Workaholics

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Workaholics
Workaholics title card.png
Genre Comedy
Created by
Starring
Opening theme "Jockbox" by The Skinny Boys
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 86 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Kevin Etten
  • Blake Anderson
  • Adam DeVine
  • Anders Holm
  • Kyle Newacheck
  • Connor Pritchard
  • Dominic Russo
  • David Martin
  • David Pritchard
  • Isaac Horne
  • Jon Thoday
  • Richard Allen-Turner
Location(s) California
Editor(s) David L. Bertman
Running time
  • 21 min.
  • 25 min. (series finale)
Production company(s)
  • Mail Order Comedy
  • 5th Year Productions (2011–14)
  • Avalon
  • Gigapix Studios (2011–13)
Release
Original network Comedy Central
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release April 6, 2011 (2011-04-06) – March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15)
External links
Website www.comedycentral.com/shows/workaholics/index.jhtml

Workaholics is an American situational comedy series that originally ran on Comedy Central from April 6, 2011 to March 17, 2017, with a total of 86 episodes spanning seven seasons. The series is co-created and predominantly written by its stars Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm, as well as co-creator, most frequent director, and occasional co-star Kyle Newacheck. The series also stars Jillian Bell, Maribeth Monroe, and Erik Griffin. Anderson, DeVine, and Holm play three college dropouts who are roommates and co-workers at a telemarketing company in Rancho Cucamonga, California.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

The main characters met at college, where Blake and Adam were roommates and Anders was their RA. As they settle into adulthood, they continue to do things associated with college after dropping out (such as drinking, partying, and pranks). The self-proclaimed "friendship family's" schemes are generally confined to their house in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where they often interact with their drug dealer, and a cubicle they share in the Rancho Cucamonga office of a telemarketing company called TelAmeriCorp, where they clash with their boss and coworkers.

Production[edit]

The show was co-created and is largely written by its three stars, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm.[2] Frequent recurring star Kyle Newacheck also directs most episodes, as well as being a fourth co-creator and serving as executive producer.[1] Kevin Etten is the series' showrunner.[2] Prior to Workaholics, the group was part of the sketch comedy group Mail Order Comedy, which began in 2006 in Los Angeles, California.[3] They have since created a production company under the same name.

Workaholics was ordered by Comedy Central in March 2010 after a Comedy Central executive (Walter Newman) saw a series of videos the group had posted on YouTube.[1][2][4][1] The pilot aired as a "TV Sneak Peek" after the March 15, 2011, debut of the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.[2][5][6] [7][6] The program ran its 10-episode first season from April 6 to June 8, 2011, and aired at 10:30 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central.[5] On May 4, 2011, the show was renewed for a second season of ten episodes, which ran from September 20 to November 22, 2011.[8] On October 25, 2011, the series was renewed for a third season which contained 20 episodes. The first 10 episodes of season 3 ran from May 29 to July 31, 2012[9] and the remaining 10 episodes aired from January 16 to March 20, 2013.[10][11] Due to the popularity of the series, on January 6, 2013, Comedy Central ordered 13-episode fourth and fifth seasons.[12] The fourth season aired from January 22 to April 16, 2014.[13] Its fifth season aired from January 14 to April 8, 2015. On July 9, 2015, Comedy Central renewed the series for a sixth and seventh season, each containing 10 episodes and set to air in 2016 and 2017. It was announced that Season 7 would be the final season.[14] It premiered on January 11, 2017 and concluded on March 15, 2017.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 April 6, 2011 (2011-04-06) June 8, 2011 (2011-06-08)
2 10 October 9, 2011 (2011-10-09) November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22)
3 20 May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29) March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20)
4 13 January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22) April 16, 2014 (2014-04-16)
5 13 January 14, 2015 (2015-01-14) April 8, 2015 (2015-04-08)
6 10 January 14, 2016 (2016-01-14) March 17, 2016 (2016-03-17)
7 10 January 11, 2017 (2017-01-11) March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15)

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Kyle Newacheck as Karl Hevacheck
  • Bill Stevenson as Bill (seasons 4–7; co-star season 2; guest season 3)

Reception[edit]

The A.V. Club's Kevin McFarland has praised the show, calling it "a more adult version of Ed, Edd n Eddy".[15]

Season 1 of Workaholics was met with "mixed or average reviews" in the words of review tallying website Metacritic.[16] Matthew Gilbert of the Boston Globe gave the first season an 80 overall on MetaCritic saying it was "witty, irreverent, and joyously juvenile." [17] Dave Wiegand gave the show a 75 overall and added, "The material works more often than not because the guys are completely shameless, which makes them difficult to dislike."[18]

Season 2 saw its first 2 million plus viewed episode with the season premiere. The highest rating, a 2.16, was achieved in episode seven titled "Teenage Mutant Ninja Roommates". The show received its highest number of viewers during this season and averaged about 1.64 (million) viewers per episode.

The third-season premiere achieved a 2.11 in the Nielsen ratings, the third highest in the show's history. The number of viewers began to drop off afterward. The final three episodes achieved 1.23, 1.21, 1.24 respectively. Season 3 wrapped up on March 20, 2013, after 20 episodes split over two broadcast seasons.

Home media[edit]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Special Features Notes Format
Season 1 10 October 11, 2011 Cast Interviews; Deleted Scenes; Digital Originals; Alternate Takes; "Live At Bonnaroo"; Audio Commentary; And More! Includes all season 1 episodes on 2 discs. DVD and Blu-ray.
Season 2 10 June 5, 2012 Drunkumentary; Bloopers ; Deleted Scenes; Alt/Extended Takes; Inside The Writers Room Includes all season 2 episodes on 2 discs. DVD and Blu-ray.
Season 3 20 June 18, 2013 Drunkumentary; Bloopers ; Alternate takes ; The Other Cubicle Episodes Includes all season 3 episodes on 3 discs. DVD and Blu-ray.
Season 4 13 June 4, 2014 Bloopers ; Alternate takes Includes all season 4 episodes on 2 discs. DVD and Blu-ray.
Season 5 13 June 23, 2015 Deleted Scenes; Bloopers ; Alternate takes Includes all season 5 episodes on 2 discs. DVD and Blu-ray.
Season 6 10 June 21, 2016 Deleted Scenes; Bloopers ; Alternate takes Includes all season 6 episodes on 2 discs. DVD.
Season 7 10 June 20, 2017 Deleted Scenes; Bloopers; "The Last Shot"; "Wrap Reel" Includes all season 7 episodes on 2 discs. DVD.
The Complete Series 86 June 20, 2017 All Special Features From Seasons 1-7 Includes all 86 episodes from Seasons 1-7 on 15 discs DVD.
Season 1 & 2 Combo Doggy 20 June 5, 2012 "Live at Bonnaroo", Extended "Catherine Zeta-Jones Song", Extended "Ders" Rap, Digital Originals, "Shart Stories" Includes all season 1 and 2 episodes on 2 discs Blu-ray.

International broadcasts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Runyan, Jenni (March 2, 2010). "Comedy Central Greenlights "Workaholics" From Avalon Television and Gigapix Studios" (Press release). Comedy Central. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Weisman, Jon (March 2, 2010). "Comedy Central employs 'Workaholics'". Variety. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mail Order Comedy — Bios". mailordercomedy.com. 
  4. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Blake Anderson
  5. ^ a b "It's Time To Clock In! Comedy Central's "Workaholics" Premieres Wednesday, April 6, at 10:30 P.M. ET/PT" (Press release). Comedy Central. March 2, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Tobey, Matt (March 15, 2011). "Tonight's Special Sneak Peek Revealed: It's Workaholics!". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Episodes cast". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Levine, Stewart. 'Workaholics' renewed for Season 2. Variety. May 4, 2011.
  9. ^ "Workaholics Season 3 Debuts May 29th on Comedy Central". TVweb. March 5, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Monroe, Maribeth. "Maribeth Monroe Twitter Feed". Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Henderson, Blake. "Blake Henderson Twitter Feed". Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  12. ^ ""Workaholics" Continue to Climb the Corporate Ladder as Comedy Central(R) Orders Fourth and Fifth Seasons". thefutoncritic. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Devine, Adam. "Adam Devine Twitter Feed". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2016-11-03). "'Workaholics' Ending After Season 7 on Comedy Central". Variety. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  15. ^ McFarland, Kevin (June 12, 2012). "Fat Cuz". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  16. ^ "Workaholics". Metacritic. 
  17. ^ Gilbert, Matthew. "Season 1 Workaholics Reviews". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  18. ^ Wiegand, Dave. "Season 1 Workaholics Reviews". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 

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