Disenchantment (TV series)
|Created by||Matt Groening|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2 (3 parts)|
|No. of episodes||30 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–36 minutes|
|Production companies||The ULULU Company|
Rough Draft Studios
|Picture format||4K (Ultra HD)|
|Original release||August 17, 2018 –|
|Related shows||The Simpsons|
Disenchantment is an American adult fantasy animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for Netflix. The series is Groening's first production to appear exclusively on a streaming service; he previously created The Simpsons and Futurama for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland, the series follows the story of Bean, a rebellious and alcoholic princess, her naive elf companion Elfo, and her destructive "personal demon" Luci. Disenchantment stars the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Matt Berry, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Lucy Montgomery, and Billy West.
The first ten episodes were released on August 17, 2018, and the next ten were released on September 20, 2019. In October 2018, Netflix renewed the series for an additional 20 episodes. The first ten of these were released on January 15, 2021.
Voice cast and characters
- Abbi Jacobson as Bean, a teenage princess from Dreamland. Her full name is Princess Tiabeanie Mariabeanie de la Rochambeau Grunkwitz. She enjoys drinking. She may be bisexual or pansexual.
- Eric Andre as Luci, Bean's personal demon.
- as Pendergast, the head of King Zøg's knights.
- Nat Faxon as Elfo, an 18-year-old elf from Elfwood. He is optimistic and likes candy.
- John DiMaggio as King Zøg, Bean's father and the ruler of Dreamland of the Royal House of Grunkwitz.
- Tress MacNeille as Queen Oona, King Zøg's second and former wife and Bean's stepmother. She is an amphibian creature from Dankmire who married into the family as part of an alliance between the kingdoms.
- as Bonnie Prince Derek, Zøg's and Oona's hybrid son, and Bean's half-brother.
- Matt Berry as Prince Merkimer, from the kingdom of Bentwood, who is arranged to marry Bean, but was turned into a pig.
- Maurice LaMarche as Odval, the three-eyed prime minister of Dreamland.
- Sharon Horgan as Queen Dagmar, Bean's mother and first wife of King Zøg.
|1||1||10||August 17, 2018|
|2||10||September 20, 2019|
|3||2||10||January 15, 2021|
Part 1 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"A Princess, an Elf, and a Demon Walk Into a Bar"||Dwayne Carey-Hill||Matt Groening & Josh Weinstein||August 17, 2018|
|Princess Tiabeanie "Bean" is the roughhousing princess of Dreamland, unhappily destined to marry Prince Guysbert, son of the incestuous king and queen of Bentwood. Looking through her wedding gifts, Bean finds a demon named Luci who was sent by two dark mages hoping to turn Bean to evil. Luci ends up being a fun-loving troublemaker who sympathizes with Bean's predicament as she feels that the marriage is simply a grab for more power by her father King Zøg. Meanwhile, Elfo, an optimistic elf, disillusioned with his candy-making happy life, leaves the elf realm much to the consternation of his people. Elfo arrives in time to witness Bean turn down Guysbert who unfortunately impales himself on a sword. Bean, Elfo, and Luci escape while Prince Merkimer, next in line to marry Bean, and his men chase after her. The group is directed by a fairy to the Wishmaster, who turns out to be the Washmaster, and hopelessly surrounded, they fall backwards off a cliff.|
|2||2||"For Whom the Pig Oinks"||Frank Marino||David X. Cohen||August 17, 2018|
|Bean, Elfo, and Luci are "rescued" by Merkimer who takes them back to Dreamland. Elfo is taken in by Sorcerio who wants to use his blood to create more magic and so Zøg can gain the elixir of life. At Luci's suggestion, Bean approaches Merkimer with the idea of having a bachelor party before the marriage. She also discovers Zøg and Sorcerio's plan to drain Elfo of his blood so they use pig's blood to fool them. At the bachelor party, the entire crew travels to mermaid island in the hopes that Merkimer will be killed by the mermaids. He is instead taken in by walruses who save them from murderous Borcs, though they turn out to be the allied Bozaks. Bean ultimately loses hope; however, a thirsty Merkimer discovers the "elf blood" which is mostly pig's blood and Elfo convinces him to drink it transforming him into a pig. Bean, fed up, denounces the marriage and Zøg finally agrees with his daughter. This upsets the king of Bentwood and he and Zøg settle things in a fistfight with Bean, Elfo, and Luci happily watching.|
|3||3||"The Princess of Darkness"||Wes Archer||Rich Fulcher||August 17, 2018|
|While under the influence of Queen Oona's snake root, Bean, Elfo, and Luci run into a gang of gender aware thieves who convince Bean to join them. At Luci's urging, Bean breaks into her ancestors' resting place and steals their valuables, but the thieves betray them and they get caught. At the suggestion of Odval, Zøg's vizier, they decide to hire an exorcist named Big Jo to remove a demon from Bean, unaware of the fact that Luci, whom everyone thinks is a cat, is Bean's personal demon. Big Jo manages to seal away Luci and leaves. While Bean feels clean and at peace with herself, Elfo convinces her that they need to get Luci back and learn that he, along with several other demons will be tossed into a volcano. Bean and Elfo get back at the thieves by getting their valuables and manage to reach Big Jo who they end up dismembering and toss into the volcano. When they successfully free Luci, Elfo accidentally causes Big Jo's carriage to roll down the mountain which crashes and frees all the other demons into the world.|
|4||4||"Castle Party Massacre"||David D. Au||Jeff Rowe||August 17, 2018|
|Due to her status as a princess, as well as her reputation, Bean is frustrated by the fact that she cannot have a real relationship with anyone. Zøg ends up drinking poisoned fountain water and is taken by Oona to her people's spa where an employee named Chazzzzz begins to torture Zøg with his stories. Meanwhile, the residents at the castle throw a party. While Bean seeks to use this to hook up with someone, Elfo wants to use the opportunity to tell his true feelings to her. The party is suddenly overrun by Vikings where their leader, Sven, ends up catching the interest of Bean, angering Elfo. When Bean and Sven are about to make out, Elfo interrupts them and accidentally reveals that Bean is the princess. Sven then reveals his true intent to take over Dreamland and have Bean rule by his side. The trio trick Sven into drinking the poisoned fountain and get rid of him and his Vikings. They manage to clean up the party in time for Zøg to arrive, but he finds severed body parts in the chimney angering him. Bean, Elfo, and Luci calmly watch the sunrise mutually.|
|5||5||"Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill!"||Ira Sherak||Reid Harrison||August 17, 2018|
|Following the party, Zøg sends Bean to a convent to become a nun. She immediately gets kicked out and Zøg insults her for being a "good-for-nothing." She meets up with her maid Bunty, her husband Stan and their numerous children. To earn her living, Bean decides to take a job as an apprentice to Stan, who is an executioner and torturer. Elfo stays with Bunty who babies him so much that he runs away into the woods. Bean meets a cackling witch named Gwen with whom she sympathizes. When it comes time to execute her, Bean cannot bring herself to do it and leaves the kingdom. She and Luci find Elfo's foot prints when he ran into the woods and follow them, where they find he has entered a candy house which is now owned by a cannibalistic Hansel and Gretel. Bean and Luci arrive in time to rescue Elfo and Bean ends up killing the siblings with a candy ax, albeit in self defense. Gwen is suddenly cured from a curse and leaves pardoned. Zøg tells Bean that he is proud of her, though she threatens to kill him if he continues to make fun of her buck teeth.|
|6||6||"Swamp and Circumstance"||Albert Calleros||Eric Horsted||August 17, 2018|
|Bean once again sneaks off with Elfo and Luci for more debauchery. Zøg feeling that he does not give Bean enough to do, decides to make her an ambassador while the family goes on their trip to Dankmire, the homeland of Oona and her son Derek. When they get there, the group puts up with the customs of the Dankmirians who for years were at war with the Dreamlanders due to a canal that was built (which the Dankmirians were forced to pay for). Both sides claimed ownership of the canal and the fighting stopped once Zøg married Oona. Impressed with Bean handling the situation, Zøg asks for her to give a speech at a banquet. Overcome with the stress of thinking of what to say, Luci spikes Bean's drink and she shows up drunk at the banquet where she humiliates herself and her family and offends the Dankmirians who chase them out of their land. Oona makes it back safely, but Zøg and Derek are captured by hillbillies and Bean, Elfo, and Luci rescue them. Zøg finally admits that he is proud of Bean and allows her to go to Hay Man, an event that he initially disallowed her to attend.|
|7||7||"Love's Tender Rampage"||Peter Avanzino||Jeny Batten & M. Dickson||August 17, 2018|
|While passed out drunk, Bean, Elfo, and Luci are picked up by the plague patrol who toss them into a pit. As they are about to be burned alive, Elfo tries to kiss Bean, but she rebuffs him. They manage to get out and Elfo claims that he was not trying to kiss her because he already has a girlfriend who Elfo claims is tall, has red hair and one eye. The trio head to a drug den and while in a state of intoxication, Bean claims to have seen Elfo's girlfriend. She sends the royal guard to go and find her and they bring back a giantess who they later learn is named Tess. Tess is upset over having been taken from her home, but she agrees to go along with Elfo's charade so that she can get a real working eye from him. Elfo ends up using a crystal ball and Tess is suddenly able to see the truth in everyone. This results in Elfo telling Bean the truth and a fire causes a mob to chase the three and Tess. They use the drug den to turn the mob away and Tess leaves with Bean and Elfo finally kissing, albeit while in another intoxicated state.|
|8||8||"The Limits of Immortality"||Brian Sheesley||Patric Verrone||August 17, 2018|
|During a parade, Elfo is kidnapped by someone and Bean approaches Zøg with a quest to find him. Coincidentally, Sorcerio finds a book in Gwen's burned down candy house and figures out that the secret to the elixir of life is tied to a vial called the Eternity Pendant and decides to come along with Bean and Luci on their quest. They meet Gwen who leads them to her ex-husband Malfus who had taken the elixir of life, but has become a hermit in a cave. He directs the group to the "edge of the world" where they run into a female griffin, with a masculine appearance, who informs them about the vial. Big Jo is revealed to be Elfo's kidnapper as he can locate the vial and soon kidnaps Bean and Luci as leverage. They find the Lost City of Cremorrah out in the middle of a desert and manage to locate the vial while Big Jo and his assistant Porky are distracted by a knight. The trio escape by burying Big Jo in the city as it fills with sand. Meanwhile, the mages who sent Luci, named the Enchantress and Cloyd, congratulate Bean as they prepare for Dreamland's fall.|
|9||9||"To Thine Own Elf Be True"||Frank Marino||Shion Takeuchi||August 17, 2018|
|The trio return from their adventure with the pendant and try to use Elfo's blood to bring people back to life. However, the pendant still does not work. An expert is brought in and reveals that Elfo is not a true elf, angering Zøg who kicks him out of Dreamland. Odval allows Bean and Luci to go and find Elfo so that he and the knights can follow. Bean and Luci find Elfo who decides to take them to Elfwood where he is reunited with his kin. While Bean and Luci mingle with the elves, Elfo learns from his father that he is half-elf, with his other half a mystery due to being interrupted by the arrival of Zøg's men. Bean, Elfo, Luci and the elves fight off the knights and seal Elfwood away before the rest of the troops can arrive, but the victory is short lived when an arrow fatally pierces Elfo. Zøg reveals that he did not want the elixir for himself but to revive Bean's mother, Dagmar, who was turned to stone by a poison meant for him but was switched by a young Bean. Having gotten some genuine elf blood on her handkerchief after she was trying to help an elf in Elfwood, Bean heavy-heartedly chooses to use the pendant on Dagmar over Elfo.|
|10||10||"Dreamland Falls"||Wes Archer||Bill Oakley||August 17, 2018|
|Dagmar is reintroduced to the kingdom as everyone rejoices including an ecstatic Zøg. Oona immediately takes a disliking towards Dagmar and reasserts her position. The entire kingdom holds a funeral for Elfo; however, Dagmar and Oona get into a fight resulting in Elfo's corpse falling into the ocean. Oona flees and makes a deal of some kind with Odval while Zøg keeps Derek "safe" in the tower. Dagmar attempts to spend the day with Bean proclaiming she has a destiny to fulfill. Zøg reveals more about himself to Luci, such as how he became king when the previous king, Zøg's older brother Yøg was poisoned. Luci uses the crystal ball that Tess returned to see things that happened in the past. The kingdom's residents one by one turn to stone and Dagmar takes Bean to a secret library while Luci reveals to Zøg that Dagmar tried to poison him all those years ago. Dagmar releases more of the poison upon all of Dreamland, turning everyone to stone except Zøg and Derek. Luci is captured by an unseen figure, we don't know who it is (only that it's someone from Dagmar's team), just it's not Dagmar herself, because at the same time Dagmar with Bean escapes on a boat with creatures. In a post-credits scene, Elfo's corpse washes onto shore and is retrieved by mysterious figures.|
Part 2 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|11||1||"The Disenchantress"||Albert Calleros||Shion Takeuchi||September 20, 2019|
|Zøg wanders what is left of Dreamland. Oona gets on Dagmar's boat to warn Bean, but is incapacitated by Dagmar. She is kicked off, but grabs Dagmar's eternity pendant, and rests at the bottom of the sea tied to an anchor. Bean and Dagmar arrive at Maru where the Enchantress (Becky) and Cloyd are. They are actually Dagmar's siblings with Jerry, their servant, as their younger brother. Dagmar tells Bean that Zøg did not want her to come because their family has a history of being murderous and crazy; something Bean believes could be true for her. She slowly becomes suspicious of Becky and Cloyd and with the help of Jerry discovers a sinister plot. She is horrified to discover that Dagmar was the one who turned the kingdom to stone and that she was born, solely to fulfill a satanic prophecy. Bean finds Luci in the basement where Dagmar, Cloyd and Becky chase them. Bean accidentally blows up the basement as she and Luci escape. Using a spying flame, they discover that Elfo is in Heaven and tell him to literally go to Hell so they can meet him. Luci opens a stairway to Hell and Dagmar arrives to wrestle with Bean before she is knocked out by Jerry who slowly dies from an earlier injury. Bean and Luci begin their descent.|
|12||2||"Stairway to Hell"||Dwayne Carey-Hill||David X. Cohen||September 20, 2019|
|Zøg encounters Merkimer, still in pig form, and they decide to hang out. The Bozaks arrive, and, while looting the castle, kidnap Merkimer. Zøg regains his courage and strength to slay the Bozaks. Meanwhile, Elfo is in Heaven when he gets Bean and Luci's message. He tries to anger God, but God only finds his insults amusing rather than offensive. After insulting Jerry, who ended up in Heaven, God angrily sends Elfo to Hell. Bean and Luci arrive in Hell and discover that Elfo made it too, but has been sent somewhere to be tortured. While searching the archives, they are confronted by Asmodium, Luci's superior. Luci reveals he tricked Bean and Elfo into coming to Hell, and Asmodium rewards him with a promotion. Bean and Elfo end up being tortured together, watching a loop of when Bean chose to revive her mother instead of Elfo. Elfo is enraged and heartbroken that Bean chose her mother, while Bean tells him it was the worst mistake of her life. As they insult each other and Luci, Luci arrives to break them out, as he needed the wings from his promotion to escape from Hell. The trio is confronted by Asmodium, and Luci once again sells out his friends. Asmodium makes Luci into a higher level demon, and Luci uses his newfound powers to save his friends – despite Asmodium warning him that he will lose his immortality. The three friends escape Hell through a volcano, and Luci loses his wings. They immediately find Elfo's body and Bean puts his soul back in to revive him. The three friends happily hug each other while God and Jerry look on from Heaven.|
|13||3||"The Very Thing"||Frank Marino||Andrew Burrell||September 20, 2019|
|Bean, Elfo and Luci realize that they are on mermaid island. After spending the night, as well as getting a spa treatment, the three leave on a boat left on the island. They head out where Elfo is still upset over being left for dead in favor of Dagmar, but he pushes those feelings aside in the meantime. They finally arrive at Dreamland where Zøg, believing that Bean betrayed him, begins tossing rocks at them, though they manage to get on land. Oona is rescued by pirates who do nothing as their captain is uninterested. She urges them to attack a nearby vessel and learns that the captain is an elf named Leavo. Bean finally manages to get through to Zøg and Oona and pirates arrive demanding treasure. In return they will give them the pendant. Zøg sends Elfo down to the dungeon with Leavo to knock him out, but Leavo discovers something that intrigues him and Elfo reveals Zøg's plan. Leavo decides to help them anyway and he gathers the rest of the elves to use their blood to revive the citizens of Dreamland. Zøg and Oona decide to get a divorce and Derek, who has been stuck in a tower this whole time, takes it well. Oona decides to be the new pirate captain and leaves Dreamland and Zøg on good terms.|
|14||4||"The Lonely Heart Is a Hunter"||David D. Au||Ben Ward||September 20, 2019|
|Bean keeps having dreams about Dagmar visiting her and playing a music box that sits on her shelf. Infuriating her, she proceeds to look for clues and finds Maruvian symbols scattered throughout the castle. She ends up in a cavern, but after hearing the music box, she runs away scared and breaks and tosses her own box. The elves have moved into their own section of Dreamland where Elfo is reunited with Kissy. She hooks up with Luci, much to Elfo's chagrin and he spends the whole time trying to convince Luci that Kissy does not care about him. Eventually, she breaks up with Luci after realizing that she loves herself more than him and the numerous other dates she has had. Zøg is sad over his love life and decides to go hunting, where he encounters Ursula, a selkie who transforms from a bear to a human. He hits it off with her due to her wild and savage ways. Despite Odval's disapproval, Zøg welcomes her to Dreamland and they spend a day together and have sex. When Ursula desires to go back to the forest, Zøg keeps her bear coat, but sees how unhappy she is and returns it, though she thanks him and waves goodbye. Later at night, Bean sleeps, but awakens to a newly rebuilt music box.|
|15||5||"Our Bodies, Our Elves"||Wes Archer||Adam Briggs||September 20, 2019|
|On Wash Day, the elves in Dreamland get sick after ingesting the dirty leftover water. They hold a meeting where Pops, Elfo's father, tells them of the Legenberry Tree that can cure any ailment, but is in the possession of the ogres. They get a volunteer in the form of "Handsome" Wade Brody Jr. and Elfo and Bean join him while Luci stays behind to "nurse" the elves back to health. While traveling through the jungle, Elfo learns that Wade is a phony and has been stealing tall tales from a book. He abandons them when they get attacked by vines. Elfo and Bean find the ogre village, but they get captured and discover that Wade has been killed. Elfo manages to take out numerous ogres and rescues Bean. When they find the tree, the ogre queen arrives and secretly helps them collect the berries for them and gives them a secret passage to escape. As they leave, the queen ponders on Elfo's name. Elfo and Bean make it back and use the berries to heal all the elves, with Pops revealing that he stole Elfo's college fund.|
|16||6||"The Dreamland Job"||Ira Sherak||Jeny Batten & M. Dickson||September 20, 2019|
|After being paraded through town in a shame barrel, Bean angrily resents Zøg and his bossiness, especially when he has begun overtaxing the elves. Overhearing her, an elf named Grifto offers his services to steal from him. Owning a circus, they plan to steal from Zøg's now full money vault and return all of the gold to the elves. Meanwhile, Luci takes control of the bar they frequent by and renames it Luci's Inferno. Bean convinces Zøg to have the elf circus perform for them and by doing so, allows her, Elfo and the others to sneak down and steal the gold. During the performance, Zøg admits that he was wrong to tax the elves and plans on giving back the money. When Bean goes to tell Grifto, he and his circus betray her and Elfo by revealing that they are, in fact, trolls, stealing for themselves. Bean and Elfo chase down the trolls, but are too late. Luckily, Luci caught on to their plan and switched the gold out with chocolate coins. As Bean, Elfo and Luci return the gold, Zøg bathes in the elves praise of him.|
|17||7||"Love's Slimy Embrace"||David D. Au & Ira Sherak||Eric Horsted||September 20, 2019|
|Another night of boredom leads Zøg to invite his friend, the Duke, over for dinner. To get out of his hair, Bean, Elfo and Luci head down to the bar. Derek follows them as he is lonely, but Bean tells him to leave as she does not like having him around. Bean has always had some animosity towards her half-brother due to him being Zøg's successor and considers him a loser. Derek solemnly heads to the beach where he finds a small one eyed octopus whom he names Slimy. Zøg learns that the Duke has gout. He claims that when a royal gets gout that means they are successful. Zøg has Luci feed him many unhealthy things to get the disease, leading to another visit from the Duke who reveals that he had his foot amputated. After four days of caring, Slimy has grown in size and has begun killing people after witnessing Derek playing with Elfo. He drags Derek away and Bean and Elfo race to rescue him. They manage to secure Derek and escape the monster island. Afterwards, Derek is amazed that Bean rescued him even though she said she hated him.|
|18||8||"In Her Own Write"||Ira Sherak||Bill Oakley||September 20, 2019|
|Bean continues to have nightmares about Dagmar. She learns through Zøg that the reason the kingdom is called Dreamland is because the castle contains mysterious powers that affect your dreams and nightmares and that she needs to overcome them. Bean goes out at night and comes across The Jittery, a café. Miri, an employee, convinces Bean to literally write her feelings down. With support from Luci, Bean begins writing, but gets inspiration from Merkimer and Elfo to make it a play instead. After completing it, she is shocked to learn that women are not allowed to perform in plays. Merkimer sells the script himself, but takes credit as author. He pays Bean, but she is still upset about the credit. Odval and the Druidess inform Zøg about the play and he decides to see it. Bean stops by the Jittery and decides to give a spoken word account about her life. Zøg dislikes the play and leaves in anger, but stops by the café to listen to Bean. They both come to terms with Dagmar's betrayal of them and the head home together.|
|19||9||"The Electric Princess"||Edmund Fong||Jamie Angell||September 20, 2019|
|While out in Elf Alley, a dragon appears and begins setting fire to the town. Bean and the knights race after it with the former firing an arrow. The dragon turns out to be a giant mechanized air ship flown by a man named Skybert Gunderson. Skybert is captured and, due to the kingdom's basic understanding of science, believe he is an enchanter and imprison him. Curious, Bean breaks into the prison and helps him build a radio to contact his allies. They escape in his submarine and head back to Steamland, his home. Upon reaching his home, Skybert tells Bean to stay, but she leaves and explores Steamland and its many oddities. She arrives at Skybert's workplace and discovers that he and his coworkers have been planning to overthrow Zøg. Bean escapes in one of the sky vehicles and fights Skybert; knocking him out and taking his bag. She makes it back to Dreamland where she tells Zøg about the plot, but while arguing over a "dragon whistle", actually a gun, it goes off and shoots Zøg. As he falls over, Bean rushes to his side and cries over his body.|
|20||10||"Tiabeanie Falls"||Peter Avanzino||Patric M. Verrone & Josh Weinstein||September 20, 2019|
|As Zøg is taken away to be treated, poorly, Odval and the Druidess pin the blame of his "assassination" on Bean. Derek is crowned king, but Odval is the acting regent. As everyone tries to get Bean to confess to being a witch, Odval makes his move on taking over the kingdom. Derek goes to a sick Zøg for advice, who tells him to listen to his gut. At the trial, Luci acts as Bean's attorney and the witnesses all point out some way Bean had affected them. Elfo tries to explain about how Bean went to Hell to save him, but his poor explanation further pushes everyone to believe she is a witch. Derek tries to reach a decision later. Stan the Executioner frees Bean, Elfo and Luci from prison and the three go to see Zøg to remove the bullet. They are captured and set to be burned at the stake. Derek cannot bring himself to do it, so Odval does. As Luci explains that he lost his immortality, they fall through the ground and end up in a catacomb. They are found by subterraneans, called Trøgs, and Dagmar who still has the music box as she greets Bean and her friends.|
Part 3 (2021)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|21||1||"Subterranean Homesick Blues"||Brian Sheesley||Ken Keeler & Patric M. Verrone||January 15, 2021|
|Dagmar welcomes Bean, Elfo and Luci to the home of the Trøgs. While Bean wants to leave, the complex tunnels prevent her and she reluctantly decides to stay. She further wonders what her mother is doing and Elfo starts a relationship with a Trøg named Trixie. Zøg begins to recover from his injuries, but Odval and the Arch Druidess inform Pendergast to kill him if he fully does, despite his reluctance. The villains want to use Derek to enforce their own laws, but at the suggestion of Merkimer, he decides to make up his own rules, much to their consternation. Using the tunnels, Elfo is able to sneak into the castle and inform Zøg that Bean is alive. Bean learns that her father still lives and happily embraces Dagmar. Later that night, Bean continues to search the caverns and discovers that Dagmar has been feasting on the brains of the Trøgs while they are still alive. Zøg plans with Pendergast to have his body shipped away in a coffin. However, the Arch Druidess finds out, kills Pendergast and buries Zøg alive.|
|22||2||"You're the Bean"||Edmund Fong||Jameel Saleem||January 15, 2021|
|After Dagmar's secret is discovered, Bean, Elfo and Luci end up in a dungeon where they encounter the pirate Leavo, now as prisoner. After the trio escape with the help of Trixy, a plan is devised to take advantage of Bean's resemblance to her mother. She dresses in Dagmar's clothes and attempt to gain the Trog's help while Elfo distracts Dagmar as a masseuse. But the ruse is discovered, although Bean is able to convince the Trogs that Dagmar is the impostor. At the same time, Zøg futilely tries to escape his coffin, before being seized by a group of grave-robbing Trogs and escaping into the caves, finding Bean and the others. Unfortunately, Bean blows her cover embracing him, and they soon try to escape Dagmar's grasp once again. In doing so, they create a light symbol that marks them as "the saviors", and Bean orders the Trogs to throw Dagmar out, although she escapes, and the others leave the caves. Meanwhile, on the surface, a walrus has been placed as a decoy for Zøg, and Derek decides to make up his own decrees against the wishes of Odval and the archdruidess. While hiding in his room, Derek finds a book with a secret history of the kings of Dreamland, but with the last few pages torn out, and is found by Odval. Later that night, Odval and the archdruidess observe Bean and company climbing out of the caves.|
|23||3||"Beanie Get Your Gun"||Ira Sherak||Liz Suggs||January 15, 2021|
|Derek welcomes Bean and Zøg back into Dreamland. He pardons Bean, and relinquishes the crown back to Zøg. Zøg’s erratic behavior raises some concern, and Bean tries to investigate its cause. Meanwhile, Derek gets locked out of the castle and tries to make some friends. He ends up being taken advantage of due to his gullibility, until he meets fairy Sagatha. Sagatha and her fairy friends teach Derek some wisdom and street smarts, after which Derek proposes to Sagatha. Bean finds Pendergast’s headless body in his own locker. There was a gunshot through his armor, which prompted Bean to reach into the armour, subsequently pulling out a bullet. Bean searches the castle for the gun, with the help of the crystal ball and Ms. Moonpence. She hides the gun in her room after locating it in Odval’s globe. Derek returns to Dreamland, and a wedding is held for him and Sagatha after receiving Zøg’s blessing. During the ceremony, a sharp-eyed Derek notices the gun hidden in the Arch Druidess’ sleeve, and halts the wedding. The Arch Druidess escapes on a motorcycle, but she dropped a roadmap to Steamland.|
|24||4||"Steamland Confidential"||Crystal Chesney-Thompson & Ed Tadem||Bill Odenkirk||January 15, 2021|
|Bean and Elfo go after the Arch Druidess, while Luci stays with Zøg (who is having a mental breakdown) in Dreamland. When they arrive in Steamland Bean infiltrates the Gunderson factory to find the Arch Druidess, and Elfo is taken into a upscale explorers club impressing everybody about his past tales when a strange man notices a pin on the clothing he stole. At the factory Bean meets a man named Gordy while working there. In the end she realizes that Gordy is actually Alva Gunderson the founder of the company, and he wants to make a deal because of some sort of magic that is powerful and in Dreamland. He is the one who sent his brother Skybert to Dreamland in part two, and hired the Arch Druidess to lure Bean to Steamland, though he denies any knowledge of the Arch Druidess' acts of murder and has her taken away, but not before she warns Bean not to trust Alva. At the prestigious club, the other patrons are impressed by Elfo, until a man who owns a freak show comes in and takes Elfo for his collection.|
|25||5||"Freak Out!"||Raymie Muzquiz||Josh Weinstein||January 15, 2021|
|Bean wakes up the next morning and gets mail from Alva, and it opens up to reveal an image of the two of them kissing on a bridge. She runs away and he does everything he can to get her back. She then tries to find Elfo, who is held captured at the freak show and falls in love with his neighbor, a headless psychic named Edith. Bean eventually finds Elfo and busts everyone else out. As Elfo goes to free Edith the owner appears and begins to strangle him, but is knockout by Edith who actually has a body. She tells Elfo that they can't be together as a curse placed on her causes anyone who falls in love with her to meet a horrible fate. On the pier there are tons of robots who corner Bean and Elfo and Bean screams at them that she has no magic and in that moment lightning shoots from her fingers and takes out the whole place. Zøg continues to act more crazy.|
|26||6||"Last Splash"||Lauren MacMullan & Jeff Myers||Deanna MacLellan & Michael Saikin||January 15, 2021|
|Elfo and Bean are about to escape, but Elfo reminds Bean of one lasting member of the freak show: Mora. They rescue her from her tank and barely escape on a steamboat, with the help of Mora. Along the way, Elfo begins a strange relationship with the steamboat, while Bean opens up about her feelings for other people with Mora, the mermaid, as they grow closer to one another. They crash land on Mermaid Island, where Mora introduces Bean to her family, and they have a romantic night together. The following day, Bean wakes up and since she does not find Mora's necklace around her neck, believes that everything that happened the day before was a dream, and walks across the beach with Elfo. The final shot of the episode shows the necklace washing up on shore, confirming that the experience with Mora was real.|
|27||7||"Bad Moon Rising"||Dwayne Carey-Hill||Liz Elverenli||January 15, 2021|
|Bean returns to Dreamland, distraught over her time with Mora, still believing it was a hallucination, but looking back at it lovingly. Oona, who has returned to Dreamland to attend Derek's wedding-gone-wrong, comforts her and secretly believes her that the mermaid encounter was real. She later overhears Odval and the other members of the royal council plotting against Zøg, as they did with his brother Yøg, so she tells Oona of her recent discoveries (who is devastated as Yøg was the love of her life) and the two team up in an effort to undermine their scheme, while telling Luci and Elfo to raise an army to protect the kingdom. Luci and Elfo trains the nearly incompetent townsfolk to become well-trained soldiers, but the army is dispersed after seeing Elfo perform a ritual with Trixy and the trogs on the full moon, in which they spank the bare butts at it. Oona and Bean's plan backfires and they are revealed as who they really are, and when Zøg comes down to the basement, he sees them naked and spying on Odval and further descends into a downward spiral, which was the council's plan all along.|
|28||8||"Hey, Pig Spender"||Brian Sheesley||Abe Groening||January 15, 2021|
|Prince Merkimer begins to feel depressed since his body and a pig's body were switched in the beginning of season one. Meanwhile, a terrifying monster covered in leaves and mud begins to terrorize the poorer villagers on the outskirts of Dreamland. Bean arrives to investigate, and discovers that it is Merkimer's body, with the brain of a pig. They pretend that it is Merkimer with pig Merkimer talking for it, and return him to his parents in Bentwood, hoping to gain money and weapons. But Merkimer decides to revalue as his status as prince, but is saddened to learn that no one, not even his parents cared about him. Human Merkimer reveals that he has developed intelligence and taken-over Bentwood and tries to drown Bean, Lucy and Elfo in money after Pig Merkimer joins him. Pig Merkimer feels bad and saves them, kills human Merkimer, and the four return to Dreamland with the money that Elfo swallowed and arrows shot at them.|
|29||9||"The Madness of King Zøg"||Edmund Fong||Patric M. Verrone||January 15, 2021|
|Zøg is locked up in the castle's insane asylum, and begins to speak gibberish. Bean convinces Odval to let her speak to her father, and she is able to get through to him, but later, after a visit from the ghost of Dagmar, he escapes and wanders about the city, confused. Bean follows after him, and eventually finds him wandering into a shop, where he purchases a ventriloquist dummy. He begins speaking in riddles and insults through the dummy, and only Bean can truly understand what he is saying. When a cloud of green smoke can be seen clearing a nearby mountain range, the kingdom begins to worry. Bean speaks to Zøg for advice and he prepares her for the coming attack. However, Zøg's condition still seems to be worsening. Elfo admits that he thinks that Bean is just imagining that what the dummy is saying are actually clues, and that Bean is running the kingdom by herself. After speaking to Zøg one last time, Bean realizes that even he knows about how bad his insanity has gotten, and he requests to be sent away so he can get better. Bean sends him to an unknown location with Chazzzzz.|
|30||10||"Bean Falls Down"||Ira Sherak||Jameel Saleem||January 15, 2021|
|Princess Bean is crowned queen after Zøg is deemed unfit to be king and is taken away for treatment with Chazzzzz. The mysterious green smoke reaches the castle, and turns out to be Big Jo and his lesser-known assistant, Porky, who want to make amends for what they did to Bean, Elfo, and Luci. Bean is untrusting of the exorcist, even though he claims to have changed, and locks him in a dungeon, much to the annoyance of Odval, who wanted to work with Big Jo. Soon after, ogres arrive wanting Elfo, who blinded their prince, but against the wishes of everyone else, she doesn't let them have Elfo and instead fends them off by dumping all the alcohol in the kingdom onto them. Bean, Elfo, and Luci realize that the entire horde of ogres are too much for them to handle alone and hide in the secret library. Elfo, realizing that the ogres will soon come and kill him (and the rest of the kingdom and Bean, as well), sacrifices himself—much to Bean's horror—to the ogres, who take him away instead of killing him. Dagmar arrives in a secret elevator that connects to the secret library, Luci tries to save her but is decapitated by the elevator doors and dies. Dagmar takes Bean to Hell to marry a mysterious man who resembles Alva. Luci wakes up to find himself in Heaven with Jerry and God, much to his dismay.|
The series, created by The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening, "will bear his trademark animation style". The series is animated by Rough Draft Studios, the same studio that worked on Futurama. In July 2017, it was announced that rapper Briggs is part of the writing team for the series. John DiMaggio has described the series as "the offspring of The Simpsons and Game of Thrones." Groening has said the show has a "definite feminist point of view."
The series was announced in July 2017, with a 20-episode order, along with multiple members of the cast, at which time it had been in the works at Netflix for at least one year. The first part of the first season, which consisted of 10 episodes, got a release date of August 17, 2018 in May of that year. In May 2019, the second part's debut was also announced. A second season, split into two parts like the first, was confirmed in October 2018, after the season one premiere. After multiple delays from a late 2020 release date, the premiere for the season was finally confirmed to be in January 2021.
The main characters' actors, Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, and Eric Andre, were cast in their roles of Princess Bean, Elfo, and Luci in July 2017, when the series was announced. In addition to the main characters' roles, the other starring voice actors were revealed, including John DiMaggio as King Zøg, Tress MacNeille as Queen Oona and Prince Derek, and Matt Berry as Prince Merkimer. Multiple members of the cast have worked together on other projects created by Matt Groening, including DiMaggio, MacNeille, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, and David Herman, who all voiced main roles in the futuristic science fiction television series Futurama. In July 2018, prior to the series' premiere, the characters voiced by the main members of the cast were revealed.
|Main cast members|
|Abbi Jacobson||Eric Andre||Nat Faxon||John DiMaggio||Tress MacNeille||Matt Berry||Maurice LaMarche||Sharon Horgan|
|Bean||Luci, Pendergast||Elfo||King Zøg||Queen Oona, Prince Derek||Prince Merkimer||Odval||Queen Dagmar|
The episode "Dreamland Falls" ties into Groening's other series Futurama, implying that both shows do in fact take place in the same universe. When Luci uses the crystal ball to show moments from before, Philip J. Fry, Bender and Professor Farnsworth can briefly be seen in a time machine. The moment is a reference to the episode "The Late Philip J. Fry" in which the trio travel in a one-way time machine and witness the end and rebirth of the universe, implying that the three were passing through after time restarted. In the episodes "Electric Princess," "Steamland Confidential," and "Last Splash," among others, Futurama is referenced multiple times. For instance, a boulevard is named after Farnsworth, there is an homage on one of the buildings, to Planet Express, and various locations within the steampunk city of Steamland reference the show, along with various voice actors from Futurama joining the cast of Disenchantment. Others have noted that in the episode "Steamland Confidential," the series references the "steamed hams" made by Principal Skinner for Superintendent Chalmers in the April 1996 episode of The Simpsons, titled "22 Short Films About Springfield". In the episode "Beanie Get Your Gun", Zog displays erratic behavior by making a repeating honking noise which matches the opening melody to a song performed by the band King Missile.
Initially, 20 episodes of the series were ordered by Netflix, with the first 10 episodes being released on August 17, 2018, and the remaining episodes released on September 20, 2019. On October 22, 2018, Disenchantment was renewed for a 20-episode second season. The first half of the second season was released on January 15, 2021.
On May 22, 2018, Groening released three teaser images on Reddit. The next day, the premiere date was revealed along with several more images. Before Part 2 was released, Groening created a new comic book company, Bapper Books, which released a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive book, Disenchantment: Untold Tales.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 62% of 89 critic reviews are positive for Part 1, which has an average rating of 6.13/10. The critical consensus reads: "Disenchantment showcases enough of Matt Groening's trademark humor to satisfy fans—although the show's overall familiarity and disappointing willingness to play it safe may not bode well for future seasons." According to Metacritic, which calculated an average of 56 out of 100 based on 28 reviews, Part 1 received "mixed or average reviews". Forbes called the series "charming, unique, and excellent." Ars Technica stated the series starts rocky, but then it gets "bloody good". Entertainment Weekly gave the series a "C" grade, likening it to an extended "Treehouse of Horror" story. Den of Geek gave a more mixed reception of the series, praising the concept, but criticizing some of the jokes. Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com wrote the series does not live up to the standards of other Netflix Original animations, but praised its concept and cast, and suggested the series might improve in the future. Reviewing seven of the first season's 10 episodes, Danette Chavez of The A.V. Club gave the series a B-, saying that the strength of the cast made up for weak writing. Upon its initial review, TV Guide gave the series a lukewarm reception. But upon viewing of the last three episodes, the opinion changed, and praised the serialization of the series that paid off in the end. Similarly, Rhuaridh Marr of Metro Weekly called the show disenchanting while saying that it is "as much a treat to look at as it is to listen to" while environments which are "lush and vibrant." At the same time, Ben Travers on IndieWire said the series starts out "rough" but moves into more effective serialized storytelling toward the end of Part 1. Melanie McFarland of Salon.com compared the series to The Simpsons and Futurama, saying the series professes to be feminist, noting that Bean is the embodiment of this, resisting her father's attempts to push her into arranged marriages for political reasons. She also argued that the series doesn't stereotype any ethnic group by having all the characters be painted generically, with Dreamland as a "non-racial patriarchy," with Bean standing up to "charmless men who stand in her way." Even so, McFarland wrote that people should be wary of the feminist framing of the show, arguing that Apu Nahasapeemapetilon in The Simpsons embodied racial stereotypes, and said that the show's creators can't say that the show is feminist until at least 50 percent of the writers are women.
For the second part, Rotten Tomatoes collected 15 reviews and identified 73% as positive, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The critical consensus reads: "As Disenchantment's pieces slowly fall into place it grows deeper in character and world building to become a more fully realized show -- if only those pieces would fall just a little bit faster." Kevin Yeoman of ScreenRant, describing it as a "considerable step forward in terms of storytelling, plotting, [and] character development" and an impressive improvement from Part 1. Joyce Slaton of Common Sense Media, reviewing parts 1 and 2, disliked the cartoon violence, rude jokes, and frequent alcoholism, but praised Bean as a "strong, non-stereotypical character," the non-problematic sexual content, and the beautiful animation, while noting that the language is mild. Slaton also claimed that the humor was "disappointing."
Vikram Murthi of The A.V. Club was critical of Part 3, complaining that he was not satisfied with the episodes of the season, while Neal Justin of the Star Tribune pessimistically told readers to "enjoy it while you can." Tony La Vella of Gamerant had a similar view, arguing that the series "feels unfocused", while admitting that the show is "slowly laying the pipework to what could...be a satisfying conclusion." In contrast, Daniel Kurland of Bubble Blabber said that the episodes felt serialized, but praised the location of Steamland for effectively incorporating "modernity into this fantasy setting", and called the series fun and "very competent." Marcel Schmid, in a German-language publication, described the series as a "lovingly designed series" with nice set design, beautiful background painting, effectively mixes "the Middle Ages with industrialization", engaging in social commentary, and has effective black comedy. Schmid also argued that the series had improved over time and stated that Steamland "offers a good contrast to medieval Dreamland." Additionally, Caitlin Kennedy of Nightmarish Conjurings positively reviewed the series, noting that while in Parts 1 and 2, it has been "immature in the most fun way possible", Part 3 went further, showing "the most growth and more comfortably dabbles in heavier topics in its unfolding epic narrative", and praises the expansion of the story, especially into places like Steamland, the "steampunk and technologically advanced counterpart to Dreamland." Kennedy also argued that Part 3 focused on love, loss, and mental health, while saying she is looking forward to more episodes.
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