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Tuca & Bertie is an American adult animated sitcom created by cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt that premiered on May 3, 2019 on Netflix.[1] It stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, with a supporting cast including Steven Yeun, John Early, Richard E. Grant, and Reggie Watts.[2]

Tuca & Bertie
Tuca & Bertie Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created byLisa Hanawalt
Voices of
Theme music composerJesse Novak
Composer(s)Jesse Novak
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time25–26 mintues
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
External links
Official website

Contents

PremiseEdit

Tuca & Bertie follows "the friendship between two 30-year-old bird-women who live in the same apartment building, Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird."[3]

Cast and charactersEdit

  • Tiffany Haddish as Tuca, a toucan, Bertie's best friend who works odd jobs, and frequently relies on her rich Aunt Tallulah for financial support.
  • Ali Wong as Roberta "Bertie" Songthrush, a songbird, Tuca's best friend, a senior operations analyst (previously a data processor) at Conde Nest, and Speckle's girlfriend.
  • Steven Yeun as Speckle, a robin, Bertie's boyfriend and an architect.
  • Nicole Byer as various voices including Speckle’s grandmother Gamby the ghost cake; Bertie's file cabinet; lady in the bathroom at Bertie's office.
  • Richard E. Grant as Holland, Bertie's boss at Conde Nest.
  • John Early as Dirk, Bertie's misogynistic rooster co-worker at Conde Nest.
  • Reggie Watts as Pastry Pete.
  • Jenifer Lewis as Aunt Tallulah, Tuca's rich aunt who has been supporting her financially.
  • Tig Notaro as Yeast Week MC and Dr. Sherman, a flamingo physician.
  • SungWon "ProZD" Cho as Ultra-Sam S380, a hospital machine.
  • Amber Ruffin as Dakota with a Y.
  • Laverne Cox as Ebony Black, an agent who works for the Center for Sex Bug Control.
  • Tessa Thompson as Sophie Black, a raven junior lawyer and Ebony's daughter.
  • Jane Lynch as Meredith Maple, Bertie's former swim coach.
  • Isabella Rossellini as Pat, Meredith's wife.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On February 20, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order to consist of a first season of ten episodes. The series was created by Lisa Hanawalt who is set to executive produce alongside Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and Tiffany Haddish. Production companies involved in the series include The Tornante Company and ShadowMachine.[3][4][5] On March 14, 2019, Netflix announced that the series would premiere on May 3, and a first look featurette trailer was released.[6]

CastingEdit

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Tiffany Haddish would voice the lead character of Tuca.[3] On May 7, 2018, it was announced that Ali Wong had been cast as the voice of Bertie.[7] In March 2019, it was announced Steven Yeun had been cast as a series regular, with Nicole Byer, Richard E. Grant, John Early, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Amber Ruffin, Jermaine Fowler and Tessa Thompson appearing in guest capacity.[8]

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Sugar Bowl"Amy WinfreyStory by : Lisa Hanawalt
Teleplay by : Lisa Hanawalt and Raphael Bob-Waksberg
May 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
2"The Promotion"Aaron LongLisa HanawaltMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
3"The Deli Guy"Mollie HelmsLee Sung JinMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
4"The Sex Bugs"James BowmanRachelle WilliamsMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
5"Plumage"Amy WinfreyNick AdamsMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
6"The Open House"Aaron LongKaren GraciMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
7"Yeast Week"Mollie HelmsGonzalo CordovaMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
8"The New Bird"Adam PartonLee Sung JinMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
9"The Jelly Lakes"Amy WinfreyShauna McGarryMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
10"SweetBeak"Aaron LongLisa HanawaltMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)

ReceptionEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 100% based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Tuca & Bertie skips right past BoJack Horseman's shadow with its chipper sensibility and madcap sight gags, bringing plenty of laughs as it addresses adulting anxiety and exalts the joys of friendship."[9] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Schwartz, Dana (March 14, 2019). "Watch a first look at Netflix's new animated series starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon. "'Tuca and Bertie' Voice Cast Guide: From Tiffany Haddish to Richard E. Grant". IndieWire. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (February 20, 2018). "Netflix Picks Up Supernatural Teen Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 20, 2018). "Tiffany Haddish to Voice Lead Character in Netflix Straight-to-Series Animated Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Ottersen, Joe (February 20, 2018). "Tiffany Haddish to Star in Netflix Animated Series 'Tuca and Bertie' From 'BoJack Horseman' Team". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Schwartz, Dana (March 14, 2019). "Watch a first look at Netflix's new animated series starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 7, 2018). "'Tuca & Bertie': Ali Wong To Voice Co-Lead Opposite Tiffany Haddish In Netflix Animated Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Schwartz, Dana (March 14, 2019). "Watch a first look at Netflix's new animated series Tuca & Bertie starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Tuca & Bertie: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "Tuca & Bertie". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved May 9, 2019.

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