Sylvester Stallone and Taylor Sheridan’s latest comedy series, Tulsa King, is currently streaming on Paramount+. Despite the high pedigree of both the show’s creators, some viewers may be surprised to find that Tulsa King is primarily a comedy. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the show’s strengths and weaknesses.
Tulsa King follows the story of Buck Taylor (played by Stallone), a former rodeo star who has fallen on hard times and is now running a struggling exotic animal park in Oklahoma. When a young woman named Lena (Natalie Martinez) shows up and claims to be his daughter, Buck’s life is turned upside down. With the help of his loyal but bumbling staff, Buck sets out to make things right and reconnect with his estranged daughter.
As mentioned earlier, Tulsa King is primarily a comedy, which may come as a surprise to those who expected more action from a show created by Stallone and Sheridan. While there are a few action-packed scenes scattered throughout the series, the show’s focus is on comedy and character development.
Comedy is where Tulsa King shines the brightest. Stallone’s performance as Buck is one of the show’s highlights, and his comedic timing is impeccable. The supporting cast, which includes Martinez, John Lithgow, and Sarah Yarkin, also deliver strong comedic performances that keep the show entertaining from start to finish.
That being said, Tulsa King’s attempts at drama and emotional moments often fall flat. While the show’s heart is in the right place, it struggles to balance its comedic and dramatic elements, resulting in some tonal inconsistencies.
Overall, Tulsa King is a fun and entertaining comedy series that is well worth checking out. While it may not be the action-packed drama some viewers were expecting, Stallone and Sheridan have created a show that is sure to make you laugh. With strong comedic performances from the entire cast, Tulsa King is a show that is sure to keep you entertained. However, those looking for a more serious and emotionally nuanced drama may want to look elsewhere.