Carroll) repeatedly being set up for psychological scars. Let this be your gauge for deciding whether to watch. ... All in all, it’s a low-aspiration enterprise.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    A ribald but bumpy road-trip comedy that wants to be more than just a slapstick retread of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (which already got a retread last year in theaters). But after several episodes, the show can’t quite find its way.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Terry Terrones

    If The Detour can only deliver that level of sophomoric humor consistently for the rest of the season, it just might be worth your time.

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Since the setup feels more like a movie than a full-blown series, The Detour tries to create a more layered story by introducing an overarching plot about Nate (Jones) losing his job, stealing prototype material, and being part of a federal investigation. It’s as wackadoodle as the rest of the story, and lands just about as unevenly.

    Collider Full Review