Tarantula (TV series)

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Tarantula
Created byCarson Mell
StarringCarson Mell
Dan Bakkedahl
Jacob Vargas
Lauren Weedman
Steve Jones
Composer(s)Jack Long
w/
Alexandra Johnstone
Carl Harders
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Carson Mell
Danny McBride
Jody Hill
David Gordon Green
Brandon James
Claudia Katz
Gregg Vanzo (animation)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Rough Draft Studios
Rough House
Solid Brass
Studio T
Release
Original networkTBS
Original releaseDecember 4 (2017-12-04) –
December 25, 2017 (2017-12-25)

Tarantula is an American adult animated sitcom. It is adapted from a web series of the same name, which was released on YouTube by its creator, Carson Mell, from 2012 to 2015.[1][2] It aired on TBS from December 4 until December 25, 2017.[3][4]

On March 19, 2018, TBS canceled the series after one season.[5]

Premise[edit]

A respected but uncertified tattoo artist delivers absurd yet introspective monologues about the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel and their misadventures.

Cast[edit]

Development[edit]

Creator Carson Mell has stated that the inspiration for the show and the original webseries came from his exasperation with "anti-hero" humor.[6] Departing from the misanthropic humor of contemporary adult animation shows such as Rick and Morty, Mell instead sought "to make a show where people are nice to each other, where if you hurt someone’s feelings it’s a big deal."[6]

Episodes[edit]

The entire season was released on the TBS app/website on December 3, 2017.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1"Seesaw"Dwayne Carey-HillCarson MellUnaired[note 1] (Unaired[note 1])TBD
The story begins when Echo’s dog Seesaw is unjustly seized by a bureaucratic government agency, it’s up to Echo and his friends to get the critter back.
2"Mushroom Valley"Ira SherakCarson MellUnaired[note 2] (Unaired[note 2])TBD
When a highfalutin scientist impugns Echo’s claims of fantastic fungi, Echo and Booty set off on a journey to retrieve a specimen, and quiet the know-it-all for good.
3"Toast of the Town"Ken Bruce
Edmund Fong
Carson MellDecember 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)[7]0.38[8]
Lucas and Echo attempt to breach the gates of Hollywood when Lucas discovers a hot-shot producer ripped him off.
4"One Weird Mama"Crystal Chesney-ThompsonCarson Mell & Alexandra JohnstoneDecember 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)[7]0.23[8]
Bess tries to win back her daughter after her ex-husband returns.
5"Macaroni Salad"David AuCarson MellDecember 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)[7]0.38[9]
When romantic foibles leads a friend to the edge of oblivion, Echo must retrieve the melodramatic fool from the brink.
6"The Shade"Ira SherakSam West & Alexandra JohnstoneDecember 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)[7]0.28[9]
Echo ventures to the fabled Weird River to retrieve a man whose life is derailed by Echo's egg-frying antics
7"Pajattery"Dwayne Carey-HillAlexandra JohnstoneDecember 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)[10]0.34[11]
Echo finds out that Paja does pottery at a retirement home and Custer tries to get back into his old biker gang.
8"Frog Flog"David AuSam WestDecember 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)[12]0.25[11]
While making their own hot spring, Echo and Booty find a mystical frog.
9"Shabzinzo"Edmund FongGrant FaldereauDecember 25, 2017 (2017-12-25)[13]0.34[14]
When Echo is wronged by a wealthy fool, he is sent a very fancy gift that instantly proves itself a burden, and sends him on a journey to rid himself of it.
10"Pig Head"Crystal Chesney-ThompsonCarson MellDecember 25, 2017 (2017-12-25)[15]0.25[14]
Echo reckons with his past.

Release and reception[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Prior to the television release date, the entire series was released on the TBS website and app on December 3, 2017. The series made its television debut on December 4, 2017 at 10pm on TBS.

The series premiere attracted 380,000 viewers and 230,000 viewers respectively.[8][8]

Reception[edit]

The series has received a 6.6/10 on the website IMDb.[16]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This episode premiered on December 3, 2017 on TBS.com and the TBS app.
  2. ^ This episode premiered on December 3, 2017 on TBS.com and the TBS app.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TARANTULA SEASON A". YouTube. June 25, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  2. ^ ""TARANTULA" B-1: "HOT DOGS"". YouTube. June 6, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "TBS' "Tarantula" To Premiere Next Monday". Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Toast of the Town". www.tbs.com. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  5. ^ ""Tarantula" Canceled After One Season on TBS". Bubbleblabber.com. 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  6. ^ a b Whalen, Andrew (January 3, 2018). "Why New TV Series Tarantula Needs A Second Season". Player.One. Player.One. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "TV Listings: Find Local TV Listings for your favorite Channels, TV Shows and Movies- Zap2it". tvschedule.zap2it.com. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.4.2017 - Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  9. ^ a b "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.11.2017 - Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  10. ^ "TV Listings: Find Local TV Listings for your favorite Channels, TV Shows and Movies- Zap2it". tvschedule.zap2it.com. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  11. ^ a b "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.18.2017 - Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com.
  12. ^ "TV Listings: Find Local TV Listings for your favorite Channels, TV Shows and Movies- Zap2it". tvschedule.zap2it.com. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  13. ^ "TV Listings: Find Local TV Listings for your favorite Channels, TV Shows and Movies- Zap2it". tvschedule.zap2it.com. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  14. ^ a b "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.25.2017 - Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com.
  15. ^ "TV Listings: Find Local TV Listings for your favorite Channels, TV Shows and Movies- Zap2it". tvschedule.zap2it.com. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Tarantula" – via www.imdb.com.