Some Assembly Required (2014 TV series)

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Some Assembly Required
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GenreTeen situation comedy
Created byDan Signer
Howard Nemetz[1]
StarringKolton Stewart
Charlie Storwick
Harrison Houde
Sydney Scotia
Dylan Playfair
Travis Turner
Theme music composerMatthew Tishler and Andrew Ang
Opening theme"Here We Go"
performed by Kolton Stewart
Ending theme"Here We Go" (instrumental)
Country of originCanada, United States, United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes57[2][3] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Dan Signer
Howard Nemetz
Michael Shepard
Tim Gamble
Production location(s)Burnaby, British Columbia
(taping location)
Editor(s)Daria Ellerman
Warren Hickman
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time22–23 minutes (approximately)
Production company(s)Thunderbird Films
Gravy Boat Productions
Remotely Funny
DistributorCorus Entertainment,
(worldwide)
Thunderbird Films
(United States, in conjunction with Corus)
YTV
Release
Original networkYTV
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 6, 2014 (2014-01-06) – June 6, 2016
External links
Website

Some Assembly Required is a teen situation comedy series that aired on YTV in Canada and streams on Netflix worldwide. The series was produced in Burnaby, British Columbia. The series was created by Dan Signer (The Suite Life on Deck, A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) & Howard Nemetz, and stars Kolton Stewart, Charlie Storwick, Harrison Houde, Sydney Scotia, Dylan Playfair, Travis Turner, and Ellie Harvie. The first season consists of 26 episodes, all of which were made available on Netflix on June 19, 2015. The season finale for Season 3 aired June 6, 2016.

Premise[edit]

Jarvis Raines (Kolton Stewart) is an average 14-year-old who becomes a boss overnight after he sues a toy company over a defective chemistry set that blows up his house. Jarvis' first act as CEO of Knickknack Toys is to recruit a diverse group of kids from his high school to help him run the company. Usually something backfires when they are trying to develop a new toy. Before the end credits there are usually advertisements showing Knickknack Toys' newest products, which are shown or often invented in said episode.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 January 6, 2014 (2014-01-06) August 26, 2014 (2014-08-26)
2 18 January 5, 2015 (2015-01-05) February 1, 2016 (2016-02-01)
3 13 March 14, 2016 (2016-03-14) June 6, 2016 (2016-06-06)

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Kolton Stewart[1] as Jarvis Raines is a fun-loving teenager who becomes the new owner of Knickknack Toys, after suing the company when a defective chemistry set he got blows up his house on Christmas. After time discovering that he has a crush on Piper, he became Piper's boyfriend in Season 3.
  • Charlie Storwick[1] as Piper Gray is a computer-savvy, sardonic 'hacker chick' who is hired by Jarvis as the Chief Technology Officer and the vice president of the company. She has had a huge crush on Jarvis even before starting at Knickknack Toys, but if he were to find out about this, she would be very embarrassed. In Season 3 she became Jarvis's girlfriend.
  • Harrison Houde[1] as Bowie Sherman is Jarvis's nerdy best friend whom he also hired. He gets ideas ranging from bad to worse which are idiotic including taking words seriously. Even so, he is still like everyone's lovable little brother. In episode 106 Jarvis puts him in charge of the Joke and Prank Division.
  • Sydney Scotia[1] as Geneva Hayes is a beautiful yet dimwitted young girl who "works" as the receptionist and Jarvis's personal executive assistant. She is the prettiest girl in school. Jarvis, like many young boys, has a huge crush on her, until developing feelings for Piper. She has a few hidden talents like being able to solve a puzzle cube (like Rubik's Cube) faster than a robot.
  • Dylan Playfair[1] as Malcolm "Knox" Knoxford III is an amateur extreme sports daredevil who is not very smart. He is recruited as the product and safety tester and human crash test dummy. He likes a brand of clothing called "Epic Thunder" and also likes playing with Boxes.
  • Travis Turner[1] as Aster Vanderberg is creative, confident and the most fashionable guy in the whole school. He is the self-proclaimed King of Swag and the company's Chief Design Officer. He is also the only one who knows about Piper's crush on Jarvis, and has promised not to tell anyone, because, as he says "he likes to keep his conversations interesting". Aster also has some twisted pleasure in always insulting and mocking Piper and everyone on how they dress, even to the point that when he called in sick, he asked Bowie to fill in for his "job" of making fun of her.
  • Ellie Harvie[1] as Candace Wheeler is the previous owner and CEO of Knickknack and the only adult in the main cast of characters. She refused to give Jarvis a settlement after selling him a defective chemistry set that blew up his house, and the jury awarded the company to Jarvis as compensation instead. She has high doubts that Jarvis can run a company, but she's always proved wrong in the end.
    • Mrs. Bubkes is actually former Knickknack owner Candace (Ellie Harvie) in disguise. She masquerades as Knickknack's janitor Mrs. Bubkes, an old woman from Meeskatania, a fictitious country in Eastern Europe, in order to snoop on Jarvis in hopes of regaining control of the company. She frequently attempts to sabotage Jarvis' plans in secret, to no avail.
  • Russell Roberts[1] as P. Everett Knickknack is the original owner of Knickknack toys since 1943 who pop out of nowhere, everyone thinks he is a fraud trying to steal the company especially Bowie who thinks he's Candace due to his stupidity, but due to being innocent they claim him as part of the team, It's unknown that he's the real deal or a wacko thinking he is him, Throughout he and his cartoon counterpart use a running gag to say words and sentence start with the letter "P" because they randomly say what it stands for.
  • Mmmboing is a rubber bouncing ball that was created by Bowie in the pilot and hasn't stopped bouncing since. Mmmboing has become a running gag in the series appearing somewhere in almost every episode.
  • Nils Hognestad[4] as Mr. Gournisht is a recurring character in Some Assembly Required that appears in Lobster Trap, Flycycle, and Rocket with a Pocket. He is a Meesketanian born man who is fluent in both Meesketanian and English. Mr. Gournisht is deeply in love with Mrs. Bubkes, but has no interest in Candace Wheeler.

Production[edit]

The series was created and is executive produced by Dan Signer and Howard Nemetz and produced in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The series was renewed for a second season in June 2014. On August 19, 2015, the series was renewed for a third season. On January 7, 2017, YTV cancelled their #1 series, and aired the 13 episode third season on their network.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Diane Wild (August 29, 2013). "Some Assembly Required in production". TV, eh?.
  2. ^ "Some Assembly Required Episodes". Zap2it. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Some Assembly Required — Episode Guide". MSN. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Nils Hognestad".

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