Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
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|Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp|
|Based on||Wet Hot American Summer|
by David Wain and Michael Showalter
|Directed by||David Wain|
|Opening theme||"Jane" by Jefferson Starship|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||27–30 minutes|
|Production companies||Showalter Wain|
|Original release||July 31, 2015|
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is a comedy television miniseries written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, and directed by Wain. First Day of Camp is the second installment in the Wet Hot American Summer franchise. The eight-episode Netflix series is a prequel to Wain's 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, a parody of teen sex comedies which has since developed a cult following. Although many of the original film's ensemble cast have gone on to high-profile work, all of the then-adult actors returned for this series, playing even younger versions of their original roles. The episodes were released for online viewing at the end of July 2015.
Returning cast from the film (in alphabetical order)
- Elizabeth Banks as Lindsay (6 episodes)
- H. Jon Benjamin as Mitch/Can of Mixed Vegetables (4 episodes)
- Michael Ian Black as McKinley (7 episodes)
- Bradley Cooper as Ben (7 episodes)
- Judah Friedlander as Ron Von Kleinenstein (2 episodes)
- Janeane Garofalo as Beth (7 episodes)
- Nina Hellman as Nancy (6 episodes)
- Joe Lo Truglio as Neil (5 episodes)
- Ken Marino as Victor (5 episodes)
- Christopher Meloni as Gene Jenkinson/Jonas Jurgenson (6 episodes)
- A. D. Miles as Gary (5 episodes)
- Marguerite Moreau as Katie (8 episodes)
- Zak Orth as J.J. (8 episodes)
- David Hyde Pierce as Assoc. Prof. Henry Neumann (2 episodes)
- Amy Poehler as Susie (7 episodes)
- Paul Rudd as Andy (8 episodes)
- Marisa Ryan as Abby (3 episodes)
- Molly Shannon as Gail (7 episodes)
- Michael Showalter as Coop (8 episodes)
- Showalter also portrays U.S. President Ronald Reagan
- Kevin Sussman as Steve (3 episodes)
- Jason Schwartzman as Greg, Boys' Head Counselor (7 episodes)
- Lake Bell as Donna Berman, Coop's love interest (7 episodes)
- David Bloom as Kevin, a kid at the camp (7 episodes)
- Thomas Barbusca as Drew, Kevin's nemesis (7 episodes)
- George Dalton as Arty "The Beekeeper" Solomon (7 episodes)
- Samm Levine as the voice of Arty
- Michael Blaiklock as Danny (7 episodes)
- David Wain as Yaron, an Israeli counselor (6 episodes)
- John Slattery as Claude Dumet, a renowned Broadway actor-director (6 episodes)
- Michaela Watkins as Rhonda, a professional choreographer (6 episodes)
- Josh Charles as Blake, Camp Tigerclaw counselor and Katie's boyfriend (6 episodes)
- Rich Sommer as Graham, one of Blake's cronies (5 episodes)
- Eric Nenninger as Warner, one of Blake's cronies (5 episodes)
- Hailey Sole as Amy, Kevin's love interest (5 episodes)
- Chris Pine as Eric, a reclusive musician (5 episodes)
- Jon Hamm as The Falcon, a hired assassin (4 episodes)
- Randall Park as Jeff, a city hall records clerk who's in love with Gail (4 episodes)
- Michael Cera as Jim Stansel, Beth and Greg's lawyer (3 episodes)
- Kristen Wiig as Courtney, a snobby Camp Tigerclaw counselor (3 episodes)
- Jordan Peele as Alan, Lindsay's boss
- Paul Scheer as Dave, Lindsay's colleague
- Jayma Mays as Jessica, Lindsay's colleague
- "Weird Al" Yankovic as Jackie Brazen, a famous hypnotist
- Beth Dover as Shari, Neil's high school sweetheart
- John Early as Logan St. Bogan
- Bruce Greenwood as Bill Martinson, powerful lawyer
- Rob Huebel as Brodfard Gilroy, Henry's rival
- Richard Schiff as Dean Fairchild, Henry's superior
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Campers Arrive"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & David Wain||July 31, 2015|
|It's the first morning at Camp Firewood, and the horny counselors are already making their moves, while something sinister is going on in the woods.|
|2||"Lunch"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & David Wain||July 31, 2015|
|Journalist Lindsay goes undercover as a counselor. Beth and Greg make a startling discovery. Coop has his hands full with Kevin and Donna.|
|3||"Activities"||David Wain||Michael Showalter||July 31, 2015|
|Tensions rise after Blake sees Andy hitting on Katie. Beth goes to an unlikely source for help. Coop is crushed when Donna gives out multiple gifts.|
|4||"Auditions"||David Wain||Michael Showalter||July 31, 2015|
|Claude helps Susie find new leads for the musical. Gail tries to discover the truth about Jonas. The Falcon lands.|
|5||"Dinner"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & Christina Lee||July 31, 2015|
|Susie, Claude, Andy and Katie get closer during the evening meal. Jonas overreacts when Victor prank-calls him. Beth and Greg hire a lawyer.|
|6||"Electro/City"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & David Wain||July 31, 2015|
|Lives change dramatically during the performance of the staff musical "Electro-City." Greg and Beth's lawsuit goes to trial.|
|7||"Staff Party"||David Wain||Michael Showalter||July 31, 2015|
|Victor and Coop discover that sex is a lot more complicated than they thought. Lindsay has to file her article. Andy and Katie have a moment of truth.|
|8||"Day Is Done"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & David Wain||July 31, 2015|
|While Beth and Gene fight to save the camp from government forces, Andy and the other counselors take on their Camp Tiger Claw rivals.|
After years of speculation and reports on a possible sequel to Wet Hot American Summer, shooting began on the miniseries in January 2015. The entire adult cast of the film returned in the same roles. Much of the series was shot in Los Angeles. Working around the availability of the cast members, many of whom had seen a significant rise in stardom since the original film, was difficult; some sources report that Bradley Cooper, who plays Ben, had to shoot all of his scenes in one day, although star and co-writer Michael Showalter has since denied this claim.
Along with the series, a making-of documentary on Wet Hot American Summer, titled Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot, was released on Netflix on July 24, 2015, consisting of behind the scenes interviews and footage shot during the filming of the movie.
On April 27, 2016, it was announced that Netflix ordered a follow-up series entitled Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, set ten years after the events of the film. The series consists of eight episodes, and was released on August 4, 2017.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a score of 92%, based on 53 reviews, with an average rating of 7.44/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp offers more of the same goofy hijinks that fans of the cult classic crave, but outsiders might not be quite as enamored." On Metacritic, the series holds a score of 74 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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