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Clipped (TV series)

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Clipped is an American sitcom that aired on TBS from June 16 to August 18, 2015 The series stars Mike Castle and Ashley Tisdale and centers on a group of co-workers who all went to high school together but ran in very different crowds Now they find themselves working together at Buzzy's, a barbershop On October 23, 2015, TBS canceled the series after one season


  • 1 Premise
  • 2 Cast
    • 21 Recurring
  • 3 Development
  • 4 Episodes
  • 5 Critical reception
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Clipped takes place in a Charlestown, Massachusetts barbershop called Buzzy's, named after the original owner George Wendt who still works there The shop's new owner is Ben Ryan Pinkston, an unpopular student during high school who now finds himself in charge of some formerly more popular classmates These include AJ Mike Castle and Danni Ashley Tisdale, who once dated each other and who are both chasing bigger dreams AJ was a star pitcher on the school's baseball team and still hopes to play professionally, while Danni is an aspiring singer The rest of the staff consists of Ben's best friend Mo Matt Cook, sarcastic stylist Charmaine Diona Reasonover, and perpetually cheerful receptionist Joy Lauren Lapkus


  • Mike Castle as AJ Salerno
  • Ashley Tisdale as Danni Giordano
  • Lauren Lapkus as Joy
  • Ryan Pinkston as Benjamin Herschel "Ben" Grossman
  • Matt Cook as Mo McCracken
  • Diona Reasonover as Charmaine Eskowitz
  • George Wendt as Buzzy


  • Crista Flanagan as Rhonda Doyle
  • Betsy Sodaro as Rita Doyle
  • Lisa Schurga as Rosalee Doyle
  • Dana Powell as Robin Doyle
  • CJ Vana as Lonnie, Ben's cousin
  • Reginald VelJohnson as Tommy, Buzzy's partner and later husband
  • Skyler Stone as Travis, a sex-crazed man who owns the tattoo parlor next door; he makes advances on Danni, Joy and Charmaine


In May 2013, Turner Broadcasting held its annual upfront presentation Turner Broadcasting announced it was developing a series on TBS with the working title of Clipsters With David Kohan and Max Mutchnick as writers and executive producers, the series would be an ensemble workplace comedy that involved an eclectic cast of hair stylists at barbershop in Worcester, Massachusetts

In April 2014, Turner Broadcasting announced that George Wendt, Ashley Tisdale, and Lauren Lapkus would star in the series The series was now considered untitled The series' premise involved a group of former high school students who came from different circles, and now work together at Buzzy’s Barbershop in their hometown of Charlestown, Massachusetts They all long for moving to Boston, but they are making the best of their lives in Charlestown

On May 6, 2014, TBS, ahead of its upfront presentation in New York, picked up three comedies to series TBS announced it had greenlit ten episodes The series was then named Buzzy's

The series, titled Clipped, premiered on June 16, 2015

It aired for one season


NoTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd
US viewers
1"Pilot"James WiddoesDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickJune 16, 2015 2015-06-16296034142
AJ gets a call from his sports agent to join a major league baseball team thinking that his days as a barber are over Citing an insurance rate increase, Ben pressures one of the barbers to quit, but makes them decide among themselves whom it will be
2"Dreamers"James WiddoesDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickJune 23, 2015 2015-06-232M6852128
Danni tells AJ to give up his dream of playing professional baseball, and be more realistic about his life choices In contrast, Danni revives her dream of singing, performing the song "Brave" at the local bar, despite telling everyone that she had given up on music Meanwhile, Joy's involvement in an AIDS Walk brings up the issue of charity, when Ben hires Lonnie, his mentally-challenged cousin, to work at the barbershop for free Soon, Ben's guilt over not paying his cousin starts to get to him
3"Go Below"James WiddoesDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickJune 30, 2015 2015-06-302M6853109
Danni suspects that AJ and Charmaine are a couple after hearing about their private study sessions for a Spanish class that they are taking Charmaine correctly guesses that Danni's suspicions are caused by unresolved romantic feelings that she has for AJ Ben has a one-night stand with Rita and regrets it the day after, but is annoyed to hear that Rita also regrets it Meanwhile, Joy tries to figure out why Buzzy is so resentful of the Catholic church
4"Wi-Fi"James WiddoesDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickJuly 7, 2015 2015-07-072M6854110
In failing to convince Ben to get Wi-Fi back in the barbershop, Danni, Charmaine, and Joy each try to convince Travis, a perverted tattoo artist in the shop next door, to give up his Wi-Fi password Mo accidentally tells everyone that Ben is being urinated on at a fitness gym shower by a fellow business owner, with AJ enjoying the fact Ben is getting a comeuppance
5"Big Gay Wedding"James WiddoesJohn QuaintanceJuly 14, 2015 2015-07-142M6857102
Tommy's mother dies, which opens the door for Buzzy to propose to Tommy Buzzy had promised that when Tommy's mother died he would propose, given that Tommy's mother thought they were just roommates However, when Buzzy expresses second thoughts about going through with the wedding, Charmaine takes Buzzy's side and convinces him that he shouldn't get married for the wrong reasons This leads to Charmaine and Danni discussing the true meaning of marriage Meanwhile, Ben shuns Mo's opinions about a possible merger between the barbershop and Travis' tattoo shop, which causes Mo to become irritated over always being Ben's sidekick Also, Joy becomes highly stressed planning Buzzy and Tommy's wedding
6"World's Rudest Barbershop"James WiddoesDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickJuly 21, 2015 2015-07-212M6858119
Videos of Charmaine treating customers rudely go viral, causing Ben to fire her But when dozens of customers call the next day and ask for an appointment with Charmaine, Ben sees there is a market for people who enjoy being treated badly He rehires Charmaine in an effort to rebrand Buzzy's as "The World's Rudest Barbershop" Meanwhile, Mo is guilt-ridden upon breaking AJ's pitching arm while practicing judo, but later helps AJ discover a hidden talent
7"Mo's Ma"James WiddoesSteve GabrielJuly 28, 2015 2015-07-282M6856126
When Mo's mother Dottie Dot Jones announces she is getting divorced, the gang assumes it's because she's gay and Ben has to break the news to Mo gently But the crew is in for a surprise Meanwhile, AJ suspects Danni may be jealous of his date Lucy Natalie Dreyfuss
8"The Gambler"James WiddoesDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickAugust 4, 2015 2015-08-042M6855133
Tommy suspects Buzzy's old gambling problems have resurfaced; the same problems that forced him to sell the barbershop to Ben Joy hints to Mo that her marriage is in trouble and that "someone else" may be the right man for her Meanwhile, Danni and Charmaine get the Doyle sisters styled up for a family wedding
9"Free Wednesday"James WiddoesDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickAugust 11, 2015 2015-08-112M6859131
Mr Painter Larry Miller, a math teacher from the gang's old high school, suffers a heart attack after getting his hair cut and dies Ben appears unmoved, and the others learn that it is because Mr Painter was part of a very embarrassing incident in Ben's past Elsewhere, Joy tells Mo that she is pregnant with her husband Bart's baby, which makes her conflicted because she does not want to stay married to Bart
10"Reunion"James WiddoesDavid Kohan & Max MutchnickAugust 18, 2015 2015-08-182M6860125
The gang attends their high school reunion Ben learns that the guy who used dirty tricks to beat him out for Junior Class President is now working in a toll booth, and he vows to humiliate him Danni and AJ run into CJ, who was Danni's boyfriend until AJ stole her on prom night Mo is asked by two former cheerleaders, Debby and Debbie, to join them in leading the attendees in a cheer, but Mo insists they include Charmaine, who did not make the cheerleading team back in school Meanwhile, Joy chooses to sit in the barbershop with a lonely Lonnie as he waits for a date that may never show, and she misses most of the reunion

Critical reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 33% approval rating, with a rating average of 6/10, based on 6 reviews On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score of 55 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews"

In a positive review, Diane Werts of Newsday awarded the pilot a grade of a B+ and stated, "There's also a lot of craft behind "Clipped" That finally tips the scales in the Turner cable world, where TNT has found success with slick dramas like "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Major Crimes," while comedy sibling TBS more often seems to whiff Not this time" Similarly, Whitney Matheson of The Hollywood Reporter commended the cast's chemistry:"Clipped’s charm lies in distinctive performances by Lapkus and Cook Just as Wendt and Tisdale will attract their own admirers, so will these two comedians, whether it’s for Lapkus’ Orange Is the New Black role or the actors' respective podcasts" Conversely, Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe criticized the show as "forgettable — if not unpleasant", citing that the elements of "Clipped" might have "resonated and felt fresher" if Will & Grace hadn’t preceded it


  1. ^ "Clipped" tbscom TBS Archived from the original on 2015-06-20 
  2. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley "TBS Comedy 'Clipped' Canceled After One Season" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved October 25, 2015 
  3. ^ a b c "Turner is developing shows with Diablo Cody, Jamie Foxx, Elizabeth Banks, more" Los Angeles Examiner May 15, 2013 
  4. ^ a b c d "Ashley Tisdale and George Wendt tapped to star in new TBS comedy" Lansing Examiner Lansing, Michigan April 8, 2014 
  5. ^ a b c Goldberg, Lesley May 7, 2014 "TBS Orders 'Buzzy's,' 'Your Family or Mine,' Rashida Jones Comedies to Series" The Hollywood Reporter Prometheus Global Media Retrieved May 8, 2014 
  6. ^ Wiegand, David June 16, 2015 "What's on tonight" San Francisco Chronicle 
  7. ^ "Tuesday Cable Ratings:'Deadliest Catch' Tops Night + 'Rizzoli & Isles', 'Pretty Little Liars', 'SportsCenter' & More" TV by the Numbers June 17, 2015 Retrieved June 17, 2015 
  8. ^ "Tuesday Cable Ratings:'Deadliest Catch' Wins Night, 'Pretty Little Liars', 'Rizzoli & Isles', 'Real Housewives of NY', 'Tyrant', 'Another Period' & More" TV by the Numbers June 24, 2015 Retrieved June 24, 2015 
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  11. ^ Bibel, Sara July 15, 2015 "Tuesday Cable Ratings:'The Haves and the Have Nots' Wins Night, 'Deadliest Catch', 'Pretty Little Liars', 'Rizzoli & Isles', 'WWE Tough Enough' & More" TV by the Numbers Retrieved July 15, 2015 
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  17. ^ "Clipped:Season 1" Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved 15 July 2015 
  18. ^ "Clipped - Season 1" metacriticcom Retrieved 15 July 2015 
  19. ^ Werts, Diane "'Clipped' premiere review:Cast shines with witty insults" Newsday Retrieved 16 July 2015 
  20. ^ Matheson, Whitney "Clipped:TV Review" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 16 July 2015 
  21. ^ Gilbert, Matthew "'Clipped' brings George Wendt and bad accents back to Boston" The Boston Globe Retrieved 16 July 2015 

External links

  • Official website
  • Clipped on IMDb

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