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HBO Launches Outdoor Sitcom ‘Camping’

Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, and Juliette Lewis star in ‘Camping.’ The show points towards the outdoors’ emergence into the mainstream.

A not-so-happy married couple, uninvited guests, and an overzealous control freak all play part in HBO’s latest show, “Camping.” The cast and plot have the makings of any old sitcom, but these actors have to deal with the outdoors and all the uncertainty nature brings with it.

Camping” premiered this month on HBO with eight episodes running 30 minutes each. The episodes feature dramatic relationships between characters all set in Brown Bear Lake, a campground.

Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham created the series and serve as executive producers. The show is based on the U.K. series of the same namewhich aired in 2016.

Premise: Camping Show on HBO

The show follows Walt’s (David Tennant) 45th birthday party in the outdoors. Walt’s wife, Kathryn (Jennifer Garner) plans the party and, naturally, it all goes wrong.

“The weekend sparks heightened emotions, latent tensions (sexual and otherwise) and memories they’d rather forget,” HBO issued in a press release.

Camping is two episodes in, with episodes airing Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET. The first episode is free to stream on HBO’s site.

Note: The show isn’t really about camping. The great outdoors is really just a setting for the sitcom. And it does add some potential for humor that outdoors-lovers may relate to. But most interestingly, the makers of the New York-centric show “Girls” setting a series in the outdoors nods toward the popularity of outdoor recreation.


Midwest born, Nate Mitka is based in the GearJunkie Denver office. He is an advocate of all outdoor activities and has developed some habits, like running without headphones, eating raw vegetables, and fixing the chain on his ratty old bike.

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