No, no, no. This TV show is not what you think it is. First of all, this is not your regular cartoon for kids. Second, I’m not even sure if it is for kids. And third, there is nothing more awesome than The Awesomes.
This week on Fangirl Corner, I am featuring The Awesomes.
The Awesomes is a show on Hulu, created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker. You may know Seth Meyers as that guy who used to be on Weekend Update guy at Saturday Night Live and OR as the host of Late Night. I don’t know where or how I knew about The Awesomes (maybe I was stalking Seth Meyer’s wikipedia page… sshh) but after watching just the first episode, I was hooked.
Here’s the premise: All his life, Jeremy “Prock” Awesome just wanted his father’s attention. His father Mr. Awesome was America’s greatest superhero and is the leader of the greatest superhero team, The Awesomes. Unfornately, Prock did not inherit any of his dad’s abilities, making him a lesser hero.
One day, Mr. Awesome held a press conference stating that he is planning to retire. The leadership was passed on to a greater hero named Perfect Man, but he declined. Not wanting to let the world suffer, having the Awesomes disbanded, and let the opportunity to prove himself slip, Prock took responsiblity of taking over the leadership of The Awesomes. Much to his dismay, the team abandoned him, leaving him and his bestfriend Muscleman to carry on the team’s legacy.
Since he and his friend Muscleman were classified as lesser heroes, the government cut them off. Prock bargained that if he fills the team’s roster within 48 hours, they will have to be funded again. Thus, Prock’s team began to form. Here’s the catch though: they are all consisted of rejects.
With the dilemma of having to prove that the new Awesomes were as good as the old one, Prock’s problems does not end there. The Awesome’s enemy Dr. Malocchio has escaped from prison and is planning to take over the world since Mr. Awesome is gone. Also, there’s a girl involved.
That’s just the first episode. Imagine how they made the rest of the season. Each season has 10 episodes each. And they just gave the conclusion for the third season of the show. Things pretty much escalated in Season 2. And Season 3 had the most shocking revelations.
What is it about this show that gives it a unique advantage?
The show’s heroes consist of reject superheroes. It is quite a refreshing take since they don’t have the usual powers that we are used to seeing. The Awesome’s team roster consists of:
Prock (Team Leader) voiced by Seth Meyers
Power/s: Strong leadership skills, super intelligence, control of time (for 10 seconds)
Issues: Very fragile
Muscleman voiced by Ike Barinholtz
Power/s: Super human strength
Frantic voiced by Taran Killam
Power/s: Super Speed (third fastest man)
Issues: Bat sh*t crazy
Impresario voiced by Kenan Thompson
Issues: Mother issues; Everything he conjures has his mama on it
Tim voiced by Bobby Lee
Power/s: Turns into a sumo wrestler at will
Gadget Gal voiced by Paula Pell
Power/s: Gadget making (even junk can be a villain stopper)
Issues: Got hit by a rejuvinating ray but still talks like a grandma
Hotwire voiced by Rashida Jones
Power/s: Ability to form electricity
Issues: Applied, probably has a hidden agenda
More people will join the roster. Just don’t go to Wikipedia or else you will be spoiled.
The viewers can also see how The Awesomes stumble and fall to reach the same glory Mr. Awesome has done. Ironically, they always end up saving the world but they don’t get enough recognition since the world still has doubts about them.
But what distinguishes this show the most is it’s sense of humor and themes. Yes, these superheroes cuss and discuss about innuendos sometimes. Which is why I don’t recommend that you watch it with kids. They deliver a good laugh though. Not surprising since most of the ensemble cast is affiliated with Saturday Night Live and other comedic shows.
Nevertheless, the adventures of The Awesomes are the ones that you need to look out for. Thrilling and exciting in every turn with a sense of humor to go, I hope the show gets renewed for more seasons. I need this show. I love it.
How about you guys? What other shows should we look out for? Any recommendations? Comment below.
I’ll just be here binge-watching The Awesomes in its entirety.
(Images mostly from The Awesomes wikia)