TV: Tour de Pharmacy

Premiered: July 8, 2017

On: HBO

Starring: Andy Samberg, Orlando Bloom, Freddie Highmore, Daveed Diggs, John Cena, James Marsden, Jeff Goldblum, Julia Ormond, Danny Glover, Dolph Lundgren, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Bacon, Phylicia Rashad, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Nathan Fielder, Chris Romano, Jon Hamm, Edgar Wright, J. J. Abrams, Lance Armstrong, Mike Tyson, Joe Buck & Chris Webber

A follow-up to 2015’s 7 Days in Hell, HBO’s second sports mockumentary, Tour de Pharmacy, is even better and touches on several important topics.

During the 1982 Tour de France, most racers were disqualified for paying bribes. The final five were also controversial as JuJu Peppi (Orlando Bloom) died, Gustav Ditters (John Cena) was disqualified for blood-doping, Slim Robinson (Daveed Diggs) left and Marty Hass (Andy Samberg) and Adrian Baton (Freddie Highmore) fell in love.

Performance-enhancing drugs is a controversial topic accompanied with several side topics, like women in male sports and race divisions. An animated sequence portrays exactly what is happening between black and white people in 2020 America.

The story is continuously funny with perfectly chosen actors. The only odd addition, which is comical but slightly off-putting, is famed cycling doper Lance Armstrong.

Final say: Tour de force. ★★★★★

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