Miracle Workers (2019 TV series)

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Miracle Workers
MiracleWorkers.png
Title card for the first season
Genre
Created bySimon Rich
Based onSeason 1:
"What in God's Name"
by Simon Rich
Season 2:
"Revolution"
by Simon Rich
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Dan Mirk
  • Paul Garnes
CinematographyBrian Burgoyne
Editors
  • Jessica Burnetto
  • Rob Burnett
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkTBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseFebruary 12, 2019 (2019-02-12) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Miracle Workers is an American anthology comedy television series, based on the writings of humorist Simon Rich — the 2012 novel What in God's Name in its first season, and the short story "Revolution" in its second season. The series was created by Rich, and it stars Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan, Jon Bass, Karan Soni, Sasha Compère, and Lolly Adefope. In May 2019, TBS renewed the series for a second season, titled Miracle Workers: Dark Ages, which previewed on January 19, 2020, with its regular timeslot premiere on January 28, 2020. In August 2020, the series was renewed for a third season.

Premise[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The first season follows Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity's prayers, and Eliza, a recent transfer from the Department of Dirt. Their boss, God, has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. To prevent Earth's destruction, Craig, along with Eliza, must achieve their most impossible miracle to date."[2] The season is based on Rich's novel What in God's Name.

Season 2[edit]

The second season is set during the Dark Ages, and is based on Rich's short story "Revolution." It stars Steve Buscemi as Eddie Shitshovelor and Daniel Radcliffe as Prince Chauncley. It follows their journey and shows humour in the dark ages.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Portrayer Capacity and character per season
Season 1 Dark Ages
Daniel Radcliffe Craig Bog Prince Chauncley the Pretty Cool
Geraldine Viswanathan Eliza Hunter Alexandra "Al" Shitshoveler
Karan Soni Sanjay Prince Lord Chris Vexler
Jon Bass Sam Michael "Mikey" Shitshoveler
Sasha Compère Laura
Lolly Adefope Rosie Maggie
Steve Buscemi God Edward "Eddie" Murphy Shitshoveler

Guest[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
17February 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)
210January 28, 2020 (2020-01-28)March 31, 2020 (2020-03-31)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"2 Weeks"Jorma TacconeSimon RichFebruary 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)[a]1.20[4]
God decides to blow up earth and focus his efforts on a new restaurant. Eliza, recently moved to the Prayer-answering department, makes a bet with God that if she and Craig can answer one "impossible" prayer within two weeks God will spare earth. The "impossible" prayer they decide upon is to bring Sam and Laura, two socially awkward people with crushes on each other, together to kiss as a couple.
22"13 Days"Jorma TacconeCirocco DunlapFebruary 19, 2019 (2019-02-19)1.03[5]
Eliza and Craig manage to pull off the difficult task of getting Sam and Laura to find each other and exchange phone numbers. Although Eliza and Craig's efforts are successful, their overall mission is challenged when Laura meets a charming man named Mason. Meanwhile, God assigns Sanjay with the tedious task of exploding Bill Maher's penis.
33"12 Days"Ryan CaseJeff LovenessFebruary 26, 2019 (2019-02-26)0.94[6]
While trying to finish their plan, Eliza and Craig encounter a troublesome human. After learning his mistake, Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials record.
44"6 Days"Ryan CaseHeather Anne CampbellMarch 5, 2019 (2019-03-05)0.95[7]
Sanjay joins Craig and Eliza's team, somewhat supplanting Craig. With much effort, they arrange a date between Sam and Laura. The team discovers that Sam's beloved grandmother is scheduled to die immediately before the date.
55"3 Days"Maurice MarableMitra Jouhari & Gary RichardsonMarch 12, 2019 (2019-03-12)0.94[8]
Rosie is offered a great job on another world, but can only take it after the Earth is destroyed. Nonetheless, she helps trick God into signing an extension of life waiver for Sam's grandmother.
66"1 Day"Dan SchimpfLucas GardnerMarch 19, 2019 (2019-03-19)0.93[9]
Despite Craig's objections, Eliza, Sanjay, and Rosie attempt to get Sam and Laura to kiss on the kiss cam at a basketball game, but the results are so catastrophic that the couple goes home angry with each other. God pitches his restaurant idea to his family, who decline to invest, due to the failure of Earth. God decides not to destroy his creation, but as there is no going back on the deal, Sam and Laura still must kiss.
77"1 Hour"Maurice MarableDan MirkMarch 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)0.90[10]
Minutes before the end of the world things go sideways, Sam and Laura kiss.

Season 2: Dark Ages (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
81"Graduation"Jarrad Paul & Andrew MogelSimon RichJanuary 28, 2020 (2020-01-28)[b]1.10[11]
Alexandra Shitshoveler graduates from school and is ready to make her life successful, but reluctantly follows her father's footsteps and shovels the town's feces as her lifelong occupation. Meanwhile, Prince Chauncley attempts to please his father by fighting battles for the kingdom, but decides at the last minute to instead lead the kingdom by being nicer to the peasants instead of through war.
92"Help Wanted"Jarrad Paul & Andrew MogelLucas GardnerFebruary 4, 2020 (2020-02-04)1.10[12]
When Mikey finds Chauncley's pet duck, Chauncley scams him out of it, causing him to feel guilt for the first time. Alexandra is offered a job at the medical center, gaining the respect of her peers, but is forced to become a whistleblower when she realizes the doctor is a complete fraud.
103"Road Trip"Daniel Gray LonginoAnna DrezenFebruary 11, 2020 (2020-02-11)0.81[13]
The invention of the indoor pit toilet threatens Edward's business. Vexler accidentally screws up an important diplomatic mission, but Chauncley takes the blame.
114"Internship"Daniel Gray LonginoGeorgie AldacoFebruary 18, 2020 (2020-02-18)0.84[14]
Chauncley realizes he has no connection with common workers and asks Vexler to find him a job. He ends up interned to Edward and nearly destroys his business. Mikey falls in with a 'merry band,' who turn out to be a gang that robs his house.
125"Holiday"Dan SchimpfLucas GardnerFebruary 25, 2020 (2020-02-25)0.95[15]
The kingdom celebrates Harvest Day. Alexandra gets into a fight with her uncle over politics. Chauncley attempts to organize a family game night with his extended family, culminating in a bloodbath.
136"Music Festival"Dan SchimpfJen JacksonMarch 3, 2020 (2020-03-03)0.85[16]
Alexandra becomes jealous of Maggie's commitment to work and her new friend. Chauncley organizes a music festival to impress Alexandra, but the star is rude and temperamental.
147"Day in Court"Dan SchimpfZeke NicholsonMarch 10, 2020 (2020-03-10)0.73[17]
After a royal goat eats their garden, Alexandra and her father sue the crown for damages. Vexler files a counter-lawsuit, but Chauncley defuses the situation.
158"First Date"Steve BuscemiJen JacksonMarch 17, 2020 (2020-03-17)0.86[18]
Alexandra is swept off her feet by a handsome astronomer, angering Chauncley, who also has feelings for her. Edward befriends a Druid woman, forcing his friends to confront their prejudices.
169"Moving Out Part 1"Tamra DavisDan MirkMarch 24, 2020 (2020-03-24)0.94[19]
Alexandra plans to move to Paris with her astronomer boyfriend, breaking Edward's heart. Chauncley is forced into a political marriage. Chauncley defies his father, causing war to break out, as Alexandra returns home to make sure her family is safe.
1710"Moving Out Part 2"Tamra DavisDan MirkMarch 31, 2020 (2020-03-31)0.84[20]
With invaders overrunning the village, King Cragnoor flees. Alexandra, Chauncley, and Vexler all have a chance to escape, but elect to stay and save their friends. They drive off the enemy by tricking them into believing the town is stricken with plague. Alexandra and Chauncley head for Paris, leaving Vexler with the throne.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On May 17, 2017, TBS announced that it had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of seven episodes. The series was created by Simon Rich and based on his novel What in God's Name. Executive producers were expected to include Rich, Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Broadway Video and Studio T.[2] On October 19, 2017, it was announced that Wilson would no longer be serving as an executive producer and would be replaced by Steve Buscemi.[21]

On May 15, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.[1] On November 20, 2019, it was announced that the second season titled Miracle Workers: Dark Ages would premiere on January 28, 2020.[22] On August 6, 2020, the series was renewed for a third season.[23]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series order announcement, it was confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson would star in the series.[2] On October 19, 2017, it was announced Steve Buscemi had replaced Wilson in the role of God after the latter had decided to vacate the part.[21] In November 2017, Deadline Hollywood and Variety reported that Geraldine Viswanathan, Jon Bass, Karan Soni, and Sasha Compère had been cast in series regular roles.[24][25] On March 25, 2018, it was announced that Lolly Adefope had joined the cast in a main role.[26]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series took place in December 2017 and January 2018 in and around Atlanta, Georgia.[27][28][29] Filming took place in Norcross, Georgia on December 29, 2017 and in Piedmont Park on January 16, 2018.[30]

Release[edit]

Promotional poster.

On December 4, 2018, TBS announced that the series would premiere on February 12, 2019.[31] On February 8, 2019, TBS released the first episode of the series on its official YouTube channel.[3] In Australia the series has same day release on the streaming service Stan.[32]

Marketing[edit]

On December 5, 2018, TBS released a teaser trailer for the series.[31] On December 19, 2018, the official full length trailer was released.[33]

Premiere[edit]

On January 26, 2019, the series held a screening of the pilot episode during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Those in attendance included Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni, and Simon Rich.[34]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series's first season has an approval rating of 74% based on reviews from 39 critics, with an average rating of 6.26/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "More charming than clever, Miracle Workers functions as a palatable showcase of Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi's quirky star power."[35] On Metacritic it has a score of 61 out of 100 based on reviews from 19 critics.[36]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Miracle Workers
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "2 Weeks" February 12, 2019 0.4 1.20[4] 0.88 2.09[37]
2 "13 Days" February 19, 2019 0.4 1.03[5] 0.69 1.72[38]
3 "12 Days" February 26, 2019 0.3 0.94[6] 0.51 1.45[39][c]
4 "6 Days" March 5, 2019 0.3 0.95[7] 0.49 1.44[40][c]
5 "3 Days" March 12, 2019 0.3 0.94[8] 0.64 1.59[41]
6 "1 Day" March 19, 2019 0.3 0.93[9] 0.61 1.54[42]
7 "1 Hour" March 26, 2019 0.3 0.90[10] 0.65 1.55[43]

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Miracle Workers
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Graduation" January 28, 2020 0.4 1.10[11] TBD TBD
2 "Help Wanted" February 4, 2020 0.4 1.10[12] TBD TBD
3 "Road Trip" February 11, 2020 0.3 0.81[13] TBD TBD
4 "Internship" February 18, 2020 0.3 0.84[14] TBD TBD
5 "Holiday" February 25, 2020 0.3 0.95[15] TBD TBD
6 "Music Festival" March 3, 2020 0.3 0.85[16] TBD TBD
7 "Day in Court" March 10, 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "First Date" March 17, 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 " Moving Out Part 1" March 24, 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 " Moving Out Part 2" March 31, 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The episode was released via TBS' official YouTube channel on February 8, 2019.[3]
  2. ^ The season premiere aired on January 19 as a "sneak peek" ahead of the premiere in its regular timeslot.[citation needed]
  3. ^ a b Live +7 ratings were not available, so Live +3 ratings have been used instead.

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