Los Espookys
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languagesSpanish
English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
Original release
NetworkHBO
ReleaseJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14) –
October 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)

Los Espookys is an American Spanish language comedy television series created by Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, who also star alongside Bernardo Velasco and Cassandra Ciangherotti.[1] The series follows a group of friends trying to turn their love of horror into a successful business, where most of their jobs consist of fabricating horror film-like situations and tricking people into thinking they are real. Los Espookys premiered on June 14, 2019 on HBO.[2] In July 2019, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on September 16, 2022.[3][4] In December 2022, the series was canceled after two seasons.[5] Los Espookys won a 2022 Peabody Award.

Los Espookys "follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life."[6]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)July 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
26September 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)October 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)

Season 1 (2019)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"El exorcismo"
"The Exorcism"
Fernando FriasFred Armisen & Ana Fabrega & Julio TorresJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)0.272[7]
Renaldo creates an elaborate horror theme for his sister's 15th birthday party. With his three horror-loving friends--Andrés, Úrsula and Tati--they create a business creating horror illusions. Andrés is dating Juan Carlos, a wealthy scion who only likes beautiful things and disapproves of ones he finds spooky. Úrsula and Tati are always working, concerned about money. The foursome is hired by an older priest to fake an exorcism so he can look better than a new, young, popular priest. The event is successful and they form "Los Espookys". They are given help by Renaldo's uncle, Tico, a legendary LA parking valet.
22"El espanto de la herencia"
"The Inheritance Scare"
Fernando FriasJulio Torres & Ana FabregaJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)0.195[8]
Espookys is hired by an unknown client to frighten five people vying to win a deceased millionaire's fortune. The challenge for the guests is to stay the night in the decedent's "haunted" mansion. The client especially wants to make sure the man's son does not last the night. Úrsula is concerned about payment, but Renaldo tells her not to worry. The team create a number of innovative stunts, with Renaldo wanting to keep it simple while Andrés and Úrsula want to use a difficult trick. In the end, they do the difficult trick and are successful and they are paid. One of the five people is U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Melanie Gibbons, who asks for their card for future work. In LA, Renaldo asks Tico to deliver a fake severed head of himself as a calling card, but instead Tico finds himself mistaken for a famous artist.
33"El monstruo marino"
"The Sea Monster"
Fernando FriasJulio Torres & Ana FabregaJune 28, 2019 (2019-06-28)0.191[9]
Hired to replace a seaside town's tourist attraction, an owl with a wig, Los Espookys creates the illusion of a sea monster. It is a success, but they are paid in coupons to a local restaurant. Úrsula renegotiates with the mayor for cash and a monthly contract to keep the illusion fresh. Tati finally meets her chat-room boyfriend, who she only knows from the site's default icon. When he reveals his true self, she feels he lied about himself and rejects him. Tati decides to follow Beatriz's advice and be her own boss, investing in a health drink ponzi scheme, Hierbalite. Tico runs into Renaldo's favorite director in LA, Bianca Nova, and tries to connect her with the group. Juan Carlos proposes to Andrés, which would unite their family's business fortunes.
44"El espejo maldito"
"The Cursed Mirror"
Fernando FriasJulio Torres & Ana FabregaJuly 5, 2019 (2019-07-05)0.058[10]
U.S. Ambassador Gibbons hires Espookys to fake her own abduction, turning one week's vacation into two. In exchange, the foursome will get expedited visas so they can work with legendary director Bianca Nova. They decide to have Gibbons be abducted through a mirror portal. Andrés buys a cursed mirror and Gibbons disappears into an alternative mirror dimension. When Rinaldo breaks the mirror, Gibbons is trapped and they can't get their visas. Tati and Úrsula struggle to make their Hierbalite sales target and are threatened by the owner. Reluctant to marry Juan Carlos, Andrés' parents tell him they will cut off his money if he does not. When the mirror is put back together, Gibbons returns along with her reflection. Later, her reflection grants the team the visas they need.
55"El laboratorio alienígena"
"The Alien Lab"
Fernando FriasJulio Torres & Ana FabregaJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)0.134[11]
Hired by a high-maintenance researcher, Espookys creates alien lab subjects to justify the grants given by the government. The team is distracted. Conflicted, Andrés does not want to marry Juan Carlos but likes his wealthy lifestyle. He discovers that he is connected to a water spirit who knows his pre-adoption origins but will not share them until he watches The King's Speech. Úrsula resents Rinaldo agreeing to client requests while she is tasked with making everything work. Both Úrsula and Tati are threatened personally by Hierbalite CEO Mark Stevens, creating even more stress. Bianca visits Tico and together they write a script about a werewolf valet. When the foursome talk about going to LA to work with Bianca, the group is conflicted as the script Tico and Bianca wrote and shared is terrible.
66"El sueño falso"
"The Fake Dream"
Fernando FriasAna Fabrega & Julio TorresJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)0.086[12]
Renaldo goes to L.A. alone. Andrés and Úrsula together work with a sleep doctor, trying to create a fake dream to help a doctor's insomnia patient fall asleep. They realize that neither has Renaldo's skill at working with clients. On the film set, Renaldo struggles without his team. He becomes disillusioned as Bianca is demanding, eventually quitting and returning to Mexico. The water spirit shows Andrés that his adoptive parents were also his birth parents, who changed their mind about giving him away. Realizing he was destined to being the family scion, he agrees to marry Juan Carlos. Úrsula, knowing Andrés would be unhappy, tricks Juan Carlos into marrying Tati instead. Now wealthy, Tati pays off her Hierbalite debt. All issues resolved, the foursome successfully create a fake dream for their client.

Season 2 (2022)

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No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
71"Los Espiritus en el Cementerio"
"The Spirits in the Cemetery"
Sebastián SilvaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaSeptember 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)0.104[13]
At a beauty pageant, the winner is killed in a mysterious accident. Her ghost haunts Renaldo. Andrés is now living with Renaldo and struggling to adjust to his post-chocolate-empire-scion life. Tati and Úrsula have a tiff, as the former embraces her married life with Juan Carlos while the latter tries to remind her it was only to help Andrés. Los Espookys come together to help a lazy cemetery groundskeeper who buries bodies in the wrong plots and does not want to be bothered by family complaints. Tico and the other valets have been replaced by self-parking cars. Without a job, his wife leaves him and he and his daughter leave to return to Mexico.
82"Bibi's"
Sebastián SilvaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaSeptember 23, 2022 (2022-09-23)0.129[14]
93"Las Ruinas"
"The Ruins"
Sebastián SilvaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaSeptember 30, 2022 (2022-09-30)0.109[15]
104"Las Muchas Caras de un Hombre"
"One Man's Many Faces"
Sebastián SilvaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)N/A
115"El Virus"
"The Virus"
Ana FabregaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaOctober 14, 2022 (2022-10-14)N/A
126"El Eclipse"
"The Eclipse"
Ana FabregaJulio Torres & Ana FabregaOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)N/A

Production

Development

On November 21, 2017, it was announced that HBO had given the production, then titled Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen, a pilot order. The episode was written by Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega, and Julio Torres and set to be directed by Fernando Frias. The production staff of the potential series was set to include Armisen, Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer as executive producers and Torres and Alice Mathias as co-executive producers. Production companies involved with the series are expected to include Broadway Video and Más Mejor.[16][17]

On July 2, 2018, it was announced that HBO had given the production, now titled Los Espookys, a series order for a first season. It was additionally announced that Fabrega would serve as a co-executive producer and that Antigravico would join the list of production companies involved with the series.[6][18][19]

On April 16, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on June 14, 2019.[2] On July 24, 2019, HBO renewed the series for a second season which premiered on September 16, 2022.[3] Filming for the second season wrapped in February 2022.[20][4] On December 2, 2022, HBO canceled the series after two seasons.[5]

Casting

Alongside the pilot order announcement, it was confirmed that the pilot would star Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Ana Fabrega as Tati, Julio Torres, and Fred Armisen.[16]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 100% approval rating with an average score of 8.90/10, based on 30 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Igualmente hilarante y horripilante, Los Espookys is an espooky good time."[21] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, gave the series a score of 83 out of 100, based on reviews from 13 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[22]

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