Pacific Heat

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Pacific Heat
GenreAnimated sitcom
Created by
Voices of
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Running time20-23 minutes
Production company(s)Working Dog Productions
DistributorFoxtel
Netflix (USA)
Release
Original networkThe Comedy Channel
Netflix (USA)
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release27 November (2016-11-27) –
2 December 2016 (2016-12-02)

Pacific Heat is an Australian animated sitcom co-created by Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, and Tom Gleisner.[1][2] The series is a Working Dog Productions for Foxtel's The Comedy Channel.[3] The series, which was first commissioned by Foxtel in February 2014,[1] premiered on The Comedy Channel on 27 November 2016.[3] It was repeated on Network Ten on Monday 8 May for special preview and Eleven on Wednesday 10 May 2017.[4] It currently is available on Netflix in America and Europe, but not Australia.

Synopsis[edit]

Pacific Heat is set on the Gold Coast, Queensland, a sun-drenched paradise where sun and surf meet soaring crime rates. The police undercover special unit known as Pacific Heat tackles everyone from petty crooks to international drug cartels.[5]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"A Dangerous Game"27 November 2016 (2016-11-27)
When the team goes undercover at a strip club to blow up a crystal meth ring, Maddie and VJ gain the trust of a stripper who knows the key info.
2"Countdown to Death"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
4 December 2016 (Australia)
The team races to track down a Chechen terrorist who's threatening to build a dirty bomb after illicitly acquiring uranium from a nuclear lab.
3"A Family Affair"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
8 December 2016 (Australia)
When a team member's father is kidnapped by a radical organization, Pacific Heat heads to the Southeast Asian jungle to rescue him.
4"The Science of Death"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
18 December 2016 (Australia)
When German terrorists break into a laboratory and threaten to release anthrax, the team hatches a sketchy plan to storm the building.
5"The Face of Terror"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
8 January 2017 (Australia)
Todd and Zac go undercover as security guards in Yemen to hunt for a dangerous terrorist, but they'll need Maddie and VJ's help to get out alive.
6"Married to Murder"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
15 January 2017 (Australia)
A journalist tags along as the team attempts to track down ecoterrorists who kidnapped the wife of a mining magnate.
7"A Troublesome Guest"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
22 January 2017 (Australia)
Tasked with providing security for the visiting leader of a volatile country, the team fends off various threats against his life.
8"In the Wrong Hands"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
29 January 2017 (Australia)
The team scrambles to find an arms dealer suspected of stealing a nuclear warhead that was being stored in a civilian warehouse.
9"A Brush with Death"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
5 February 2017 (Australia)
The team is charged with safeguarding a Dutch masterpiece called "Nude with Nude" at an art show. But the painting disappears anyway.
10"A Deadly Deal"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
12 February 2017 (Australia)
When an illegal arms dealer acquires a shipment of surface-to-air missiles, the team heads to the Burmese jungle to stop them from being sold.
11"Extreme Turbulence"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
19 February 2017 (Australia)
The team faces a midair crisis while serving as security for a sultan who insists on flying coach.
12"A Deadly Grudge"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
26 February 2017 (Australia)
Shortly after suspending the Pacific Heat agents, the chief is kidnapped by a pair of brothers who have held a grudge against him for 36 years.
13"A Return to Evil"2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) (Netflix)
5 March 2017 (Australia)
A string of baffling murders leads the team to suspect a serial killer. But the evidence left by a victim points them to a familiar face.

Broadcast[edit]

The series premiered on Netflix in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada on 2 December 2016,[7] streaming all episodes simultaneously.[8]

Reception[edit]

Pacific Heat has received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported a 17% "rotten" rating. The critic consensus is yet to be reached.[9] Metacritic reported a score of 27 out of 100 indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[10] The Guardian[11] and The A.V. Club[12] criticised the series, accusing it of imitating the art style of the American animated series Archer.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Knox, David (19 February 2014). "New comedy from Working Dog for Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  2. ^ Knox, David (30 October 2014). "Foxtel 2015 highlights: iQ3, Deadline Gallipoli, Banished, Gogglebox". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Knox, David (5 October 2016). "Airdate: Pacific Heat". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Airdate: Pacific Heat". tvtonight.com.au. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  5. ^ "'Pacific Heat' Review: Netflix's 'Archer' Rip-Off Should Be Avoided at All Costs". collider.com. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  6. ^ Wilder, Gabriel (1 October 2016). "Working Dog generates Pacific Heat with adult animation sold to Netflix". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  7. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (29 September 2016). "Netflix Greenlights Animated Comedy 'Pacific Heat' From Australia's Working Dog Productions (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  8. ^ Pacific Heat (Television advertisement). Netflix. 16 November 2016.
  9. ^ "PACIFIC HEAT: SEASON 1 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Pacific Heat : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  11. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (4 December 2016). "Pacific Heat review – unfunny Archer lookalike blighted by sexism and racism". Retrieved 26 April 2017 – via The Guardian.
  12. ^ "Netflix's new show Pacific Heat asks: "What if Archer wasn't funny?"". avclub.com. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2017.

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