Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens

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Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens
Awkwafina is Nora From Queens logo.png
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Emily Goldwyn
  • Sean Fogel
Cinematography
  • Michelle Lawler
  • Kat Westergaard
  • Kyle Wullschleger
Editors
  • Jon Higgins
  • Jessica Brunetto
  • Jordan Kim
  • Jon Philpot
  • Lilli Janney
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
DistributorViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Release
Original networkComedy Central
Original releaseJanuary 20, 2020 (2020-01-20) –
present (present)

Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (or simply Nora from Queens) is an American comedy television series starring Awkwafina that first aired on January 20, 2020, on Comedy Central. The series was renewed for a second season before the series premiere, and received generally favorable reviews from critics.[1] The second season premiered on August 18, 2021.[2] In May 2022, the series was renewed for a third season.[3]

Premise[edit]

Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens follows a "20-something woman, named Nora Lin, in Queens who strives for a larger-than-life existence."[4][5] Raised alongside her cousin by her dad and grandma, Nora leans on her family as she navigates young adulthood in New York City.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110January 20, 2020 (2020-01-20)March 25, 2020 (2020-03-25)
210August 18, 2021 (2021-08-18)October 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Lucia AnielloAwkwafina & Teresa HsiaoJanuary 22, 2020 (2020-01-22)0.489[7]
22"Atlantic City"Jamie BabbitCherry ChevapravatdumrongJanuary 29, 2020 (2020-01-29)0.435[8]
Nora and her grandmother travel to Atlantic City for a day. Nora learns how to play blackjack, and becomes a big winner because she is counting cards. Nora's grandmother and her Chinese friends get into a disagreement with a senior citizen Korean group of women for access to an outlet to charge their equipment.
33"Savage Valley"Jamie BabbitEmily GoldwynFebruary 5, 2020 (2020-02-05)0.399[9]
44"Paperwork"Natasha LyonneAwkwafina & Teresa HsiaoFebruary 12, 2020 (2020-02-12)0.373[10]
55"Not Today"Steven TsuchidaSarah PetersFebruary 19, 2020 (2020-02-19)0.346[11]
After getting into an argument with her Dad, Nora decides to go to a hair salon and get her hair dyed blonde, which leads to disastrous results. Nora is jealous of her successful cousin, who comes back to live in New York and has raised $15 million for the company he is starting. Nora's Dad feels bad about yelling at Nora, and goes to a meeting of single parents.
66"Vagarina"Anu ValiaSamantha RileyJanuary 20, 2020 (2020-01-20)[a]0.338[12]
Nora's Aunt Sandra comes to pay a visit, and drops off her son with them for a couple of days. During a sugar rush, Nora's cousin accidentally hits Nora in the vagina, causing her to queef on a regular basis. When Nora is visiting Rat Lung, the rapper who is her friend's boyfriend, she queefs, and he persuades her to let him sample her queef for his songs.
77"Grandma Loves Nora"Anu ValiaKarey DornettoMarch 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)0.347[13]
Nora feels threatened by Edmund spending so much time with their Grandma. Edmund later reveals to Nora that he doesn't have a good idea for an app, and he's meeting with investors the next day. Nora brainstorms a few ideas for him, and they both meet with Edmund's investors. Wally joins Instagram to try to meet women.
88"Grandma & Chill"Daniel Scheinert & Daniel KwanKyle LauMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)0.384[14]
99"Launch Party"Lucia AnielloCherry ChevapravatdumrongMarch 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)0.451[15]
1010"China"Lucia AnielloAwkwafina & Teresa HsiaoMarch 25, 2020 (2020-03-25)0.442[16]
Nora arrives in Beijing, while Edmund is still stuck in America. Nora is given an assistant by the company named Grace, who is overly familiar with Nora. Grandma nurses a pigeon back to health that flew into her home. Grace is about to be arrested for drug possession at a bar, but Nora takes the blame for her, causing Nora to be sent back to Queens.

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
111"Never Too Old"Steven TsuchidaKyle LauAugust 18, 2021 (2021-08-18)0.343[17]
Grandma receives surprising news at the doctor. Nora shares some hard truths with a new girl at work.
122"Stop! Nora Time"Laura MurphyJess DweckAugust 18, 2021 (2021-08-18)0.318[17]
133"Charlie's Angels"Laura MurphyHayley Adams & Joellen RedlingshaferAugust 25, 2021 (2021-08-25)0.233[18]
144"Edmund's Back"Laura MurphyAndrew LawSeptember 1, 2021 (2021-09-01)0.344[19]
155"Don't F**k With Grandmas"Andrew McCarthyCherry ChevapravatdumrongSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)0.358[20]
166"Nora Meets Brenda"Bill BenzSamantha RileySeptember 15, 2021 (2021-09-15)0.285[21]
177"Tales From the Blackout"BD WongAwkwafina & Teresa HsiaoSeptember 22, 2021 (2021-09-22)0.218[22]
188"Shadow Acting"Andrew McCarthyKarey DornettoSeptember 29, 2021 (2021-09-29)0.329[23]
Edmund becomes frustrated when Nora begins landing shadow acting jobs. Wally reunites with old friends and finds their interests have diverged.
199"The Simple Life"Jordan KimRia SardanaOctober 6, 2021 (2021-10-06)0.248[24]
Nora takes Edmund to Los Angeles. She leaves and gets stranded in New Mexico. There, she finds the cult, the Union of the Seven Moons which her Aunt Sandra belongs to. Grandma teaches Brenda some family secrets.
2010"Home"Jordan KimTeresa HsiaoOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)0.329[25]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On April 17, 2018, it was announced that Comedy Central had given the production a pilot order. The episode was written by Awkwafina and Teresa Hsiao. Executive producers were set to include Awkwafina, Karey Dornetto, Peter Principato, and Itay Reiss. Dornetto was also expected to serve as showrunner and Hsiao as a co-executive producer. Production companies involved with the pilot were expected to include Principato-Young Entertainment, later rebranded as Artists First.[5]

On November 29, 2018, it was announced that Comedy Central had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. Awkwafina, Hsiao, and Dornetto were set to write for the series and Lucia Aniello was expected to direct and executive produce.[26] Ahead of the series premiere, on January 14, 2020, it was reported that Comedy Central renewed the series for a second season.[27] On May 12, 2022, Comedy Central renewed the series for a third season.[3]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the pilot order announcement, it was confirmed that Awkwafina would star in the production.[5] Concurrent with the series order, it was announced that BD Wong and Lori Tan Chinn would star in the series.[26] In July 2019, Chrissie Fit and Jonathan Park joined the cast in recurring roles.[28][29] On August 14, 2019, Jennifer Esposito was cast in a recurring capacity.[30] On March 24, 2021, Alan Kim was cast in a guest starring role for the second season.[6]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the pilot began on July 20, 2018 in Queens, New York City, New York.[31] In the last episode of season one, part of the story's background is set in Beijing, China, but it was actually filmed at Taoyuan International Airport and in Taipei, Taiwan.[32]

Release[edit]

The series premiered on January 22, 2020 on Comedy Central.[33] In August 2020, it was announced that the series would be available on HBO Max, with the second season airing on the service after its first-run broadcast on Comedy Central.[34] The trailer for the second season was released on July 22, 2021.[35] The second season premiered on August 18, 2021.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 80% with an average rating of 6.75/10, based on 30 reviews. The site's consensus states that "Nora From Queens showcases Awkwafina's charming brashness and surrounds her with an equally delightful cast—especially scene stealer Lori Tan Chinn—but it could stand to walk a less familiar comedic beat."[36] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1] Linda Holmes of NPR states "There's a lot of pressure on creators of color to be groundbreaking — to sell their shows as both good and somehow ethically nutritious. Awkwafina's place in that calculus is complicated by legitimate questions about her own treatment of cultural traditions she's not part of. But it's also fair to evaluate Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens as an entry in a line of single-camera comedy series amplifying one distinctive sensibility (Insecure, Louie, Chewing Gum, Broad City, even Portlandia). And as part of that line, it holds up well."[37] According to IMDb, "Grandma and Chill" is the highest-rated episode of season one, followed by the season finale, "China".[38]

Ratings[edit]

The series premiere obtained 0.49 million viewers, making it the highest rated season one premiere for Comedy Central since 2017.[39] Several days later, Comedy Central announced that Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens amassed 3.8 million total viewers (2.2 million came from the simulcast and replays of the episode and 1.6 million came from YouTube views).[40][41] On social media, the series ranked the first in the most social primetime cable comedy of the night with 39,000 social interactions across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.[40] The second season of the series saw a 20% increase on rating and 14% increase in share from the Season 1 average.[42]

Notes[edit]

A sneak peek at the show's sixth episode aired on January 20, 2020, before the premiere of the pilot in its regular timeslot. The episode later re-aired on February 26, 2020.

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  1. ^ A sneak peek of the show's sixth episode aired on January 20, 2020, before the premiere of the pilot in its regular timeslot. The episode later re-aired on February 26, 2020.

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