Bordertown (2016 TV series)

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Bordertown
Bordertown (2016 TV series).JPG
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 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)

Mark Hentemann
Seth MacFarlane


Co-executive producers:
Alex Carter
Dan Vebber
Producer(s)
Supervising producers:
Valentina L. Garza
B.J. Porter
Editor(s) Donnell Ebarrete
Running time 20–22 minutes
Production company(s) Hentemann Films
Fuzzy Door Productions
Bento Box Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original network Fox
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release January 3 (2016-01-03) – May 22, 2016 (2016-05-22)
External links
Website www.fox.com/bordertown

Bordertown is an American adult animated sitcom that aired on Fox from January 3, to May 22, 2016. The series was created by Family Guy writer Mark Hentemann, who also created 3 South on MTV, and executive-produced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and follows two families living in a Southwest desert town on the United States–Mexico border. On May 12, 2016, Fox canceled the series.[1]

Plot[edit]

Bordertown takes place in the fictitious town of Mexifornia (which is on the border of California and Mexico).[2] Mexifornia is said to be based on the town of Calexico, California, sharing a similar location and dynamic as Mexifornia. The two main characters are Bud Buckwald and Ernesto Gonzalez. Bud is a border agent living at 25200 Cedar Road with his wife, Janice Buckwald, and their three children, Sanford, Becky 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. Gonzalez (Juan Carlos), Ernesto and Maria's 21-year-old college graduate nephew and Becky's fiancé.
    • 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, Bud'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] In the episode "American Doll", it's revealed that Sanford was born on a skip day; 32 February, which is why he's never had any birthdays. In the same episode, it is hinted that Sanford is just a cover name and that his real name is Vince though this was previousily hinted in the episode "Groundhog Day" .
  • 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
    • Placido Gonzalez, Ernesto's undocumented father who is cranky.
    • El Coyote, a Mexican trickster and people smuggler who always tries to cross the border and regularly taunts Bud in the cold openings.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
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 college-educated activist 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]
Reverend Fantastic, the corrupt, yet happy-go-lucky preacher 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, and is convinced that J.C. was molested when Maria tells Becky that J.C. went on a religious camping trip and came back the next day, declaring that there is no God.
4 "High School Football" Jack Perkins Dan Vebber February 14, 2016 (2016-02-14) 1AXH03 1.70[11]
When Bud is hired as the new high school football coach, he's so desperate to win that he doesn't realize that the illegal immigrant he recruits is Pablo Barracuda's #1 drug mule.
5 "Groundhog Day" Oreste Canestrelli Kenny Byerly February 21, 2016 (2016-02-21) 1AXH05 1.72[12]
The Mexifornia population tips from white majority to Latino majority when Maria's sister has a baby, so Bud tries to get romantic so he can have sex with Janice. However, when Janice reveals that a trampoline accident has made her infertile and J.C. suffers from racial guilt over being a majority (and, in his eyes, an oppressor), the Buckwalds move to a whites-only reservation.
6 "J.C. Strikes" Gavin Dell Michael Kennedy & Nathaniel Stein March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13) 1AXH11 2.16[13]
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. Meanwhile, an ostrich stalks Bud and becomes his spirit animal, which Gert doesn't like.
7 "Drug Lord" Albert Calleros Mark Hentemann April 3, 2016 (2016-04-03) 1AXH02 1.00[14]
Bud competes to be more successful than Ernesto, and ends up as the inside man for drug kingpin Pablo Barracuda at the Border Station.
8 "Santa Ana Winds" Jacob Hair Jason Reich April 10, 2016 (2016-04-10) 1AXH13 1.19[15]
The Santa Ana winds lead to a series of strange events in Mexifornia, such as Sanford and Ernesto's son Ruiz travelling to Mexico to find a new explosive energy drink that Sanford becomes a scriptwriter extraordinaire from, Ernesto battling a satanic leaf refusing to leave the ground, and Bud meeting a Mexican version of him who steals his life, all of which J.C. is determined to find the meaning for.
9 "Heart Attack" Oreste Canestrelli Alex Carter April 17, 2016 (2016-04-17) 1AXH12 1.19[16]
Gert has a heart attack during a pageant when Bud makes her binge on junk food. Unable to get help for her in Mexifornia, he only has one resort left: Mexico.
10 "Wildfire" Jacob Hair BJ Porter April 24, 2016 (2016-04-24) 1AXH07 1.16[17]
Bud refuses to evacuate when a wildfire threatens Mexifornia, so Ernesto comes to the rescue once the Buckwald house starts to burn. Meanwhile, J.C. and Becky see what it's like to date other people before committing to one another.
11 "La Fiesta Noche Show" Ray Claffey Vanessa Ramos May 8, 2016 (2016-05-08) 1AXH10 1.08[18]
Bud becomes a celebrity in the Mexican community, thanks to his anger at a taping for the long-running Spanish variety show La Fiesta Noche.
12 "American Doll" Jack Perkins Susan Hurwitz Arneson May 15, 2016 (2016-05-15) 1AXH09 1.30[19]

Janice is forced to get a job as Ernesto's housekeeper after Bud secretly spends $800 on an American Doll for Gert and maxes out the credit card on accessories. Meanwhile, Gert plots revenge against the American Doll company while Bud plans to get Janice fired, and Mario Lopez is chosen to be the first Mexican-American in space.

Peter Griffin from Family Guy makes a cameo appearance at the start of the episode.
13 "Viva Coyote" Ray Claffey Gustavo Arellano May 22, 2016 (2016-05-22) 1AXH04 1.16[20]
Bud and Pablo Barracuda each try to catch El Coyote for different reasons.

Production[edit]

Producers[edit]

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.

Writing[edit]

There were thirteen writers who worked on Bordertown.[22] Mark Hentemann wrote or co-wrote three episodes. Lalo Alcaraz co-wrote the first two episodes.[22]

Broadcast[edit]

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 on February 29, 2016 - immediately after the new season of Family Guy on the same channel.[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 was broadcast on City.[26]

Reception[edit]

Bordertown received generally 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]

References[edit]

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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. 
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (January 20, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'The Good Wife' and 'Family Guy' adjust up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  11. ^ Porter, Rick (February 17, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'Bachelor' special and 'Cooper Barrett' adjust up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ Porter, Rick (February 23, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'Shark Tank' adjusts down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  13. ^ Porter, Rick (March 15, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: '60 Minutes' adjusts up, 'Carmichael Show' and 'Hollywood Game Night' adjust down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  14. ^ Porter, Rick (April 5, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: ACM Awards and all scripted shows hold". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ Porter, Rick (April 12, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Simpsons,' 'Quantico' adjust up; 'Carmichael' and 'Crowded' adjust down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ Porter, Rick (April 19, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'Once Upon a Time,' 'The Good Wife' adjust up; 'Little Big Shots' and 'Crowded' adjust down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ Porter, Rick (April 26, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Simpsons' and all others hold". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
  18. ^ Porter, Rick (May 10, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'Good Wife' finale adjusts up, 'Once Upon a Time' and 'Carmichael Show' adjust down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  19. ^ Porter, Rick (May 17, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'Once Upon a Time' finale, everything else hold". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  20. ^ Porter, Rick (May 24, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: Billboard Awards, 'Simpsons' finale, 'Undercover Boss' adjust up; 'AFV' and 'Bordertown' finales adjust down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  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. ^ "Bordertown; ITV2". February 18, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 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". Citytv.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  27. ^ Bordertown at Metacritic
  28. ^ Bordertown at Rotten Tomatoes

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