|Created by||John Harvatine IV and Tom Root|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Producer||Mario De Jesus|
|Cinematography||Helder K. Sun|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||June 12, 2020 –|
Crossing Swords is an American adult animated stop-motion sitcom created by John Harvatine IV and Tom Root for Hulu. The series premiered on June 12, 2020 and was renewed for a second season six days after its premiere.
Crossing Swords follows "Patrick, a goodhearted peasant who lands a coveted squire position at the royal castle. His dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when he learns his beloved kingdom is run by a hornet's nest of horny monarchs, crooks and charlatans. Even worse, Patrick's valor made him the black sheep in his family, and now his criminal siblings have returned to make his life hell. War, murder, full frontal nudity—who knew brightly colored peg people led such exciting lives?"
Cast and characters
- Nicholas Hoult as Patrick, the King's new squire who wishes to be a knight
- Luke Evans as King Merriman
- Alanna Ubach as Queen Tulip, Merriman's wife who is very promiscuous
- Adam Pally as Broth, Patrick's best friend and fellow knight
- Tara Strong as Coral, Patrick's pirate sister
- Strong also voices Trina Franklin, a plucky peasant girl
- Tony Hale as Blarney, Patrick's clown brother
- Adam Ray as Ruben, Patrick's bandit brother
- Seth Green as Blinkerquartz, the Castle's Wizard
- Breckin Meyer as Glenn, Patrick’s father
- Wendi McLendon-Covey as Doreen, Patrick’s mother
- Yvette Nicole Brown as Sgt. Meghan, trainer of the knights
- Maya Erskine as Princess Blossom, Merriman and Tulip's spoiled, bratty daughter
- Ben Schwartz as Keefer, Blossom's rockstar boyfriend
- Rob Corddry as The Old King, Merriman's insane father whom he dethroned
- Jameela Jamil as Sloane, who is a maid in the castle and Patrick's love interest. She is revealed to be Danielle, the daughter of Donna, in the episode "Unchained Monarchy".
- Alfred Molina as Robin Hood, Ruben's rival (Episode: "Hot Tub Death Machine")
- Natasha Lyonne as Norah, a Yeti. (Episode: "The Snow Job")
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||UK airdate|
|1||"Pilot"||John Harvatine IV||John Harvatine IV & Tom Root||June 12, 2020||November 23, 2020|
|Patrick is a peasant lad who is bullied by his older siblings: Coral, a notorious pirate queen; Blarney, a successful clown; and Ruben, a dashing rogue. Patrick yearns to be a knight, though his parents belittle his dreams, and enters a jousting tournament held by the raucous King Merriman. He befriends the optimistic Broth who has failed eight years in a row and quickly forms a rivalry with a knight named Holden. In each round of competition, Patrick uses his experiences to help him succeed: tucking back his genitals to withstand low blows, exposing a trick from the magician Blinkerquartz, and lying to dissuade the sexually voracious Queen Tulip (though she is turned on by everything but simple refusal). But when Patrick realizes that he cannot win fairly in an unfair system, he gets fed up, calls everyone out on their morals, then uses a firework rocket in the joust to defeat Holden. Despite the rebuke and the blatant cheating, King Merriman accepts him as his squire nonetheless. Patrick returns home where his siblings mockingly tell him that they are in his life forever.|
|2||"Hot Tub Death Machine"||John Harvatine IV||Tom Root||June 12, 2020||November 23, 2020|
|On the squires' first training with Sgt. Meghan, Patrick refuses to kill and eat fairies and is hazed. King Merriman asks Patrick for advice on how to bring his polls up and Patrick inadvertently gives him the idea of holding a public execution using a complicated machine. The squires, minus Patrick, are taken to Naked Lady Island by Meghan, only to find out that it is a training exercise to fight a Medusa. Ruben and Coral learn of the execution and try to have their names be offered up as a way of getting recognition. Patrick is forced to pick a criminal to be executed all while being mocked by Sprinkles, the fairy he spared. Patrick eventually settles on executing a prisoner named Charles Reinhold, only for him to be revealed to be Robin Hood who has given money to all the peasants. The execution machine is activated and Robin Hood is graphically killed. Sprinkles is killed as well, but not before revealing that he sold out his kind. Merriman's polls rise out of fear and the squires return traumatized, except Broth who was turned on by the Medusa.|
|3||"What's Kraken?"||John Harvatine IV||Sean Lavery||June 12, 2020||November 30, 2020|
|4||"In the Line of Squire"||John Harvatine IV||Amy Reed||June 12, 2020||November 30, 2020|
|Patrick, Broth, King Merriman, and Blinkerquartz uncover an assassin who is targeting high profile lords and ladies in the kingdom. Princess Blossom has returned from boarding school. She wants to attend the Beast Feast music festival. King Merriman and Queen Tulip, fearing for her safety forbid her from going and put Patrick in charge of her safety. Princess Blossom escapes from her room to go to the music festival. Patrick and Broth follow her to protect her. Princess Blossom falls in love with Keefer, the lead musician of Testa-Kyll. Blossom gets ready to attend Keefer's headlining performance in the evening. The assassin attempts to kill her while she is getting ready. Fortunately, Patrick is there to foil the attempt without Blossom even being aware. Unfortunately her tent is ruined in the turmoil and she blames Patrick. Angrily, Blossom heads off to the concert and Patrick follows, wary of the assassin still. At the concert, Blossom is invited onto the stage to perform with Keefer. While on stage the assassin fires a crossbow bolt at her. Luckily, Patrick is there to jump in the way and foil the attempt once more. Blossom is thankful. Unfortunately, while all this was going on, Keefer stumbles into the haunted iron maiden prop on stage and is killed.|
|5||"Let Them Eat Clown"||John Harvatine IV||Sean Lavery, Maggie Monahan & Amy Reed||June 12, 2020||December 7, 2020|
|6||"My Super Sweet Period Party"||John Harvatine IV||Maggie Monahan||June 12, 2020||December 7, 2020|
|Princess Blossom causes some trouble at a bonfire with some of her friends. Blossom returns to the castle, and it is discovered that she is having her first period. Her parents want to throw her a period party. She meets up with the ghost of Keefer to make out. At their makeout spot she meets an imprisonned Aunt Donna who tells her that at the period party she will be given a chastity belt or be locked up in a tower for refusing. Blossom wants to lose her virginity to Keefer before this happens. Aunt Donna reveals that there is a way to bring Keefer back to life for an hour. The information can be obtained in the restricted section of the library. Meanwhile Holden has returned to join the other squires. It is revealed that there will be circumcision inspection for the squired to pass. Patrick is not circumcised so he sets about finding a way to remedy that. Patrick and Blossom end up meeting each other in the library and Patrick decides to help Blossom. They obtain the ingredients for the ritual and return to Aunt Donna. They perform the ritual but Aunt Donna betrays them and uses it to revive her doll instead. They decide to gather the ingredients again and try again. Patrick fails to find snakeskin for the ritual. He decides to circumcise himself and use that in place of the snakeskin. It works. Keefer comes back to life and Blossom and Keefer have sex. Queen Tulip then reveals that she has always had a spare key for the chastity belt and it never really mattered anyways. Holden reveals to Patrick that the circumcision inspection was a prank done out of revenge.|
|7||"Look Who’s Stalking"||John Harvatine IV||Sean Lavery||June 12, 2020||December 14, 2020|
|8||"The Snow Job"||John Harvatine IV||Maggie Monahan||June 12, 2020||December 14, 2020|
|9||"The A-Moooo-Zing Race"||John Harvatine IV||Amy Reed||June 12, 2020||December 21, 2020|
|10||"Unchained Monarchy"||John Harvatine IV||Tom Root||June 12, 2020||December 21, 2020|
On September 27, 2018, it was announced that Hulu had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was created by John Harvatine IV and Tom Root who were also expected to serve as executive producers. The series was produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. On June 18, 2020, Hulu renewed the series for a second season.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an 21% approval rating, based on 14 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Crass and cruel, Crossing Swords bleeds its thin premise dry". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, gives it a score of 47 out of 100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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