The Pitch: In case you don’t stay underneath a rock, likelihood is you’ve heard of Chippendales: the elegant, trailblazing first-ever all-male strip-tease troupe that has been bringing delightfully scandalous thrills to audiences because the Nineteen Seventies. What you might not know, nevertheless, is that the burlesque’s historical past is brimming with conspiracy, racketeering, arson, and homicide.
Over the course of 10 episodes, Welcome to Chippendales, Robert Siegel’s restricted sequence based mostly on Okay. Scot Macdonald and Patrick MontesDeOca’s 2014 literary exposée Lethal Dance: The Chippendales Murders, shrewdly examines and unravels the membership’s surprising, harrowing historical past. The present rigorously dissects the troupe’s inception, rise to fame, and subsequent descent into the deepest, most grotesque bowels of corruption.
A Killer Strip Tease: One of many barely miraculous issues about Chippendales, which makes it stand out within the huge crowd of true-crime content material, is that the present’s stranger-than-fiction crime plots nearly really feel secondary to its success. Certainly, even with out the murders and the hitmen, the membership’s origin story is undeniably a marvel in its personal proper.
Chippendales facilities round Los Angeles-based Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Kumail Nanjiani), an Indian emigrant who’s dead-set on chasing the American Dream till the bitter finish. With financial savings from his fuel station attendant job, he opens up a backgammon membership, which beneficial properties no traction till he decides to show it into the first-ever all-male strip-tease.
With the assistance of choreographer Nick De Noia (Murray Bartlett), accountant — and later Steve’s spouse — Irene (Annaleigh Ashford), and costume designer Denise (Juliette Lewis), Chippendales rapidly skyrockets to worldwide reputation. And even earlier than corruption bleeds into the cracks of the beloved membership, this success is a wildly compelling watch. Certainly, Chippendales takes the favored rags-to-riches format and squeezes each ounce of leisure out of it.
A Magnetic Begin: For its first couple of episodes, Siegel ensures that Chippendales has the electrical vitality wanted to get viewers rooting for the success of Steve and Co. Montages of the membership increasing in demand are minimize along with nimble enhancing, which seamlessly permits Chippendales’ reputation to develop and develop and develop via dizzying whip pans and dissolve-cuts of rising crowds, till it looks like every scene is a balloon on the verge of popping. Additional inspiring a thrill in these montages are glowing earworm disco tracks that fill every second with a buzzy sense of pleasure.