The Awesomes
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From left to right: Concierge, Muscleman, Frantic, Hotwire, Sumo, Perfect Man, Gadget Gal, Impresario, Prock
Created bySeth Meyers
Mike Shoemaker
StarringSeth Meyers
Ike Barinholtz
Emily Spivey
Taran Killam
Kenan Thompson
Bobby Lee
Paula Pell
Rashida Jones
Bill Hader
Josh Meyers
Rachel Dratch
ComposerMichael Tavera
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30 (list of episodes)
Executive producersSeth Meyers
Mike Shoemaker
Lorne Michaels
Andrew Singer
Mark McJimsey
ProducerJudd Winick
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesBroadway Video
Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions
Bento Box Entertainment
Made In Georgia
Hulu Originals
DistributorHulu, LLC
Original networkHulu
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseAugust 1, 2013 (2013-08-01) –
November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)

The Awesomes is an American adult animated comedy streaming 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.


Main article: List of The Awesomes characters

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.


Main article: List of The Awesomes episodes

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)

International release

In Canada, The Awesomes aired on MUCH and on Teletoon's Teletoon at Night[1] and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim late-night programming blocks.[2] It also aired in the United States on Comedy Central and TBS and in Quebec on Télétoon's Télétoon la nuit block.[3]


See also: LGBTQ representation in The Awesomes

In July 2007, Syfy gave a script commitment to the series.[4] Syfy later passed on making the show, but MTV gave it a script commitment in June 2009.[5] After MTV passed, Hulu gave it a 10 episode, straight to series order in April 2013.[6]

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.[7][8] The second season premiered on August 4, 2014.[9] On August 19, 2014, Hulu renewed The Awesomes for a third season.[10] On December 17, 2015, Hulu canceled The Awesomes after three seasons and did not renew it for a fourth season due to low ratings.[11][12]

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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  3. ^ "Les Awesomes s'emparent de Télétoon la nuit".
  4. ^ "Sci Fi's Development Slate Delivers Intrepid Mix of Inspired Fantasy, Mythical Adventures and Superpowered Comedy". The Futon Critic. 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
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  10. ^ "Seth Meyers & Mike Shoemaker's 'The Awesomes' Nabs Third Season On Hulu". August 19, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Awesomes Canceled By Hulu After 3 Seasons". 18 December 2015.
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