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Friday Nights is a commodoreHUSTLE spin-off series about Magic: the Gathering. It is made in association with Wizards of the Coast. The series was announced on August 26th, 2011 at the LRR panel at PAX Prime.

The "Season 1" four-part miniseries premiered on February 23rd, 2012. LoadingReadyRun.com was inundated with traffic, and crashed.

Format

  • Friday Nights episodes are much longer than the average cH episode, usually lasting around 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Typically, seven or eight of the crew members have major roles. Like cH, each has a distinct persona and play style associated with them.
    • Graham has an affinity for green cards.
    • Kathleen has a fascination for cats in early episodes, and later gains a proclivity for blue/black decks, summarized by the phrase "I wanna kill and I wanna mill" from "Hero's Path: the Calling".
    • Jer, referred to derogatorily by Kathleen as "Captain Combo" in "Constructed", is obsessed with intricate combos that can span entire decks, which typically fall apart thanks to a single small oversight or the failure of a key detail. He compares his deckbuilding strategy to purchasing a gun from Ikea: difficult to assemble properly, but if built exactly right, they work perfectly and beautifully.
    • James is not often shown actually playing the game, and does not necessarily have an established play style. He has a fondness for limited formats, which require him to be flexible in his choice of colors and strategy.
    • Alex is usually seen playing red. It is also shown that he studies the popularity of certain cards and play styles in the professional circuit, assuming that the most successful decks and cards in the highest levels of the game will be equally effective in casual play.
    • Paul is introduced to the game in season 1. In keeping with his "mad scientist" cH character, Paul is shown to be rigorously scientific in constructing decks. He is often shown building dozens of slight variations on the same basic formula, testing each one to see which has an advantage. Later in the series, he is shown attempting to develop a "statistically perfect" deck.
    • Matt bases most of his decks around angels, and will go to great lengths for a single card he needs for a deck.
    • Cam primarily plays Izzet (red and blue) and relies heavily on counterspells and other instants and sorceries. In "Politics", he reveals that the others often find playing against him unenjoyable, as he never allows spells to resolve and takes a long time to completely respond to spells cast by opponents. He bears a grudge against green, as he does not understand how to properly play with it.
  • Many of the episodes have two parallel plots, and often the script will smoothly transition between them by relating the character's dialogue or actions between cuts (for example, in "Politics", James says "ooh, good plan" in one scene, which immediately jump cuts to another scene which begins with Kathleen saying "No, I think that's the worst plan!").
  • The episodes form a cohesive narrative, with characters frequently making callbacks to earlier episodes. Running gags are common, especially in the first season.

Trivia

Episodes

Season Five

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6 47 Brewmaster Showdown Kathleen De Vere Cameron Lauder, Kathleen De Vere, Graham Stark, James Turner, Missie Peters, Paul Saunders, Alex Steacy, Nelson Salahub and Brendan "Beej" Dery December 8, 2016
Come on down to Cam's U-Brew Standard Warehouse as the gang shows up for the Standard Showdown. Just don't try to give them any holiday gifts.
5 46 Inventors' Unfair Kathleen De Vere Cameron Lauder, Kathleen De Vere, Graham Stark, James Turner, Missie Peters and Paul Saunders September 29, 2016
Kathleen subscribes Cameron to Servo Facts while Graham tries to put on an Inventors' Fair.
4 45 Monarch Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Rich Hagon (voice) and Brendan "Beej" Dery August 26, 2016
Whoever wears the crown makes the rules. And gets the donuts.
3 44 Strange Brew Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Alison Luhrs July 15, 2016
Alex solves the already solved mystery, Kathleen tries to prep the team for the Prerelease, and Paul creates a, well, strange brew.
Plus, a seriously serious (not really) movie reference right after the credits. If you don't get the reference, ask someone over 30.
2 43 Nonstandard Rotation Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Missie Peters, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Serge Yager April 15, 2016
It's post-rotation and Alex is back into brewing for Standard. But with the format so fresh, what's a player to play?
1 42 Two Heads are Better Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Missie Peters, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Nelson Salahub, Serge Yager, Josh "Rek" Feldman, Bryony Anderson, Jordan Cramen, Tim Macinnis, Christine Rowan and Brendan "Beej" Dery January 15, 2016
Alex and Cam become Calex for the Oath of the Gatewatch Prerelease, and Graham struggles to find the perfect Two-Headed Giant partner. Or a good partner. Or any partner, really.

Season Four

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10 41 'Tis the Season Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Ian Horner December 11, 2015
Luck comes Alex's way as Magic Christmas Land is upon us.
9 40 Zendikar Murder Mystery Kathleen De Vere with Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Jeremy Petter and Serge Yager October 16, 2015
It's a spooky Halloween murder mystery! With themed snacks!
8 39 Throwback Kathleen De Vere with Graham Stark, Cameron Lauder and James Turner Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Jeremy Petter September 18, 2015
The crew hosts a throwback draft of the original Zendikar while reminiscing about their favorite decks from way back when.
7 38 The Long Road Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, James Turner with Marshall Sutcliffe, Frank Lepore, Eric Froehlich, Brad Nelson, Luis Scott-Vargas, Elantris, Gavin Duggan, Riki Hayashi and Brian David-Marshall August 14, 2015
Paul's journey has been building up to this: Pro Tour Magic Origins!
6 37 Archfrenemies Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Missie Peters, Ashley Turner, Megan Hogg, Aurora Walker and Coriander Dickinson June 26, 2015
Paul tries to crack Magic Origins ahead of the Pro Tour and Ladies' Night is overtaken by a pair of Spikey villains. Sort of.
5 36 Six Sides Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Matt Wiggins, Nelson Salahub, Sam Marshall, Caitlin Oram, John Oram, Aurora Walker, Malcolm Walker, Max Loy, Amy Robinson, Chris Ireland and Juliana Cooper May 29, 2015
LoadingReadyRun is building a Cube! And it will even have good cards in in! Also, we observe the Standard player in their natural habitat. They truly are enchanting in the wild.
4 35 A Fine Rotisserie Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner, Marshall Sutcliffe and Brian David-Marshall May 1, 2015
What's the deal with Mono-Red? And Khans Block Rotisserie Draft? And what's the deal with Gred and Reen?
3 34 Here Be Dragons Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy and James Turner March 27, 2015
The crew tries to figure out which timeline is best.
2 33 Mono-Decent Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, James Turner, Jeremy Petter, Alex Steacy, Marshall Sutcliffe and Nelson Salahub March 6, 2015
LoadingReadyRun takes on Grand Prix Vancouver, including Draft Town, Commander Village, and the Tin Man All-Star Band.
1 32 White Loxodon Exchange Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy and James Turner January 23, 2015
It's Alex's birthday, and for his party all he wants is a white Loxodon gift exchange. And maybe some nails. #value

Season Three

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13 31 Jeskai Mysteries Kathleen De Vere and Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner and Paul Saunders November 7, 2014
Cam's Jeskai deck goes missing and Graham has morphs on the mind.
12 30 Clanmanders Kathleen De Vere, Graham Stark with Alex Steacy Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy and James Turner October 2, 2014
Orcish Farmer get your pig ready!
11 29 Seven in the Queue Graham Stark, Paul Saunders, and James Turner Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Graham Stark, Paul Saunders, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Paul Cheon, Eric Froehlich, Luis Scott-Vargas and Serge Yager August 25th, 2014
In this episode the LoadingReadyRun crew discover how difficult it can be to fire an 8 man draft sometimes.
10 28 Speechless Kathleen De Vere, Paul Saunders, James Turner and Alex Steacy Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Brendan Dery July 16, 2014
Graham comes down with something and his friends try to give him his own chance to battle at the Magic 2015 Prerelease.
9 27 Time Walking Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy and Jeremy Petter June 8, 2014
Jer discovers the perils of his "Take Another Turn" deck while Alex plays his mono-black 100-card singleton deck, Graham drafts Theros block, and Kathleen works on the cube for her Lady Planeswalker Society.
8 26 The Mastery Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, Marshall Sutcliffe and Nelson Salahub May 20, 2014
Kathleen seeks advice from the oracle before stepping onto the last step of the Hero's Path. She allies with Graham and Cameron to take down Xenagos.
7 25 The Refusal Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, Serge Yager, Marshall Sutcliffe and Nelson Salahub April 29, 2014
Alex attempts the eighth Hero Path challenge in isolation. Sort of. Meanwhile, the rest of the LoadingReadyRun crew strategizes how best to face Xenagos in the final step, at Journey into Nyx Game Day.
6 24 The Apotheosis Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, Marshall Sutcliffe and Nelson Salahub April 22, 2014
Kathleen and Cam mope while Alex and Graham talk about the new cards from Journey into Nyx. The Oracle of Theros talks to Kathleen. And then it's time for the Prerelease, where nobody plays their usual colors.
5 23 Darkness Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner with Nate Holt March 17, 2014
When the LoadingReadyRun crew sits down to draft, tragedy strikes! ...and then the power goes out. What does LRR do to get through such a difficult time? A different kind of draft.
4 22 The Ordeal Kathleen De Vere and Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, Marshall Sutcliffe and Nelson Salahub February 26, 2014
The LoadingReadyRun crew gets ready for Game Day and the Battle the Horde Challenge Deck. Alex and Cam work out the ultimate tribute card, then join Graham to battle the minotaur horde. Kathleen takes her mono-black deck to face the horde alone.
3 21 The Barrier Kathleen De Vere and Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner, Marshall Sutcliffe and Nelson Salahub February 4, 2014
Preparations for launch weekend vary from person to person. Kathleen struggles with tweaks to her Standard deck. Alex loses himself in attempting to solve the release puzzle. Baxter has a ridiculous tail.
2 20 The Road Kathleen De Vere and Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark and Alex Steacy January 28, 2014
Kathleen and the crew prepare for the Born of the Gods Prerelease. Will Kathleen's unique strategy pay off in the end? Will others bend to her suggestion?
1 19 It Resolves Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner and Matt Wiggins January 9, 2014
The Friday Nights crew make their resolutions for the new year, ready to tackle them in all their Magic glory. But who will stay strong in the face of doubt?

Season Two

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14 18 A Very Friday Night Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner and Jade December 5, 2013
James discovers a most unusual of break-ins at his home and is reminded the true meaning of the holidays.
13 17 Politics Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy and James Turner November 5, 2013
The Alex Initiative seeks support as the Loading Ready Run crew do battle with Commander.
12 16 The Trial Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Graham Stark and Alex Steacy October 15, 2013
The LoadingReadyRun crew discuss the finer points of creature taxonomy before (and while) they take on the Face the Hydra Challenge Deck!
11 15 Packs on Packs Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy and James Turner October 3, 2013
The crew adds Theros to their collection... sparking debates about weapons, mythology, and pants.
10 14 The Threshold Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Graham Stark, Paul Saunders, Alex Steacy, Nelson Salahub and Marshall Sutcliffe September 24, 2013
Kathleen struggles to find her Erebos inspired Standard deck while Alex just struggles.
9 13 The Calling Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner, Marshall Sutcliffe, Brian Wong, Nelson Salahub and Jonathan Rickard September 17, 2013
Kathleen wrestles with the decision of which path to take at the Theros Prerelease.
8 12 Rotation Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner and Tally Heilke September 5, 2013
The LoadingReadyRun crew prepare for the coming rotation of Standard, as well as with the ongoing need to organize their collections.
7 11 Grand Prix Calgary LoadingReadyRun Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner, Gavin Duggan, Kim Warren, Kenji Egashira, Dave Morris, Nelson Salahub, Paris Demers and Brittany Clarke August 15, 2013
The LoadingReadyRun arrive at Grand Prix Calgary ready to enjoy their weekend at the event. James gets caught in a compromising position. Kathleen and Cam find themselves facing off at the worst possible time.
6 10 GP Bound Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy and James Turner August 4, 2013
The LoadingReadyRun crew are heading to Grand Prix Calgary, here's a look at how they prepare and their journey across Canada for the tournament.
5 9 Prereleasing Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner, Missie Peters, Sol Kaufman, Ben Wheeler and Jonathan Rickard July 4, 2013
LoadingReadyRun prepare and take part in their Magic 2014 Prerelease, see how they get ready for the big day.
4 8 The Masters Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner and Marshall Sutcliffe June 6, 2013
Graham, James, Paul and Alex all get together to watch a replay of Pro Tour Dragon's Maze while Kathleen, Jer and Cam all face off over a box of Modern Masters.
3 7 Guild Fight Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner, Matt Wiggins and Tally Heilke May 2, 2013
LoadingReadyRun hosts an unsanctioned draft at the Moonbase featuring teams for a few guilds. But not all is as it seems.
2 6 Grinding Graham Stark and Kathleen De Vere Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner, Matt Wiggins, Dan Spiller, Dylan Petter and Blake Hodson April 5, 2013
Graham and James dive into Magic Online Cube draft while Jeremy, Kathleen and Alex play in their store's league!
1 5 The Return Graham Stark Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Jeremy Petter, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner, Ed Bittner, Serge Yager and Dan Spiller March 15, 2013
The LRR crew jumps back in the Friday Nights saddle. They learn a valuable lesson about playing Eggs.

Season One

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4 4 Friday Graham Stark Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Jeremy Petter, James Turner, Kathleen De Vere, Matt Wiggins, Alex Steacy, Dan Spiller, Aaron Grimshaw, Cameron Lauder, Ian Jacek, Alasdair Howie, Jess Bell, Brett Frankson, Adam Savidan and Sol Kaufman March 15, 2012
The crew tries their hands at FNM, to varying results.
3 3 In Command Graham Stark Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Jeremy Petter, James Turner, Kathleen De Vere, Matt Wiggins and Alex Steacy March 8, 2012
When you get seven people in for a game of Commander, it's not going to end quickly.
2 2 Constructed Graham Stark Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Jeremy Petter, James Turner, Kathleen De Vere, Matt Wiggins, Alex Steacy, Dan Spiller and Raymond Steacy March 2, 2012
Episode 2 of our commodoreHUSTLE spinoff! Produced in association with Wizards of the Coast. Deciding to play Magic is all well and good, but what deck should you play?
1 1 Untap Graham Stark Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Jeremy Petter, James Turner, Kathleen De Vere, Matt Wiggins, Alex Steacy and Ed Bittner February 23, 2012
Episode 1 of our commodoreHUSTLE spinoff! Produced in association with Wizards of the Coast. The crew initiate Paul into the world of Magic.

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