NETFLIX’s The Crew is a new comedy series that features Kevin James as a Nascar crew chief.
Auto racing fans who are geared up for the show can expect cameos from drivers such as Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, and Cole Custer.
Netflix’s The Crew
When was The Crew released?
Episodes for season one of The Crew dropped on Netflix on February 15, 2021.
A total of 10 episodes are available on the streaming service.
What’s the show about?
Kevin James plays an old-school crew chief for the fictional Bobby Spencer Racing team who is at odds with the new owner, played by actress Jillian Mueller.
Mueller’s Catherine wants to modernize the dysfunctional team.
Sarah Stiles and Kevin James in The Crew
“People who don’t love Nascar will still love it because it’s about the characters,” James said.
Nascar cooperated with the project and James was counseled for the role by long-time crew chief Tony Gibson.
Several known drivers will appear as themselves.
“It’s supposed to be a lighthearted, funny, sitcom show in front of a live audience and I think they did good,” said Blaney.
“They’re not really trying to make us look bad, they’re just doing something that I think it’s really gonna get people watching Nascar.”
Freddie Stroma and Kevin James
Jeff Lowell, a writer and producer for the show, tweeted that the series will try to avoid the cliches that often come with Nascar.
“Our goal is to not have it ring false to fans. And although ‘Talladega Nights’ was funny, that’s not at all the tone we’re going for,” he said.
James, who plays crew chief Kevin Gibson, indicated the show is more about the relationships of a tight-knit racing team than about the inner workings of the industry.
“It’s the same as anything else. It’s a workplace comedy, there’s family, it’s competitive,” James said.
“It’s set on the greatest stage ever. It’s insane what Nascar is.”
The cast also includes Freddie Stroma, Gary Anthony Williams, Dan Ahdoot, Sarah Stiles, and Paris Berelc.
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