Workaholics

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Workaholics
Workaholics title card.png
Created by Blake Anderson
Adam DeVine
Anders Holm
Kyle Newacheck
Connor Pritchard
Dominic Russo
Starring Blake Anderson
Adam DeVine
Anders Holm
Opening theme "Jock Box" by The Skinny Boys
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 53 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Kevin Etten
Blake Anderson
Adam DeVine
Anders Holm
Kyle Newacheck
Connor Pritchard
Dominic Russo
David Martin
David Pritchard
Isaac Horne
Jon Thoday
Richard Allen-Turner
Running time ~21 minutes
Production company(s) Avalon Television
Gigapix Studios
5th Year Productions
Mail Order Comedy
Broadcast
Original channel Comedy Central
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original run Episode 10 sneak peek:
March 15, 2011
Official:
April 6, 2011 (2011-04-06)  – present
External links
Website

Workaholics is an American sitcom that premiered on Comedy Central on April 5, 2011. The series has completed its fourth season, with a fifth season ordered, and is predominantly written by its stars Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, and co-creator Kyle Newacheck who play, respectively, three recent college dropouts, roommates, and co-workers at a telemarketing company—and their drug dealer, in Rancho Cucamonga, California.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

The main characters became acquaintances at college where Blake and Adam were roommates and Anders was their resident advisor, and, in a phase-of-life transition, continue to do things associated with college after dropping out (drinking, partying, pranks, etc.) as they transition into adulthood. The "friendship family's" action is generally confined to the main characters' house and their workspace, a cubicle the three of them share at a telemarketing company called TelAmeriCorp.

Production[edit]

The show was co-created and is largely written by its three stars, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm.[2] Frequent co-star Kyle Newacheck also directs most episodes, as well as being a fourth co-creator and serving as executive producer.[1] Kevin Etten is the series' showrunner.[2] Prior to Workaholics, the group was part of the sketch comedy group Mail Order Comedy, which began in 2006 in Los Angeles, California.[3] They have since created a production company under the same name.

Workaholics was ordered by Comedy Central in March 2010 after a Comedy Central executive (Walter Newman) saw a series of videos the group had posted on YouTube.[1][2][4] The pilot aired as a "TV Sneak Peek" after the March 15, 2011, debut of the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.[5] The program ran its 10-episode first season from April 6, 2011, to June 8, 2011, and aired at 10:30 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central.[6] On May 4, 2011, the show was renewed for a second season of ten episodes, which ran from September 20, 2011, to November 22, 2011.[7] On October 25, 2011, the series was renewed for a third season which contained 20 episodes. The first 10 episodes of season 3 ran from May 29 to July 31, 2012[8] and the remaining 10 episodes began airing January 16, 2013.[9][10] Due to the popularity of the series, on January 6, 2013, Comedy Central ordered 13-episode fourth and fifth seasons.[11] Adam Devine confirmed in October 2013 that the series will be returning on January 22, 2014.[12]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Blake Chesterfield Henderson (Blake Anderson) is the most eccentric and least self-involved or inter-personally competitive of the three guys and sometimes he is sensible. He has long, curly auburn hair, which he parts to one side, and a mustache.
  • Adam Dwayne DeMamp (Adam DeVine) is obnoxious, impulsive, impish, immature and fun-loving, severely narcissistic, and is known for being the most emotional one.
  • Anders "Ders" Torfinn Holmvik (Anders Holm) is the most responsible of the three, but also tends to be easily misled and naive. He has aspirations of being elected to the city council in the future, which tempers his debauchery. He is noticeably more materialistic than the other two.[13] He is the only one of the three who owns a vehicle.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Alice Murphy (Maribeth Monroe) is their foul-mouthed, angst-ridden boss, whom Adam finds very attractive.
  • Jillian Belk (Jillian Bell) is Alice's socially inept assistant and office manager who always means well, but receives little respect. She has feelings for Blake that he might return.
  • Karl Hevacheck (Kyle Newacheck) is a drug-dealer and jack-of-all-trades, and according to Blake and Adam, "the smartest guy they know" who they often refer to as "the human genius,"[14] but who Anders refers to as "dirty brown water trash."
  • Montez Walker (Erik Griffin) is an overly competitive co-worker, who frequently interrupts the guys' schemes and tells them about his sexual life with his wife.
  • Waymond Womano (Waymond Lee) He is a frequent lackey of Montez, and often blamed for absurd, seemingly uncharacteristic things. Contrary to popular belief he is not mute, as seen in Season 3, Episode 4 "To Kill a Chupacabraj" he whispers into Montez's ear.
  • Jet Set (Jesse Hudson) (Seasons 1-3) the third member of Montez's and Waymond's cubicle, who dresses, speaks, and wears his hair in the style of the 1960s. Hudson died on December 13, 2012, after the third season had been filmed in which he became a more significant figure.[15]
  • Bill (Billy Stevenson) is a co-worker who is considered to be a loser by the rest of the office.
  • Bradley Murphy (Edward Barbanell) is Alice's foul-mouthed older brother who has Down Syndrome. He puts down the three protagonists ceaselessly but values their friendship. Brad (or "B-Rad" as Adam calls him) parties hard and isn't afraid to break the law.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Robbie (Brian Huskey) appears in the first episode, "Piss & Shit", as the eccentric drug tester who the guys try to outsmart, calls himself "Best Test in the West".[16]
  • Marc Summers plays himself in the episode "We Be Ballin'", as he purchases Blake's bear suit in return for a favor, which he performs on his own show Unwrapped.[16]
  • Dean (Clint Howard) joins Ders as a new employee at TelAmeriCorp in the episode, "The Strike", when Blake and Adam go on strike.[16]
  • Jerry (Rance Howard) is a new employee who gets hired in the episode, "The Strike". He joins Ders's cubicle alongside his real-life son Clint Howard[17] as Blake and Adam go on strike.[16]
  • Big Money Hustla (Rebel Wilson) a juggalette turns out to be Adam's love interest in the episode "Straight Up Juggahos".[16]
  • Topher (Chris D'Elia) is the child sex offender that Blake encounters on the Justin Bieber Fan Club site in the episode "To Friend a Predator".[16]
  • Devin DeMamp (Jeff Howard) is the overweight cousin of Adam who helps them get a handicapped parking pass in the episode "Fat Cuz".[16]
  • Sharon (Laura Kightlinger) is the older lady that Adam moves in with, and Ders tries to steal in the episode "Muscle I'd Like to Flex".[16]
  • Bruce Benson (Chris Parnell) the CEO of TelAmeriCorp asks the guys to kill him in the episode "In the Line of Getting Fired".[16]
  • Cool Eric (Mitchell Hurwitz) is the counselor who attempts to help the guys stay sober in the episode "Dry Guys".[16]
  • Naomi (Nicky Whelan) is the Australian temp who Jillian and the guys fall for in the episode "Temp-tress".[16]
  • Kyle Walsh (Ray Wise) appears in the episode "Model Kombat" as the modelling agent who gains an interest in Ders.[16]
  • Craig (Gary Anthony Williams) is the father the guys meet at Dante's Pizza Palace in the episode "Old Man Ders".[16]
  • Bunny Anderson (Carla Gallo) is Ders's new flame in the episode "Karl's Wedding".[16]
  • Rachel (Katee Sackhoff) is a homeless woman that Adam takes as a date to Karl's wedding in the episode "Karl's Wedding".[16]
  • Gayle Reynolds (Kiersten Warren) a.k.a. The Barracuda appears in the episode "The Business Trip" as a potential client who Alice and the guys try to impress.[16]
  • Lisa (Rumer Willis) appears in the episode "True Dromance" as the guys new drug dealer who they get into debt with.[16]
  • Lori Beth Denberg plays herself in the episode "True Dromance" as a meet and greet acts as incentive for the guys to stick with their new drug dealer.[16]
  • Judge Darren Tibbles (Bruce McCulloch) is the judge in the episode "To Kill a Chupacabraj" who presides over the case between Montez and the guys.[16]
  • Eve (Helena Mattsson) is Ders's pen pal from Sweden. She appears in the episode "Good Mourning" along with her friend who Blake tries to impress.[16]
  • Reverend Troy (Tim Heidecker) is the manager of the strong man group, The Lord's Force, in the episode of the same name.[16]
  • Colleen Walker (Alex Borstein) is Montez's wife, whom he suspects is cheating on him in the episode "Ders Comes in Handy".[16]
  • Josh/Dr. TelAmericorp (Robert Englund) is a former employee of TelAmeriCorp who the guys believe is haunting the office in the episode "A TelAmerican Horror Story".[16]
  • Travis Rockne (Daniel Stern) is Alice's crazy replacement in the episode "Alice Quits".[16]
  • JustAnna (Tyler Kain) is a webcam girl the guys become infatuated with and later try to "rescue."[16]
  • Peggy (Sally Kellerman) is the older lady who seduces Ders in the episode "The Worst Generation".[16]
  • Mark (Jordan Peele) is the caretaker at the old folks home in the episode "The Worst Generation".[16]
  • Tom Green plays himself in the episode "The Future is Gnar" as a killer cyborg.[16]
  • Girthquake (Kyle Bornheimer) is a dimwitted male prostitute the guys hire to have sex with Alice.
  • Miss. BS (Erinn Hayes) is a tabloid reporter the guys hire in order to hit on her.
  • Laura (Cerina Vincent) is Dr. Johnson's male to female post-op transsexual receptionist whom Adam briefly hooks up with.
  • Rick Messina (Lorenzo Lamas) is the parent of one of the boys whom the guys entertain as clowns.
  • Haley (Katherine McNamara) is one of the three college girls that exploits the guys for alcohol.
  • Dr. Gerald Landers (Marc Evan Jackson) is a doctor who treats Adam in "The One Where the Guys Play Basketball and Do the "Friends" Title Thing." Marc Evan Jackson also appears in "6 Hours Till Hedonism II" as an apparently unrelated character also named Gerald.[16]
  • Officer Don Burton (Kevin Heffernan) is a cop under the username Deputy Dong who verbally abuses the guys online.
  • Thor Holmvik (William Atherton) is Anders's father
  • Skater Poser (Taco Bennett) is the kid riding the skateboard in the episode "Heist School"
  • Vinny (Milo Eriksen) is the Bouncer in the episode "To Friend a Predator "

Reception[edit]

The A.V. Club's Kevin McFarland has praised the show, calling it the "adult version of Ed, Edd n Eddy".[18]

Season 1 of Workaholics was met with "mixed or average reviews" in the words of review tallying website Metacritic.[19] Matthew Gilbert of the Boston Globe gave the first season an 80 overall on MetaCritic saying it was "witty, irreverent, and joyously juvenile." [20] Dave Wiegand gave the show a 75 overall and added, "The material works more often than not because the guys are completely shameless, which makes them difficult to dislike."[21] The highest number of viewers the show got in Season 1 was a 1.69 (million) on the ninth episode.

Season 2 saw its first 2 million plus viewed episode with the season premiere. The highest rating, a 2.16, was achieved in episode seven titled "Teenage Mutant Ninja Roommates". The show received its highest number of viewers during this season and averaged about 1.64 (million) viewers per episode.

The third season premiere achieved a 2.11 in the Nielsen ratings, the third highest in the show's history. The number of viewers began to drop off afterward. The final three episodes achieved 1.23, 1.21, 1.24 respectively. Season 3 wrapped up on March 20, 2013, after 20 episodes split over two broadcast seasons.

Home Video[edit]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Special Features Notes Format
Season 1 10 October 11, 2011 Cast Interviews; Deleted Scenes; Digital Originals; Alternate Takes; "Live At Bonnaroo"; Audio Commentary; And More! Includes all season 1 episodes on 2 discs. DVD.
Season 2 10 June 5, 2012 Drunkumentary; Bloopers ; Deleted Scenes; Alt/Extended Takes; Inside The Writers Room Includes all season 2 episodes on 2 discs. DVD.
Season 3 20 June 18, 2013 Drunkumentary; Bloopers ; Alternate takes ; The Other Cubicle Episodes Includes all season 3 episodes on 2 discs. DVD and Blu-ray.
Season 1 & 2 Combo Doggy 20 June 5, 2012 "Live at Bonnaroo", Extended "Catherine Zeta-Jones Song", Extended "Ders" Rap, Digital Originals, "Shart Stories" Includes all season 1 and 2 episodes on 2 discs Blu-ray.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 10 April 6, 2011 (2011-04-06) June 8, 2011 (2011-06-08) October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11) N/A N/A
2 10 September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20) November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22) June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05) N/A N/A
3 20[22] May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29) March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20) June 18, 2013 (2013-06-18) N/A N/A
4 13[23] January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22)[24] April 16, 2014 (2014-04-16) June 3, 2014 (2014-06-03) TBA TBA
5 13[23] January 14th[25] TBA TBA TBA TBA

International broadcasts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Weisman, Jon (March 2, 2010). "Comedy Central employs 'Workaholics'". Variety. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.mailordercomedy.com/bios.html
  4. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Blake Anderson
  5. ^ Tobey, Matt (March 15, 2011). "Tonight's Special Sneak Peek Revealed: It's Workaholics!". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "It's Time To Clock In! Comedy Central's "Workaholics" Premieres Wednesday, April 6, at 10:30 P.M. ET/PT" (Press release). Comedy Central. March 2, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ Levine, Stewart. 'Workaholics' renewed for Season 2. Variety. May 4, 2011.
  8. ^ "Workaholics Season 3 Debuts May 29th on Comedy Central". TVweb. March 5, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ Monroe, Maribeth. "Maribeth Monroe Twitter Feed". Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Henderson, Blake. "Blake Henderson Twitter Feed". Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  11. ^ ""Workaholics" Continue to Climb the Corporate Ladder as Comedy Central(R) Orders Fourth and Fifth Seasons". thefutoncritic. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Devine, Adam. "Adam Devine Twitter Feed". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Comedy Central's "Workaholics" Interview SXSW 2011. YouTube. March 24, 2011.
  14. ^ "Checkpoint Gnarly". 'Workaholics'. Comedy Central. May 4, 2011.
  15. ^ Finn, Natalie (December 18, 2012). "Workaholics Actor Jesse "Jet Set" Hudson Dies". E! Online. NBCUniversal. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Episodes cast". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Rance Howard". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  18. ^ McFarland, Kevin (June 12, 2012). "Fat Cuz". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  19. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/tv/workaholics
  20. ^ Gilbert, Matthew. "Season 1 Workaholics Reviews". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  21. ^ Wiegand, Dave. "Season 1 Workaholics Reviews". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ Shows A-Z - workaholics on comedy central | TheFutonCritic.com
  23. ^ a b 'Workaholics' Renewed For Two More Seasons On Comedy Central
  24. ^ Workaholics - Series | Comedy Central Official Site | ComedyCentral.com
  25. ^ https://twitter.com/ADAMDEVINE/status/515663483636318208

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