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Superior Donuts

Superior Donuts

  • Premiered: 
    February 2, 2017
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2008 play (Superior Donuts) by Tracy Letts 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
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Plot Synopsis

Based on the 2008 play of the same name, SUPERIOR DONUTS is a half-hour comedy series about the owner of a small donut shop that's located in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. Arthur is a gruff, to-the-point Chicagoan who refuses to sell newfangled cronuts and macchiatos or renovate his dated shop that hasn't changed since it opened in 1969. That all changes when enterprising go-getter Franco fast-talks his way into Arthur's life as his new (and only) employee, and convinces him that he can bring the shop -- and Arthur -- into the 21st century. Arthur's supportive regulars include loyal patron Randy, a cop whose late father was Arthur's best friend; her overeager rookie partner, James; Tush, a colorful customer who uses the shop counter as a makeshift office, where he keeps tabs on a variety of odd jobs via fax machine; Maya, a privileged grad-school student working on her PhD; and Sweatpants, Franco's longtime friend who's willing to dress as a donut to help drum up more business. Looking to cash in on the urban renewal is Arthur's over-caffeinated neighbor, aspiring real estate capitalist Fawz, who pushes Arthur on a daily basis to sell the building to him. With his business in jeopardy, Arthur grudgingly realizes that he had better embrace the change around him and that Franco could be exactly what he -- and the donut shop -- need to thrive. SUPERIOR DONUTS premieres on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8:30pm ET/PT, and then moves to its regular day and time -- Mondays at 9pm -- four days later on February 6. On Monday, October 30, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the second season of SUPERIOR DONUTS, with Diane Guerrero joining the cast as Sofia, a young Uptown gentrifier who parks her food truck, which serves healthy, socially conscious breakfast foods, in front of Arthur's old-school donut shop. In the season opener, "What the Truck?," Arthur's business is threatened when Sofia, an ambitious young entrepreneur, parks her organic food truck in front of the donut shop, becoming a hit with his customers and catching Franco's eye. Also, Franco grows frustrated trying to follow his dream of going to college.
On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, CBS premiered "Donut Day Afternoon," the series finale of SUPERIOR DONUTS. An armed robbery at the donut shop prompts Arthur, Franco and Sofia to make life-changing decisions about their futures.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by CBS Television Studios


  • - Chicago, Illinois USA