From left to right: Muscleman, Frantic, Hotwire, Sumo, Concierge, Gadget Gal, Impresario, Prock
|Created by||Seth Meyers
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Seth Meyers
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Broadway Video
Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions
Bento Box Entertainment
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original release||August 1, 2013– present|
The Awesomes is an animated comedy series created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker, streamed on Hulu. The show follows a group of superheroes who step in and replace the members of a legendary but disbanding superhero team. Under new leadership, The Awesomes attempt to put themselves back together in the face of intense media and government skepticism. Meyers and Shoemaker serve as executive producers alongside Lorne Michaels.
- Professor Dr. Jeremy "Prock" Awesome (voiced by Seth Meyers) - The son of Mr. Awesome. Jeremy Awesome is the young new leader of the Awesomes. Prock has a JD and an MD, but has always wanted to be a superhero like his father, Mr. Awesome. Prock disappointingly doesn't have any of his father's impressive physical powers: indeed, he is unimposing and injury-prone. However, he's the smartest on the team and a natural leader: in a crisis he comes up with excellent plans and assigns jobs to everyone on the team. For some reason, Prock has so far chosen to keep his other powers hidden from his teammates: he has low-level chronokenisis i.e. can stop time for ten-second increments (he can stop it for longer, but he revealed in "Euro-Awesomes" that doing so really hurts), and (like his father) he is immune to mindcontrol including Dr. Malocchio's powers of hypnosis (which he told his team about in the season 1 finale), these powers plus his intellect make him the most powerful member of the team, despite the rest of the team and the world considering him to be weak even by a normal person's standards. His blind spot is that he has a huge crush on Hotwire, which is why she's on the team. Prock wears a blue jumpsuit with a black utility belt and has a golden "A" on his chest similar to his father. Prock lied to his father that he no longer uses his time power, as doctors told him continuing to use it would kill him.
- Harry "Muscleman" Strong (voiced by Ike Barinholtz) - Prock's best friend from childhood since their fathers were teammates in the original Awesomes. He inherited his superhero name - along with superhuman strength (up to two thousand tons with effort) and invulnerability - from his father and grandfather before him. Muscleman likes to stay on the positive side of everything, which can get a little annoying. He wears a red singlet with black tights and black cuffs and also has an extremely large amount of chest hair.
- Concierge (voiced by Emily Spivey) - The secretary of the new Awesomes, who helped Prock and Muscleman recruit the others (mostly from an old reject pile). While not seen by the others as a superhero, she has the power to rapidly perceive people's needs, organize information, and optimize resources. She goes on every mission. Concierge ended up with the job only because she was the last of the old staff to say "Not it," though now she likes it. In the episode People vs Perfect Man, she officially becomes a superhero and member of the Awesomes.
- Zip "Frantic" Danger (voiced by Taran Killam) - His power is superhuman speed. It's said that he's the third fastest in the world and he can run 500 miles an hour. It's currently unknown how he got his powers, but his parents, who run a circus in the southern United States, think he's a failure. He's hyperactive (to the point that he was rejected by the Awesomes during Mr. Awesome's tenure as leader for that reason) and in a hurry to do the right thing. He looks up to Prock. His quirky personality often butts heads with the other members, as he often desires attention and fame. His standardized superpower level is 7. He wears yellow and white tights that resemble lightning. It was also revealed in "The Awesomes' Awesome Show," that he is homosexual.
- Gadget Gal (voiced by Paula Pell) - The only active original member of The Awesomes. She got old and decided to retire, but Prock convinced her to return when a rejuvenation ray made her 25 again. Her superpower is super-resourcefulness; she can turn objects in her purse into weapons.
- Austin "Impresario" Sullivan (voiced by Kenan Thompson) - A "mama's boy" whose power is the conjuring of anything he can imagine using a mysterious jewel he found in the woods. Unfortunately, everything he conjures has his mother's face and voice; this was the reason he was once rejected by the Awesomes. He wears a purple and pink tuxedo and a jeweled turban. In the episode "Made Man" he became able to create constructs without his mom's face. The removal of this limitation, combined with his standardized superpower level of 8 (superheroes of level 8 and up being scarce), has made him one of the most powerful superheroes in the world.
- Sumo (voiced by Bobby Lee) - Initially known only by his first name, Tim, he's only 11 years old but extremely powerful; he was only rejected earlier because of his age. In a manner similar to The Incredible Hulk, he can transform into a sumo wrestler when injured or angered, and in this form he appears to be even stronger than Muscleman. His standardized superpower level is 9, making him even more powerful than Impresario. Tim wears no costume.
- Katherine "Hotwire" Malocchio (voiced by Rashida Jones) - Her power is manipulating electricity. Her background is unknown, but she is Dr. Malocchio's daughter. Concierge doesn't trust her, since she is the only team member who applied to join rather than being recruited. Prock is oblivious to these concerns. Hotwire previously dated Perfect Man and was also aware of Prock's crush on her while dating Perfect Man. After faking her own death at the end of season one, she returned in season two wearing an armored battle suit (similar to Iron Man) powered by her own electrical output and fighting crime under the alias Metal Fella. The name, the design of the suit and a manipulated voice lead everyone to believe that Metal Fella is a man. In "Euro-Awesomes" she reveled her true identity and rejoined the Awesomes and started dating Prock.
- Dr. Giuseppe Malocchio (voiced by Bill Hader) - Founder of Malocchio Laboratories in the 1940s, he was the first doctor to study superheroes and was the confidante of many of the world's leading heroes in his quest to understand and isolate the super-gene. Among his partnerships were the original 1940s lineup of The Awesomes, and Mr. Awesome soon became his best friend. Together they worked in the laboratory and co-discovered the super-gene. But Malocchio and Mr. Awesome had different ideas as to how best use their new discovery. Malocchio wanted to use it to make ordinary humans super, and injected himself with the serum. Although originally good, the terrible side effects of the formula turned him monstrously evil. He gained the ability to control human or superhero minds at will. He then used the serum to create an evil army of super-villains, who have battled superheroes for decades, each villain identifiable as one of Malocchio's by the characteristic red eyes; Malocchio means 'evil eye' in Italian. Considered the world's most dangerous super-villain, he was imprisoned. Once the original Awesomes disbanded, he easily escaped from prison by using his mind control on the guards, and even forced them to become his minions. His goal is to convince everyone to surrender their superpowers, ostensibly to protect bystanders from collateral damage. He has a passion for gourmet cooking and is Hotwire's father. Dr. Malocchio is believed to be deceased but is actually living in a secret base with Mr. Awesome, who is attempting to find the cure for the evil super-gene formula. In the season two finale, thanks to the blood transfusion from Mr. Awesome he finally becomes good again but a mishap in the lab resulted in his evil-genes entering into Mr. Awesome's bloodstream making him evil as a result.
- Whiskey 'Richard' Dick - Appeared in the episode "Euro-Awesomes" to steal high tech parts from 3 different labs (one in America and two in Europe) but was killed shortly after revealing that he had been hired to do so (it turned out to be Prock's old mentor Dr. Turfenpeltz). He has the power to render anyone (even robots) drunk so long as they're within a certain range.
- Dr. Turfenpeltz - He was formerly the chief scientist for the Awesomes and was Prock's mentor and helped Prock to believe in himself and his intellect, after leaving the Awesomes he went to work at a high tech lab. After it was revealed that he had hired Wiskey Dick to steal a high tech part (including one from his own lab) and had tricked both the Awesomes and Euro-Awesomes into gathering in one place, he used a giant robot to start replicating their powers, when he found out that Prock had another power beside his intellect he replicated it and called Prock a fool for never using it, declaring the power to stop time to be the greatest of them all. He ended up defeating himself by stopping time for too long (not knowing that you shouldn't do it for more 10 seconds).
- Tomboy - Female arch-enemy of Gadget Gal, she has battled her for decades and also uses gadgets. In the first episode shes along with Gadget Gal are affected by a rejuvenation ray that makes them physically much younger. Later during a partially offscreen confrontation, she reveals she is a lesbian and sexually attracted to Gadget Gal but awkwardly fought her as an enemy for decades.
- The Animal Kingdom - A group of 5 adorable anthropomorphic animals, they're actually violent villains with greater strength then their small size suggests.
A super villain team formed by Malocchio Jr and Elliot Levy-Apelstien for the sole purpose of destroying the Awesomes during the episode 'Tim Goes to School' and since then they have been getting a new member every episode i.e. the main villain of that episode. The acronym stands for Primates Really Into Crime and Killing Sprees.
- Malocchio Jr. (voiced by Will Forte) - The son of renowned supervillain Dr. Malocchio, Jr. was just an accountant. However, after his father "dies", he inherits a vial of the very serum that turned his father evil. He decides to use the serum on himself, giving him the power of supersonic screams. After this, he decides to commit his life to destroy the Awesomes.
- Elliot "Jeff Apelstein" Levy-Apelstein (voiced by Colin Quinn) - A talking ape-man from Apesylvania and an acquaintance of Malocchio Jr.; the use of the word "Primates" in the team's name is presumably due to his membership. Apelstein has an intense hatred for humans and plotted to kill his nephew and his fiance Abby Strong, Muscleman's sister, to prevent them from getting married as well as kill the Awesomes, guests at the wedding, as part of a deal he made with Malocchio Jr. After the plot is foiled by the Awesomes, Jr. injects him with his father's serum and he gains elastic powers.
- Pablo (voiced by Bobby Moynihan) - A bully from Tim/Sumo's school who became a member of the P.R.I.C.K.S. after he impressed them by driving Sumo into such a rage that he destroyed the local school and turned against his own team. His powers are geokinesis.
- Lola "The Agravator" Gold (voiced by Kate McKinnon) - A supervillain with the power to turn people against each other. She used to drive bank tellers crazy so she could rob their banks while they were arguing. That is until she realized there was more money in reality TV, sometime after this she talked the Awesomes into letting her produce their own show and after a while turned them against each other purely for ratings. When she uses her superpowers, she removes her sunglasses revealing she has black and grey eyes and her brain becomes quite visible. She is defeated when Prock convinces a group of actors known as "The Fishsticks" who wanted their own show to kidnap her, after she is saved by the P.R.I.C.K.S. she joins them.
- Impresario Clone (also voiced by Kenan Thompson) - An exact construct copy of Impresario except for a small lump of Impresario's mom and Made Man having sex on his shoulder that he covers with a scarf. Was originally one of many Impresario clones until the original saw his mom and Made Man having sex which triggered a psychological reaction that made the image appear on all of Impresario's constructs which all of the clones saw appear on them which made all but one commit suicide from sheer horror, the last one is determined to destroy Impresario and the rest of the Awesomes for trying to destroy him and forever leaving the lump on his shoulder and thus joined the P.R.I.C.K.S.
- Fake Santa Claus/Animal Control - Not the real Santa Claus but has the power to mind control animals and humans. He locked up the real Santa Claus and forced everyone at the North Pole to work for him then he used his small amount of control over humans to make parents tell their kids that their Christmas presents came from him and waited 80 years until kids all over the world admired him and would give him their complete loyalty then tried to take over the world. He was then betrayed by Rudolph (whom everyone regards as a total dick) and was "killed" by the Awesomes. He woke up in a hospital where Malocchio Jr. has fixed him up and made him a new robotic body (which he resents). Fake Santa Claus later joined the P.R.I.C.K.S so he can take revenge on the Awesomes for destroying his body and ruining his plan of taking over the world with kids. Although he was soundly defeated in their final battle, Prock didn't wish to "kill" Santa twice, so he used his medical know-how to graft Animal Control's head onto the body of a giant slug-like alien.
- Jaclyn Stone (voiced by Amy Poehler) - Was originally Prock's girlfriend whom he started dating in "The People vs Perfect Man". When Malocchio Jr. needed someone passionate to motivate the rest of the P.R.I.C.K.S. in "Euro-Awesomes", he slid an envelope containing photos of Prock being kissed by two different women on different occasions under her door. When seeing the photos, she went into a psychotic rage, trashed her office, broke up with Prock and accepted the offer to join the P.R.I.C.K.S. After joining the P.R.I.C.K.S. she demonstrated enough strength to pick up a large metal table and throw it through a wall despite not being given any of Malocchio's super serum. She admits she can be very focused when angry. Prock calmed Jaclyn with a long, boring story, defusing her jealous rage and turning her righteous anger on Malocchio Jr. She is the only person to join the P.R.I.C.K.S. to not be the main villain of the episode.
Others with superpowers
- Mr. Awesome (voiced by Steve Higgins) - The founder of the original Awesomes and its leader for the past 60 years, and Prock's father. Although his powers slow his aging, he announced on his 90th birthday that he was retiring (to outer space, so that he wouldn't be bothered). He wanted Perfect Man to take over - "the son I never had" - but his actual son Prock volunteered when Perfect Man turned down the offer. Mr. Awesome thinks Prock will never be a superhero because he doesn't have any powers (Prock told his dad that he doesn't use his Time ability anymore). Mr. Awesome's powers are similar to Superman's: superhuman strength, speed, flight, super breath, laser vision, and invulnerability. He wears a red, white, and blue outfit with a red cape and a 100-ton metal "A" on his crest. In the season two finale, a mishap during a transfusion of his blood into Giuseppe Malocchio caused him to be accidentally exposed to the evil super-gene, radically altering his personality.
- Perfect Man (voiced by Josh Meyers) - Arrogant, publicity-seeking but lovable Perfect Man is a former member of the original Awesomes, who has gone solo. At the beginning of the series, he's dating Hotwire although he considers it a casual relationship. Perfect Man can fly and has telescopic vision and x-ray vision. He has awesome hair and an extremely muscular physique. He wears red tights with a gold cape and a cursive "P" on his chest. Dr. Malocchio has hypnotized him not to interfere with the Awesomes or Hotwire's involvement with them. His personality is similar to Booster Gold's when he first appeared in the DC Universe. When he is convicted of high treason, he is imprisoned. After being rescued by The Awesomes, he hides in Awesome Mountain for most of the second season.
- Dine and Dash (voiced by Cecily Strong and Mike O'Gorman) - Sumo's parents, two former mercenaries who formed their own criminal duo after meeting in combat and falling in love. After Tim was conceived, they settled down to a quiet life as a real estate agent and a CPA, posing as Japanese immigrants with heavy accents. (In fact, Tim's father is 3rd-generation Japanese-American and his mother is Korean-American.) When the time comes for them to change their identities again, they try to take Tim with them, but he manages to stay with The Awesomes.
- Teleportation Larry (voiced by Bobby Moynihan) - When Muscleman quits the team, Teleportation Larry joins The Awesomes in his place. He has the power to teleport himself and others as long as he can see them. He is an active alcoholic but saves the day at the end of season one when he teleports the team away from Malocchio's control. He also saves Hotwire before the big explosion in the White House, although Prock and the team think she is dead.
- Black Irish (voiced by Taran Killam) - A former member of The Awesomes in the glory days of the team, Black Irish is masked crime fighter and the world's greatest detective. He helps Prock deduce who the traitor on the team is. He speaks with a gruff voice until it annoys Impresario so much that he gives him a lozenge.
- California Man - A former superhero who was responsible for the deaths of 600 people when he flew to San Francisco instead of Sacramento, due to the fact that he did not know the capital of California. In response to this, the President signed into law the Underage Superhero Education Act, declaring that "any superhero of school age must be enrolled in school and maintain a B average".
- Cait Walker (voiced by Noël Wells) - Tim's classmate at Spiro Agnew Middle School who was the first to befriend him and showed him around. She also is a superhero with the powers to blow pink bubbles and entrapping object they touch. She kept her powers a secret until Tim was humiliated by some school bullies causing him to rage out of control and attack everyone in sight as Sumo. She prevented the police from shooting him and calmed him down.
- Made Man (voiced by Bobby Moynihan) - A former superhero from the 70's who can perform gang-like punishments, such as kneecapping people or tying them to a chain connected to a cement block. In the present day, he is shown as a good friend of Gadget Gal, as they are shown among their other friends playing poker. He eventually enters a sexual relationship with Impresario's mother, which caused one of Imp's constructs of himself to have both Made Man and Ms. Sullivan having sex on his shoulder. Made Man also tried to get Perfect Man a new identity in Italy, which failed when Perfect Man returned thinking that Made Man would give him another identity somewhere else exotic.
A European version of the Awesomes. They have the name because when Mr. Awesome founded the team he forgot to secure international naming rights. Each member represent a different European country. They first appear in the episode "Euro-Awesomes".
- Knight Light - Represents England. Has a lot in common with Prock, both being the team lead and falling a bit short in the powers department. Her powers (if she has any) are unknown, though her name indicate that they might be low level light powers, possibly the power to glow.
- Flying Dutchman - Represents the Netherlands. He has windmill fans on his back that allow him to fly, it is unknown if these are actually part of him or just a mechanism. Shares his name with a train, and a legendary ghost ship.
- Crotch Puncher - Represents Spain. He is dressed like a bull fighter and has a giant left hand. Like his name suggests, he only punches people in the groin because, according to him, any animal can punch in the face or body, but it takes skill and precision to punch in the groin every single time.
- Hooligan - Represents Ireland. Is both strong and rude. Muscleman considers him to be the European version of himself.
- Mademoiselle Hunchback - Represent France. Can transform from a beautiful women into a hideous hunchback (though it is unknown if this grants any extra strength or durability) and fights with a Gatling gun. Impresario had a crush on her and gave her gifts of affection. She claimed to despise him (though she admitted she like the shoes she got from him) but at the end of the episode she admitted she liked him too and agreed to have sex four times with him and have one awkward phone call.
- Invisi-Pope - Represents both Italy and the Catholic church. Despite his power being invisibility, he wears visible clothes rendering his power useless.
- Czechmate - Represents the Czech Republic. Name is pronounced Checkmate. Can change between any chess piece (though only the castle and knight have been seen so far) and fights with a sword. May be a robot.
- Joyce Mandrake (voiced by Rachel Dratch) - She's from the G.O.O.S.A. (Government Office of Superhero Affairs) and she handles the funding for the Awesomes. Since the original team disbanded, the government has been threatening to pull the Awesomes' funding. Prock is constantly trying to get it permanently restored, but Joyce won't make it easy on him. Joyce often walks into Awesome mountain unannounced due to the fact that they don't lock the tower.
- Lady Malocchio (voiced by Maya Rudolph) - The supportive, carefree, slightly absent minded wife of Dr. Malocchio and mother of Malocchio Jr. and Hotwire. Despite her son becoming a supervillain, she gives him her messenger bag, that allow its wearer to fly, and remains supportive and caring.
- Annabelle Sullivan (also voiced by Kenan Thompson) - Impresario's mother who smothered him and prevented him from pursuing any sports or hobbies as a child. She now is living with and dating Made Man.
- Steven- Frantic's boyfriend, who only appears in "The Awesomes' Awesome Show." Currently, not much is known about him except that he comes to visit Frantic on a regular basis. How they met or if they knew each other prior to his recruitment is unknown.
Season 1 (2013)
|Title||Written by||Release date|
|1||1||"Pilot, Part 1"||Seth Meyers & Mike Shoemaker||August 1, 2013|
|Mr. Awesome retires, and the rest of the Awesomes quit when his son Prock tries to assume leadership. The government decides to stop all funding unless Prock can recruit a new team with the help of his childhood friend Muscleman and one paid staff member, Concierge.|
|2||2||"Pilot, Part 2"||Seth Meyers & Mike Shoemaker||August 1, 2013|
|Dr. Malocchio hypnotized the entire world to believe that he's good; Prock tries to prove them wrong. Also, a mysterious girl "Hotwire" shows up wanting to join the Awesomes.|
|3||3||"Baby Got Backstory"||Judd Winick||August 8, 2013|
|The team gets trapped in the training room for mysterious reasons, so they decided to tell each other the back stories of how they got their powers. All except for Gadget Gal, who's being attacked in the hallway by her archenemy Tomboy.|
|4||4||"No Mo' Sumo"||Judd Winick||August 15, 2013|
|Tim's parents want him to come home, but we soon realize that his parents aren't being completely honest about who they really are. The Awesomes decide to help them get into a secretive hero protection program, but can they track down that program? At the end of the episode, Prock is warned by a clarivoyant that someone will betray the team.|
|5||5||"It's a Mad Mad Mad Parellel World"||Judd Winick||August 22, 2013|
|The team gets sent to an opposite world, Earth 4, where The Awesomes are evil and known as The Astoundings. Prock has to outwit his evil alter ego (Professor Astounding) by working with the good version of Dr. Malocchio so they can get back to their world. Meanwhile the evil Dr. Malocchio is causing trouble in the real world by hypnotizing Joyce and Perfect Man.|
|6||6||"Robotherapy"||Josh Weinstein||August 29, 2013|
|Joyce (hypnotized by Dr. Malocchio) threatens to break up the team unless they submit to robotherapy, a worldwide trend. Most team members are enthusiastic although it seems to reduce their effectiveness as superheroes. However, Prock and Gadget Gal refuse because they distrust both robots and therapy, so they're kicked out of headquarters, along with Hotwire, who was suspected of covering something up during therapy. Later, the robots use the therapy session information to blackmail humanity.|
|7||7||"Paternity"||Seth Meyers||September 5, 2013|
|Muscleman faces an intergalactic paternity suit, and Impresario and Frantic must defend him on an alien talk show. Prock learns the meaning of delegation when Tim and Gadget Gal go on their first solo mission|
|8||8||"Pageant"||Josh Weinstein||September 12, 2013|
|Frantic is chosen to judge a third-tier beauty pageant, but Gadget Gal suspects it might be a trap. Having been voted the least fun member of the team, Prock tries to loosen up.|
|9||9||"The Super-Hero Awards, Part 1"||Seth Meyers & Mike Shoemaker||September 19, 2013|
|The first annual Superhero Awards take place at the White House. Confirming Prock's suspicions, Dr. Malocchio reveals two secret weapons - one of whom is a member of The Awesomes.|
|10||10||"The Super-Hero Awards, Part 2"||Seth Meyers & Mike Shoemaker||September 26, 2013|
|All the world's superheroes are rendered powerless, except The Awesomes. Can Prock and his team figure out how to stop Malocchio before it's too late?|
Season 2 (2014)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Release date|
|11||1||"Hotwire's Funeral"||Sean Coyle||Dan Mintz||August 4, 2014|
|Malocchio's will left his son a vial of the serum that made him evil and superpowered. Meanwhile, the mysterious superhero vigilante Metal Fella appears on the scene.|
|12||2||"People vs. Perfect Man"||Sean Coyle||Ben Warheit||August 4, 2014|
|Perfect Man stands accused of treason and goes to trial for his violent actions under Malocchio's influence.|
|13||3||"Destination Deading"||Sean Coyle||Dan Levy||August 11, 2014|
|The team battles hotel surcharges, tiresome conversations, and a poorly planned reception during a trip to Catalina Island for Muscleman's sister's wedding.|
|14||4||"Tim Goes to School"||Sean Coyle||Alex Baze||August 18, 2014|
|The Awesomes follow Tim back to school when the government mandates that all superheroes under the age of 18 receive a high school diploma. Tim struggles with bullies until he reveals his super powers. Prock has trouble keeping texts from women who are attracted to him a secret from Jaclyn. Malocchio Jr forms an evil team|
|15||5||"The Awesomes' Awesome Show"||Sean Coyle||Judd Winick||August 25, 2014|
|TV producer Lola Gold entices The Awesomes to boost their profile by starring in a reality show. Frantic is desperate for attention.|
|16||6||"Made Man"||Sean Coyle||Ben Warheit||September 1, 2014|
|Impresario faces his toughest challenge when his mom starts dating Mademan, an older superhero. Gadget Gal plays a high-stakes poker game with her former teammates.|
|17||7||"Secret Santa"||Sean Coyle||Dan Levy||September 8, 2014|
|Travel delays prevent Prock from visiting Jaclyn for Christmas; Prock heads to the North Pole.|
|18||8||"Euro-Awesomes"||Sean Coyle||Judd Winick||September 15, 2014|
|The theft of a deadly weapon takes the team across the Atlantic; Metal Fella reveals her true identity.|
|19||9||"Day of Awesomes, Part 1"||Sean Coyle||Dan Mintz||September 22, 2014|
|The Awesomes are celebrated with a revival of "The Day of Awesomes"; a parade goes horribly wrong.|
|20||10||"Day of Awesomes, Part 2"||Sean Coyle||Judd Winick||September 29, 2014|
|Mr. Awesome tries to infuse Dr. Malocchio with the power of good; Prock tries to stop Malocchio Jr.|
In July 2007, Syfy gave a script commitment to the series. Syfy later passed on making the show, but MTV gave it a script commitment in June 2009. After MTV passed, Hulu gave it a 10 episode, straight to series order in April 2013.
The show marks Hulu's second foray into original scripted programming. The first season premiered online on August 1, 2013. On September 19, 2013, it was reported that Hulu had announced The Awesomes had been renewed for a second season. The second season premiered on August 4, 2014. On August 19, 2014, Hulu renewed The Awesomes for a third season.
Connection to Saturday Night Live
The Awesomes has a strong association with the NBC weekly TV series Saturday Night Live, starring many current and former SNL cast members including Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Noël Wells, and Colin Quinn, as well as SNL writers Steve Higgins, Emily Spivey, Paula Pell, Tim Robinson, Alex Baze and John Lutz. The Awesomes has also featured guest appearances from former SNL cast members Tina Fey, Andy Samberg, and Fred Armisen though they do not have main or recurring roles. Lorne Michaels serves as executive producer, as he does with many other SNL-associated shows. Meyers created the show and Meyers, Killam, Thompson, and Hader all have starring roles while Moynihan, Dratch, Rudolph, Forte, Poehler, McKinnon, Strong and Quinn each have either recurring roles or play various small parts. Of these cast members and writers, Colin Quinn is the only one whose time at SNL did not overlap with Seth Meyers'.
Connection to MADtv
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- Futon, Critic (2007-06-23). "MTV Announces Dynamic Development Slate of Programming Featuring Broad Spectrum of Talent". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- "Hulu Touts Record Revenue, Original Series At Upfront Presentation". 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- "Seth Meyers & Mike Shoemaker’s ‘The Awesomes’ Nabs Third Season On Hulu". August 19, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.