Loot is an American comedy television series created by Matt Hubbard and Alan Yang that premiered on June 24, 2022, on Apple TV+. The series stars Maya Rudolph, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, Ron Funches and Nat Faxon, and received generally positive reviews. In July 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.
|Created by||Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard|
|Music by||The Math Club|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||23–30 minutes|
|Release||June 24, 2022 –|
Cast and characters edit
- Maya Rudolph as Molly Novak (née Wells)
- Michaela Jaé Rodriguez as Sofia Salinas
- Joel Kim Booster as Nicholas
- Ron Funches as Howard
- Nat Faxon as Arthur
- Adam Scott as John Novak
- Meagen Fay as Rhonda
- Stephanie Styles as Ainsley
- Olivier Martinez as Jean-Pierre
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Pilot"||Alan Yang||Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard||June 24, 2022|
|Molly lives in ludicrous luxury with her husband, tech billionaire John Novak, until her 45th birthday party, when she discovers he is having an affair with his much younger assistant, Hailey. Molly demands a divorce, and her $87 billion settlement makes her the third-wealthiest woman in the United States. After a debauched trip around the world with her loyal assistant Nicholas, she is called in to meet with the charitable foundation she forgot she founded. Director Sofia Salinas warns that her antics reflect poorly on the organization, and Molly meets the foundation's IT specialist Howard, her distant cousin, and divorced accountant Arthur. The well-meaning but grossly out-of-touch Molly crashes the opening of a women's shelter, further embarrassing the organization. She admits to the unsympathetic Sofia that she has struggled with her lack of purpose, and takes a new interest in the foundation, reclaiming her long-disused office and her maiden name—Molly Wells.|
|2||"Bienvenidos a Miami"||Alan Yang||Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard||June 24, 2022|
|Leaving her household staff to enjoy her Los Angeles mansion for themselves, Molly and Nicholas arrive at the foundation for her first day of "work", to Sofia's chagrin. Soon bored, Molly flies her co-workers on a "bonding retreat" to Miami aboard her private jet, but a storm forces them to land in Oklahoma City. When Nicholas explains that the trip's true purpose was to allow Molly to party with friends, her co-workers angrily return home. In Miami, Molly comes to terms with her wealthy friends' selfish behavior. Returning to work the next day, she supports Sofia in a meeting with a city councilwoman and apologizes to the team. They all bond over after-work drinks, where Sofia reveals that her family's hardships inspired her to pursue charitable work at 8 years old, and Molly reaffirms her commitment to the foundation.|
|3||"Hot Seat"||Angela Barnes||Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard||June 24, 2022|
|Unable to keep from watching a TV interview with John and Hailey, Molly is outraged by his condescension toward her foundation and herself. The Wells Foundation throws its support behind Molly, helping prepare her for a slew of interviews she booked for the following day. Arthur convinces her to try reading glasses, while Howard drags an unwilling Nicholas into assisting with his relationship problems. That night, Sofia visits Molly at home for more prep. Nicholas scolds Howard for seeking his advice outside work, but soon apologizes; Howard later assures him that theirs is the strongest kind of friendship: a weird one. Molly bails on her interviews and appears on Hot Ones instead, leading to a spicy, beer-fueled on-camera meltdown. She admits to feeling intimidated by John, but Sofia helps her realize how much she contributed to his success, and she sits down for another interview.|
|4||"Excitement Park"||Angela Barnes||Bridget Kyle & Vicky Luu||July 1, 2022|
|When a roller coaster full of riders is stuck upside down in the Philippines, the media discovers that Molly owns the theme park, one of the numerous companies she received in her divorce. Arthur looks through the rest of Molly's holdings, and she brings him with her to inspect a potentially problematic art gallery. Howard discovers Nicholas is an aspiring actor, with an embarrassing Axe body spray commercial, and helps him prepare to audition for a play. At a city council meeting, Sofia realizes how much public support Molly may have on her side. Molly and Arthur bond at her alpaca farm, and she flies him by helicopter to take his daughter to her soccer game. Tabloid photos paint them as a couple, forcing Molly to remind them both that she is his boss, but Arthur arrives home to discover that she bought him a painting he liked at the gallery.|
|5||"Halsa"||Miguel Arteta||Yassir Lester||July 8, 2022|
|Struggling with his feelings for Molly, Arthur throws the painting away, but narrowly saves it from the garbage and hides it in a closet instead. Things are now awkward between him and Molly, who takes Sofia and their co-workers Rhonda and Ainsley to an exclusive spa for a day of self-care. Meanwhile, Arthur joins Nicholas and Howard for lunch, where they agree to provide him with dating advice. Molly runs into her wealthy friends, and discovers that Hailey took her place on their annual "wives' trip". She lashes out, losing her spa membership, but her co-workers help her realize how she has moved on from her old life for the better. As Howard and Nicholas set up a dating profile for him, Arthur hits it off with a woman at the bar instead, which Molly learns back at the office. That night, she nearly texts Arthur but thinks better of it.|
|6||"The Philanthropic Humanitarian Awards"||Miguel Arteta||Zeke Nicholson||July 15, 2022|
|After surprising outreach programs and non-profits across Southern California with generous donations, the Wells Foundation team is invited to the Philanthropic Humanitarian Awards, where Molly will be honored. At the event, she is charmed by fellow philanthropist Jean-Pierre Voland but is rattled by the appearance of John and Hailey. Nicholas and Sofia encourage her not to let John "win the divorce", helping her regain her poise. Arthur meets his accounting hero, leaving Howard with a sense of inadequacy, but Arthur reassures him of the power of his likeability. John asks to speak with Molly privately and ostensibly apologizes, but their mutual resentments erupt and he reveals that he arranged for her to receive her award. She decides to leave but is touched when her team is ready to join her. Arriving onstage to accept her award, Molly presents it to her team instead. As they prepare to celebrate at Dave & Buster's, Jean-Pierre asks Molly to collaborate.|
|7||"French Connection"||Kevin Bray||Lauren Tyler||July 22, 2022|
|Jean-Pierre invites Molly to dinner, and the team searches his social media profiles to determine his intentions. Arriving at his vineyard, Molly finds herself hoping for romance, but is confused by the arrival of his "partner", Jacqueline. A call to Sofia confirms that Jacqueline is his married associate, but Molly is disappointed to learn that their dinner is to discuss business. As she drives away, Jean-Pierre catches up to her on horseback; they confess their mutual interest, and he kisses her. As thanks for Howard's help with his successful audition, Nicholas reluctantly agrees to join him and his girlfriend Tanya for dinner. He and Tanya hit it off, but while Howard is in the bathroom, she reveals that she does not consider him "marriage material", despite their 8-year relationship. Nicholas tells Howard the truth, which Tanya denies, and Howard takes her side, ending their friendship.|
|8||"Spades Night"||Kevin Bray||April Quioh||July 29, 2022|
|Molly decides to reconnect with her and Howard's family, and he brings her to their unforgiving cousin Renee's spades night. She manages to win Renee over but offends her by replacing her broken card table, and she chastises Molly for trying to "buy off" the family to make amends for her absence. Molly reveals that she missed Renee's wedding because John forced her on a trip after she discovered his messages with another woman, and she and Renee reconcile. Nicholas and Arthur are captivated when the deeply private Sofia receives flowers from someone named Jalen, followed by the arrival of a man named Tony, who has an inaudible fight with Sofia in her office. Nicholas lip-reads their argument for Arthur to translate from Spanish, and they confront Sofia, who is torn between the free-spirited Jalen and the dependable Tony. Though Molly is enjoying her jet-setting romance with Jean-Pierre, Sofia urges Arthur not to give up on his chances with her.|
|9||"Cahoga Lake"||Alan Yang||Anna Salinas||August 5, 2022|
|Molly and Jean-Pierre announce that they will be taking the team to the upcoming "Silver Moon Summit", overshadowing Sofia's news that the foundation's new affordable housing development will be approved. Molly, Sofia, and Arthur attend the zoning vote, which passes, but Molly is attacked by vicious public comments and pies. Arthur defends her, but she is soon whisked away by Jean-Pierre. It is the opening night for Nicholas' play, Cahoga Lake, and he is asked to take over as the lead. Despite their feud, Howard spends the day trying to help him find a way to cry on cue, ignoring Tanya's demanding calls. At the theater, Howard realizes the truth about her selfishness and ends their relationship. He informs Nicholas just before he goes onstage and tells him that he loves him and is proud of him, finally enabling Nicholas to cry. The team congratulates him after his performance, but Molly is not there.|
|10||"The Silver Moon Summit"||Alan Yang||Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard||August 12, 2022|
|Being driven to the airport, Sofia refuses to stay in the car after her driver disparages the city's unhoused population. She and the team arrive in Corsica for the summit, where Molly prepares to present Jean-Pierre's new potable water purification system. Sofia accuses her of ignoring their local mission and being swept up in yet another man's life. Nicholas and Howard comfort Arthur, who admits that he is in love with Molly. During a disastrous demonstration of Jean-Pierre's failed machine, Molly forces herself to drink a glass of still-tainted water. Jean-Pierre suggests running away from their problems, and Molly sends her team a note declaring that she is stepping away from the foundation. Aboard her plane, she is confronted by Sofia and reveals that she broke up with Jean-Pierre. Sofia reminds her of the positive changes she brought to her foundation and her team, and refuses to accept her resignation. Returning to the conference, Molly announces her plan to give away her entire fortune to charity. The team celebrates, and Arthur tells Molly he has something to talk to her about. In the morning, Molly wakes up in bed with John.|
It was announced in March 2021 that Apple TV+ had ordered to series an untitled comedy that would star Maya Rudolph, created by Matt Hubbard and Alan Yang. In May, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez was cast, with Joel Kim Booster joining in July. Olivier Martinez was cast for a recurring role in November. Nat Faxon and Ron Funches would be revealed as part of the main cast upon the series first look. On July 11, 2022, Apple TV+ renewed the series for a second season. On May 5, 2023, it was reported that production for the second season has been shut down due to the writers strike and it is unclear when it will resume.
Filming on the series began on September 6, 2021.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 81% approval rating with an average rating of 6.9/10, based on 42 critic reviews. The website's critics' consensus reads, "Loot doesn't quite service comedic treasure Maya Rudolph as satisfyingly as a star vehicle should, although there are enough riches here to suggest a big return on investment—when this promising sitcom finds its footing." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 65 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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