Call Me Kat
GenreSitcom
Based onMiranda
by Miranda Hart
Developed byDarlene Hunt
Starring
Music byAnna Waronker
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Eric Norsoph
  • Alison Mo Massey
  • Mackenzie Gabriel-Vaught
  • Kelly-Anne Lee
Cinematography
  • Patti Lee
  • Antar Abderrahman
EditorPamela Marshall
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21–22 minutes
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original networkFox
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 3, 2021 (2021-01-03) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsMiranda
External links
Official website

Call Me Kat is an American sitcom television series largely based on the British sitcom Miranda by Miranda Hart. The series is written by Darlene Hunt and stars Mayim Bialik in the title role, with Cheyenne Jackson, Kyla Pratt, Julian Gant, Leslie Jordan, and Swoosie Kurtz in supporting roles. The series premiered on Fox as a midseason entry in the 2020–21 television season on January 3, 2021.

Premise

Call Me Kat follows a 39-year-old single woman named Kat, "who struggles every day against society and her mother to prove that you can not have everything you want yet still be happy". After leaving her job as a professor at the University of Louisville,[1] she spends the money her parents set aside for her wedding to open a cat café in Louisville, Kentucky.[2][3]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

No.Title [5]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [5]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Plus One"Beth McCarthy-MillerTeleplay by : Darlene HuntJanuary 3, 2021 (2021-01-03)T12.165515.63[6]
Kat Silver introduces herself as a single, 39-year-old woman who recently quit her job as a college professor after her father died, and used the money that was supposed to be spent on her wedding to pursue her dream of opening a cat café. When her childhood friend Tara invites her to attend her renewal-of-vows ceremony, Kat is ecstatic to learn that she can bring a guest and chooses her friend and employee Phil. However, Tara insists that Kat only bring someone she's romantically involved with, and when Kat ignores her and brings Phil anyway, it damages their friendship. Kat patches things up, but then her mother angrily confronts her for calling Phil her boyfriend in front of her friends. Kat brushes her off, insisting that she doesn't need to be in love to be happy, without admitting that she does feel something is missing in her life. When Max, her old college friend, asks her out to dinner, Kat happily accepts his offer and then accidentally kicks him in the face.
2"Double Date"Anthony RichDarlene HuntJanuary 7, 2021 (2021-01-07)T12.165523.30[7]
Sheila sets Kat up with Brandon, who works as an announcer at Churchill Downs. Their date is set for the same night that Kat is performing at Carter's talent competition with Max; believing that Max is into her, Kat chooses to stand Brandon up only to realize her mistake when Max admits he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Brigitte. Randi confronts a customer named Daniel for never tipping, for which he explains the complicated but passionate reasons for why he doesn't. He does, however, gift her an expensive roll of camera film and flirts with her at the café. Kat visits Brandon to ask for a second chance, but then learns he's actually married and only wanted to meet with her for advice on starting his own business. Kat swears off ever letting her mother set her up again, but then immediately relents when Sheila arrives and offers to set her up with another man who drives a Zamboni for a living.
3"Vacation"Mark CendrowskiDavid HoldenJanuary 14, 2021 (2021-01-14)T12.165532.84[8]
Kat wins a vacation for two to Puerto Rico in a radio contest, and offers to take Tara given that everyone else is busy. However, Tara has a last-minute emergency, and Kat tells her mother and friends that's she going on the trip alone; secretly, she books a room in a hotel right in Louisville. Unfortunately, Max and Carter visit the hotel to attend a whiskey convention, where Kat has been impersonating a whiskey aficionado for free food and gets drunk while doing a tasting. While running home for her mouth-guard, Kat overhears her mother lamenting how much she fears for her daughter's safety. Saddened, Kat goes out onto the hotel roof alone with Max and reveals her fear of traveling alone. Max then confesses his feelings and is about to propose to Kat, when she suddenly realizes it was just her imagination.
4"Therapy"Richie KeenDarlene HuntJanuary 21, 2021 (2021-01-21)T12.165562.53[9]
When Sheila temporarily moves in with Kat and quickly wears out her welcome, the two are convinced to attend couples' therapy in an attempt to sort out their differences. Phil and Randi go across state lines to obtain marijuana-infused oil for Phil's nearly blind mother, but when Phil accidentally eats one of the sticky buns he made with the oil, he becomes incredibly high and Randi barely stops him from stripping naked in Carter's bar. The therapy session goes poorly until Kat and Sheila have a breakthrough when they start discussing Kat's father's death. Sheila admits that she let her grief for her husband's death keep her from helping Kat with hers, and the two reconcile, before the therapist, upset with how they belittled him earlier, says they should find someone else to conduct their next session.
5"Cake"Anthony RichDavid HoldenJanuary 28, 2021 (2021-01-28)T12.165572.48[10]
Kat has a dream about kissing Max; when she reveals it to him, he kisses her for real. Phil is asked to bake a wedding cake for a man named Lane, but when Phil realizes that Lane is the man his ex Marty left him for, he refuses. Lane, mistakenly believing he was denied service on account of his sexuality, posts a review that leads to the café losing customers and facing the threat of a boycott. Phil is convinced to bake the cake when Kat reminds him that he's doing it for her, Randi, and everyone else who loves him. Kat learns that Max doesn't see her as a potential romantic partner, and when she confronts him about it, he explains that he chooses not to date her because he has had bad experiences with dating before and is afraid of losing her as a friend. Unbeknownst to her, he has also been dreaming of kissing her.
6"Gym"Victor GonzalezLaura KrafftFebruary 4, 2021 (2021-02-04)T12.165552.55[11]
Kat has an interview for Louisville's annual "Twenty Under 40" list; thinking she'll ace the interview, she joins a local gym to work on her body. Unfortunately, the interview goes poorly as her social awkwardness gives the interviewer a bad impression; after a failed attempt to make up for it, Kat becomes distraught. Randi breaks up with Daniel when he starts discussing marriage, but they eventually reconnect after she starts missing him. Phil hosts a children's book reading at the café, but the book he was supposed to read is too offensive. Instead, he recounts his own life story of coming out to his father, which is much better received. A talk with Max makes Kat realize that, even though she won't make the list, she doesn't need it to get the validation she's always wanted: everyone who comes to the café is already grateful and that is enough.
7"Eggs"Kelly ParkKimberly AltamiranoFebruary 11, 2021 (2021-02-11)T12.165582.05[12]
A doctor tells Kat that, given her age, she has to make a decision about whether to freeze her eggs. Nervous about the possibility of having children of her own, Kat fakes being pregnant as an experiment and quickly reaps the benefits. A misunderstanding between Phil and Carter reveals that Phil has been catfishing an elderly bachelor named Henry online; while he genuinely loves Henry, Phil lacks the confidence to be honest about who he really is. After Henry learns the truth, Phil meets him for a make-up date after the gang convinces him to be honest. Kat's deception is also revealed, and she and Max talk the problem over. Max notes that since Kat can't make up her mind, she should freeze her eggs anyway and ensure that if she ever wants a family, she'll have the option to do so.
8"All Nighter"Jody Margolin HahnAdam FabermanFebruary 18, 2021 (2021-02-18)T12.165592.20[13]
Kat and Phil force Randi to let them accompany her to a nightclub as a way of proving they're not too old to have fun. At the club, Kat meets a 29-year old man, Oscar, who happens to also be a Louisville alumnus. He and Kat agree to start going out so she can give him some "life spoilers." Phil gets the chance to ride a mechanical bull, and when he and Kat get stuck in an empty grave on their way home and Kat admits her fear of death (after her mother asked her to snap up an empty grave plot), Phil tells her that he's grateful to have met her at a point in his life when he wasn't certain he'd get to do everything he wanted to do before dying. Randi is annoyed with Daniel for not being a jealous or controlling boyfriend, because she's never had a healthy relationship. Daniel tells her that he understands how she feels and asks her to move in with him.
9"First Date"Kelly ParkMolly SchreiberFebruary 25, 2021 (2021-02-25)T12.165602.19[14]
Kat goes on her first date with Oscar, which goes well until she takes him home and tries to initiate sex. Unable to get thoughts of Max out of her head, she accidentally says his name and a confused Oscar leaves her apartment immediately. Randi buys a set of sneakers for Daniel for their six-month anniversary, only for Phil to convince her that giving him shoes is an omen that their relationship won't last. When Max visits Kat to make onion relish and they discuss her problem, Kat realizes that she needs to be better friends with Oscar first, much like her and Max, before moving too fast in their relationship, while unbeknownst to her, turning down Max's romantic advances in the process. On their next date, they agree to take things more slowly and get to know each other better. Randi gives Daniel a different gift, and to her horror, receives a pair of sneakers from him after he explains that giving shoes is an omen of good fortune.
10"Business Council"Victor GonzalezAmy HubbsMarch 4, 2021 (2021-03-04)T12.165541.97[15]
Kat joins the board of directors for her neighborhood business council, which Carter puts her up to out of hope that she will get him approved to lengthen the hours for his bar. After hearing the arguments for and against Carter's proposal, Kat votes against it. Carter stops speaking to Kat and bans her from the bar, which she interprets as proof that he only wanted her on the council for his personal benefit. After a failed attempt to make it up to him with her father's old jukebox, Kat seems ready to give up on their friendship. At the last minute, however, she finds a loophole that allows Carter to open a back patio area, allowing him to make up his lost business. Meanwhile, Randi takes a nude photo of Phil for her photography class after confessing to him her fears about pursuing her true passion, art.
11"Moving In"Jody Margolin HahnLauren BridgesMarch 11, 2021 (2021-03-11)T12.165611.76[16]
While helping Randi move into Daniel's house, Kat accidentally discovers a photo of Daniel's first wedding, which he never told Randi about. When Randi learns about it, she gets mad at Kat for snooping and for telling her mom and Phil before telling her. Max starts tutoring Carter's son, CJ, cleverly using his background as a teacher to break through CJ's stubborn resistance. When Kat takes a risqué picture to send to Oscar, she accidentally sends it to Max instead, and he and CJ see the picture. Kat and Randi make up and Randi breaks up with Daniel for good when he dismisses her concerns, which she finds disrespectful. Kat promises that in the future, she will obey the "girl code" and talk to Randi about issues involving her or problems she has with her without telling other people first.
12"Salsa"Jude WengDavid HoldenMarch 18, 2021 (2021-03-18)T12.165622.32[17]
Kat makes plans to go salsa dancing with Oscar. Since she does not know how to salsa dance and wants to impress Oscar, she convinces Max to teach her. Her dance lesson from Max makes her excited for her date with Oscar. Since she only wants her excitement towards Oscar to come from Oscar himself, she cancels further dance lessons from Max. Kat takes too many of Phil's mom's sleeping pills and ends up sleepwalking. While sleepwalking, she writes an embarrassing email to Max's ex-girlfriend, and does not remember writing it after she awakens. Because of this, his ex-girlfriend asks him to not contact her ever again. The episode ends with Max mad at Kat and Kat worrying about her friendship with Max.
13"Cat-A-Versary"Anthony RichDarlene HuntMarch 25, 2021 (2021-03-25)T12.165632.11[18]
One of Kat's cats dies as the first anniversary of cafe's opening approaches. Oscar remarks that it is "just a cat" and not a person, which hurts Kat's feelings. Though initially mad at Kat for provoking his ex-girlfriend, when Max hears the news of the cat's death, he consoles Kat and forgives her. Randi and Carter misplace the cat's ashes, and only track them down as the anniversary party is about to begin. Since the ashes are a two-hour drive away, they give Kat a box of rice and tell her they are the ashes. Max and Kat get to talking and Max says that his relationship with his ex-girlfriend didn't work out because they were not friends first. With Max being more sensitive about the cat's death than Oscar, Kat starts getting interested in Max again. Just after Kat discovers the box contains rice instead of ashes, Oscar arrives with the box that really has the cat's ashes. He had driven the long distance to retrieve them since they were important to Kat. After being touched by Oscar's actions, Kat feels conflicted between her feelings toward Oscar and her feelings toward Max.

Production

Development

On September 19, 2019, it was announced that Fox Broadcasting Company had given a series commitment, based on the British sitcom Miranda by Miranda Hart. The working title at this stage was Carla.[2][19] The series was to be executive produced by Mayim Bialik and Darlene Hunt through Sad Clown Productions, Jim Parsons (Bialik's former co-star on The Big Bang Theory) and Todd Spiewak through That's Wonderful Productions, and Angie Stephenson and the original series creator and star Miranda Hart through BBC Studios. That's Wonderful Productions' Eric Norsoph, and Sad Clown Productions' Mackenzie Gabriel-Vaught would serve as producers.[2] Production companies named were Fox Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.[20] On February 12, 2020, it was announced that the series title had been changed from Carla to Call Me Kat.[21] On May 11, 2020, it was announced that Fox had ordered the pilot to series.[20] The series premiered on January 3, 2021.[22]

During the show's development, Hunt decided to set the show in Louisville, near her hometown of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, telling Kirby Yates of Louisville's daily newspaper, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville just felt right." In the same interview, Hunt told Yates that Bialik approved of the setting: "She had been to Louisville recently and loved the city and told me she felt it was really unique and special. I gave her the option to set it in her hometown of San Diego, but she doubled down on Louisville." Hunt is not the only Louisville-area native involved in the series' production; a co-executive producer and writer, Amy Hubbs, is from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Hunt noted that she and Hubbs had "a big debate" over Kat's allegiance in the KentuckyLouisville college rivalry, noting that "I grew up a big U of L fan, and Amy was a huge UK fan." Hunt chose not to reveal Kat's allegiance before the series premiere, but confirmed that the chosen university sent several items to be used in decorating the character's home.[1]

According to Yates, the series is "chock full of Louisville references", with the first three episodes alone making multiple references to Louisville cultural touchstones and locations such as the UK–U of L rivalry, bourbon, the Brown Hotel, Churchill Downs, and Muhammad Ali. Yates added, "Although none of the show is actually filmed in Louisville, the show's art department works off photographs to recreate the references in Louisville on a production stage in Los Angeles." Hunt further added, "It does feel really special to be able to make so many shoutouts to people, places and things around Louisville and to be able to honor them in the show. A new hometown pride is coming out in me, so it's very special."[1]

Casting

Upon series commitment, Bialik was also cast to star in the series.[2] In February 2020, Swoosie Kurtz and Kyla Pratt had joined the cast in starring roles.[21][23] On March 6, 2020, Cheyenne Jackson was cast in a starring role.[24] On April 2, 2020, it was announced that Leslie Jordan joined the main cast.[25] On April 28, 2020, it was reported that Julian Gant joined the cast as a series regular.[26]

Hunt added local color in casting of minor roles. She told Yates, "I cast one woman who mentioned she was from Louisville when she auditioned because her character works at a hotel, and I needed her to say 'Welcome to Louisville!' Anyone from Louisville knows how hard it is to get people from somewhere else to say that correctly!" The woman cast for that role grew up near Seneca Park in Louisville.[1]

Animal safety

In an interview, Bialik said the cats used in filming are neither drugged nor tethered. Several trainers are on-set to supervise the cats.[27]

Broadcast

Call Me Kat premiered on January 3, 2021 at 8/7c on Fox. On January 7, 2021, the series moved to Thursdays at 9/8c, its regular Thursday timeslot, alongside Last Man Standing.[28] It can also be seen on CTV in Canada.[29]

Reception

Critical response

The series has received mostly negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 21% based on 14 critic reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "More gimmick than sitcom, Call Me Kat buries a charming Mayim Bialik in a sandbox of toothless jokes and shallow characterizations."[30] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 41 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[31]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Call Me Kat
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Plus One" January 3, 2021 1.4 5.63[6] 0.3 1.58 1.7 7.21[32]
2 "Double Date" January 7, 2021 0.7 3.30[7] 0.4 1.87 1.1 5.17[33]
3 "Vacation" January 14, 2021 0.6 2.84[8] 0.3 1.72 0.9 4.56[34]
4 "Therapy" January 21, 2021 0.6 2.53[9] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Cake" January 28, 2021 0.6 2.48[10] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "Gym" February 4, 2021 0.5 2.55[11] N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 "Eggs" February 11, 2021 0.5 2.05[12] 0.3 1.41 0.8 3.46[35]
8 "All Nighter" February 18, 2021 0.5 2.20[13] 0.4 1.55 0.9 3.75[36]
9 "First Date" February 25, 2021 0.5 2.19[14] 0.3 1.50 0.8 3.69[37]
10 "Business Council" March 4, 2021 0.5 1.97[15] 0.4 1.58 0.9 3.56[38]
11 "Moving In" March 11, 2021 0.4 1.76[16] 0.4 1.42 0.8 3.19[39]
12 "Salsa" March 18, 2021 0.6 2.32[17] TBD TBD TBD TBD
13 "Cat-A-Versary" March 25, 2021 0.5 2.11[18] TBD TBD TBD TBD

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