Is the acting good?
Bobby Cannavale carries the show as Richie, and portrays him as a swaggering, vulnerable, romantic, cocksure, charismatic, brawling, grunting, inhaling, self-destructive Italian-American antihero who seems to have been lab-engineered with the sole purpose of starring in a Scorsese project.
The supporting actors put in fine work, too, although they generally have weaker material to play with. Olivia Wilde's character feels like a retread of a million other put-upon-wife archetypes, and to be sure, many of the female characters on the show feel underwritten. Juno Temple provides a pop of energy as young secretary/office drug dealer Jamie Vine, who sees promise in a young punk band. As "Nasty Bits" frontman Kip Stevens, James Jagger shares his father's swagger.
Two other standout performances: Andrew Dice Clay portrays a sleazy radio owner Buck Rogers exactly the way you'd expect Andrew Dice Clay to portray a sleazy radio owner, while Ray Romano plays against type as Richie's colleague and confidant Zak Yankovich.