Cake
GenrePsychedelic
Anthology series
Adult animation
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes37 (+8 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesSLAQR
  • FXP
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkFXX
Original releaseSeptember 25, 2019 (2019-09-25) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Cake is an American live-action/adult animated anthology television series that premiered on FXX on September 25, 2019. The series features an assortment of short-form comedy.

The second season premiered on March 5, 2020.[1][2] The third season premiered on July 9, 2020.[3] The fourth season premiered on March 11, 2021.[4]

Overview

The episodes of the series consists of multiple short segments, both live action and animated. Each episode contains a season length "anchor" miniseries with various other shorts filling out the remaining time. The first season has been described by the creator as similar in tone to 500 Days of Summer with the second season having a more traditional comedy vibe. Highlights of the series include "Oh Jerome, No", "Quarter Life Poetry", "Drifters", "Two Pink Doors" "Shark Lords" and "Walt".[5]

Recurring segments

Live-action

Oh Jerome, No
Considered the "anchor series" of season one [5] and the only one with continuity between episodes. These shorts follow the overly-sensitive Jerome (Mamoudou Athie) as he searches for love. Written and directed by Teddy Blanks and Alex Karpovsky, it is an adaptation and continuation of their 2016 short film of the same name. Features original music by Natalie Prass.
Quarter Life Poetry
An exploration of a young woman's struggles in her social life and professional life. Some of the episodes feature spoken word or musical elements. Written, starring and created by Samantha Jayne. Quarter Life Poetry originated as a collection of short poems Jayne posted on Instagram that were then published as a book in 2016.
Two Pink Doors
A series of vignettes about the happenings in two neighboring residences. Created and directed by Phil Burgers; produced by Abso Lutely Productions.
Shark Lords
The predominant segment in season two documents an extreme sports enthusiast and his support team as they attempt to copulate with a shark. Created by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf. Starring Alex Anfanger, Ditch Davey, Deb Filler, Hayley Magnus, and Rhys Mitchell.
Greetings From Florida
Written and directed by Tyler Falbo.

Animated

Joe Bennett Collection
Directed and animated by Joseph Bennett.
Symphony No. 42
Written, directed and designed by Réka Bucsi, based on the 2014 short film of the same name.
Psychotown
Created by Dave Carter and Nikos Andronicos.
Drifters
Conversations of various aquatic creatures. Directed by Gustaf Lindström.
Tree Secrets
Anthropomorphic trees discuss topics such as psychedelic drugs and cross-dressing. Written, directed and produced by Justin Michael and Harry Chaskin.
Stzap
Directed and animated by Hugo De Faucompret, Pierre Pinon, and Caroline Cherrier.
Talking Cure
Directed by Felipe Di Poi Tamargo.
Walt
Created by Greg Yagolnitzer.
Dicktown
Created by and starring John Hodgman and David Rees.

Episodes

Main article: List of Cake (2019 TV series) episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18[6]September 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)November 13, 2019 (2019-11-13)
210[2]March 5, 2020 (2020-03-05)April 30, 2020 (2020-04-30)
310[6]July 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)[6]September 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)[6]
Specials8January 2, 2020 (2020-01-02)August 27, 2020 (2020-08-27)
49[6]March 11, 2021 (2021-03-11)[6]April 29, 2021 (2021-04-29)[6]

International release

In Canada, instead of airing on the Canadian version of FXX, the first three seasons were released on Disney+ via the Star hub on February 22, 2021.[7]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Mamoudou Athie (for "Oh Jerome, No") Nominated [8]
2021 Annie Awards Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject FX Productions and FX (for "The Places Where We Live") Nominated [9]

References

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/CakeFX/status/1204196591403356160
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (January 9, 2020). "FX Sets Premiere Dates For 'Fargo', 'Mrs. America', 'Better Things', 'Devs', 'Archer' & More – TCA". Deadline Hollywood.
  3. ^ Gelman, Vlada (May 26, 2020). "TVLine Items: Dragon Tattoo Series, FX Renews Mr Inbetween and More". TVLine.
  4. ^ Haring, Bruce (February 5, 2021). "FX Sets Premiere Dates For New And Returning Programs, Including Third Season Of 'Mayans M.C.'". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ a b Cobb, Kayla. "With 'Cake,' FX Is Hoping to Turn Short Form Into the New Prestige TV". Decider. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Shows A-Z - cake on fxx". FutonCritic.com. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  7. ^ Shankar, Bradly (January 28, 2021). "Here's Disney+ Canada's full 'Star' content launch lineup". MobileSyrup.
  8. ^ "Oh Jerome, No (Cake)". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Nominations". annieawards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood.