Executive produced by Daily Show veterans Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, The Detour finds comic gold in the real-life couple’s disastrous vacation history. Jones plays Nate, the mastermind behind a 1,300-mile family roadtrip from New York to Florida. Joined by his wife Robin (Natalie Zea), his rebellious daughter Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich), and his dim-witted son Jared (Liam Carroll), Nate watches his plans spiral out of control, occasionally making matters worse with his misguided solutions. If that sounds vaguely familiar, there’s a good chance you’re recalling (a) your own troubled travels or (b) the countless movies about dysfunctional family roadtrips. There are many memorable examples of the latter, but here are five of our favourites.

National Lampoon’s Vacation

Unlike last summer’s mediocre remake, this dysfunctional family road movie from 1983 appears to be a crucial influence on The Detour. Premeditated family fun has a way of backfiring, and no movie demonstrates that better than National Lampoon’s Vacation.


Sugarland Express

In this underrated and/or completely overlooked early gem by Steven Spielberg, Goldie Hawn initiates a uniquely illegal family roadtrip, busting her husband out of jail, so he can help kidnap their son. Further complicating matters, they have dozens of police cars in pursuit the whole time.



Paper Moon

Don’t be mislead by those classy period trappings—this roadtrip classic about a fake (but possibly real) father-daughter duo is another triumph of family criminality. 9-year-old Tatum O’Neal made such a delightful con artist that she became the youngest Oscar winner of all time (not including those Honorary Juvenile Awards they used to give out).



Little Miss Sunshine

The rampant popularity of Little Miss Sunshine caused many to unfairly malign this 2006 indie hit, but this film perfectly captures the culture clash that occurs when people of assorted age, class, sexual preference, and mental stability get crammed into the close quarters of a VW bus. We don't expect The Detour will feature as much open drug use, but who knows? 



Lost in America

No movie has more hilariously dramatized the real-world challenges of dropping out of society, Easy Rider-style. With little more than a Winnebago and a “nest egg,” David (Albert Brooks) and Linda (Julie Hagerty) head for Vegas—where their premature retirement plan goes terribly wrong.


Be sure to catch the series premiere of The Detour tonight at 10:30ep on Comedy!