Strange Planet (TV series)

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Strange Planet
Genre
Created by
Based onStrange Planet
by Nathan W. Pyle
Starring
ComposerIsabella Summers
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
  • Alex Bulkley
  • Corey Campodonico
  • Amalia Levari
  • Steve Levy
  • Dan Harmon
  • Taylor Alexy Pyle
  • Nathan W. Pyle
ProducerMonica Mitchell
Running time19–25 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseAugust 9, 2023 (2023-08-09) –
present

Strange Planet is an animated science fiction comedy television series based on the webcomic of the same name by Nathan W. Pyle. Pyle co-created the series with Dan Harmon. The series premiered on August 9, 2023 on Apple TV+.

Premise[edit]

Blue beings find themselves exploring and trying to understand the complexities and nuances of human traits.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

All main cast members portray multiple characters which vary between episodes.

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [1]
1"The Flying Machine"Mike RobertsDan Harmon and Nathan W. PyleAugust 9, 2023 (2023-08-09)
A popular band splits up, throwing their lives and their fans’ lives into chaos. Elsewhere, an air comfort supervisor’s new role creates turbulence.
2"Greyscale Finger Bandit"Charlie G. and Caitlin VanarsdaleZack Bornstein and Lauren PomerantzAugust 9, 2023 (2023-08-09)
A lovelorn being offers to take care of their crush’s vibrating creature. Next door, a small being insist on adopting an outside creature.
3"Careful Now"Maaike Scherff and Monica TomovaAmalia Levari and Steven Raia and Lauren PomerantzAugust 9, 2023 (2023-08-09)
While at the tumble scrub, a being has a chance encounter with a stranger that leads to an unexpected but exciting opportunity.
4"The Big Wet"Charlie G. and Caitlin VanarsdaleBrydie Lee-Kennedy and Steve Levy and Nathan W. PyleAugust 16, 2023 (2023-08-16)
Tensions between an overbearing lifegiver and their offspring come to a head. Careful Now weathers a mishap on Free Jitter Liquid Day.
5"Family, Fandom, Footorb"Katie Aldworth and Charlie G.Steve Levy and Nathan W. Pyle and Beth StellingAugust 23, 2023 (2023-08-23)
Wanting to please their lifegiver, two siblings try bonding over their interests. A footorb referee’s bad call could cost them their dream job.
6"Key Change"Charlie G. and Maaike ScherffDemi Adejuyigbe and Steve Levy and Nathan W. PyleAugust 30, 2023 (2023-08-30)
A being struggles with performing at the talent show. Meanwhile, two other beings reluctantly learn to cooperate.
7"Adolescent Limbshake"Monica TomovaSummer Plair and Steve Levy and Nathan W. PyleSeptember 6, 2023 (2023-09-06)
Two high-school beings reluctantly team up to plan an event. Meanwhile, at the same school, two best friends have a dramatic falling out.
8"Tiny Trash"Katie Aldworth and Charlie G.Dani Michaeli and Steve Levy and Nathan W. Pyle and Lauren PomerantzSeptember 13, 2023 (2023-09-13)
A being has an existential crisis on their 25th emergence day as their best friend secretly organizes a party to celebrate.
9"Before Star Rise"Maaike Scherff and Caitlin VanarsdaleOpen Mike Eagle and Lauren PomerantzSeptember 20, 2023 (2023-09-20)
A couple who run a skin ink parlor are hit with unexpected news. Careful Now’s manager and regular go on an impromptu date.
10"Double Shadow Day"Charlie G. and Monica TomovaNathan W. Pyle and Taylor Alexy PyleSeptember 27, 2023 (2023-09-27)
Careful Now is the perfect spot to view a once-every-15-revolutions eclipse, but a mysterious situation might ruin the party.

Production[edit]

The series was greenlit by Apple TV+ in June 2021, with Nathan W. Pyle collaborating with Dan Harmon to co-create the series. Amalia Levari was set as showrunner.[2] In July 2023, Tunde Adebimpe, Demi Adejuyigbe, Lori Tan Chinn, Danny Pudi and Hannah Einbinder were set for the voice cast.[3]

Release[edit]

The series was released on August 9, 2023.[3]

Reception[edit]

Strange Planet received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 81% approval rating with an average rating of 6.3/10 based on 27 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Leveraging its alien conceit to make astute observations about society, Strange Planet is wryly amusing and relatably human."[4] Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone praised the show for its "reliable level of sweetness", while noting that most of its humor "hits the level of wry amusement and not much more, not unlike the experience of reading a comic strip, smiling, and saying, 'I get it,' without actually laughing."[5] Lucy Mangan of The Guardian gave the show 3 stars out of 5, opining that the comic strip's premise wore too thin during a season of ten 25-minute episodes.[6] In a more mixed review, Maya Phillips of The New York Times found the show's comedic moments to be more uneven and less interesting than its philosophical musings, writing, "More often than not, 'Strange Planet' is cute and delightful".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shows A-Z – Strange Planet on Apple+". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 9, 2023.
  2. ^ White, Peter (June 23, 2021). "Dan Harmon & Nathan Pyle Adapting Comic Strange Planet As Animated Series Greenlit At Apple". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (July 6, 2023). "Strange Planet: Dan Harmon & Nathan Pyle's Adult Animated Series Gets Apple Premiere Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Strange Planet: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved December 11, 2023.
  5. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (August 18, 2023). "'Strange Planet' Is an Amusing New Show From the Creator of 'Rick and Morty'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 19, 2023.
  6. ^ Mangan, Lucy (August 9, 2023). "Strange Planet review – never has the phrase 'too much of a good thing' been more appropriate". The Guardian. Retrieved August 19, 2023.
  7. ^ Phillips, Maya (August 8, 2023). "'Strange Planet' Review: An Alien's Guide to Being Human". The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2023.

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