''John from Cincinnati'' was a drama, set against the surfing community of Imperial Beach, California, that aired on {{HBO}} from June 10 to August 12, 2007. It is the result of a collaborative effort between writer/producer [[Series/{{Deadwood}} David]] [[Series/NYPDBlue Milch]] and author Kem Nunn, whose novels have been termed surf noir.

The program deals with [[MessianicArchetype a strange young man of mysterious origin]] (the eponymous John from Cincinnati) and the effect he has on a [[BigScrewedUpFamily dysfunctional family]] of professional surfers and their community. The show got panned by critics and started losing viewers right away. It was eventually cancelled after one season. The reason was partly that it did not compare favorably to the more popular ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'' and partly because of its AudienceAlienatingPremise.
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!!Contains Examples of
* AmbiguousDisorder: John seems to be challenged or autistic in some way, but of course it's hard to tell since he probably [[AmbiguouslyHuman isn't human...]]
* ArcWords: "The End Is Near"
* ArcSymbol: The stick figure
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Yosts
* CastTheExpert: Keala Kennelly, who plays Kai, is a well-known professional surfer who set the record for riding the largest tow-in wave by a woman. Greyson Fletcher, who plays Shaun Yost, is a fourth-generation surfer whose drug-addicted father revolutionized the sport in the 1980s with "aerial"-type tricks and whose grandfather was a defining legend of the previous-generation surf community. Greyson's character, Shaun, is a third-generation surfer whose drug-addicted father revolutionized the sport in the 1980s with "aerial"-type tricks and whose grandfather was a defining legend of the previous-generation surf community.
* CatchPhrase: "Some things I know, some things I don't," replaced by, "I don't know. Butchie instead."
* FantasticNoir: Fantastic Surf Noir
* FunWithAcronyms: The title of the show ''John From Cincinnati'' is abbreviated as JFC or Jesus Fucking Christ
* GenreBusting: The show is by turns a family drama, surf noir, and religious allegory.
* MagicalRealism: The film takes place mostly in the "real world," but with magical elements, such as spontaneous levitation and John's seemingly magical powers.
* MessianicArchetype: John
* MindScrew:
* NoEnding: The show was canceled without any resolution.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: As with Milch's other works, characters speak in dense, almost impenetrable language, which worked in a period piece like ''Deadwood'', but seems strange coming from a bunch of modern surfers.
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: John communicates almost entirely by repeating phrases that other characters had already said.
* SurferDude: Naturally given the setting
* TrouserSpace: John's pockets seem to contain whatever small item he needs at the moment without ever being refilled.
* WeirdnessMagnet: The Yost family, [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] more than once.
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