|Created by||Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||17|
J. Michael Mendel
|Running time||21–25 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney Platform Distribution|
|Original release||May 8, 2020 –|
Solar Opposites is an American adult animated sitcom created by Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan for Hulu. Originally created for the Fox Broadcasting Company, the project was shelved, then bought by Hulu. The series debuted on May 8, 2020. The series was originally ordered as 2 seasons consisting of 8 episodes each. In June 2020, the series was renewed for a third season consisting of 12 episodes to debut on July 13, 2022. The second season was released on March 26, 2021. In June 2021, the series was renewed for a fourth season consisting of 12 episodes.
Solar Opposites "centers around a family of aliens from a better world who must take refuge in middle America. They disagree on whether this is awful or awesome." A parallel storyline follows a society of humans shrunk by the replicant Yumyulack and imprisoned in a terrarium known as "The Wall".
|1||8||May 8, 2020|
|2||8||March 26, 2021|
|Special||November 22, 2021|
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|1||1||"The Matter Transfer Array"||Kim Arndt||Mike McMahan|
|May 8, 2020||1LBF01|
|One year after escaping the destruction of their planet Shlorp and crashing on Earth, adult aliens Korvo and Terry, their two "replicants" Yumyulack and Jesse, and their "pet" The Pupa adjust to their new lives. Korvo is determined to repair their spaceship, but Terry introduces him to the television show Funbucket. Realizing that the titular alien is fictional, they create a real Funbucket, who tires of them and befriends humans Travis and Avery. Forced to attend high school, Yumyulack and Jesse are menaced by their classmates and faculty. They shrink a bully named Lydia, hoping to use her to study human behavior. When she threatens to go to the authorities, they attempt to lobotomize her, and Terry pours soda on her exposed brain, erasing her memory. Korvo and Terry create another mutated Funbucket who accidentally fuses with the first, becoming a monster that terrorizes the city. They shrink Funbucket and prepare to kill him, but Travis and Avery take him instead. As the Shlorpian family has dinner together, it is revealed that the Pupa, will one day evolve and destroy Earth to terraform a new Shlorp.|
|2||2||"The Unstable Grey Hole"||Bob Suarez||Mike McMahan||May 8, 2020||1LBF02|
|Korvo and Terry place nanobots in the city's water supply to spy on their neighbors. Learning they are not well-liked, Korvo and Terry use the nanobots' information to win over the community and run for president of their homeowner association. The nanobots form a sentient person that runs for president as well, and all three expose embarrassing secrets about their neighbors, who break out in violence. The incumbent president Ruth restores order and turns the crowd against Korvo, Terry, and the nanobot person, who escapes from Korvo. Jesse, concerned that Yumyulack is shrinking and capturing too many humans, uses technology to manipulate people who were mean to Yumyulack, hoping to teach him that humans are generally kind. Unconvinced, Yumyulack takes her to a neo-Nazi bar where they are attacked, forcing his automated suit to kill everyone. Inside the vivarium of shrunken humans in Yumyulack and Jesse's bedroom, a new arrival named Tim is introduced to the horrors of the tiny, savage civilization.|
|3||3||"The Quantum Ring"||Lucas Gray||Matt McKenna||May 8, 2020||1LBF04|
|Korvo tries to get the family involved in repairing the spaceship, but they attend a birthday party instead, where he is inspired to become a magician. Using his computer system Aisha, Korvo creates a technologically advanced magic act; he goes viral and prepares for a Las Vegas show, which will culminate in him leaping through a black hole. Korvo ignores his family's warning that jealous magicians plan to kill him; the family saves him from being shot, but he dies when the black hole trick goes awry. The grieving family agrees to repair the ship in Korvo's memory, and he reappears, having faked his death to bring them closer together. Yumyulack adds a woman named Cherie to his shrunken collection. Inside, she is rescued by Tim, who explains the society the captives have built: kept in a system of connected terrariums—the "Wall"—they survive mostly on candy given by Jesse, controlled by the tyrannical Duke. Tim, Cherie, and Pedro try to barter with the Duke for insulin for Pedro's diabetic father Enrique, but the Duke has Pedro killed. Tim and Cherie resolve to bring change to the Wall.|
|4||4||"The Booster Manifold"||Andy Thom||Josh Bycel||May 8, 2020||1LBF03|
|Korvo, increasingly frustrated by Terry, vomits a "red Goobler"–a stress-induced creature intent on killing Korvo. They buy a Jet Ski from Trent, who is killed by the Goobler. Hunting the creature inside a Halloween store, they shrink and capture it. At school, Jesse discovers a flower growing on her head, which releases pollen similar to MDMA, making the popular girls enamored with her. Yumyulack accompanies Jesse to a party and discovers his flower, with pollen similar to cocaine, and bonds with the popular boys. The mix of Yumyulack and Jesse's pollen creates an effect similar to PCP or bath salts, turning the party-goers bloodthirsty and deranged. Jesse and Yumyulack inform Terry and Korvo, who explain the flowers are a temporary fungus. Armed with "emergency medical weapons," the family heals the party. Rejected by the popular cliques, Jesse and Yumyulack find themselves heroes to the uncool kids. Terry discovers the red Goobler has escaped but tells Korvo it is dead, filling Terry with his stress; elsewhere, the Goobler plots to kill Korvo. The Pupa winds up in an exotic animal auction, frees the animals, and returns home, only to be accidentally shipped to Africa.|
|5||5||"The Lavatic Reactor"||Bob Suarez||Sean O'Connor||May 8, 2020||1LBF06|
|Threatened with expulsion, Yumyulack and Jesse continue to attend their empty high school after the school year ends. Unaware of the summer break, they believe they are being tested and attempt to teach each other. They realize their mistake and wreak havoc on the school, and are bribed with straight As after discovering Principal Cooke and Mrs. Frankie having sex in the cafeteria. Korvo and Terry enroll in a junior college, but Terry shoots Korvo with a raygun that makes him dumber. Korvo joins Terry's hard-partying college experience but accidentally causes the "ice lava" that powers their spaceship to flood the city, freezing everyone in its path. Terry teaches himself to repair the leak, returning the ice lava to the ship; everyone who was frozen disintegrates, and Terry reconstitutes their ashes as infants. The family locks Korvo in the bathroom until his intelligence returns. Inside the Wall, Tim and Cherie lead a rebellion to liberate the Duke's food supply, but Tim refuses to use deadly force. They are betrayed by Enrique, who blames Tim for his son's death. The Duke throws Cherie into the "Boo Hoo Hole" and imprisons Tim.|
|6||6||"The P.A.T.R.I.C.I.A. Device"||Kim Arndt||Danielle Uhlarik||May 8, 2020||1LBF05|
|Trying to emulate human males, Korvo and Terry create their own man cave and "P.A.T.R.I.C.I.A.," a robot based on female sitcom characters, programmed to hate the man cave. Korvo and Terry realize the robot fulfills their respective desires for a nagging wife and a nurturing mother and invite her inside the man cave. Torn between her conflicting directives, P.A.T.R.I.C.I.A. transforms into a heavily-armed killing machine and destroys every man cave in the neighborhood. Ms. Perez, Jesse's gender studies teacher, assigns the class to challenge a glass ceiling. Jesse confronts several school extracurriculars but is disappointed to learn they already welcome women. Korvo and Terry lure P.A.T.R.I.C.I.A. to a Dave & Buster's, where Ms. Perez also works but are unable to stop her rampage. Jesse arrives to ask Ms. Perez about the assignment and confronts P.A.T.R.I.C.I.A., allowing Terry to return the robot to her original state. Unable to bring himself to deactivate her, Korvo buries P.A.T.R.I.C.I.A. in a shipping container in the backyard with an emasculated male robot. Yumyulack has his own Australia-themed adventure.|
|7||7||"Terry and Korvo Steal a Bear"||Andy Thom||Dominic Dierkes||May 8, 2020||1LBF07|
Inside the Wall, Tim—imprisoned and tortured on the Duke's orders—is convinced by his cellmate Jean-Pierre to write letters calling for revolution. They are rescued by Cherie and her fellow rebels and prepare to overthrow the Duke. Tim and Cherie spend a passionate night together, and copies of Tim's letters spread throughout the Wall, drawing people to their cause; Cherie urges Tim to lead them. As the Duke addresses a congregation, his sheriff spots Tim in the crowd and attacks, killing Jean-Pierre. Tim unites the oppressed inhabitants of the Wall in an open rebellion. The Duke floods the lower levels, drowning countless people; a farmer named Steven cannot save his beloved mouse, Molly. The rebels rise through the levels of the Wall, confronting the Duke's enforcers, while Korvo and Terry scuffle with a bear in the background. The sheriff fights off Cherie and prepares to kill Tim but is killed by Steven. Tim reaches the Duke's chamber alone and watches the Duke escape through a hidden hole to the outside. Choosing to take control of the Wall himself, Tim kills Cherie to keep the hole secret. Meanwhile, Terry and Korvo steal a bear from a zoo.Note: Composer Chris Westlake conducted a full orchestral score for this episode, recorded at the Fox Studio sound stage.
|8||8||"Retrace-Your-Step-Alizer"||Lucas Gray||Joe Saunders|
|May 8, 2020||1LBF08|
|When the Pupa turns orange, Korvo realizes he left important Pupa information in his wallet on Shlorp. He and Terry travel back in time to the day they evacuated Shlorp and knock Korvo's wallet into their spaceship. Returning to the present, they realize the Pupa merely ate something orange, but the time stream has been altered, and they now live with Vanbo, an obnoxious Shlorpian. Returning to the past to set things right, Korvo and Terry learn they did not want each other as evacuation partners but reconcile and beat up Vanbo. Yumyulack discovers Jesse has simulated a nicer version of himself in the "Pretend-O-Deck." His simulated self teaches him to be a better brother to Jesse, but one Yumyulack kills the other. Believing he is the rogue simulation, Jesse kills the real Yumyulack. Terry and Korvo return to the dramatically altered present, and Yumyulack enters, revealing the family has been in the Pretend-O-Deck all along. The Pupa telepathically links with a neighbor, Lorraine, and lets her relive memories of her late mother in exchange for retrieving his confiscated Harry Potter whistle. Jesse and Yumyulack ignore the ominous fact that the Pupa has turned purple.|
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|9||1||"The Sacred Non-Repeating Number"||Lucas Gray||Mike McMahan||March 26, 2021||2LBF01|
|The family (now dubbed the Solar Opposites by Terry) finally repair their ship. Only Korvo is glad to leave, so when the ship breaks down because Terry had packed too many useless things, the rest of the family is happy about being stuck on Earth again. The Solar Opposites discover other Schlorpians in London. Terry and Jesse are disheartened by the new aliens, who live underground and hide from humans, but Korvo decides to join them, enjoying their rigid adherence to Schlorpian custom. However, he feels under them when he forgets the holy number, and the new aliens ask him to handle menial tasks like Korvo once did to Terry. Back in the U.S., Jesse and Terry ruin the house in Korvo's absence, with Jesse adopting a high-maintenance elderly dog. Yumyulack hopes to throw a house party, but is tricked into hosting a sleepover by the popular kids as a ruse to throw a house party elsewhere. Embarrassed, he plans to kill the bullies when a new kid named Daryl shows up and they become fast friends. Korvo is asked by the new alien family to steal the Pupa, revealing that they were part of the Schlorpian elite, left a month prior to the planet's destruction, and wish to return to their high status as soon as possible. When Jesse and Terry realize their mistakes and ask Korvo to come home, he agrees, prompting the other aliens to trap him. He escapes and uses the London Eye to return to America, convincing the aliens that the dog is the Pupa to get them to leave Earth.|
|10||2||"The Earth Eraser"||Kim Arndt||Danielle Uhlarik||March 26, 2021||2LBF02|
|While out with Jesse, Yumyulack shrinks an obnoxious patron and is surprised that Jesse is not concerned. Terry and Jesse are invited to a dinner party, but Korvo convinces them to let the whole family come. The man Yumyulack shrunk down discovers that since the apparent "death" of the Duke and the rise of Tim, the Wall has become a perfect utopia. At the dinner party, Korvo leaves embarrassed after everyone begins to think he is weird. An angry Korvo successfully declares dinner parties illegal. He and Yumyulack form a new police agency and begin arresting people hosting illegal dinner parties, but Terry continues to have secret dinner parties. In the Wall, a war hero and former Bones writer named Halk investigates a murder, but he is troubled by post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing the Nerds avalanche in the battle with the Duke. Obsessed with using excessive force, Yumyulack creates deadly hounds that turn people at dinner parties into bottles of wine, but when they set their sights on Terry, Korvo realizes he must save them. The two survive by pretending to be at a birthday party and overturn the law. Yumyulack transforms all the wine back into people. Residents in the Wall grow concerned that the man who recently entered the Wall has not checked into work; unbeknownst to all, he has been gorily killed in his own house.|
|11||3||"The Lake House Device"||Bob Suarez||Josh Bycel||March 26, 2021||2LBF03|
|After realizing his warranty complaint box can send other letters into the past (similar to the plot of The Lake House), Korvo uses it to send letters to Terry in order to change his behavior to make him more receptive to Korvo's work requests. Still tortured by the popular kids at school, Yumyulack ignores Jesse's suggestion to get swole and beat them up, instead attempting to procure poisonous snakes. Only able to obtain rabid platypuses, he goes to a gym to follow through with Jesse's suggestion, but is informed by the muscle-bound members that he instead should seek "big dick energy" like that of Pete Davidson. Yumyulack creates his own BDE and is instantly revered. Idris Elba warns Yumyulack that he treads a dangerous path by toying with BDE, prompting Yumyulack to create an even greater one that destroys Rockefeller Center while he hosts Saturday Night Live. Yumyulack is saved by Sigourney Weaver, who tells Yumyulack to replace his BDE with "No Fucks Given" energy instead. At home, Korvo's letters turn Terry into a psychopathic murderer who hunts and kills Korvo, then Yumyulack and Jesse when they return. Leaving his life with the Solar Opposites behind, he meets a blind woman in a park and falls in love with her (in an Up-style montage). Many years later, an elderly Terry sends a letter back to Korvo with instructions to prevent his death, helping Korvo escape Terry and send another letter back to prevent Terry's behavior from changing at all.|
|12||4||"The Emergency Urbanizer"||Annisa Adjani||Daniel Libman|
|March 26, 2021||2LBF04|
|Facing a summer of three months at home with Yumyulack and Jesse while school is out, Terry and Korvo are told by another parent to send the replicants to camp (rather than follow Korvo's suggestion to poison them). While dropping them off at camp, the whole family gets lost in the woods. Two months after getting lost, Korvo and Yumyulack decide to use the "emergency urbanizer," which causes a massive city made of trees to sprout from the forest. There, the family split their separate ways to earn enough money to find where they parked the car. Korvo becomes a Goodfellas-esque mafia member, but is continually hunted by wolves; Terry dreams of being an actor, but ends up as a rough-and-tumble prostitute; Yumyulack follows his dream of becoming a sleazy stock market trader, but his firm is raided by the government and his wife leaves him (similar to the plot of The Wolf of Wall Street); and Jesse becomes an iconic fashion designer, but is left emotionally empty by her career. The family reconnects at Jesse's lifetime achievement award party as a fire consumes the city, finally allowing them to find their car and escape. In the Wall (now closely watched over by the Pupa), Halk and the two officers assisting him get closer to finding the killer, who has now murdered and mutilated five victims. While tracking a lead to a seedy sector in the Wall, the two officers kill a man and assume they have caught their suspect, but Halk believes the killer is still out there. Visiting the site of the upcoming Cherie Day celebrations, he fights with a mysterious man carrying a duffle bag revealed to have another murder victim inside. At home, Korvo and Terry learn the forest city survived the fire. They buy a quiet apartment to escape to, only be attacked by a moose.|
|13||5||"The Rad Awesome Terrific Ray"||Lucas Gray||Garrick Bernard||March 26, 2021||2LBF05|
|At a department store, Korvo is shocked to see the red goobler and believes he has returned to kill him. However, the red goobler informs Korvo that he has found love with a woman named Jen and seeks to make amends with him. Jesse and Yumyulack are harangued by the principal for their slow times in the mile, so they cheat with Schlorpian tech and run it in incredible times, causing the principal to sign them up for the national competition in Hawaii. Jen visits Terry and Korvo to invite them to the wedding, but Korvo declares Jen too "basic" to keep the red goobler happy and stay off his mission to kill Korvo. When an irate Jen begins to attack him, Korvo asks Terry to grab the Rad Awesome Terrific (labeled R.A.T.) ray, but he instead grabs the Rat ray, turning Jen into a rat. She escapes, leaving the two in a bind. Terry begins searching for the correct rat while Korvo accompanies the red goobler on his bachelor party, where the two have an impulsive sexual encounter. At nationals, Yumyulack and Jesse again post record times; seemingly about to be investigated for cheating, they are instead asked to join the U.S. team and become celebrities, much to their exhaustion. Instead, they use more Schlorpian tech to try and learn a life lesson from their cheating, but end up learning mostly clichés. Terry is unable to find the rat Jen before the wedding, causing the red goobler to revert to his old behavior and escape, much to Korvo's chagrin. In the sewer, the escaped Jen finds love with a rat.|
|14||6||"The Apple Pencil Pro"||Kim Arndt||Ariel Ladensohn||March 26, 2021||2LBF06|
|At an Apple Store, the Solar Opposites encounter a pig monstrosity Genius Bar employee, Peter, that accuses them of torturing him, sending the family to jail. Though none of them can remember him, the family's attorney tells them that an annoyed Korvo created the pig, Peter, during a ribfest block party so Peter could make the best ribs and fixings. Korvo and the family subsequently kept him imprisoned in the basement, repeatedly winning rib contests, until Peter escaped while the family was distracted by Terry driving donuts on the front lawn. Assuming they are being framed, they narrow their list to three possible suspects who Korvo, Terry, and Yumyulack had each wronged. After escaping with the help of the Pupa, they find ribfest ribbons and trophies in their home and are convinced that they did in fact create Peter. In court, they accept the punishment of death for Peter's torture, until he suggests a more painful method: subjecting them to gloves full of bullet ants. While the family is being tortured, the truth is revealed—the three suspects, led by the teacher Yumyulack gave Wolverine-style metal bones to, in fact orchestrated the creation and torture of Peter to get their revenge at the Solar Opposites for what they did to them. Inside the Wall, Halk catches the murderer, who reveals that there is a hole in the wall that Tim knows about. Tim persuades Halk to work with him, and the latter announces that it was a cricket killing people.|
|15||7||"The Unlikely Demise of Terry's Favorite Shot Glass"||Bob Suarez||Joe Saunders||March 26, 2021||2LBF07|
|After being stabbed by Tim and thrown out of the Wall, Cherie wakes up with a broken leg in the Solar Opposites' backyard. She is able to survive long enough to find food. While devouring a giant chicken leg, she finds the Duke also feeding there. Despite their initial conflict, they share pieces of their story and realize that Tim was the villain all along. They begin working together to survive in a toy spaceship and growing close, all while living in fear of Jeff, a possum and the mother of a baby that the Duke injured in self-defense. After suspicions that Cherie is pregnant, the Duke tests it with candy and reveals the truth, that Cherie and Tim will have a baby. He points Cherie in the direction of a Walgreens, but sacrifices himself in order to explode Jeff, causing Terry to drop and break a shot glass when Jeff's remains splatter on the window. The Duke also reveals that his name is Ringo. After giving birth at the bottom of a pez container that Jesse is rapidly eating, Cherie reaches the Wallgreens that turns out to just be marketing billboard. She then resolves to return to the Wall with her baby and named her Pezlie. Cherie makes it back to the wall and plots with Halk to take down Tim.|
|16||8||"The Solar Opposites Almost Get An Xbox"||Annisa Adjani||Josh Bycel|
|March 26, 2021||2LBF08|
|After a party, the Solar Opposites discover that the Pupa has changed color again, and that his light blue finish now means they will all die at midnight, the Pupa will eat them, and finally terraform the planet. They are excited, but while getting his shovel back from a neighbor to dig his own grave, he learns that death is final and there are no do-overs. They think they are fulfilled, but Aisha warns them otherwise. They come up with a lot of ideas of things that will make them happy, but choose only one: travel to Brazil to help a rag-tag water-polo team win a championship. They coach a team and win, but do not feel fulfilled and go fulfilling on their own, but each fail. The Pupa prepares to eat them. They regroup, but only Terry is truly fulfilled, until a fight breaks out and he dies. The others try to kill each other to get fulfilled. After Yumyulack's death, Jesse and Korvo realize that spending time with the people they love is fulfilling just as Korvo dies. Jesse is regretful as she waits to die, however the family is reborn as trees. They hate on their neighbor and all get fulfilled. Hulu reveals a holiday special coming next season.|
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|"WTF is Christmas? (A Solar Opposites Song ft. Darren Criss)"||TBA||Tony Ferrari||November 11, 2021||TBA|
|Korvo tries to remember what Christmas is all about.|
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|17||"A Very Solar Holiday Opposites Special"||Lucas Gray||Mike McMahan||November 22, 2021||2LBF09|
On August 28, 2018, it was announced that Hulu had given the production a series order for two seasons consisting of sixteen episodes. The series was created by Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan who were also expected to serve as executive producers. Production companies involved with the series are slated to consist of 20th Television. On June 18, 2020, Hulu renewed the series for a third season consisting of 12 episodes. On June 22, 2021, Hulu renewed the series for a fourth season consisting of 12 episodes.
The Wall in Yumyulack's room in which he keeps shrunken-down people as prisoners was, as Roiland has noted, one of the duo's initial ideas for the series, as they were interested in a "B-story" that lasted the entire first season.
Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone, and Mary Mack would voice the lead characters in the series.
The first teaser for the series was released on March 25, 2020. The official trailer was released on April 15, 2020. On May 8, 2020, the first season was released. In January 2021, along with a second trailer, it was revealed that the second season would premiere on March 26, 2021, on Hulu. Internationally, the series premiered on Disney+ under the dedicated streaming hub Star as an original series, on February 23, 2021. On June 18, 2020, ahead of the season two premiere, Hulu renewed the series for a third season consisting of 12 episodes, which is set to debut on July 13, 2022.
Warped Kart Racers is an upcoming racing game that will be released to Apple Arcade in May 2022. The game features The Solar Opposites, and will also include characters from Family Guy, American Dad! and King of the Hill.
On Rotten Tomatoes the season 1 has an approval rating of 92% based on reviews from 36 critics, with an average rating of 7.56/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Charming, hilarious, and surprisingly sincere, Solar Opposites revels in the ridiculousness of life while finding a few fresh things to say about humanity along the way." On Metacritic it has a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes season 2 has an approval rating of 100% based on reviews from 7 critics.
Alex McLevy of The A.V. Club gave the show a B grade and calls it "a mischievous cousin of 3rd Rock from the Sun" while saying it doesn't stray too far from the template Roiland set with Rick and Morty. McLevy feels the show is still finding its feet, but "Luckily, the humor is so reliably strong, the pacing so breakneck as it races from one plot to the next, that it's hard not to be won over by Solar Opposites' avalanche of charm." Dan Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote; "The early episodes have certain limited windows of continuity or running gags... but the show becomes increasingly serialized; things that seem like they might be throw-away become unexpectedly important."
According to Hulu, the series was the number 1 most watched show since its debut on May 8, 2020 to May 12, 2020.