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Genre Comedy
Created by Denis Leary
Opening theme "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" by Denis Leary
Country of origin United States
Original English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20
  • William R. Nielsen Jr.
  • Christopher LaVasseur
  • Elizabeth Merrick
  • Kyle Gilman
  • William Henry
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Distributor 20th Television
Original network FX
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16) - September 1, 2016 (2016-09-01)

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is an American comedy television series created by and starring Denis Leary. The series aired on FX for a total of 20 episodes from July 16, 2015,[1][2] through September 1, 2016.

In September 2015, the network renewed the show for a second season, which premiered on June 30, 2016.[3][4] On September 9, 2016, following the end of the second season, FX canceled the show.[5]


50-year-old Johnny Rock (Denis Leary) was once the lead singer of The Heathens, a rising rock band from the late 80s and early 90s that broke up following the release of only one album, mainly due to his life of excess. 25 years later, Rock struggles to survive in the music industry. He is given a second chance, however, when he's surprised to find out that he has a 21-year-old daughter named Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) with one of his former back up singers. Gigi moves to New York to try to make it as a musician. She comes up with a proposition: if her dad reforms the Heathens, she'll replace him as lead singer, the band will change their name to The Assassins, and in return he'll stay on board as lead songwriter for the band, as well as coach to Gigi. Johnny experiences the challenges of an aging rock star in a music landscape fueled by hip-hop and pop, as well as caring for someone other than himself for once with his newly found daughter now in his life.



  • Denis Leary as Johnny Rock: the former lead singer of the band 'The Heathens'[2]
  • John Corbett as Josiah 'Flash' Bacon: The former Heathens' guitarist; until the formation of The Assassins, he had a regular gig playing for Lady Gaga
  • Elizabeth Gillies as Gigi Rock: the lead singer of The Assassins and Johnny's daughter[2]
  • Robert Kelly as Hector 'Bam Bam' Jimenez: the former Heathens drummer and now The Assassins drummer
  • Elaine Hendrix as Ava Delany: the former Heathens backup singer, Johnny's longtime live-in girlfriend, and his moral compass[6]
  • John Ales as Sonny 'Rehab' Silverstien: the former Heathens bassist and now The Assassins bassist


  • Josh Pais as Ira Feinbaum (season 1): The Heathens former manager who kept Johnny as a client. He becomes the manager of The Assassins.
  • Callie Thorne as Cat Zakarian: One of the former back up singers for The Heathens, Gigi's mother, and Johnny's former lover who is also a songwriter.
  • Eric Sheffer Stevens as Brook Lanley (season 2): a hip rock producer.[7]
  • Rebecca Naomi Jones as Davvy O'Dell (season 2): a sexy downtown singer.[7]
  • Mark Gessner as Noah Perkins (season 2): The Assassins new manager, who takes over for Ira.


Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (Songs from the FX Original Comedy Series)
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released September 10, 2015
Recorded 2015
Genre Soundtrack, Rock
Length 59:01
Label FX Networks

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (Songs from the FX Original Comedy Series)[8] is the soundtrack album for the first season of FX comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The album was released on September 10, 2015.

No. Title Recording artist(s) Length
1. "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" Denis Leary 3:03
2. "Animal" Elizabeth Gillies 2:46
3. "Die Trying" Denis Leary 3:08
4. "Radiohead Meets Morrissey" Denis Leary 0:41
5. "Bloody English Whores" (An Gorta Mor Movement #2) John Ales 1:08
6. "Sinner's Gold" Denis Leary 1:10
7. "Éire and Ire" (An Gorta Mor Movement #23) John Ales 1:13
8. "New York 2015" Elizabeth Gillies 3:56
9. "Desire" Elizabeth Gillies 3:13
10. "Sinner Baby" Denis Leary 2:40
11. "Die Trying" Elizabeth Gillies 3:14
12. "F**k the Queen (Of England)" John Ales 1:03
13. "Baby It's Late" Callie Thorne 4:04
14. "Johnny Cash Said" Denis Leary 2:15
15. "Put It On Me" Denis Leary, Elizabeth Gillies 2:39
16. "Baby Get Down" Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix 3:19
17. "One Old Broad" Kelly Bishop 3:00
18. "Fire and Gasoline" Chris Phillips 3:04
19. "Beastcore" John Ales, Robert Kelly 0:57
20. "What's My Name" Elizabeth Gillies 3:04
21. "Sex Bomb" Elizabeth Gillies 1:32
22. "Complicated" Elizabeth Gillies 4:16
23. "What's My Name" (EDM Remix) Elizabeth Gillies 3:36
Total length: 59:01

Critical reception

The first season of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll received mixed reviews from critics. On the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 59%, based on 44 reviews, with an average rating 5.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Denis Leary's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll feels much like the aging rocker it is trying to portray -- a beloved star struggling to reach his former glory."[9] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score of 60 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]


  1. ^ Pedersen, Erik (April 8, 2015). "FX Sets 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' Premiere, Louis C.K. Special, Other Summer Bows". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Patten, Dominic (June 30, 2014). "FX Orders Denis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 23, 2015). "'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' Renewed by FX for Second Season". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Tribune Digital Ventures. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (April 20, 2016). "Tyrant and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Get Summer Premiere Dates at FX". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (10 September 2016). "FX Cancels Denis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'". 
  6. ^ "Rockin' Roles: ET native Hendrix takes on acting, singing in new series". 
  7. ^ a b Petski, Denise (March 22, 2016). "'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' Casts Eric Sheffer Stevens & Rebecca Naomi Jones As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (Songs from the FX Original Comedy Series)", iTunes, 21 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Season 1". Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Reviews for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Season 1". 

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