Ed Helms' New Peacock Comedy Rutherford Falls Tackles a Problematic Statue in First Look

The first trailer for the timely series shows a small town grappling with its history. Find out why it's a breakthrough for Native American representation on TV.

By Brett Malec Mar 16, 2021 4:00 PMTags
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A timely topic.

Peacock has released the first official trailer for Ed Helms' new comedy Rutherford Falls, set to premiere on NBCU's streaming service on Thursday, Apr. 22.

From co-creators Mike Schur (The Office, The Good Place), Helms and Sierra Teller Ornelas, the new series follows two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a crossroads when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wakeup call.

As the first look indicates, the series is very timely as the town grapples with its own history and a debate about moving a statue of one its historical figures. "Four hundred years ago, my patriarchal ancestor Lawrence Rutherford founded our town," Helms says in the trailer. "I am the steward of my family's legacy, that will resonate throughout history."

The show will also focus heavily on the town's Native American community. "This town has forgotten ow to honor their ancestors," Michael Greyeyes' character shares.

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Rutherford Falls also stars Jesse Leigh (Heathers) and Dustin Milligan (Schitt's Creek).

Rutherford Falls is a big breakthrough for Native representation in television, both in front of and behind the camera. 

Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) and Greyeyes (Nêhiyaw from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation) star in the series and there are five Native writers on staff, including Ornelas (Navajo), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Tai Leclaire (Kanien'kehá:ka [Mohawk Nation]/Mi'kmaq), Schmieding and Tazbah Chavez (Nüümü [Bishop Paiute Tribe], Diné [Navajo], San Carlos Apache).

Check out the first look above before it premieres Apr. 22.

Peacock is live now! Check out NBCU's streaming service here.