No Good Nick

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No Good Nick
No Good Nick Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)Chris Alan Lee
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • David H. Steinberg
  • Keetgi Kogan
Producer(s)Pixie Wespiser
CinematographyJohn Simmons
Editor(s)
  • Timothy Ryder
  • Chris Harvey
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time25–32 minutes
Production company(s)Iron Triangle Productions
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

No Good Nick is an American comedy web television series, created by David H. Steinberg and Keetgi Kogan. The series stars Siena Agudong, Lauren Lindsey Donzis, Kalama Epstein, Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin, and the first part premiered on April 15, 2019 on Netflix. On July 15, 2019, it was announced that Part 2 is set to premiere on August 5, 2019.[1]

Premise[edit]

No Good Nick centers on 13-year-old Nicole aka Nick (Agudong), a con artist seeking revenge on the Thompsons played by Hart and Astin, parents of two teenagers Molly (Donzis) and Jeremy (Epstein). Nick blames the family for unknowingly ruining her life.[2] She presents herself at their door and declares she is an orphan and that they are her closest living relatives, successfully infiltrating her target.[3] As she gets to know the family, however, she finds compassion for them and will struggle with whether or not she can go through with her plan." Later, it is revealed that she is being manipulated by her imprisoned father to right some wrong inflicted on his family by the Thompsons.[4]

Reviews note the difficulty in classifying the genre of No Good Nick, citing that, although it casts veteran child stars of Disney, Freeform, and Nickelodeon, the series features themes more attuned to adults such as physical violence and drama.[5][3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Siena Agudong as Nicole aka "Nick", a teenage con artist who is planning to rob the Thompson family.
  • Lauren Lindsey Donzis as Molly, the youngest Thompson child, a student and an environment activist with a large online following.
  • Kalama Epstein as Jeremy, the eldest Thompson child and an overachieving high school sophomore who is suspicious of Nick.
  • Sean Astin as Ed, the patriarch of the Thompson household and a senior loan officer in a bank.
  • Melissa Joan Hart as Liz, the matriarch of the Thompson household, a chef and owner of Crescendo Restaurant.

Recurring[edit]

  • Kyla-Drew as Becky, activist and leader of the volunteer squad, Molly’s rival
  • Sanai Victoria as Tamika, member of the volunteer squad
  • Tiana Le as Xuan, member of the volunteer squad
  • Eddie McClintock as Tony, Nick's dad who is in prison
  • Molly Hagan as Dorothy, Nick's foster mom
  • Ted McGinley as Sam, Nick's foster dad
  • Alex Poncio as Jim
  • Gus Kamp as Eric
  • Marco Sanchez as Eduardo
  • Lori Mae Hernandez as Riley
  • Josie Totah as Lisa Haddad

Guest stars[edit]

  • Ana Rey as Sheri ("The Catfish")
  • Elaine Kao as Ms. Lee ("The Catfish")
  • Jerry Trainor as Todd (The Pigeon Drop)

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
1"The Catfish"Andy FickmanDavid H. Steinberg & Keetgi KoganApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)
Nick, a teenage con artist enters the Thompson family as a distant cousin. (Hence the title The Catfish). The family consists of dad (Ed) a senior loan officer in bank, mom (Liz) a chef who owns a restaurant, Jeremy (son) and Molly (daughter). Nick's partner in crime Dorothy posing as social services coordinator establishes her credentials. Molly shares her room with Nick. She gets admission in school where Jeremy is a sophomore class rep. She starts working in Liz's restaurant kitchen after school. The family arranges welcome dinner for Nick. Jeremy does not trust her so she decides to pull off the heist that night itself by giving them chloroformed cider. After listening to the emotional speeches the family gives while toasting for her, she postpones her heist. The episode ends with her talking on the phone with her dad.
2"The Pig in the Poke"Andy FickmanDavid H. Steinberg & Keetgi KoganApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)
While talking to her dad, the ulterior motive of Nick and her dad is revealed. Her dad warns her against getting attached with the Thompsons. Liz is looking for some ideas to increase sales in her restaurant and Nick comes up with the idea of a wine tasting weekend. The idea gets full reservation in Crescendo with the help of Molly's social media recommendation. In chores market bidding for pocket allowance, Nick outsmarts Jeremy and Molly applying Monopoly tricks. During the wine tasting weekend, Nick plays her scam with pasting labels of high-end wine on cheap wine bottles and passing them to diners. (Hence the title The Pig in the Poke). She is grossly disappointed when she finds out from her guardians and partner scammers that $5000 worth of wine bottles can't be fenced off without the original labels. The wine tasting event in restaurant was a huge success. Liz and Ed invite Nick for celebrations but as Liz lifts the wine bottle the label falls off breaking the bottle. The episode ends with Ed calling Molly for clean up.
3"The Money-Box Scheme"Andy FickmanErika Kaestle & Patrick McCarthyApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)
As Molly cleans up the kitchen Jeremy observes that they are doing the chores while Nick is watching videos. Liz informs that the restaurant is booked for the next two months and they sold $8000 worth of wine. Nick receives a call from her dad asking for money. Nick approaches 'voluntary squad' to plan her next scam. She suggests that they fine costume dancers who wear insensitive and offensive costume at the school dance. Later they can hire cultural sensitivity trainer with the collected fine. Jeremy authorizes $5 fine to avoid scandal and boycott of the event. They start collecting fines from costume dancers and put the money in a locked box. As Nick comes in, she starts fining students but puts the money in the similar box that she is carrying and switches the boxes after the dance. (Hence the title The Money-Box Scheme). In all this Jeremy is prevented from going to his own event. Nick makes around $700 from the scam. She gives a certificate of appreciation for donation made in his name to Jeremy, of the collected fines as the box didn't contain enough money to hire a trainer. Jeremy is still suspicious of Nick so he makes inquiries about Dorothy from Social Services.
4"The Badger Game"Andy FickmanEric Goldberg & Peter TibbalsApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)

Jeremy informs Nick that Dorothy is not level. Nick's dad tells her on phone that 'con' is short of confidence so she should win Jeremy's trust. Molly informs Nick that since Student Body President has moved away there will be election in 3 days. She convinces Jeremy to run for it against Lisa Haddad to become the youngest Student Body President. She appoints herself his campaign manager and in her own words 'Electrol Sherpa' to do that uphill task. Nick canvasses students to vote for Jeremy by appealing to their ethnicity or interests. She gives Jeremy an estimate of his win by 321 to 299 votes. While making his election speech Jeremy makes faux pas and booed off. The electoral in charge gives a box of polled votes to a student to take it to front office and Nick pushes the box out of his hands making it look like an accident. While picking up the box, she switches the votes. Jeremy wins the election. As Jeremy thanks Nick, she tells him that they are family and cover for each other. She feels she has won his trust. The winning margin was the same (321 to 299), as given earlier by Nick. This makes him wonder if something is fishy.


Title reference: Badger game or The Badger Game
5"The Pigeon Drop"Bob KoherrDavid H. Steinberg & Keetgi KoganApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)

Nick's dad tells her on the phone that lawyer Walter Strickland has agreed to take his case for $5000 to be delivered on Saturday at noon. Nick's accomplice Todd (Jerry Trainor) robs the open garage. On Saturday, Ed arranges for the installation of a security system and declares it the Thompson family 'safety day', so they are locked in for the next 3 hours. After completion of phase 1 emergency preparation drill, Nick asks Todd to deliver the money to her in the house hidden in a pizza box. Everyone enjoys the second phase, security training, but Nick leaves the house on pretext of watching her dad's favorite movie, alone. She delivers the money in front of the lawyer's office to an imposter. Ed declares the Thompson family safety day a success.


Title reference: The Pigeon Drop.
6"The Glim Dropper"Bob KoherrDavid TolentinoApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)

Sam is getting impatient with Nick as he is not getting any money. Nick tells her dad that she wants to stop conning and be happy as before. Nick tries to pry out from Liz as to where cash is kept in the restaurant. To her disappointment she learns that it is all cashless, but she gathers that Liz takes off her jewelry before cooking. Jeremy wants Ed to chaperone the team building exercise of escape room. Molly and Liz patch up with Nick's efforts, and cook together Molly's favorite mousse and ladyfingers. Nick steals Liz's ring and calls Sam to come at midnight to collect a 'super valuable ring'. At midnight, Nick comes down and finds Liz looking for her ring. She has taken the sink apart. When Nick learns that Liz has an emotional attachment with the ring, she pretends to find it and Liz gets it back. Finding the ring makes Liz happy. When Sam comes to take the ring Nick gives him four napkin rings, which angers him. He tells her that he is 'pulling the plug' and asks Nick to pack her bags and come home there and then.


Title reference: Glim-Dropper
7"The Charity Mugger"Bob KoherrStafanie LederApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)

Sam and Dorothy want money. Nick tells them that she will get that on her time line. Nick sets an online GoFundMe charity fraud in the name of Omar, another foster care child of Sam and Dorothy. Her request for opening a bank account is turned down as her being a minor means her parents have to sign. She goes to Ed for that. Liz gives the job of busboy to Jeremy to fund his car. Nick pits Becky and Molly against each other to raise $10,000 for Omar. Ed tracks her account so when she transfers the fund to her account he comes to know, and Nick makes up a story about helping Omar. Ed arranges a ceremony to hand over the check to Omar and publicize Nick's role in raising the fund. Sam takes away the check inspite of Nick's pleadings. As the ceremony goes live, one of Nick's friends from her past recognizes her.


Title reference: The Charity Mugger
8"The Block Out"Bob KoherrJohanna StokesApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)

Nick's old friend Riley comes to her school looking for her. Ed and Liz are also called to her school as she is not doing good on her assignments. Nick skips the class and goes with Riley to catch up. Jeremy follows them by cutting school. When Ed and Liz find that Nick is not in school they get worried. They ask Molly but she herself is waiting for her voluntary squad meeting. They call Jeremy and find out her location. They bring Nick and Riley to the house to play games. Nick tells Riley that her last name for that family is Patterson and her parents died in a car accident. The family tries to glean information about Nick from Riley. Sensing danger in this she tells Riley to leave and blocks her out. Seeing Nick crying and not feeling at home ends up with Ed and Liz calling an expert family therapist to know the real Nick.


Title reference: Nick blocks Riley out like blocking on social media.
9"The Man in the Middle Attack"Phill LewisErika Kaestle & Patrick McCarthyApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)

Ingrid, the therapist from social services comes for deep digging to get to the core. Nick calls Sam and tells him about the therapist. He tells her not to worry as her file has been fixed and in case of a problem she is to text him 911. The therapist breaks them in groups to see how they interact. She makes Molly and Nick do fun buddy exercises. As Jeremy does not trust Nick, they do trust building exercise. Nick gives a rosy picture of Liz and Ed. Ingrid feels that whole show was staged and Nick manipulated her. Nick wriggles out of the situation by using Man-in-the-middle attack techniques. Jeremy points out that Nick has told them what they want to hear. Ingrid tells that it is Jeremy who needs therapy. Jeremy walks out and Molly follows him to talk. In Molly's room they open the vent as it is hot in the room and there they find Nick's secret phone. Jeremy accuses her of being a liar and she punches him in the face.


Title reference: Man-in-the-middle attack
10"The Jam Auction"Phill LewisDavid H. Steinberg & Keetgi KoganApril 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)

Nick's dad tells her that the lawyer is asking for $10,000 by the end of the day tomorrow to keep the case. The Thompsons inform Nick that they have 4 tickets of Hamilton for which they will leave by the noon. Nick says that she will go to library with study group. Nick plans a scam by listing items for an estate sale. Jeremy receives an envelope from Oregan state department of records on his request. He throws it unopened in the trash can. The Thompsons want to organise a surprise birthday party for Nick so Jeremy takes Nick to the park to talk. Nick cancels estate sale and calls the lawyer. She learns from his assistant that they are not demanding money. The Thompson family showers Nick with her favorite gifts to make her feel at home. They have a party her her and Nick describes it as her 'perfect day'. Nick learns from her dad that there was no lawyer and he might never come home. A Dejected Nick unpacks and accepts the Thompson family home as her home.

Liz finds the envelope in the trash and opens it to settle Jeremy's trust-issues. The details on the records match but the picture of the girl is different. The first part ends with Liz asking herself, "If this is Nicole, then who the hell is living with us?"


Title reference: Jam Auction

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On September 21, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of twenty episodes. The series was created by David H. Steinberg and Keetgi Kogan, both of whom were also expected to executive produce. It was further announced that Andy Fickman would serve as the series' director.[7] On March 6, 2019, Netflix announced that the series is set to release the first 10 episodes on April 15, 2019 and a promotional poster was released.[2][6]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Astin, Siena Agudong, Kalama Epstein, and Lauren Lindsey Donzis had been cast in starring roles.[7]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series had reportedly already begun by September 2018.[7]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 60% based on 5 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Video: "No Good Nick" Part 2 Trailer - Netflix". The Futon Critic. July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Iannucci, Rebecca (March 6, 2019). "Melissa Joan Hart/Sean Astin Dramedy No Good Nick Gets Netflix Premiere". TVLine. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Dow, Mike. "Melissa Joan Hart of Netflix's 'No Good Nick' – 'There is nothing like this on TV'". www.themaineedge.com. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "What to Watch on Monday: The series premiere of Melissa Joan Hart's 'No Good Nick'". EW.com. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "Netflix's No Good Nick Is the Most Confounding Sitcom We've Ever Seen". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Bandyopadhyay, Alakananda (April 3, 2019). "'No Good Nick': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news, and everything you need to know about Netflix's upcoming sitcom". Meaww. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (September 21, 2018). "Netflix Orders Multi-Cam Comedy Series Starring Melissa Joan Hart & Sean Astin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "No Good Nick: Part 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 6, 2019.

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