Chicago Party Aunt

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Chicago Party Aunt
Created byChris Witaske
Jon Barinholtz
Katie Rich
Based onThe character
by Chris Witaske
Voices of
Music byNathan Whitehead
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1 (2 parts)
No. of episodes16
Executive producers
  • Matt Craig
  • Jon Barinholtz
  • Katie Rich
  • Chris Witaske
  • Ike Barinholtz
  • David Stassen
  • Will Gluck
  • Richard Schwartz
  • Chris Prynoski
  • Antonio Canobbio
  • Ben Kalina
ProducerWhitney Loveall
EditorMatt Steinauer
Running time22–28 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17) –
December 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)

Chicago Party Aunt is an American animated sitcom created by Chris Witaske, Jon Barinholtz, and Katie Rich for Netflix.[1] Inspired by Witaske's Twitter account, the series follows the antics of a middle-aged sports-loving louche sharing an apartment with her 18-year-old nephew.[2]

Voice cast[edit]

  • Lauren Ash as Diane Dunbrowski, the titular Aunt and life of the party, who avoids adulting and works as a hairdresser, formerly at Chi City Sports Cuts and Clips, now called Borough
  • Rory O'Malley as Daniel Whiddington, Diane's 18-year-old gay nephew who decides to take a gap year living with his aunt instead of going to Stanford University
  • Chris Witaske as Kurt Kosinski, Diane's second-time ex-husband who works as a TSA agent at Midway International Airport
  • Jon Barinholtz as Mikey, Diane and Kurt's obese son who also works at Midway International Airport as a baggage handler
  • Jill Talley as Bonnie Whiddington, Diane's sister and Daniel's mother
  • Ike Barinholtz as Mark Whiddington, Bonnie's husband
  • RuPaul Charles as Gideon, the new manager at Borough, rebranded from Chi City Sports Cuts and Clips
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Tina, one of Diane's co-workers at Borough and a part-time makeup artist
  • Katie Rich as Zuzana, one of Diane's co-workers at Borough and an Eastern European immigrant
  • Bob Odenkirk as Feather, the proprietor of Kreativ Jus, a trendy coffeehouse where Daniel works part-time



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.[1]


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.[1]


Chicago Party Aunt was released in two parts, with the first eight episodes on September 17, 2021,[1] and the remaining eight episodes on December 30, 2022.[3]


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.[4] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 56 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5] 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."[6] 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."[7]

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."[8] Andrew Munnik from Comic Book Resources stated that Part 2 is "blazing a new trail for LGBT+ representation in television."[9] 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."[10]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Part 1
1"Chicago Party Aunt"Joey AdamsChris Witaske & Jon Barinholtz & Katie RichSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
2"Helicopter Aunt"Anna HollingsworthJon BarinholtzSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
3"Ribs for Her Pleasure"Andy ThomKatie RichSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
4"Tailgate Jailgate"Joey AdamsJessica LamourSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
5"Halloweener Circle"Anna HollingsworthIke Barinholtz & David StassenSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
6"Twenty-Six Point Tattoo"Andy ThomEmily Walker & Mike KosinskiSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
7"The Beefys"Joey AdamsChris WitaskeSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
8"Emergency Contact"Anna HollingsworthTheresa Mulligan RosenthalSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
Part 2
9"Doppel Änger"Andy ThomTheresa Mulligan RosenthalDecember 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)
10"St. Patrick's Day"Joey AdamsJon BarinholtzDecember 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)
11"Go Scratch"Andy ThomChris WitaskeDecember 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)
12"Swing and a Ms."Anna HollingsworthMike Kosinski & Emily WalkerDecember 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)
13"Empire State of Mind"Joey AdamsJessica LamourDecember 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)
14"Tits Up, Tits Out"Anna HollingsworthKatie RichDecember 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)
15"Breaking Balm"Andy ThomAmy SchwartzDecember 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)
16"Lotion Commotion"Joey AdamsChris Witaske & Jon Barinholtz & Katie RichDecember 30, 2022 (2022-12-30)


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  2. ^ Lyman, Paige (August 26, 2021). "Netflix Goes Wild with Trailer for 'Chicago Party Aunt'". Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on September 17, 2021. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
  3. ^ Major, Michael (November 21, 2022). "CHICAGO PARTY AUNT Part Two to Premiere on Netflix in December". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on November 22, 2022. Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  4. ^ "Chicago Party Aunt: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  5. ^ "Chicago Party Aunt: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  6. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (September 16, 2021). "Netflix's 'Chicago Party Aunt': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 16, 2021. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
  7. ^ Roeper, Richard (September 15, 2021). "'Chicago Party Aunt': Netflix sitcom's a deep-dish delight, even while tapping every local cliche". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on September 18, 2021. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  8. ^ Jones, Rendy (December 30, 2022). "Chicago Party Aunt's Second Season Proves Poignant, but Needs More Laughs". Paste. Archived from the original on January 16, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  9. ^ Munnik, Andrew (January 1, 2023). "Chicago Party Aunt Season 2 Turns an LGBT+ Trope on Its Head". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on January 16, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  10. ^ 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. Archived from the original on January 16, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023.

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