The Awesomes
From left to right: Concierge, Muscleman, Frantic, Hotwire, Sumo, Perfect Man, Gadget Gal, Impresario, Prock
Created by
ComposerMichael Tavera
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Executive producers
ProducerJudd Winick
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseAugust 1, 2013 (2013-08-01) –
November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)

The Awesomes is an American adult animated comedy television series created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker for Hulu. Meyers and Shoemaker serve as executive producers alongside Lorne Michaels. It debuted on August 1, 2013 and ended on November 3, 2015.


The show follows a group of superheroes who step in and replace the members of a legendary but disbanding superhero team. Under new leadership, The Awesomes attempt to put themselves back together in the face of intense media and government skepticism.


The Awesomes


The Astoundings

The P.R.I.C.K.S.

The Replacement Awesomes

Dames of Danger

Others with superpowers


Non-Powered Humans


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110August 1, 2013 (2013-08-01)September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)
210August 4, 2014 (2014-08-04)September 29, 2014 (2014-09-29)
310September 8, 2015 (2015-09-08)November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)

Season 1 (2013)

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal release date
1–21–2"Pilot"Seth Meyers & Mike ShoemakerAugust 1, 2013 (2013-08-01)

Part 1: Mr. Awesome retires, and the rest of the Awesomes quit when his son Prock tries to assume leadership. The government decides to stop all funding unless Prock can recruit a new team with the help of his childhood friend Muscleman and one paid staff member, Concierge.

Part 2: Dr. Malocchio hypnotized the entire world to believe that he's good; Prock tries to prove them wrong. Also, a mysterious girl "Hotwire" shows up wanting to join the Awesomes.

Absent: Hotwire (Part 1)
33"Baby Got Backstory"Judd WinickAugust 8, 2013 (2013-08-08)
The team gets trapped in the training room for mysterious reasons, so they decided to tell each other the back stories of how they got their powers. All except for Gadget Gal, who's being attacked in the hallway by her archenemy Tomboy.
44"No Mo' Sumo"Judd WinickAugust 15, 2013 (2013-08-15)
Tim's parents want him to come home, but we soon realize that his parents aren't being completely honest about who they really are. The Awesomes decide to help them get into a secretive hero protection program, causing a chain reaction of deals. At the end of the episode, Prock is warned by a clarivoyant that someone will betray the team.
55"It's a Mad Mad Mad Parallel World"Judd WinickAugust 22, 2013 (2013-08-22)
The team gets sent to an opposite world, Earth 4, where The Awesomes are evil and known as The Astoundings. Prock has to outwit his evil alter ego (Professor Astounding) by working with the good version of Dr. Malocchio so they can get back to their world. Meanwhile the evil Dr. Malocchio is causing trouble in the real world by hypnotizing Joyce and Perfect Man.
66"Robotherapy"Josh WeinsteinAugust 29, 2013 (2013-08-29)
Joyce (hypnotized by Dr. Malocchio) threatens to break up the team unless they submit to robotherapy, a worldwide trend. Most team members are enthusiastic although it seems to reduce their effectiveness as superheroes. However, Prock and Gadget Gal refuse because they distrust both robots and therapy, so they're kicked out of headquarters, along with Hotwire, who was suspected of covering something up during therapy. Later, the robots use the therapy session information to blackmail humanity.
77"Paternity"Seth MeyersSeptember 5, 2013 (2013-09-05)
Muscleman faces an intergalactic paternity suit, and Impresario and Frantic must defend him on an alien talk show. However, Muscleman lets it slip that Frantic and Impresario may help him escape, causing both to be tied up. Meanwhile, Prock learns the meaning of delegation when Tim and Gadget Gal go on their first solo mission.
88"Pageant"Josh WeinsteinSeptember 12, 2013 (2013-09-12)
Frantic is chosen to judge a third-tier beauty pageant, but Gadget Gal suspects it might be a trap. Having been voted the least fun member of the team, Prock tries to loosen up. Meanwhile, Hotwire tries to track down a special device.
99"The Super-Hero Awards, Part 1"Seth Meyers & Mike ShoemakerSeptember 19, 2013 (2013-09-19)
The first annual Superhero Awards take place at the White House. Confirming Prock's suspicions, Dr. Malocchio reveals two secret weapons - one of whom is a member of The Awesomes.
1010"The Super-Hero Awards, Part 2"Seth Meyers & Mike ShoemakerSeptember 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)
All the world's superheroes are rendered powerless, except The Awesomes. Prock must reconcile with Hotwire in order to stop Dr. Malocchio and shut off the laser. However, Malocchio sets off a timed bomb. As Frantic evacuates the team out, Prock is told by Hotwire to leave the building without her, which results in the explosion of the building and Prock assuming her to be dead.

Season 2 (2014)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Hotwire's Funeral"Sean CoyleDan MintzAugust 4, 2014 (2014-08-04)
Malocchio's will left his son the last vial of the serum that made him evil and superpowered. Meanwhile, the mysterious superhero vigilante Metal Fella appears on the scene and Prock is desperate to catch him.
122"People vs. Perfect Man"Sean CoyleBen WarheitAugust 4, 2014 (2014-08-04)
Perfect Man stands accused of treason and goes to trial for his violent actions under Malocchio's influence. Prock attempts to defend him and he unexpectedly falls in love with the opposing attorney Jaclyn Stone.
133"Destination Deading"Sean CoyleDan LevyAugust 11, 2014 (2014-08-11)

The team battles hotel surcharges, tiresome conversations, and a poorly planned reception during a trip to Catalina Island for Muscleman's sister's wedding. Meanwhile, Malocchio Jr. hires an ape named Elliot to attack the Awesomes at the wedding, whilst being a guest there.

Absent: Hotwire/Metal Fella
144"Tim Goes to School"Sean CoyleAlex BazeAugust 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)
The Awesomes follow Tim back to school when the government mandates that all superheroes under the age of 18 receive a high school diploma. Tim struggles with bullies until he reveals his super powers. Prock has trouble keeping texts from women who are attracted to him a secret from Jaclyn. Malocchio Jr. proceeds to form an evil team, injecting Elliot (who now wants to be called Jeff) and main antagonist of the episode Pablo with the evil serum.
155"The Awesomes' Awesome Show"Sean CoyleJudd WinickAugust 25, 2014 (2014-08-25)

TV producer Lola Gold entices The Awesomes to boost their profile by starring in a reality show, resulting in Frantic revealing a big secret in an attempt to be more famous.

Absent: Hotwire/Metal Fella
166"Made Man"Sean CoyleBen WarheitSeptember 1, 2014 (2014-09-01)

Impresario faces his toughest challenge when his mom starts dating Mademan, an older superhero. Gadget Gal plays a high-stakes poker game with her former teammates, throwing Tim into her games in the process.

Absent: Hotwire/Metal Fella
177"Secret Santa"Sean CoyleDan LevySeptember 8, 2014 (2014-09-08)
Just as Prock prepares to leave to visit and meet Jaclyn's parents, a new enemy with the appearance of Santa Claus manipulates children to commit crimes all over the globe. While trying to change the day of his flight, Prock disguises as a child to get the attention of "Animal Control."
188"Euro-Awesomes"Sean CoyleJudd WinickSeptember 15, 2014 (2014-09-15)
The theft of a deadly weapon takes the team across the Atlantic to Europe, where they meet the Euro-Awesomes. When Metal Fella/Hotwire follows the Awesomes to Europe, she short circuits the suit unintentionally and reveals her identity. Meanwhile back in America, Malocchio Jr. recruits Jaclyn to be a member of the PRICKS.
199"Day of Awesomes, Part 1"Sean CoyleDan MintzSeptember 22, 2014 (2014-09-22)
The Awesomes are celebrated with a revival of "The Day of Awesomes," but the PRICKS crash the parade to distract the Awesomes while Malocchio Junior heads back to Awesome Mountain to open a portal to another planet to get a device to destroy the entire planet.
2010"Day of Awesomes, Part 2"Sean CoyleJudd WinickSeptember 29, 2014 (2014-09-29)
Prock and the team chase after the PRICKS throughout the planet, facing imitating birds and strange flora in the process. Meanwhile, Mr. Awesome tries a blood transfusion with Malocchio which turns him evil unintentionally.

Season 3 (2015)

On August 19, 2014, Hulu renewed The Awesomes for a third season,[1] which premiered on September 8, 2015 on Hulu.[2]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
211"Seaman's Revenge"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzAlison Bennett≠September 8, 2015 (2015-09-08)
When undersea creatures stage a series of attacks on land, the Awesomes visit an old friend, Seaman (Andy Samberg) at the bottom of the ocean; Mr. Awesome returns to Earth.
222"Villain-Tine's Day"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzDan Mintz & Dan LevySeptember 8, 2015 (2015-09-08)
Valentine's Day is ruined when Villain Tine steals all the roses in the world; Hotwire's Metal Fella suit goes rogue; Muscleman faces the wrath of a jilted lover; the public looks to Mr. Awesome to fix the mess.
233"Les Miserawesomes"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzJosh MeyersSeptember 15, 2015 (2015-09-15)
When Perfect Man and Impresario fix up France for Mademoiselle Hunchback to return home, the Awesomes are invited to a dinner party. However, a poison in the wine causes everyone, except for Concierge, Tim, and Prock, to sing incessantly. Meanwhile, Impresario starts a controversy with Perfect Man when he "steals" his bread.
244"Awesomes for Hire"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzDavid ParkerSeptember 22, 2015 (2015-09-22)
Due to the events of the previous episode, Joyce Mandrake fires the Awesomes, with the exception of Perfect Man, so Mr. Awesome can replace them with new members. Stuck living with Prock's mother Jill and her new husband Jeffery, Prock suggests they become a team of heroes that are hired to help for normal situations. But when they have to help a little girl find her bike, they discover that being heroes for hire is not too different.
255"Indiana Johnson and the Nazi Granddaughters"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzBen WarheitSeptember 29, 2015 (2015-09-29)
While adjusting to life as Awesomes for Hire, Prock receives a letter from an old companion of the Awesomes, Indiana Johnson, whose partner has gone missing while searching for a mysterious jewel that can bring the dead back to life. While on the journey to find him, Indiana discovers that his partner was killed by a trio of teenage girls who are granddaughters of Nazis, led by MacKenzie Hitler, the granddaughter of Adolf Hitler, who also want the jewel to revive their grandfathers.
266"The Dames of Danger"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzAlison BennettOctober 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)
Soon after Hotwire discovers she is pregnant with Prock's child, she, along with Gadget Gal and Concierge, attend a feminist award ceremony, where they discover that Muscleman's sister, Lady Malocchio, Jaclyn, and Joyce Mandrake all have associations with a secret female team, known as the Dames of Danger. Concierge, Gadget Gal, and an unwilling Hotwire attend their mission with them to go hunt down a villain known as Backstory. Meanwhile, the men of the Awesomes decide to hold their own "man awards," with Jeffrey.
277"The Awesomes Reloaded"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzStory by : Judd Winick
Teleplay by : Josh Meyers
October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)
Mr. Awesome hires two villains to knock out the Awesomes and hook them into a simulator, in order to find their weaknesses. In this simulator, the Awesomes only know each other as friends and do not have their respective superpowers. Prock is a sheriff, Muscleman is a construction worker, Frantic becomes a track coach, Impresario becomes an art teacher, Gadget Gal is a doctor, Tim is a rebellious student, Concierge is a librarian and Hotwire is Prock's heavily pregnant wife. But when Perfect Man and the New Awesomes start playing the simulator like a dangerous video game, Perfect Man goes in as a landlord to get the Awesomes back to reality.
288"The GayFather"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzAlex BazeOctober 20, 2015 (2015-10-20)
Frantic's boyfriend ends things between them, leaving him distraught, so, while Prock, Perfect Man and Muscleman head out on the road for a business trip, the others take him to a club, where he meets Christopher. Clearly in love, Frantic is oblivious to the fact that his new boyfriend is an active member of the Gay Mafia, a supervillain team consisting of gay men who plan to contaminate the water supply to force closeted gay men to come out. Meanwhile, as Prock, Muscleman and Perfect Man journey to pick up a file for Mr. Awesome, Perfect Man has flashbacks and begins to question his life.
299"Super(hero) Tuesday"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzDavid ParkerOctober 27, 2015 (2015-10-27)
Dr. Malocchio finally arrives to Earth, but none of the Awesomes are happy to see him. Hotwire however is grateful that her father is alive, and instantly believes him when Malocchio tells her of Mr. Awesome being evil. To get evidence that he is indeed evil to Prock, Hotwire sneaks into Awesome Mountain and discover the file Prock picked up in the previous episode. To avoid Perfect Man getting in the way, Mr. Awesome cryogenically freezes him, but Hotwire finds him while hiding from the Replacement Awesomes. Meanwhile back at the Kaplan residence, Dr. Malocchio tries to find a superhero with good cells the equivalent to Mr. Awesome's.
3010"The Final Showdown"Sean Coyle & Jason ShwartzDan Mintz & Dan LevyNovember 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)
Desperate to get his hands on the Destroyo Bullet, a bullet consisting of radioactive material that can kill him, Mr. Awesome locks Joyce Mandrake in a safe to avoid her interference. As Impresario, Tim, Frantic and Gadget Gal face off against the Mr. Awesome, Prock frees Perfect Man. Annoyed, Mr. Awesome shoots Perfect Man with the Destroyo Bullet, but breaks down in guilt over killing his son. However, it turns out to be a fake death, allowing Prock to inject his father with the blood of Perfect Man. One year later, Hotwire has given birth to hers and Prock's daughter and everybody is residing in Italy due to Awesome Mountain being destroyed. Just as Mr. Awesome remembers the second reason he ran for president, a large UFO looms over the Awesomes, threatening their lives.

International release

In Canada, The Awesomes aired on Teletoon's Teletoon at Night[3] and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim late-night programming blocks.[4] It also aired in Quebec on Télétoon's Télétoon la nuit block.[5]


See also: Adult animation in the United States § Streaming services

In July 2007, Syfy gave a script commitment to the series.[6] Syfy later passed on making the show, but MTV gave it a script commitment in June 2009.[7] After MTV passed, Hulu gave it a 10 episode, straight to series order in April 2013.[8]

Season 1 was sponsored by Jack Link's Beef Jerky. The product appeared in mid-credits scenes.

The show marks Hulu's second foray into original scripted programming. The first season premiered online on August 1, 2013. On September 19, 2013, it was reported that Hulu had announced The Awesomes had been renewed for a second season.[9][10] The second season premiered on August 4, 2014.[11] On August 19, 2014, Hulu renewed The Awesomes for a third season.[1] On December 17, 2015, Hulu canceled The Awesomes after three seasons and did not renew it for a fourth season due to low ratings.[12][13]

The Awesomes was the first time Michael Tavera composed music for an adult animated series. Tavera has been well known for composing music for Cartoon Network's Time Squad, Disney's Lilo & Stitch: The Series, and Kids' WB's ¡Mucha Lucha!. Judd Winick, creator of The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, was the show's producer.

Connection to Saturday Night Live

The Awesomes had a strong association with the NBC weekly TV series Saturday Night Live, having starred many current and former SNL cast members including Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Colin Quinn, Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Andy Samberg, Chris Kattan, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Noël Wells, Nasim Pedrad and Aidy Bryant as well as SNL writers Steve Higgins, Emily Spivey, Paula Pell, Tim Robinson, Alex Baze and John Lutz. Lorne Michaels served as executive producer, as he has with many other SNL-associated shows. Meyers created the show and Meyers, Killam, Thompson, and Hader all had starring roles while Moynihan, Dratch, Rudolph, Forte, Poehler, McKinnon, Strong and Quinn each had either recurring roles or played various small parts. Of these cast members and writers, Colin Quinn was the only one whose time at SNL did not overlap with Meyers.

Connection to MADtv

Ike Barinholtz, Bobby Lee, Josh Meyers, Taran Killam, and David Herman were all cast members from the Fox series MADtv.


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