Bordertown (2016 TV series)

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Original prototype of the Gonzalezes (left) and the Buckwalds, the show's main cast[1]
Genre Animated sitcom
Created by Mark Hentemann
Voices of Hank Azaria
Nicholas Gonzalez
Alex Borstein
Judah Friedlander
Missi Pyle
Jacqueline Piñol
Efren Ramirez
Carlos Alazraqui
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3
Executive producer(s)

Mark Hentemann
Seth MacFarlane

Co-executive producers:
Alex Carter
Dan Vebber
Supervising producers:
Valentina L. Garza
B.J. Porter
Editor(s) Donnell Ebarrete
Camera setup Animated rendition of single-camera
Running time 20–22 minutes
Production company(s) Hentemann Films
Fuzzy Door Productions
Bento Box Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
Original network Fox
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
First shown in January 3, 2016 – present
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Bordertown is an American adult animated sitcom created by Family Guy writer Mark Hentemann and executive-produced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane that follows two families living in a Southwest desert town on the United States–Mexico border. It premiered January 3, 2016 on Fox.


Bordertown takes place in the fictitious town of Mexifornia (which is on the border of California and Mexico).[2] The two main characters are Bud Buckwald and Ernesto Gonzalez. Bud is a border agent living with his wife, Janice Buckwald, and their three children, Becky, Sanford, and Gert. Living next door to him is Ernesto Gonzalez, an ambitious immigrant and family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years and is happy to be with his family in the United States of America.[3]

Voice cast[edit]

  • Hank Azaria as Bud Buckwald, a Border Patrol agent.[4]
  • Nicholas Gonzalez as
    • Ernesto Gonzalez, Bud's Mexican neighbor who's been living in Mexifornia for 20 years.
    • J.C. (Juan Carlos), Ernesto's nephew and Becky's fiancée.
    • Pablo Barracuda, the biggest drug lord in Mexifornia.[5][6]
  • Alex Borstein as
    • Janice Buckwald, Bud's wife and Becky, Sanford and Gert's mother.
    • Becky Buckwald, Buck's 18-year-old daughter and J.C's fiancee.[5]
  • Judah Friedlander as Sanford Buckwald, Janice and Bud's 24-year-old rebellious son.[5]
  • Missi Pyle as Gert Buckwald, Bud and Janice's 5-year-old daughter who is a beauty pageant contestant.[5]
  • Jacqueline Piñol as Pepito Gonzalez, Ernesto and Maria's youngest son who pranks Bud regularly.[7]
  • Efren Ramirez as Ruiz Gonzalez, Maria and Ernesto's eldest son.[5]
  • Carlos Alazraqui as El Coyote, a Mexican trickster who always tries to cross the border and regularly taunts Bud in the cold openings.


No.  Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  Prod.
U.S. viewers
1 "The Engagement" Jacob Hair Mark Hentemann & Lalo Alcaraz January 3, 2016 (2016-01-03) 1AXH01 2.34[8]
Border patrol officer Bud Buckwald is furious when he learns that his daughter Becky is engaged to Ernesto Gonzalez's nephew J.C., whom she has been dating for four years. He is soon delighted when an anti-immigration law is passed that leads to J.C.'s deportation. Realizing that he wants Becky to be happy, Bud enlists Ernesto's help to bring J.C. home.
2 "Borderwall" Albert Calleros Mark Hentemann & Lalo Alcaraz January 10, 2016 (2016-01-10) 1AXH06 3.58[9]
Bud uses confiscated drug money to build a border wall. But when it destroys the economy and costs him his job, he starts smuggling immigrants under the wall.
3 "MegaChurch" Gavin Dell Valentina L. Garza January 17, 2016 (2016-01-17) 1AXH08 2.57[10]
The reverend of Bud's megachurch wants Bud to recruit Ernesto in hopes of collecting more money from the growing Mexican population. While Ernesto is initially enchanted by the megachurch's beauty, Maria finds it very annoying. Meanwhile, Becky tries to find out why J.C. doesn't like church; while doing so, she is convinced that J.C. was molested.
4 "High School Football"[11] Jack Perkins Dan Vebber February 14, 2016 (2016-02-14) 1AXH03 TBD
When Bud is hired as the new high school football coach, he's so desperate to win, he doesn't realize that the illegal immigrant he recruits is the #1 drug mule in Mexico.
5 "Groundhog Day"[12] Oreste Canestrelli Kenny Byerly February 21, 2016 (2016-02-21) 1AXH05 TBD
The Mexifornia population tips from white majority to Latino majority when Maria's sister has a baby, so Bud wants Janice to have another baby in order to even the shift.
6 "J.C. Strikes"[13] Gavin Dell Michael Kennedy & Nathaniel Stein March 6, 2016 (2016-03-06) 1AXH11 TBD
Frustrated that J.C. still hasn't gotten a job, Ernesto hires him as part of his landscaping crew. When the job turns out too difficult, J.C. unionizes Ernesto's workers and begins a strike.

Episodes without a scheduled air date[edit]

Title Written by Directed by
1AXH09 "American Doll"[14]
1AXH10 "Sabado Gigante"[15]
1AXH13 "Santa Ana Winds"[16]
1AXH?? "Drug Lord"[17] Mark Hentemann Albert Calleros
1AXH?? "Heart Attack"[18]
1AXH?? "#VivaCoyote"[19] Gustavo Arellano Ray Claffey
1AXH?? "Wildfire"[20]



Seth MacFarlane and Mark Hentemann were announced as executive producers. Shortly afterwards, Alex Carter and Dan Vebber were announced as co-executive producers.[21] Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano are consulting producers, and Valentina L. Garza is a supervising producer.


There are a "dozen writers or so" for the first season of Bordertown.[22] On November 13, 2013, Lalo Alcaraz was announced as one of the writers.[22]


In the United States, the series premiered midseason on January 3, 2016, on Fox.[23] The series was picked up by ITV2 in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2015, to premiere in Autumn 2016.[24] The series was also picked up by Network Ten in Australia and started airing on February 3, 2016 on its sister channel, Eleven.[25] In Canada it broadcasts on City (TV network).[26]


Bordertown received generally mixed to negative reviews. On Metacritic, the show holds a 46/100 score based on 15 reviews.[27] On Rotten Tomatoes, the series receives a 35% rating based on 17 reviews with an average rating of 5.3/10. The critics' consensus reads: "Bordertown's controversy-rich premise is an idea disappointingly ill-served by its execution, which repeatedly mistakes crass, desperate gags for topical humor."[28]


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  9. ^ Porter, Rick (January 12, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: ‘Simpsons’ still at a season high after downward adjustment". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
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  12. ^ "Groundhog Day". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ "BORDERTOWN 03/06/16 7:00pm | FOX Broadcasting Company". Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  14. ^ Reg. # PAu003734586 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  15. ^ Reg. # PAu003734590 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  16. ^ Reg. # PAu003742204 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  17. ^ Reg. # PAu003714533 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  18. ^ Reg. # PAu003740825 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  19. ^ Reg. # PAu003725399 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  20. ^ Reg. # PAu003740745 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  21. ^ Amidi, Amid (2013-11-11). "Fox Picks Up Seth MacFarlane-Produced Series “Bordertown”". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  22. ^ a b Cavna, Michael (2013-11-14). "‘BORDERTOWN’: Lalo Alcaraz on joining Seth MacFarlane’s new Fox immigration comedy". The Washington Post. 
  23. ^ Hibberd, James (November 10, 2015). "Fox midseason schedule: Sleepy Hollow moves to Fridays". Entertainment Weekly. 
  24. ^ Munn, Patrick (March 23, 2015). "ITV2 Agrees Fox Deal For Seth MacFarlane's Animated Series; Takes Exclusive Rights to 'Family Guy' & 'Bordertown'". Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  25. ^ Knox, David (19 November 2015). "Ten Upfronts 2016: Survivor, Jessica Marais, Anh Do and Nigella!". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  26. ^ "Watch Bordertown Online - See New TV Episodes Online Free | City vancouver Vancouver". Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  27. ^ Bordertown at Metacritic
  28. ^ Bordertown at Rotten Tomatoes

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