Some Assembly Required (2014 TV series)

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Some Assembly Required
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GenreTeen sitcom
Created byDan Signer
Howard Nemetz[1]
StarringKolton Stewart
Charlie Storwick
Harrison Houde
Sydney Scotia
Travis Turner
Dylan Playfair
Ellie Harvie
Theme music composerMatthew Tishler and Andrew Ang
Opening theme"Here We Go"
performed by Kolton Stewart
Ending theme"Here We Go" (instrumental)
ComposerJames Jandrisch
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes57[2][3] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersDan Signer
Howard Nemetz
Michael Shepard
Tim Gamble
Producers
  • Alexandra Raffe
  • Nathaniel Moher (Co-Producer)
Production locationsBurnaby, British Columbia
(taping location)
EditorDaria Ellerman
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time22–23 minutes (approximately)
Production companiesThunderbird Films
Gravy Boat Productions
Remotely Funny
DistributorCorus Entertainment
(worldwide)
Thunderbird Films
(United States, in conjunction with Corus)
YTV
Release
Original networkYTV
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 6, 2014 (2014-01-06) –
June 6, 2016 (2016-06-06)

Some Assembly Required is a teen situation comedy series that aired on YTV in Canada and streams on Netflix (seasons 1–2) and Amazon Prime Video (season 3) worldwide. Produced in Burnaby, British Columbia, it was created by Dan Signer (The Suite Life on Deck, A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) & Howard Nemetz, and stars Kolton Stewart, Charlie Storwick, Harrison Houde, Sydney Scotia, Dylan Playfair, Travis Turner and Ellie Harvie. The first season, with 26 episodes, began airing in January 2014; the series finale aired on June 6, 2016. The first season was first streamed on Netflix in 2015, followed by the second season.

Premise[edit]

Jarvis Raines (Kolton Stewart) is an average 14-year-old who becomes a boss overnight after he sues a toy company over a defective chemistry set that blows up his house. Jarvis' first act as CEO of Knickknack Toys is to fire Candace (Ellie Harvey), the former CEO. He recruits a diverse group of kids from his high school to help him run the company. Usually, something backfires when they are trying to develop a new toy. Before the end credits, there are usually advertisements showing Knickknack Toys' newest products, which are shown or often invented in said episode, as well as P. Everett Knickknack telling the viewer, "The p stands for (word that begins with p)".

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 January 6, 2014 (2014-01-06) August 26, 2014 (2014-08-26)
2 18 January 5, 2015 (2015-01-05) February 1, 2016 (2016-02-01)
3 13 March 14, 2016 (2016-03-14) June 6, 2016 (2016-06-06)

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Kolton Stewart[1] as Jarvis Raines, a fun-loving teenager who becomes the new owner of Knickknack Toys, after suing the company when a defective chemistry set he got blows up his house on Christmas. Over time he develops feelings for Piper, whom he begins dating in season 3.
  • Charlie Storwick[1] as Piper Gray, a tech-savvy, sardonic goth 'hacker chick' who is hired by Jarvis as the Chief Technology Officer and the vice president of the company. She has had a huge crush on Jarvis since before being hired by him but never had told him until they began dating in the third season.
  • Harrison Houde[1] as Bowie Sherman, Jarvis' weird best friend who is the first to get hired by him. He gets ideas ranging from bad to worse, including taking words seriously. Even so, he is still like everyone's lovable little brother. In Season 1 Episode 3, Jarvis puts him in charge of the Joke and Prank Division.
  • Sydney Scotia[1] as Geneva Hayes, a beautiful yet dimwitted teenage girl who "works" as the receptionist and Jarvis's personal executive assistant. Jarvis, like many other boys at his school, has a huge crush on her until he develops feelings for Piper. Despite her apparent lack of intelligence, she has a few hidden talents, such as being able to solve a puzzle cube (like Rubik's Cube) faster than a robot.
  • Travis Turner[1] as Aster Vanderberg, the creative, confident and fashionable chief design officer of Knickknack Toys. He is also the only one who knows about Piper's crush on Jarvis, and has promised not to tell anyone, because, as he says "he likes to keep his conversations interesting". Aster also has some twisted pleasure in always insulting and mocking Piper and everyone on how they dress, even to the point that when he called in sick, he asked Bowie to fill in for his "job" of making fun of her. In the episode "Realm of Raiders", Piper goes to Aster for advice on if she should kiss Jarvis or not, to which Aster kisses Piper and says "I wouldn't risk it".
  • Dylan Playfair[1] as Malcolm "Knox" Knoxford III, an amateur extreme sports daredevil who is dimwitted. He is recruited as the product and safety tester and human crash test dummy. He likes a brand of clothing called "Epic Thunder" and also likes playing with boxes.
  • Ellie Harvie[1] as Candace Wheeler, the previous owner of Knickknack and the only adult in the main cast of characters. She refused to give Jarvis a settlement after selling him a defective chemistry set that blew up his house, and the jury awarded the company to Jarvis as compensation instead. She has high doubts that Jarvis can run a company, but is always proved wrong in the end. She masquerades as Knickknack's janitor Mrs. Bubkes, an old woman from the fictional Eastern European country Meeskatania, to spy on Jarvis in hopes of regaining control of the company. She frequently attempts to sabotage Jarvis' plans in secret, with occasional help from her adopted daughter Adelaide, to no avail.

Recurring[edit]

  • Russell Roberts[1] as P. Everett Knickknack (Season 1 for human version), the original owner of Knickknack toys since 1943 who pops out of nowhere one day. Everyone thinks he is a fraud trying to steal the company, especially Bowie, who thinks he is Candace. Even though he was proven innocent, it is unknown whether or not he is an impostor. Throughout the show, he and his cartoon counterpart use a running gag to say words and sentences that start with the letter 'P' because the 'P' in "P. Everett Knickknack" is unknown. In Season 1 Episode 7, Knickknack is said to be dead, though that is proven wrong.
  • Mmmboing is a rubber bouncing ball that was created by Bowie in the pilot and has not stopped bouncing since. Mmmboing has become a running gag in the series appearing somewhere in almost every episode.
  • Nils Hognestad[4] as Mr. Gournisht (Season 1–2), a recurring character that appears in "Lobster Trap", "Flycycle", and "Rocket with a Pocket". He is a Meesketanian-born man who is fluent in both Meesketanian and English. Mr. Gournisht is deeply in love with Mrs. Bubkes (Candace's alter-ego) but has no interest in Candace Wheeler. He works as an astronaut, working on the "Meeska-foot".
  • Chelsea Miller as Adelaide (Season 2-3), a girl from an orphanage that Candace used to fake a home video of her alter-ego Mrs. Bubkes as a child and later decided to adopt because they have a lot in common. The adoption agency did not allow Candace to adopt Adelaide due to her bad reputation, so she disguises herself as Mrs. Bubkes to officially adopt her.

Production[edit]

The series was created and executive produced by Dan Signer and Howard Nemetz and produced in Burnaby, British Columbia. The series was renewed for a second season in June 2014. On August 19, 2015, the series was renewed for a third season. On January 7, 2017, YTV canceled their #1 series and aired the 13-episode third season on their network.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Diane Wild (August 29, 2013). "Some Assembly Required in production". TV, eh?.
  2. ^ "Some Assembly Required Episodes". Zap2it. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Some Assembly Required — Episode Guide". MSN. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Nils Hognestad".

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