7.8
59 votes
Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus

Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus

Cinemax 2017

The raucous adventures of some of country music’s most legendary artists, as told by those who knew them best. Featuring animated interviews with former bandmates, friends and other erstwhile associates, who share uncensored anecdotes about these artists, brought to life with animated reenactments and woven together with live-action archival performance footage and photos.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus

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#1 - Rick James Pt. 2

8.21

Season 2 - Episode 3

In the mid-‘80s, funk star Rick James was riding high on top of the music world. But between his rivalry with Prince, crusade against MTV and run-ins with the law, he fell further under the influence of cocaine. Even a shot at a comeback, when M.C. Hammer sampled his greatest hit, couldn’t pull James back from the brink.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 58 votes.

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#2 - George Clinton

8.07

Season 2 - Episode 1

A cornerstone figure in funk music, George Clinton went from singing a capella in a barbershop to chasing Motown glory in Detroit with his band, The Parliaments. But the introduction of LSD took him to the next level, as he built a funk empire with outrageous costumes, frequent band-name changes and an occasional bit of nudity. From his first hit, “(I Wanna) Testify,” to the smash anthem “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk),” Clinton forged a lasting sound that went on to fuel a whole new genre: hip-hop.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 60 votes.

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#3 - Rick James Pt. 1

8.06

Season 2 - Episode 2

The self-proclaimed “King of Punk Funk,” Rick James came from humble beginnings in Buffalo before hooking up with Neil Young while dodging the draft in Canada. With a penchant for pyrotechnics, glitter, custom boots and marijuana, his quest to become a black rock star reached its apex when a throwaway song, “Super Freak,” topped the charts and gave him the fame he’d dreamed of.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 53 votes.

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#4 - Johnny Paycheck

7.92

Season 1 - Episode 1

In addition to selling 40 million records and producing chart-topping hits like “She’s All I Got” and “Take This Job and Shove It,” country music outlaw Johnny Paycheck became notorious for living the part. He was known for his music, grand theft auto, drug binges and stints in jail. At the height of Paycheck’s fame, he shot a man over a turtle soup recipe, which led to a high-profile trial, a prison sentence and one of his greatest hits, “Old Violin.”

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 177 votes.

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#5 - James Brown Pt. 2

7.90

Season 2 - Episode 6

At the height of his fame, James Brown reigned supreme as the king of funk, the first voice and innovator of a brand new musical genre. Behind the scenes, Brown was a taskmaster, feuding with rivals as well as members of his own band. By the 1980's, the work ethic that propelled him to superstardom began to take its toll. Compromised by his own bad decisions, Brown was eclipsed by a new generation of stars trying to follow in his footsteps. Despite falling off the Billboard charts, the king of funk never lost the showmanship that made him a legend.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 41 votes.

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#6 - Bootsy Collins
7.90
Season 2 - Episode 4

One of music's most notable bassists, Bootsy Collins went from rocking out in Ohio to working with the notorious James Brown, who taught him "The One" funk basics. But it was when Bootsy met George Clinton that he created his larger-than-life persona and became the backbone of the P-Funk empire.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 50 votes.

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#7 - Waylon Jennings Pt 2
7.89
Season 1 - Episode 7

Fed up with Nashville's unwritten rules, Waylon Jennings put on his famous black hat, bucked the system and became one of country music's original outlaws. He recorded what he wanted and how he wanted, usually high on cocaine in a studio known as "Hillbilly Central." He also hired Hell's Angels for protection and as babysitters for his kid. Despite a string of hits including "Honky Tonk Heroes" and "Luckenbach, Texas," Waylon was targeted by the Feds for his coke-fueled antics. It only made his legend grow. After writing "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand," Waylon shocked Nashville by quitting drugs, cold turkey, and getting sober all on his own.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 83 votes.

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#8 - James Brown Pt. 1
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 5

James Brown, a.k.a. “Mr. Dynamite”, was renowned for his infectious voice and unbelievable dance moves. Between his womanizing ways, perfectionist attitude and daredevil style, he built an empire that went far beyond entertaining, often alienating musicians and business partners along the way.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 51 votes.

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#9 - Jerry Lee Lewis
7.80
Season 1 - Episode 2

One of the pioneers of rock’n’roll, Jerry Lee Lewis also happened to be a country music singer who liked to call himself “The Killer.” He made a name for himself not just as a magnetic piano-playing singer, but also as an impulsive, gun-wielding wild man, who stoked epic rivalries with the likes of Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. The Killer also notoriously married his 13-year-old second cousin, setting off an epic worldwide scandal.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 142 votes.

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#10 - George Jones and Tammy Wynette Pt 1
7.76
Season 1 - Episode 3

He was a poor boy from a bootleggers’ town in the Texas backwoods. She was a cotton-picking Mississippi girl dreaming of stardom in Nashville. Together, George Jones and Tammy Wynette became the first power couple in country music. They were perfect in the public eye, but their tumultuous relationship was punctuated by George’s alcohol-fueled escapades and his paranoia over Tammy’s romantic past. She tried to keep the marriage from turning toxic, singing “Stand By Your Man,” her greatest hit, onstage with her husband every night.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus from 118 votes.

Last updated: nov 13, 2020

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