Chicago Party Aunt
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|Chicago Party Aunt|
|Created by||Chris Witaske & Jon Barinholtz & Katie Rich|
|Based on||The character|
by Chris Witaske
|Music by||Nathan Whitehead|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1 (2 parts)|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||22–28 minutes|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080p|
|Original release||September 17, 2021 –|
Chicago Party Aunt is an American animated sitcom created by Chris Witaske, Jon Barinholtz, and Katie Rich for Netflix, inspired by Witaske's Twitter account. The first eight episodes premiered September 17, 2021. The second part premiered on December 30, 2022.
- Lauren Ash as Diane Dunbrowski, also known as the Chicago Party Aunt, the life of the party who avoids adulting and a hairdresser at the formerly Chi City Sports Cuts and Clips, now called Borough
- Rory O'Malley as Daniel, Diane's gay nephew who decided to live with her and take a gap year instead of going to Stanford University
- RuPaul Charles as Gideon, the new manager at Chi City Sports Cuts and Clips who renames the salon as Borough
- Jill Talley as Bonnie, Diane's sister and Daniel's mother
- Ike Barinholtz as Mark, Bonnie's husband
- Jon Barinholtz as Mikey, Diane and Kurt's obese son who works at Midway International Airport as a baggage handler
- Bob Odenkirk as Feather
- Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Tina
- Katie Rich as Zuzana
- Chris Witaske as Kurt, Diane's second time ex-husband and a TSA agent at Midway International Airport
On July 27, 2021, Netflix gave a 16-episode series order to Chicago Party Aunt. The series is created by Chris Witaske, Jon Barinholtz, and Katie Rich inspired by the eponymous Twitter account by Witaske. Witaske, Barinholtz, and Rich were expected to executive produce alongside Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Will Gluck, Richard Schwartz, Chris Prynoski, Antonio Canobbio, and Ben Kalina. The production companies involved with the series are 23/34, Olive Bridge Entertainment, and Titmouse, Inc.
Upon series order announcement, it was reported that the voice cast includes Lauren Ash, Rory O'Malley, RuPaul Charles, Jill Talley, Ike Barinholtz, Jon Barinholtz, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Rich, and Witaske.
Part 1 of Chicago Party Aunt received generally mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 43% approval rating with an average rating of 7.50/10, based on 7 critic reviews. Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 56 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". For Part 1, Daniel Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter stated that "too often the show consists of local references, funny pronunciations, and then a semisweet ending that fails to land convincingly." Reviewing the series for Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper gave a rating of 3/4 stars and said, "The fun-loving reveler from Twitter is surrounded by so many lovable characters, we can forgive all the Fridge and Malort references."
Part 2 received more positive reviews. Rendy Jones from Paste stated that while the show needs more laughs and suffers from the same problems a lot of Netflix adult animation has, and Diane's raunchy behavior is retained, "the episodic plots organically test her ability to mature and embrace change in her life. I don’t think I’ve seen an adult animated series follow a woman’s attempt to find affordable healthcare so she can get a breast implant removal surgery procedure done to better her health, and I give this show kudos for approaching that humorously and thoughtfully." Andrew Munnik from Comic Book Resources stated that Part 2 is "blazing a new trail for LGBT+ representation in television." Johnny Loftus from Decider recommends Part 2, stating that "it's easy, especially with such a low-intensity run-time. Chicago Party Aunt generates some laughs with its feel for the city’s slang. But it’s the toon’s consistently excellent voice cast that really keeps it in the game."
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Chicago Party Aunt"||Joey Adams||Chris Witaske & Jon Barinholtz & Katie Rich||September 17, 2021|
|2||"Helicopter Aunt"||Anna Hollingsworth||Jon Barinholtz||September 17, 2021|
|3||"Ribs for Her Pleasure"||Andy Thom||Katie Rich||September 17, 2021|
|4||"Tailgate Jailgate"||Joey Adams||Jessica Lamour||September 17, 2021|
|5||"Halloweener Circle"||Anna Hollingsworth||Ike Barinholtz & David Stassen||September 17, 2021|
|6||"Twenty-Six Point Tattoo"||Andy Thom||Emily Walker & Mike Kosinski||September 17, 2021|
|7||"The Beefys"||Joey Adams||Chris Witaske||September 17, 2021|
|8||"Emergency Contact"||Anna Hollingsworth||Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal||September 17, 2021|
|9||"Doppel Änger"||Andy Thom||Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal||December 30, 2022|
|10||"St. Patrick's Day"||Joey Adams||Jon Barinholtz||December 30, 2022|
|11||"Go Scratch"||Andy Thom||Chris Witaske||December 30, 2022|
|12||"Swing and a Ms."||Anna Hollingsworth||Mike Kosinski & Emily Walker||December 30, 2022|
|13||"Empire State of Mind"||Joey Adams||Jessica Lamour||December 30, 2022|
|14||"Tits Up, Tits Out"||Anna Hollingsworth||Katie Rich||December 30, 2022|
|15||"Breaking Balm"||Andy Thom||Amy Schwartz||December 30, 2022|
|16||"Lotion Commotion"||Joey Adams||Chris Witaske & Jon Barinholtz & Katie Rich||December 30, 2022|
- Petski, Denise (July 27, 2021). "'Chicago Party Aunt' Adult Animated Comedy From Chris Witaske, Jon Barinholtz & Katie Rich Gets Netflix Series Order; Lauren Ash, RuPaul Charles Among Voice Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
- Lyman, Paige (August 26, 2021). "Netflix Goes Wild with Trailer for 'Chicago Party Aunt'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
- Major, Michael (November 21, 2022). "CHICAGO PARTY AUNT Part Two to Premiere on Netflix in December". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved November 22, 2022.
- "Chicago Party Aunt: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
- "Chicago Party Aunt: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
- Fienberg, Daniel (September 16, 2021). "Netflix's 'Chicago Party Aunt': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
- Roeper, Richard (September 15, 2021). "'Chicago Party Aunt': Netflix sitcom's a deep-dish delight, even while tapping every local cliche". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
- Jones, Rendy (December 30, 2022). "Chicago Party Aunt's Second Season Proves Poignant, but Needs More Laughs". Paste. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
- Munnik, Andrew (January 1, 2023). "Chicago Party Aunt Season 2 Turns an LGBT+ Trope on Its Head". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
- Loftus, Johnny (December 30, 2022). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Chicago Party Aunt' Season 2 on Netflix, Where The Chi-Town Booze Hound Returns For More Hyper-Local Laughs". Decider. Retrieved January 15, 2023.