Raising Dion

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Raising Dion
Raising Dion Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created byCarol Barbee
Based onRaising Dion
by Dennis Liu
Starring
Music byKris Bowers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes17
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Robert F. Phillips
  • Edward Ricourt
  • Juanita Diana Feeney
  • Montez A. Monroe
Cinematography
  • Armando Salas
  • Peter Flinckenberg
  • Richard Vialet
  • Jon Delgado
Editors
  • James D. Wilcox
  • Scott James Wallace
  • Elisa R. Cohen
  • William Yeh
  • Matthew V. Colonna
  • Danielle L. Statuto
Running time36–50 minutes
Production companies
  • Fixed Mark Productions
  • MACRO
  • Outlier Society Productions
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04) –
February 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)

Raising Dion is an American superhero drama streaming television series that premiered on October 4, 2019 on Netflix.[1] It is based on the 2015 comic book and short film of the same name by Dennis Liu.[2] In January 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season which premiered on February 1, 2022. In April 2022, the series was canceled after two seasons.[3]

Premise[edit]

Raising Dion follows the story of a woman named Nicole who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark. The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son's gifts secret with the help of Mark's best friend Pat, and protect Dion from people out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Alisha Wainwright as Nicole Warren,[5] a widowed mother who is raising her son alone while trying to manage his supernatural abilities after the death of her husband
  • Ja'Siah Young as Dion Warren,[6] Nicole's young, superpowered son
  • Jazmyn Simon as Kat Neese,[6] Nicole's older sister who is a surgeon.
  • Sammi Haney as Esperanza Jimenez,[6] Dion's classmate and best friend. She also has osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease).[7]
  • Jason Ritter as Pat Rollins,[6] an engineer at a biotech company called BIONA, Mark's best friend and Dion's godfather.
  • Griffin Robert Faulkner as Brayden Mills (season 2,[8] recurring season 1)
  • Ali Ahn as Suzanne Wu[6] (season 2,[8] recurring season 1), a scientist and the CEO of BIONA

Recurring[edit]

  • Michael B. Jordan as Mark Warren,[6] a scientist and Nicole's deceased husband, who secretly was given superpowers by the aurora event in Iceland and is trapped as a spirit after having been absorbed by the Crooked Man
  • Gavin Munn as Jonathan King,[6] Dion's classmate and bully-turned-friend.
  • Donald Paul as Mr. Anthony Fry,[6] Dion's science teacher
  • Matt Lewis as Mr. Campbell, Dion's school principal
  • Marc Menchaca as Walter Mills, a farmer who is a superpowered man from the Iceland event. He is absorbed into the Crooked Man, leaving his son Brayden, who developed telepathy due to his father's own superpowers, alone.
  • Moriah Brown as Willa
  • Diana Chiritescu as Jill Noonan
  • Kylen Davis as Malik, Nicole's teenage neighbor and Tessa's son
  • Dana Gourrier as Tessa, Nicole's neighbor and Malik's mother
  • J. Harrison Ghee as Kwame
  • Deirdre Lovejoy as Charlotte Tuck, a woman saved by Mark in a storm. She is another woman with superpowers from the Iceland event.
  • Josh Ventura as David Marsh (season 2),[8] the new vice president of operations at BIONA
  • Rome Flynn as Tevin Wakefield (season 2),[8] Dion's new trainer at BIONA who has powers and Nicole's love interest
  • Aubriana Davis as Janelle Carr (season 2),[8] a 15-year-old who has trouble controlling her powers
  • Michael Anthony as Gary Stafford (season 2),[9] a security guard at Dion's school
  • Tracey Bonner as Simone Carr (season 2),[8] Janelle's mother

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
19October 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
28February 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"ISSUE #101: How Do You Raise a Superhero?"Seith MannCarol BarbeeOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
22"ISSUE #102: Fortress of Solitude"Seith MannJoshua Sternin & Jennifer VentimiliaOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
33"ISSUE #103: Watch Man"Rachel GoldbergLeigh Dana JacksonOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
44"ISSUE #104: Welcome to BIONA. Hope You Survive the Experience"Rachel GoldbergEdward RicourtOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
55"ISSUE #105: Days of Mark's Future Past"Seith MannCarol BarbeeOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
66"ISSUE #106: Super Friends"Dennis LiuMichael PoissonOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
77"ISSUE #107: Why So Vomity?"Neema BarnetteKimberly NdombeOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
88"ISSUE #108: You Won't Like Him When He's Angry"Neema BarnetteTeleplay by : Joshua Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia & Edward Ricourt
Story by : Joshua Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia
October 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
99"ISSUE #109: Storm Killer"Seith MannLeigh Dana Jackson and Carol BarbeeOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [10]
101"ISSUE #201: A Hero Returns"Darren GrantCarol Barbee & Leigh Dana JacksonFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)
112"ISSUE #202: Sankofa"Darren GrantCarol Barbee & Leigh Dana JacksonFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)
123"ISSUE #203: Monster Problem"Dennis LiuEdward RicourtFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)
134"ISSUE #204: With Friends Like These"Dennis LiuRyan MottesheardFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)
145"ISSUE #205: You vs. Me"Janice CookeTanya BarfieldFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)
156"ISSUE #206: 36 Good Hours"Janice CookeMichael Poisson & Yvonne Hana YiFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)
167"ISSUE #207: World Without Mom"Bola OgunCarol Barbee & Leigh Dana JacksonFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)
178"ISSUE #208: Who You Are"Bola OgunCarol Barbee & Leigh Dana JacksonFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On October 5, 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a straight-to-series order for a first season consisting of nine episodes. The series is based on the comic book of the same name written by Dennis Liu and illustrated by Jason Piperberg. Liu then directed a short film based on his comic. Carol Barbee adapted a screenplay from the short film and comic and is the showrunner for the series. Executive producers for the series were set to include Liu, Barbee, Michael B. Jordan, Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Kenny Goodman, and Michael Green. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Outlier Society Productions and MACRO.[4][11] The series premiered on October 4, 2019.[1] On January 2, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for an eight-episode second season,[12] which was released on February 1, 2022.[13] In April 2022, the series was confirmed to be canceled.[3]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial announcement of the series order, it was confirmed that Michael B. Jordan had been cast in a supporting role in the series.[4] In June 2018, it was announced that Jason Ritter, Jazmyn Simon, Alisha Wainwright, and Ja'Siah Young had been cast as a series regulars.[14][15][16] In July 2018, Donald Paul was cast as a recurring role in the series. On January 29, 2019, it was reported that Ali Ahn had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[17] On February 23, 2021, Rome Flynn, Aubriana Davis, Tracey Bonner, and Josh Ventura joined the cast undisclosed capacities while Ali Ahn and Griffin Robert Faulkner were promoted to series regulars for the second season.[8] On August 24, 2021, Michael Anthony joined the cast in a recurring role for the second season.[9]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series began in late July 2018 in various cities and towns in Georgia including Chattahoochee Hills and Fairburn. Filming continued in the same areas in August 2018 and also took place in Midtown Atlanta at locations including the Fox Theatre.[18] Filming for the second season began on January 25, 2021 and concluded on May 25, 2021.[19][20]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 83% approval rating for the series, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "While its family drama and superhero aspirations don't quite come together, compelling performances and a sense of wonder keep Raising Dion afloat and suggest that with a little more guidance it could become something great".[21] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the series was assigned a score of 61 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[22]

The second season was watched for over 108.75 million hours in its first 26 days on the platform according to Netflix top 10s.[23]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (April 26, 2022). "'Raising Dion' Canceled After Two Seasons at Netflix". Variety. Archived from the original on April 26, 2022. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (October 5, 2017). "Netflix Orders Black Superhero Family Drama 'Raising Dion' Co-Starring Michael B. Jordan From Charles D. King's MACRO". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
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  7. ^ Haney, Sammi (September 25, 2019). "Meet Sammi, the 9-Year-Old Actress With a Disability Co-Starring in Netflix's 'Raising Dion'". The Mighty. Archived from the original on November 11, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
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  9. ^ a b "'Michael Anthony Cast As Gary Stafford On "Raising Dion" Season 2 After First Season Became Netflix's Most Viewed Show". MarketWatch Atlanta. August 24, 2021. Archived from the original on September 20, 2021. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  10. ^ "Shows A-Z – Raising Dion on Netflix". The Futon Critic. Archived from the original on April 26, 2022. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  11. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (October 6, 2017). "Netflix Gives Series Order to Michael B. Jordan's Sci-Fi Family Drama 'Raising Dion'". Variety. Archived from the original on October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  12. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (January 2, 2020). "'Raising Dion' Superhero Drama Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 2, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  13. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (November 30, 2021). "Vikings Sequel, Raising Dion Season 2 and Others Get Netflix Premiere Dates". TVLine. Archived from the original on November 30, 2021. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  14. ^ Denise, Petski (June 20, 2018). "'Raising Dion': Jason Ritter To Star In Netflix's Superhero Family Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 20, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (June 26, 2018). "'Raising Dion': Jazmyn Simon Joins Netflix's Superhero Family Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 27, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (June 27, 2018). "'Raising Dion': Alisha Wainwright & Newcomer Ja'Siah Young To Star; Seith Mann To Direct & Exec Produce". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 27, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (January 30, 2019). "Matt Lauria Joins Apple's 'Dickinson', Ali Ahn In Netflix's 'Raising Dion'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  18. ^ Walljasper, Matt (August 27, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Stranger Things, Raising Dion, Queen America, Superintelligence, plus unpacking the new FilmL.A. report". Atlanta. Archived from the original on August 29, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  19. ^ Young, Ja'Siah [@jasiahyoungofficial] (January 25, 2021). "Thank you so much to my awesome friends at @netflix for the awesome and thoughtful gift!! So happy to be back for @raisingdion SEASON 2 ✌🏽 🎥🎬 @tedsarandos #belabajaria @renrad2 @adriana__nassar @jamesvflannery 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🖤🖤🖤". Retrieved February 6, 2022 – via Instagram.
  20. ^ Young, Ja'Siah [@jasiahyoungofficial] (May 25, 2021). "That's a wrap on filming @raisingdion Season 2!!! 🎬📣🎥🦸🏽‍♂️⚡🌩️💫 Can't wait to share this MAGIC with you all!!! HOPE YOU'RE READY!!". Retrieved February 6, 2022 – via Instagram.
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  22. ^ "Raising Dion: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
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