Minx is an American comedy television series created and written by Ellen Rapoport and starring Ophelia Lovibond and Jake Johnson for HBO Max and later Starz. It aired from March 17, 2022 to September 8, 2023.[1]

Minx
GenreComedy
Created byEllen Rapoport
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Michelle Lankwarden (season 1)
  • Sarah Labrie (season 2)
  • Michele Greco (season 2)
Cinematography
Editors
  • Julia Wong
  • Adam Burr
  • Rebekah Fridman
  • Tony Orcena
  • Arge O'Neal
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time24–35 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkHBO Max
ReleaseMarch 17 (2022-03-17) –
April 14, 2022 (2022-04-14)
NetworkStarz
ReleaseJuly 21, 2023 (2023-07-21) –
present

In May 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.[2] However, in December 2022, the series was canceled by HBO Max while its second season was in production.[3] The following month, the series was picked up by Starz.[4] The second season premiered on July 21, 2023.[5] In January 2024, the series was canceled after two seasons.[6]

Premise

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In the 1970s, a young feminist from Los Angeles joins forces with a shady adult entertainment publisher to create the first women's erotic magazine. Through this unlikely alliance the characters discover meaningful relationships in the most unusual places.

Cast and characters

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Main

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Recurring

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Guest

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Episodes

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Series overview

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SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
110March 17, 2022 (2022-03-17)April 14, 2022 (2022-04-14)HBO Max
28July 21, 2023 (2023-07-21)September 8, 2023 (2023-09-08)Starz

Season 1 (2022)

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No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Not like a shvantz right in the face"Rachel Lee GoldenbergEllen RapoportMarch 17, 2022 (2022-03-17)
22"Au revoir, le double dong"Rachel Lee GoldenbergEllen RapoportMarch 17, 2022 (2022-03-17)
33"Norman Mailer, Samantha Shortcake"Rachel Lee GoldenbergLara SpottsMarch 24, 2022 (2022-03-24)
44"An exciting new chapter in the annals of erotica"Jake SchreierBen KarlinMarch 24, 2022 (2022-03-24)
55"Relaying news of a wayward snake"Max WinklerAnnabel OakesMarch 31, 2022 (2022-03-31)
66"Mary had a little hysterectomy"Carrie BrownsteinJulie Mandel-FollyMarch 31, 2022 (2022-03-31)
77"God save the Queen of Dicks"Craig JohnsonMason FlinkApril 7, 2022 (2022-04-07)
88"Oh, so you're the sun now? You're the giver of life?"Rachel Lee GoldenbergBen KarlinApril 7, 2022 (2022-04-07)
99"A scintillating conversation about a lethal pesticide"Natalia LeiteKimberly Nicole WalkerApril 14, 2022 (2022-04-14)
1010"You happened to me"Stella MeghieEllen RapoportApril 14, 2022 (2022-04-14)

Season 2 (2023)

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No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
111"The perils of being a wealthy widow"Max WinklerBen KarlinJuly 21, 2023 (2023-07-21)0.040[7]
122"I thought the bed was gonna fly"Fernando FriasEllen RapoportJuly 28, 2023 (2023-07-28)0.060[8]
133"It's okay to like it"Max WinklerJoel Church-CooperAugust 4, 2023 (2023-08-04)0.043[9]
144"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sexiness"Anna Ramey BordenJessica LamourAugust 11, 2023 (2023-08-11)0.045[10]
155"A stately pleasure dome decree"Shiri ApplebyNora WinslowAugust 18, 2023 (2023-08-18)0.051[11]
166"This is Our Zig"Pete ChatmonSarah LaBrieAugust 25, 2023 (2023-08-25)0.017[12]
177"God closes a door, opens a glory hole"Rachel Lee GoldenbergMason FlinkSeptember 1, 2023 (2023-09-01)0.053[13]
188"Woman of the Hour"Ellen RapoportChris Garcia & Emma GaseSeptember 8, 2023 (2023-09-08)0.033[14]

Production

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Development

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On February 19, 2020, it was announced that HBO Max had given the project a pilot order. Ellen Rapoport was attached to write as well as executive produce alongside Paul Feig and Dan Magnante of Feigco Entertainment.[15] On September 3, 2020, Unpregnant director Rachel Lee Goldenberg was attached to direct and executive produce the pilot.[16] On April 5, 2021, it was announced that HBO Max had given the project a series pickup for ten half-hour episodes.[17] On May 5, 2022, HBO Max renewed the series for a second season.[2] However, on December 12, 2022, HBO Max canceled the series. At the time, production on the second season was near completion, and Lionsgate sought to give the show a new home.[3] Despite the cancellation, filming for the second season continued,[18] with Lovibond later announcing that it had wrapped on December 18, 2022.[19] On January 12, 2023, it was announced that the series had been picked up by Starz.[4] On January 5, 2024, it was announced that the series had been cancelled after two seasons.[6]

Casting

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On September 16, 2020, Ophelia Lovibond was cast in the lead role.[20] On December 8, 2020, Idara Victor, Oscar Montoya, Jessica Lowe, Lennon Parham, and Michael Angarano joined the main cast, with Jake Johnson cast in a guest role before being promoted to the main cast.[21][17]

Taylor Zakhar Perez was cast as firefighter Shane.[22] About the challenges he faced while playing the character, he said, "The biggest thing was grounding him, making him likable, and also playing against the line."[23]

Filming

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The pilot began filming on December 6, 2020, in Los Angeles.[24]

Release and streaming

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The first season of Minx aired from March 17 to April 14, 2022 on HBO Max.[1] The second season of Minx aired from July 21 to September 8, 2023 on Starz.[5]

Reception

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Critical response

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On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 97% approval rating with an average rating of 7.7/10, based on 38 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "The rapport between Ophelia Lovibond and Jake Johnson is the irresistible centerfold of Minx, a bawdy and sharp comedy that merits a full-page spread."[25] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 75 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26]

The second season holds an approval rating of 88% with an average rating of 7.4/10, based on 25 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Still getting great mileage from its marriage of the feminist and the frivolous, Minx's second season is smart, sexy, and fun."[27] On Metacritic, the season has received a score of 76 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[28]

Accolades

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Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2022 Venice TV Awards Best Comedy Series Minx Won [29]
2023 Satellite Awards Best Comedy or Musical Series Minx Nominated [30]
Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Series Ophelia Lovibond Nominated

References

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  19. ^ Lovibond, Ophelia (December 18, 2022). "Couldn't have asked for a better co-star: Funny, generous, kind and so bloody good. Season 2 has been a blast and so much of that is thanks to @mrjakejohnson". Archived from the original on December 19, 2022. Retrieved December 18, 2022 – via Instagram.
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