Alexa & Katie

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Alexa & Katie
Alexa & Katie titlecard.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byHeather Wordham
Starring
Composer(s)
  • Matt Mariano
  • Zach Stretten-Carlson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Bob Heath
CinematographyChristian La Fountaine
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time23–30 minutes
Production company(s)Vanity Logo Productions
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Alexa & Katie is a Netflix original sitcom created by Heather Wordham. Matthew Carlson serves as showrunner.[1] The series stars Paris Berelc and Isabel May as Alexa and Katie, respectively, with Jolie Jenkins, Emery Kelly, Eddie Shin, Finn Carr, and Tiffani Thiessen also starring. The first season premiered on Netflix on March 23, 2018, and consists of 13 episodes.[2] In April 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of ten episodes released on December 26, 2018.[3]

Premise[edit]

Lifelong best friends Alexa and Katie are eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school. The two friends confront a crisis when Alexa discovers that she is ill with cancer and starts undergoing treatment for the illness, which leaves them feeling like outsiders at a time when what seems to matter most is fitting in. The girls try to navigate through all the troubles high school seems to bring while dealing with the cancer.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Kerri Medders as Gwenny[7]
  • Iman Benson as Reagan
  • Merit Leighton as Hannah[8]
  • Jack Griffo as Dylan[7]

Production[edit]

Alexa & Katie is the first multi-camera sitcom produced by Netflix.[4] On April 9, 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, with Wordham set to take over as showrunner.[9]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Bad Hair Day"Andy CadiffHeather WordhamMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Alexa has cancer, however after the doctor clears her for school, she and her best friend Katie get ready to start their first day of high school. However due to Alexa's chemo her hair begins to fall out, which leaves her distressed. She convinces Katie to teepee her rival Gwenny's house, but they then realize they accidentally teepee'd their principal Trugly's house. After being suspended for three days, Dave then finds out that Alexa knew she was teepee'ing Trugly, making Katie upset. After Jennifer returns Katie's ski cap, which Alexa had borrowed when they teepee'd Trugly's house, Katie finds Alexa's hair in the cap and realizes why Alexa wanted to get in trouble. After Katie confronts Alexa, Katie helps Alexa by shaving her hair off with Alexa, claiming that Alexa will never have to go through anything alone.
22"Wigs"Andy CadiffHeather WordhamMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
After the girls shaved their hair off, they go to a department store to buy wigs. The wig Katie wants to buy, however, costs $300, more than she can afford. Not wanting to let Alexa know about her money troubles, she buys the wig anyway, along with a brightly colored one. Meanwhile, Dave struggles with seeing Alexa without any hair while Lucas calls her “Lex Luther.”
33"Basketball"Jeff MelmanMatthew CarlsonMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Alexa wants to try out for the basketball team and compete with her rival, but due to her chemo, she isn't allowed to. Katie tries out for her as a sign of support. Subsequently, a rumor starts to spread that someone in the grade has cancer. Lori starts to work from home to be closer to Alexa, but it doesn't work out, due to Lori being so preoccupied with work this she struggles to parent and work. During basketball try-outs, Katie blocks a ball through a air jump, but causes Katie's wig to fall off and her bald head is revealed, leading everyone to believe she is the one with cancer.
44"Ungroundable"Jeff MelmanNancy CohenMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Alexa continually ropes Katie into doing bad things with her to prove to her that her mother won't ground her. Including watching a rated R movie, spilling coffee on her Mom’s favorite sweater, etc. Then after having a heartfelt talk with Lori, Loris agreed to try to be around more. Eventually, Lori comes to her senses and grounds Alexa, and for getting a bad grade on her math test, hires a tutor, which is Lucas's friend Dylan.
55"The Play, Part 1"Jeff MelmanGary MurphyMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
As everyone thinks Katie is the one with cancer, everyone begins being so nice to her. But after getting a lead part in a play, she is left wondering if she is getting special treatment after she is given the lead in the school play. Jennifer asks Lucas to babysit Jack, however it proves harder than he thought.
66"Picture Day"Victor GonzalezRay LanconMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Alexa reveals she is the one with cancer, and everyone starts being very nice to her – even her rival, Gwenny. She continually plays pranks on Gwenny to get her to start being mean to her again, which ultimately works. Jennifer and Jack form a rivalry with Dave over baseball.
77"The Play, Part 2"Jeff MelmanTodd LindenMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Katie starts to ignore Alexa more and more, as she becomes focused on the play. Lori gives Katie life lessons during rehearsals, which annoys Jennifer to a great extent.
88"Support Group"Phill LewisErin WagonerMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Katie starts to feel left out as Alexa, who is back in hospital, is receiving support from her fellow cancer patients. Lori stresses over her care, and bakes a load of cookies to try to bribe the hospital nurse into giving Alexa special treatment.
99"Winter Luau"Trevor KirschnerKamon NaddafMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Due to her low immune system, Alexa is ordered to stay home, however she video-chats with Katie on an iPad to access her lessons. Jennifer gets upset when Jack asks Dave to go to his school career day instead of her.
1010"Thanksgiving"Trevor KirschnerGary MurphyMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Alexa cooks Thanksgiving dinner, however it doesn't take long for it to ruin. Meanwhile, Katie tries to reconnect with her father, but gets upset when he continues to treat her like a little girl.
1111"Secret Sleepover"Katy GarretsonNancy CohenMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Dave and Lori take Lucas on a trip to pilot-school interviews, leaving Alexa home for the weekend, at Jennifer's. However, she and Katie get up to no good while they are gone. Ryan asks Katie to the winter formal.
1212"Winter Formal, Part 1"Andy CadiffBlake J. WilligerMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Jack takes a 'stray' cat under his wing, which Dave develops an allergic reaction to. While Dylan and Alexa try to get closer, Lucas persistently interrupts the two and tries to break them apart.
1313"Winter Formal, Part 2"Andy CadiffMatthew CarlsonMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
Alexa and Katie get ready for the Winter Formal. Alexa convinces Katie to ask Ryan to the dance, and Hannah tells everyone. Eventually, the news gets to Ryan, and he says yes before Katie can even ask him. On the day of the dance, they find out there is a flu outbreak, meaning Alexa can't go. However Katie get an idea which will allow Alexa to go; wearing a medical mask. Upon entering the dance, Alexa finds everyone with masks, including Gwenny. Alexa dances with Dylan, and the two kiss. The episode ends with everyone dancing together to Katy Perry's "Firework".

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
141"Second First Day"Trevor KirschnerHeather WordhamDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
152"ChoreCats"Trevor KirschnerNancy CohenDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
163"#GWENCAS"Victor GonzalezRay LanconDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
174"Tryouts and Latte Doubts"Victor GonzalezTodd LindenDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
185"PB Without J"Katy GarretsonEric HorstedDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
196"Shop 'Til You Cry"Katy GarretsonBlake J. WilligerDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
207"Katie's Beautiful Mind"Jody Margolin HahnNancy CohenDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
218"The Ghost of Cancer Past"Victor GonzalezJulia MirandaDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
229"New Year's ... Whoops"Kelly ParkErin WagonerDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
2310"Sweet Sixteen"Trevor KirschnerRay LanconDecember 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
In the aftermath of the coffee machine incident, Katie ends up using all the money she saved up for the London trip. She decides not to tell Alexa as she's scared it will ruin her Sweet 16. Jennifer and Jack decide to fake sick to avoid going to work and school, respectively, for one last day after the holidays. Lucas is having trouble writing lyrics with his bandmates, especially when Gwenny returns from her holiday vacation. Alexa finds out about Katie, so she decides to cancel her Sweet 16 venue and move the party to her house. The refund from the cancellation is enough to fund Katie's London trip. Lucas's band performs, Megan shows up, Dylan and Alexa settle on good terms, and Katie reveals her feelings to Ryan.

Accolades[edit]

In 2018, the series was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vlada Gelda (April 7, 2017). "Netflix Orders High School-Set Teen Comedy Series Alexa & Katie". TV Line. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Denise Petski (January 29, 2018). "'Alexa & Katie' Gets Premiere Date On Netflix; First-Look Photos". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Kasey Moore (November 20, 2018). "'Alexa and Katie' Season 2 Coming to Netflix in December". What's on Netflix. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Nellie Andreeva (April 7, 2017). "Netflix Orders High-School Multi-Camera Comedy Series 'Alexa & Katie'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Nellie Andreeva (June 20, 2017). "'Alexa & Katie': Eddie Shin, Jolie Jenkins & Emery Kelly Cast In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva (June 7, 2017). "Tiffani Thiessen To Co-Star In Netflix Multi-Camera Comedy 'Alexa & Katie'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (August 3, 2017). "'Alexa & Katie': Jack Griffo & Kerri Medders Cast In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (August 24, 2017). "'Shameless' Casts Richard Flood; Merit Leighton Joins 'Alexa & Katie'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  9. ^ Joe Otterson (April 9, 2018). "'Alexa & Katie' Renewed For Second Season By Netflix". Variety. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.emmys.com/shows/alexa-katie

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