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The Great North

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The Great North
The Great North Title Card.png
GenreAnimated sitcom
Created byLizzie Molyneux-Logelin & Wendy Molyneux & Minty Lewis
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Wendy Molyneux
  • Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin
  • Minty Lewis
  • Tim Dacey
  • Patrick Dacey
Composers
  • John Kimbrough
  • Scott Seiver
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Production
Executive producers
EditorDan Earley
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original networkFox
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 3, 2021 (2021-01-03) –
present (present)

The Great North is an American adult animated sitcom created by Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, and Minty Lewis for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The Molyneux sisters and Lewis serve as executive producers along with Loren Bouchard.[1] The series premiered on January 3, 2021 and stars Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Will Forte, Dulcé Sloan, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Megan Mullally, and Alanis Morissette.

In June 2020, the series was renewed for a second season ahead of the premiere of the first.[2]

Premise

Beef Tobin is a single father living in the fictional town of Lone Moose, Alaska with his four children, Wolf, Ham, Judy, and Moon. Beef's life is centered on raising his children and keeping the family together. He is sometimes overbearing and smothering, but his deep love for his family is a central theme in each episode in the series. [3]

Voice cast

Main

  • Nick Offerman as Beef Tobin, a fisherman and divorced father of four. Beef is still coming to terms with being abandoned by his ex-wife Kathleen. He spent years pretending that she died tragically, despite each of the Tobin children knowing the truth. He is a supportive father who encourages his children to love and respect others, although he sometimes struggles with the many changes happening in their lives and worries that they will grow apart.[2]
  • Jenny Slate as Judy Tobin, an artistically-inclined sixteen-year-old and Beef's only daughter. Judy loves her family, sharing a deep bond with her "Alaskan twin" brother Ham (they are not actual twins, but we born 9 months apart). She dreams of exploring the world beyond their small, remote hometown.[2]
  • Will Forte as Wolf Tobin, Beef's oldest son and fiancée of Honeybee. A sensitive and optimistic young man, Wolf longs to make his father proud, although his eagerness often puts him beyond his depth.[2]
  • Dulcé Sloan as Honeybee Shaw, Wolf's fiancée. Confident and adventurous, she moved from her hometown of Fresno after falling in love with Wolf, and is now adapting to life in a small Alaskan fishing town.[2]
  • Paul Rust as Ham Tobin, Beef's middle son. Ham is openly gay, which is embraced by his family. He shares a deep bond with his "Alaskan twin" sister Judy, and they often collaborate on creative endeavors. He enjoys baking, and secretly becomes the town's "cake lady" after the previous one was arrested.[2]
  • Aparna Nancherla as Moon Tobin, Beef's youngest son, who shares his father's stoic demeanor and passion for outdoorsmanship. Despite being only 10 years old, he is unafraid of the intimidating Alaskan wildlife, and is often seen building traps for various animals (from ruffed grouse to Bigfoot) or exploring the wilderness around the family home. He wears a bear-like onesie almost all the time, even to school.[2]
  • Megan Mullally as Alyson Lefebvrere, Judy's boss at the photography studio and an artist in her own right.[2]
  • Alanis Morissette as Alanis Morissette, Judy's interpretation of the acclaimed singer and her imaginary friend, and only appears in the Aurora Borealis. Judy often speaks to her for guidance on certain things.[2]

Guest

Episodes

No.Title [4]Directed byWritten by [5]Original air date [4]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Sexi Moose Adventure"Carlos Ramos & Casey CroweLizzie Molyneux-Logelin & Wendy Molyneux & Minty LewisJanuary 3, 2021 (2021-01-03)1LBW012.34[6]
Beef Tobin wants to host Judy's sweet sixteen birthday on the family boat. However, the planned festivities are interrupted when a moose gets into the house and steals some of Beef's ex-wife's belongings. Beef is distraught at the loss of these possessions, as Beef has difficulties letting go of his ex-wife and accepting change. Shortly after, Judy gets a job at the mall; however, the kids don't want to tell Beef because they think he will have a hard time processing the change. Meanwhile, Honeybee confesses that she wants to move into the family's wood cabin. Wolf rejects the idea, telling her that Beef would not take it well emotionally. Beef talks to Judy's boss and finds out about her job. He is distraught, as the children predicted, and wants to stop all the recent changes. To get back to normalcy, Beef tries to find the moose that stole his ex-wife's things to get them back. The family splits up looking for him. When Beef finds the moose, he aggravates it. The moose attacks, and Beef twists his ankle. He is found by Judy and saved by Moon. At the end of the episode, Beef accepts that change is okay and begins to look forward to the future.
2"Feast of Not People Adventure"Joel MoserMinty LewisJanuary 17, 2021 (2021-01-17)1LBW036.10[7]
The whole town is excited for the upcoming Feast of Not People. At the festival, the townsfolk celebrate that they are not cannibals, in contrast to the days when early settlers had to eat each other to survive. However, the famous Cake Lady, who bakes a cake for the celebration each year, is arrested. The cake is the centerpiece of the festival, so Ham decides to become the new Cake Lady to save the day. He keeps this a secret from his family, who worry that without the cake the feast will be a flop. Unfortunately, Ham feels too much pressure and cannot bake. Judy eventually helps him, and they bake a fabulous cake. The two grow closer than ever as siblings. Meanwhile, Wolf tries to impress Beef by running the Cadaver Race at the feast, revealing that he has trained for months. The race goes poorly, but Beef tells Wolf that he is very proud of him, as winning isn't all that matters.
3"Avocado Barter Adventure"Will StrodeGabe DelahayeFebruary 21, 2021 (2021-02-21)1LBW041.16[8]
Wolf wants to host a Shrek-themed dinner for Honeybee's 6-month-anniversary in order to show his love for her. He enlists the entire family's help to make decorations and prepare food. When Honeybee mentions having a dream about avocados, Wolf impulsively decides to make guacamole as a gift, but he soon discovers avocados are rare. Wolf delegates the party-planning to Ham and Beef, and he takes Moon on a fierce scavenger hunt to find avocados. Meanwhile, Ham and Beef create themed Shrek decorations for the dinner despite neither of them recalling any accurate details about the movie. Throughout all this, Judy interviews Honeybee about Honeybee's complicated past and how she met Wolf. Near the end of the "trading chain", Wolf and Moon have lost their original gift of a couples' massage and only have a box of pears mistaken for avocados. Wolf realizes that Honeybee might not actually like guacamole at all. The time of the event arrives, and Honeybee finds the Shrek decorations humorous, and tells Wolf that she doesn't need gifts to know that he loves her, and that she appreciates grand romantic gestures.
4"Romantic Meat-Based Adventure"Carlos Ramos & Paul ScarlataLizzie Molyneux-Logelin & Wendy MolyneuxFebruary 28, 2021 (2021-02-28)[a]1LBW020.97[10]
Judy is about to kiss Steven Huang, but she backs out at the last minute. Judy talks to Alanis about this, noting that she developed a fear of kissing after a disaster in seventh grade. When she kissed her first boyfriend, his hair got stuck in her braces and it had to be cut out. Later, Judy decides to try to get Beef back into the dating ring, by going to the Meet and Meat occasion at a local bar. However, he is resistant. The children offer to take a Chainsaw Basic Workshop class if Beef will go on a date. Beef agrees. Meanwhile, Moon takes in a sick bird to teach it to fly. The family tries to train Beef in preparation for his date, but he is a miserable failure and does not know how to socialize. Beef meets a lady named Dell who he likes, but she rejects him. Moon hurts himself showing the bird how to fly. Dell admits to Beef that she thinks she is cursed when it comes to dating, and that she actually likes him. Judy talks to Beef, who thinks that her fear of relationships developed right after his wife left, and convinces her that it is not that bad. He drives her to the Meet and Meat bar, where Steven works, and she kisses him.
5"Curl Interrupted Adventure"Joel MoserMatt LawtonMarch 7, 2021 (2021-03-07)[a]1LBW051.05[11]
Beef's curling team is in trouble, and Judy comes to resent his not choosing to let her help him, even though she is very good at the game, due to an incident in the past when she cut off another player's pigtail. Judy convinces Beef to let her play if she treats the other players nicely this time. They have fun together coaching the team, until the game arrives and Beef worries that she is being mean. Judy blows up when she thinks their team is losing the game. Beef fires her, but she admits she was wrong and the two decide to find something new to do together. Meanwhile, Wolf gets control of the family boat and decides to open it up to sunset sails. The first couple, Werner and Ziska, leaves, unenthused. Beef manages to get them to come back, but Ziska leaves Werner and he sulks off, saddened. Beef and Judy take up improv and Werner stays with the family for a few days.
6"Pride & Prejudance Adventure"Neil GrafCharlie KellyMarch 14, 2021 (2021-03-14)1LBW061.12[12]
Judy talks to Alanis early in the morning about taking her long-time crush Crispin to the Thomas Wintersbone Memorial Ladies' Choice Dance. However, she feels awkward and doesn't ask Crispin. Her boss, Alyson, prompts her to, but Crispin takes a liking to Ham, even though he reluctantly says yes to Judy so he can meet up with Ham at the dance. At the dance, Ham and Crispin kiss, and Ham leaves so as not to disappoint Judy after she sees it. Judy envisions Thomas Wintersbone himself, and he cheers her up by revealing that they got the story wrong, and he was gay. Judy makes everything better by pulling the fire alarm so every has to leave the dance floor and flood outside and letting Ham reinvite Crispin to the dance. Meanwhile, Beef's brother Brian and his daughter Becca come to town, and Beef is afraid he is growing out of the old things they used to enjoy, especially when Brian blames him for ruining a pitch meeting.
7"Period Piece Adventure"Will StrodeMichelle Badillo & Caroline LevichMarch 21, 2021 (2021-03-21)1LBW070.92[13]
Judy is excited to be able to finally express her creative side when the school selects her and her art club to repaint the school's mural. When Alyson gets involved, the club learns that the school uses outdated feminine hygiene products and the mural quickly changes topics, much to Judy's chagrin. Judy goes to Alanis, who gives her the ideas of how to solve it. When the whole thing is cancelled, Judy blows up at the whole group, until she finds out a secret. Meanwhile, after Beef is accused to kicking over a local garden gnome in the town newspaper, Honeybee suspects he is being framed and goes on a mission to clear his name. After finding that the shoe print that was left at the crime scene did not match his foot size, she goes to a shoe expert, who sold Beef the shoe recently. Honeybee, Wolf, and Moon find out that Beef is guilty and interrogate him. Finally, Honeybee realizes that it was Junkyard Kyle who knocked over the gnome.
8"Keep Beef-Lievin Adventure"Joel MoserTed TravelsteadApril 11, 2021 (2021-04-11)1LBW081.03[14]
Moon is increasingly discouraged in his attempts to prove Bigfoot exists, and begins doubting its existence. To cheer him up, the family takes Moon to an event of Bigfoot watchers, but an argument with an attendee turns into an outburst where he declares Bigfoot non-existent. Beef, worried that Moon is losing his sense of childhood wonder, hatches a plan to help Moon by faking a Bigfoot sighting. Meanwhile Honeybee's brother Jerry arrives from Fresno, looking to move to Alaska. Honeybee, familiar with the pattern where her brother does what she does then is unhappy doing it, tries to dissuade him with help from Wolf by showing him a rigorous Alaska work day, with several mishaps and injuries. After helping Beef's plan by dressing as Bigfoot and walking past Moon's school, Jerry is convinced to stay and do events in the costume.
9"Tusk in the Wind Adventure"Neil GrafKevin AveryApril 18, 2021 (2021-04-18)1LBW090.94[15]
Beef and Wolf encounter Tusk Johnson, former star of a TV series about living in the wilderness, and offer to help him start a new show after hearing of how his sidekick took the show and Tusk's wife. However, Beef feels Tusk is a bad influence and during shooting of an episode, Wolf is nearly killed in when caught in a trawler net Tusk carelessly moved with a crane, and Beef kicks Tusk out. At a family dinner out, a disheartened Wolf discovers Tusk outside and the truth that Beef made him leave and storms out. Wolf is tricked into attempting to steal golden eagle eggs for Tusk only to become stuck on a log over a crevasse, requiring Beef to save him. Meanwhile, the others become addicted to Dynasty from VHS tapes left behind by Kathleen, only to find Beef taped over the sixth season, but Beef later presents them with DVD's of the last three seasons.
10"Game of Snownes Adventure"TBATBAMay 9, 2021 (2021-05-09)TBATBD
11"My Fart Will Go on Adventure"TBATBAMay 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)TBATBD

Production

Development

On September 28, 2018, it was first announced that the series was in development, from creators Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux and Minty Lewis, with Loren Bouchard also set to executive produce.[1] The series was officially given a series order by Fox on May 9, 2019, with Bento Box Entertainment, Fox Entertainment, and 20th Television serving as the production companies.[3][16] On June 22, 2020, Fox renewed the series for a second season ahead of its premiere.[2]

On May 13, 2019, it was announced that the series was set to premiere in 2020,[17] however, on May 11, 2020, it was announced that it was instead planned to premiere mid-season during the 2020–21 television season.[18] It was later revealed that the series would premiere in February 2021.[19] On December 18, 2020, it was announced that the series would premiere on February 14, 2021, as part of Fox's Animation Domination programming block.[20] On December 22, 2020, it was announced that the series would receive a special preview on January 3, 2021.[21]

Casting

On September 28, 2018, when the series was first announced, it was revealed that Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Megan Mullally, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Will Forte, and Dulcé Sloan had been cast in the series.[1] On June 22, 2020, it was revealed that Alanis Morissette would voice herself in the series.[2] In February 2021, more cast members joined the crew in guest roles. Judith Shelton appears in the first episode as Londra Pennypacker, a lady who works at the dock, as well as Julio Torres as a boy who works at the mall at a smoothie shop and who Judy has a crush on, name Crispin Cienfuegos. In the third episode, Gabe Delahaye voices the barterer Old Jody Jr. in a guest role.

Broadcast

Because of CityTV's deal with Fox, the series is also syndicated to Canada,[22] streaming new episodes the same day and time as the United States. The show is also available to stream on Hulu, and able to purchase on YouTube and iTunes.[23] In India, the series is simulcasted on Disney+ Hotstar because of 20th Television output deal with Star India. [24]

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 100% based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 7.92/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "As cozy as a night spent relaxing by the fireplace with your favorite funny people, The Great North is a delightfully hilarious addition to Fox's Animation Domination lineup."[25] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26]

Daniel Fienberg with The Hollywood Reporter said "Likably Bob's Burgers-esque, with lots of room to grow." He noted that the series had only made token references to Indigenous representation in the series, writing that it should embrace those more in future episodes.[27] Margaret Lyons with The New York Times said "like many comedies, it gets funnier as it goes along, but it has a silly sweetness from the start."[28]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Great North
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Sexi Moose Adventure" January 3, 2021 0.7 2.34[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Feast of Not People Adventure" January 17, 2021 2.1 6.10[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Avocado Barter Adventure" February 21, 2021 0.4 1.16[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Romantic Meat-Based Adventure" February 28, 2021 0.3 0.97[10] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Curl Interrupted Adventure" March 7, 2021 0.4 1.05[11] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Pride & Prejudance Adventure" March 14, 2021 0.4 1.12[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Period Piece Adventure" March 21, 2021 0.4 0.92[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Keep Beef-Lievin Adventure" April 11, 2021 0.4 1.03[14] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Tusk in the Wind Adventure" April 18, 2021 0.3 0.94[15] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Notes

  1. ^ a b Received an early release via FOX.com on February 21, 2021.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (September 28, 2018). "Animated Alaska Set Family Comedy from Bob's Burgers trio get FOX pilot presentation". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k White, Peter (June 22, 2020). "'Great North' renewed for season 2 at FOX". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2019). "Fox Orders Live-Action Comedy Series 'Outmatched' & Animated 'The Great North'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Shows A-Z - great north, the on fox". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
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  16. ^ Otterson, Joe (August 6, 2019). "Fox to Purchase 'Bob's Burgers' Animation House Bento Box Entertainment". Variety. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
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  18. ^ "FOX Announces Fall 2020 Schedule" (Press release). Fox. May 11, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  19. ^ "Video: First Promo for "The Great North," Joining the Animation Domination Lineup This February on FOX" (Press release). Fox. November 1, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  20. ^ "All-New Animated Series "The Great North" to Premiere Sunday, February 14 on FOX" (Press release). Fox. December 18, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
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