Chad
GenreSitcom
Created byNasim Pedrad
Written byNasim Pedrad
Directed byRhys Thomas
Starring
ComposerJoe Wong
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producers
  • Nasim Pedrad
  • Oly Obst
  • Rhys Thomas
  • Hayes Davenport
  • Rob Rosell
  • Robert Padnick
ProducersChad Oakes
Michael Frislev
David Cress
Production locations
CinematographySam Goldie
Editors
  • Jordan Kim
  • Heather Capps
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time20–24 minutes[2]
Production companiesShawdi Productions
Nomadic Pictures
3 Arts Entertainment
Original release
Network
ReleaseApril 6, 2021 (2021-04-06) –
present (present)

Chad is an American sitcom created by Nasim Pedrad, who also stars as the title role in the series. The series premiered on April 6, 2021 on TBS.

In February 2016, Chad was originally sold to Fox and ordered for a series in 2016 titled Chad: An American Boy with the original concept about a "14-year-old boy in the throes of adolescence who is tasked with being the man of the house", with the original pilot written by Pedrad and Rob Rosell.[3] In August 2016, it was announced that the series would not be moving forward at Fox and would be shopped to other networks. In May 2019, the series was picked up by TBS for a 10-episode order. In May 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.[4] In July 2022, TBS announced that while the second season of Chad had been filmed, that no third season would be ordered, along with the show being canceled hours before its premiere, as the channel was pivoting away from original scripted content.[5]

On October 26, 2022, The Roku Channel acquired the series and aired the second season[6] on January 19, 2024.[7]

Premise

Chad (Pedrad) is a 14-year-old Persian-American boy on a mission to become popular as he navigates his first year of high school. During the first season, Chad's friendships and sanity are pushed to the limits as he uses every tactic at his disposal to befriend the cool kids while enduring his mother's new dating life and reconciling with his cultural identity.[8]

Cast

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
18April 6, 2021 (2021-04-06)May 25, 2021 (2021-05-25)TBS
210January 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)The Roku Channel

Season 1 (2021)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Rhys ThomasStory by : Nasim Pedrad & Rob Rosell
Teleplay by : Nasim Pedrad
April 6, 2021 (2021-04-06)0.71[10]
2"Sword"Rhys ThomasNasim PedradApril 13, 2021 (2021-04-13)0.65[11]
3"Ikrimah Breakup"LPDave KingApril 20, 2021 (2021-04-20)0.58[12]
When Chad finds Naz and Ikrimah in bed together, he finds a liking to Ikrimah as a father figure. Later, when Chad finds out that the two had broken up, he and his friend, Peter, go to Ikrimah's house.
4"K-POP"Jordan KimCaroline GoldfarbApril 27, 2021 (2021-04-27)0.61[13]

Chad decides he needs to find his identity, so he joins an Asian Appreciation club at school with a group of other students.

Music featured: Dramarama by Monsta X and Close by AB6IX
5"Whiskey Slaps"Paul BrigantiJoshua Corey & Brian KratzMay 4, 2021 (2021-05-04)0.45[14]
Chad is put to the test, when he is put in charge of Niki, and when he allows her to go to a party, he finds her and a group of friends drinking. He takes a drink at the party as well, and the two sneak home.
6"Hamid"Paul BrigantiRobert PadnickMay 11, 2021 (2021-05-11)0.53[15]
Chad's uncle Hamid is visiting, and Chad is desperate to get some new shoes, specifically the new LeBrons. While waiting in line for the shoes, Chad tells Hamid to stay outside. When Chad goes into the shoe store to get the shoes, and he is ready to purchase them, he is told that he cannot purchase the shoes with Hamid's credit card, unless Hamid is present. Later, Chad, Hamid, and two other men, Farhad and Mohsen, go to a guy named Pasha from the Black Market to get the shoes. When Chad brings the shoes to school, Reid and his friends tell him the shoes are fake.
7"Lakehouse"LPLindsay GolderMay 18, 2021 (2021-05-18)0.56[16]
8"Finale"Rhys ThomasNasim PedradMay 25, 2021 (2021-05-25)0.56[17]

Season 2 (2024)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Class President"Matt SohnMax SearleJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
102"Mr. Worker"Matt SohnCaroline GoldfarbJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
113"Mona"Matt SohnNasim PedradJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
124"Señor Doobs"Molly McGlynnTBAJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
135"Third Wheel"Nina PedradTBAJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
146"The Dance"Bill BenzTBAJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
157"New Brother"Bill BenzTBAJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
168"Maman Bozorg"Molly McGlynnTBAJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
179"American Boy"Todd Strauss-SchulsonNasim PedradJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)
1810"Class Trip"Todd Strauss-SchulsonNasim PedradJanuary 19, 2024 (2024-01-19)

Production

Development

On February 10, 2016, it was reported that a comedy starring Nasim Pedrad was given a pilot order at Fox.[18] On August 5, 2016, it was announced that the idea would not be moving forward at Fox, and would be shopped elsewhere to broadcast, cable and streaming networks.[19] On May 15, 2019, TBS gave Chad a series order, along with the first trailer of the series being released.[20] On May 19, 2021, TBS renewed the series for a second season; which was scheduled to premiere on July 11th, 2022.[21][22] Instead, hours before the second season was scheduled to premiere, TBS canceled the series.[23]

In October 2022 The Roku Channel acquired the series and premiered the second season on January 19, 2024.[6][7]

Filming

In 2021, the series relocated its production from British Columbia to California, to take advantage of tax incentives provided by the California Film Commission.[24]

Reception

Viewership

Chad debuted as the top-rated scripted cable program of 2021. The series premiere received 1.9 million viewers across two airings, with 765,000 viewers in the targeted 18-49 demographic.[25]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first seasons holds an approval rating of 81% based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 7.80/10. The website's consensus reads, "Chad's caustic humor can be downright painful, but Nasim Pedrad's commitment to the bit gives this adolescent farce a heart."[26] On Metacritic, the season has a 65 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[27]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Chad
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" April 6, 2021 (2021-04-06) 0.2 0.71[10]
2 "Sword" April 13, 2021 (2021-04-13) 0.2 0.65[11] 0.1 0.18 0.3 0.83[28]
3 "Ikrimah Breakup" April 20, 2021 (2021-04-20) 0.2 0.58[12] 0.0 0.17 0.2 0.75[29]
4 "K-POP" April 27, 2021 (2021-04-27) 0.2 0.61[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Whiskey Slaps" May 4, 2021 (2021-05-04) 0.1 0.45[14] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Hamid" May 11, 2021 (2021-05-11) 0.2 0.53[15] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References

  1. ^ Escandon, Rose (April 19, 2021). "California Tax Incentives Move Chad And The Flight Attendant Filming For Season 2". Forbes. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  2. ^ "Chad". TBS. Archived from the original on April 7, 2021. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  3. ^ "Nasim Pedrad Is Playing a 14-Year-Old Boy in a Comedy Pilot, Which All Makes Sense Once You've Seen Her Aziz Ansari". Vulture. February 10, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "'Chad': Nasim Pedrad's TBS High School Comedy Gets Season 2 Teaser, Premiere Date". February 14, 2022.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 11, 2022). "'Chad': TBS Not Proceeding With Season 2 Amid Scripted Pullout; Nasim Pedrad Comedy Looking For New Home". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Andy Swift (October 26, 2022). "Chad Rescued by Roku — Nasim Pedrad Comedy Finds New Home for Season 2". TVLine.
  7. ^ a b Ryan Schwartz (January 9, 2024). "Nasim Pedrad's Chad Gets Season 2 Release Date at Roku, Following a Two-Year Delay — Watch Trailer". TVLine.
  8. ^ "Chad". TBS. Archived from the original on April 30, 2021. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (March 20, 2019). "'Chad': Saba Homayoon & Paul Chahidi Among 4 Cast In Nasim Pedrad's TBS Comedy Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
  10. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 7, 2021). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.6.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 7, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 14, 2021). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.13.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 14, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  12. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 21, 2021). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.20.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 21, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  13. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 28, 2021). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.27.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 28, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch. "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals Network Finals 5.4.2021". ShowBuzzDaily. ShowBuzzDaily. Archived from the original on May 5, 2021. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch. "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals Network Finals 5.4.2021". ShowBuzzDaily. Archived from the original on May 12, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  16. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 18, 2021). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.18.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  17. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 25, 2021). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.25.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  18. ^ "Nasim Pedrad to Play 14-Year-Old Boy in Fox Comedy Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. February 10, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 6, 2016). "Nasim Pedrad Comedy Pilot 'Chad' Not Going Forward At Fox, Will Be Shopped". Deadline. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 15, 2019). "Nasim Pedrad Comedy 'Chad' Gets TBS Series Order". Deadline. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  21. ^ "TBS Renews 'Wipeout' & 'Chad' For Season 2; TruTV Orders Up More 'Fast Foodies'". Deadline Hollywood. May 19, 2021.
  22. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (February 14, 2022). "'Chad': Nasim Pedrad's TBS High School Comedy Gets Season 2 Teaser, Premiere Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 14, 2022.
  23. ^ Emily Garbutt (July 18, 2022). "A sitcom was canceled by its network hours before it was supposed to air". gamesradar. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  24. ^ "'Chad,' 'The Flight Attendant' Relocate Productions to California for $14.5 Million Tax Credit". The Wrap. April 19, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  25. ^ "Nasim Pedrad's 'Chad' Debuts as Top-Rated Cable Scripted Comedy of 2021". The Wrap. April 7, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  26. ^ "Chad". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 2, 2023.
  27. ^ "Chad". Metacritic.
  28. ^ Berman, Marc (April 14, 2021). "Tuesday Ratings: CBS Tops in Total Viewers Despite Airing All Repeats; NBC Leads in Adults 18-49". Programming Insider. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  29. ^ Berman, Marc (April 21, 2021). "Tuesday Ratings: CBS in Repeats From 8-10 p.m. ET; Modest Results Elsewhere". Programming Insider. Retrieved May 9, 2021.