SundanceTV’s ‘Hap and Leonard’
SundanceTV’s ‘Hap and Leonard’

SundanceTV has apparently renewed its new original series, “Hap and Leonard,” for a second season.

Based on the award-winning novel franchise by Joe Lansdale, set in the late 1980s, “Hap and Leonard” is a darkly comic swamp noir story of two unlikely best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of has-been radicals, some lost loot and a ton of bloody mayhem! The anthology follows the adventures of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. The two are chronically single, perpetually broke and guided by an old fashioned sense of honor and morality – but the similarities end there.

Hap Collins (James Purefoy) is an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women. After serving time in the slammer for refusing to fight in Vietnam during his youth, he is now in his 40s and barely making ends meet picking roses on a plantation. His lifelong best friend and cohort in the rose-picking field is Leonard Pine (Michael K Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper who won’t hesitate to threaten anyone over a slight or an injustice…or just because he’s in a bad mood. When Hap’s seductive ex-wife Trudy (Christina Hendricks) re-enters their lives, she offers them a deal they can’t refuse. Chock full of action and stuffed to the gills with a cast of eccentric characters, “Hap and Leonard” provides a country twist on the classic mystery thriller with a healthy side of Southern-fried humor to boot.

The series was greenlit for 6 one-hour episodes for its first season which aired this spring, kicking off on Mar. 2 at 10/9c only on SundanceTV. I don’t have cable, but Sundance did release the first 2 episodes of the series online, which I watched, and was engaged enough that I would’ve checked out even more episodes if I did have cable. At times shocking and hilarious, it’s southern pulp noir which I found fresh. The characters are vivid, and the world picaresque. “Killer of Sheep’s” Henry G. Sanders also had a role in the series, playing Leonard Pine’s Uncle Chester. He appeared in 3 of the 6 episodes.

If you watched the entire first season, your thoughts?