|Created by||J. G. Quintel|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (15 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||J. G. Quintel|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Cartoon Network Studios|
|Distributor||WarnerMedia Direct |
|Original network||HBO Max|
|Original release||July 9, 2020 –|
|Related shows||Regular Show|
Close Enough is an American adult animated sitcom created by J. G. Quintel for HBO Max. Originally, the series was created for TBS in 2017, but was shelved. After the AT&T purchase of Time Warner, the show was put on hold. It was released exclusively to the HBO Max streaming service on July 9, 2020. The series has received positive reviews, with several critics comparing it favorably to Quintel's previous series, Regular Show. On August 6, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season. On September 14, 2020, the series was broadcast internationally through Netflix.
The series revolves around a millennial couple who are in their early thirties with their five-year-old daughter and their divorced friends who live with them in a Los Angeles duplex.
- J. G. Quintel as Joshua "Josh" Singleton, Emily's husband and Candice's father who is a video game developer and works for a company based on Geek Squad. He is modeled and based after his voice actor.
- Gabrielle Walsh as Emily Ramirez, Josh's wife and Candice's mother who works as an assistant for a food corporation and part-time in a comedy singer-songwriter band with Bridgette.
- Jessica DiCicco as Candice Ramirez-Singleton, Josh and Emily's five-year-old daughter who struggles with school work.
- Jason Mantzoukas as Alex Dorpenberger, Josh's best friend and Bridgette's ex-husband who works as a community college professor and is a Viking enthusiast.
- Kimiko Glenn as Bridgette, Emily's best friend and Alex's ex-wife. She is a Japanese-American social media influencer.
- Danielle Brooks as Pearle Watson, a retired LAPD cop who is the landlord of the duplex and the adoptive mother of Randy.
- James Adomian as Randy Watson, Pearle's adopted son and the building's property manager.
- John Early as Mr. Timothy Brice Campbell, Candice's teacher at Chamomile Elementary.
- Fred Stoller as Mr. Salt, Emily's boss
- William Salyers
- Max Mittelman
- Roger Craig Smith
- Erica Lindbeck
- Fred Tatasciore
- Jeff Bennett
- Matthew Mercer
- Grey Griffin
- Ali Hillis
- Mo Collins
- Eric Bauza
- Kate Micucci
- Skyler Gisondo
- Marc Evan Jackson
- Tom Kenny
- Maurice LaMarche
- Weird Al Yankovic as himself
- David Hasselhoff as himself
- Noel Fielding as Snailathan Gold
- Dave Foley as Dr. Ferguson
- George Lopez as Wurst Bros. leader
- Matt Besser as Bush Guy
- Cheri Oteri as Dr. Glandz
- Rachel Dratch as Meredith Breedmore
- Seth Morris as Robot Guard
- Lauren Lapkus as Forever 23 employee
- Suzy Nakamura as Bridgette's mom
- Chris Parnell as Ron
- Eugene Cordero as Dante
- Rich Sommer as Keith Nash
- Brent Weinbach as Lee
- Steve Agee as Davey Wegman
- Judy Greer as Nikki
- Diamond White as Caitlin Olsman
- Jessica St. Clair as Joy
- Lea DeLaria as Prisoner
- Horatio Sanz as Raoul
- Lennon Parham as Toluca Lake
- Whitmer Thomas as The Gooch
The series was announced in May 2017, four months after Quintel's previous series, Regular Show, concluded, and was originally planned to air on TBS, but it was delayed several times, and TBS's plans for the animation block to premiere it fell through when production on The Cops was shut down due to Louis C.K.’s admitted sexual misconduct. On October 29, 2019, it was announced that the series would instead make its home on HBO Max. The second half of the third episode was premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 15, 2020.. On September 14, 2020, it was released worldwide through Netflix.
221 minutes of content was supposed to be released for the first season. When the series launched, the first 8 episodes of the series were released, and the final two episodes of the first season have yet to be released.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Storyboard Directors||Original release date|
"The Perfect House"
Sean Szeles & Calvin Wong
|Minty Lewis, Ryan Pequin & Madeline Queripel|
|Aminder Dhaliwal, Pequin, Queripel & Andres Salaff|
Aminder Dhaliwal & Andres Salaff
|July 9, 2020|
"Quilty Pleasures": After Candice fails to turn in a quilt she was supposed to make as a class project, Emily and Josh enlist the help of British street urchins at the local fashion district to make one. Things turn quickly when the urchins turn out to be not what Josh and Emily expected them to be."The Perfect House": Emily enjoys going to open houses to escape from the stress of her life, and forms a fake family with a stressed father and a pre-teen pop star so they can go to open houses for the same reason. However, they wind up trapped inside a sitcom. Meanwhile, Josh buys a family bike.
|J.G. Quintel & Calvin Wong||Chris Kula|
|David Davis & Siti Lu|
Janice Chun & Cal Ramsey
|July 9, 2020|
"Logan's Run'd": Candice is at a sleepover, leaving Josh and Emily time to themselves running errands like doing taxes and cleaning. Thinking that they have become old, Bridgette and Alex invite them to a new club that has opened. However, the club has sinister motives as they sacrifice anyone who is over the age of 30.
"Room Parents": Josh inadvertently volunteers to be a "room parent", but quickly befriends a single parent named Nikki who begins sending flirtations signals his way. Emily quickly picks up on this and convinces Josh to cut things off. However, Nikki is revealed to have ulterior motives.Songs: "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon; "Crazy on You" by Heart
"100% No Stress Day"
|Minty Lewis & J.G. Quintel|
Bill Oakley & Marlena Rodriguez
|Owen Dennis, Ryan Pequin, Andres Salaff & Sam Spina|
Chris Allison, Benton Connor, Aminder Dhaliwal, Madeline Queripel, Ryan Pequin, Andres Salaff & Sam Spina
|July 9, 2020|
"Skate Dad": Josh is determined to teach Candice how to skate so as not become a neglectful father like his dad once did. This backfires when he damages his testicles, and his goal may be overthrown when a pro skater, named Goosh has better teaching material for her, so he challenges him.
"100% No Stress Day": Emily is diagnosed with stress, so Bridgette takes her out to calm her nerves. Meanwhile, Josh, Alex and Candice go to buy ham, only to end up being chased by both a scam distributor that sells some stolen ham and stripper clowns whom Alex owes money.Song: "Stay Fly" by Three 6 Mafia
|Sean Szeles||Minty Lewis, Ryan Pequin, Matt Price & Madeline Queripel|
Alison Agosti & Matt Price
|Owen Dennis, Pequin & Sam Spina||July 9, 2020|
"Prank War": Wanting to relive his youth, Josh sets up a prank war with the roommates who are none too impressed. He ends up befriending a "bush guy" to scare Emily and Bridgette, but thinking that he's assaulting them, they beat him into a coma. The two are arrested and Josh must wake Bush Guy or else Emily and Bridgette get charged for manslaughter. Meanwhile, Alex gives Candice candy.
"Cool Moms": Mr. Campbell sets Emily up with the cool moms clique and she befriends their leader Jojo. However, Jojo's style of teaching affects Emily and messes up her relationship with Candice. Meanwhile, Josh and Alex take Randy to a getaway to "rescue" his mom Pearle.Song: "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen
|Matt Price||Chris Allison, Ryan Pequin, Madeline Queripel & Sam Spina|
Mike Bertino & Sam Spina
|July 9, 2020|
"Robot Tutor": Josh and Emily plan to spend their Spring Break by going to the beach, but must stay when Candice is revealed to have trouble learning and are equipped with a robot they cannot leave unattended. Meanwhile, Alex and Bridgette go in their stead for "divorce sex", but end up with different plans."Golden Gamer": After Josh meets a fellow game designer who has become a huge success, Josh tries to revive his unfinished game Dude Man, resulting in him reverting to an immature twenty-something. Meanwhile, Alex tries to earn the respect of his students by performing a dangerous stunt.
|6||"So Long Boys"|
"Clap Like This"
|Calvin Wong||Matt Price & Deepak Sethi|
|Chris Allison, Aminder Dhaliwal, Ryan Pequin & Andres Salaff|
Chris Allen, Mike Bertino, Owen Dennis, Ryan Pequin & Sam Spina
|July 9, 2020|
"So Long Boys": After having a pregnancy scare, Josh agrees to have a vasectomy and brings Alex to the procedure. They discover that the facility is corrupt and Josh begins to have doubts just as Emily does so as well. At the facility, they meet two teens whom Alex is convinced are his offspring."Clap Like This": Josh manages to sell his game Clap Like This as he, Emily and Candice will now be rich. When the deal falls through, Josh is forced to pick up extra shifts at his old job in secret. Meanwhile, Bridgette is cut off at 26 and gets a job at a clothing store where the mannequins come to life.
|Marlena Rodriguez & Kristy Grant|
|Mike Bertino, Andres Salaff & Sam Spina |
Aminder Dhaliwal & Andres Salaff
|July 9, 2020|
"First Date": Feeling that they have lost their "spice", Josh and Emily decide to recreate their first date at a haunted attraction that is all too real. Meanwhile, Bridgette goes on a date with a man who is conjoined to his ex and brings Alex along as her wingman, leading to some personal issues.
"Snailin' It": Emily does not have enough time to spend with Candice due to her job. A seemingly friendly snail allows her to use his magical time hat to get things done. Unfortunately, this causes her to rapidly age with every use. Elsewhere, Josh spends the day with Randy.Song: "Too Much Time on My Hands" by Styx
|8||"The Canine Guy"||Calvin Wong||Andres Salaff & Deepak Sethi||Aminder Dhaliwal, Salaff & Sam Spina||July 9, 2020|
When Alex bails on their annual Medieval Times Dinner/Jim Carrey celebration, Josh ends up meeting Tory the Dog Boy, a genetically modified dog-human hybrid who escaped his creator so that he can be free. Later, Alex's manuscript is read by Tory who gives him positive feedback, making Josh jealous. Meanwhile, Bridgette gets Emily away from home so that they can write more comedic song material, but Emily is constantly distracted by things Candice is doing back home. Pearle becomes suspicious of a cold case involving Meredith Breedmore, Tory's creator, and recruits Candice and Randy to resolve the case.Song: "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 100% based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 7.88/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Completely absurd and yet, utterly relatable, Close Enough captures the strange experience that is being an adult." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100 based on 6 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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