The Big Door Prize
Based onThe Big Door Prize
by M.O. Walsh
Developed byDavid West Read
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producers
  • David West Read
  • Miky Lee
  • Hyun Park
  • David Ellison
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Bill Bost
Running time29–35 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseMarch 29, 2023 (2023-03-29) –
present (present)

The Big Door Prize is an American comedy television series based on the book of the same name by M.O. Walsh that premiered on Apple TV+ on March 29, 2023.[2] In April 2023, the series was renewed for a second season.[3]


In the grocery store of a small town, a machine appears that is seemingly able to predict the "Life Potential" of those who consult it.



Season 1 (2023)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Dusty"Anu ValiaDavid West ReadMarch 29, 2023 (2023-03-29)
22"Cass"Anu ValiaSarah WalkerMarch 29, 2023 (2023-03-29)
33"Jacob"Molly McGlynnCraig RowinMarch 29, 2023 (2023-03-29)
44"Father Reuben"Molly McGlynnCorinne StikemanApril 5, 2023 (2023-04-05)
55"Trina"Todd BiermannAmanda RosenbergApril 12, 2023 (2023-04-12)
66"Beau"Todd BiermannDian QiApril 19, 2023 (2023-04-19)
77"Giorgio"Jenée LaMarqueCraig RowinApril 26, 2023 (2023-04-26)
88"Izzy"Jenée LaMarqueSarah WalkerMay 3, 2023 (2023-05-03)
99"Deerfest: Part One"Declan LowneyAmanda Rosenberg & Corinne StikemanMay 10, 2023 (2023-05-10)
1010"Deerfest: Part Two"Declan LowneyDavid West ReadMay 17, 2023 (2023-05-17)

Season 2

The first through tenth episodes are written by David West Read, Amanda Rosenberg, Craig Rowin, Corinne Stikeman, Sarah Walker, Olive Lorraine & David West Read, Amanda Rosenberg & Corinne Stikeman, Craig Rowin, Sarah Walker, and David West Read, respectively.[4]


It was announced in May 2021 that Apple TV+ had greenlit a ten-episode series based on the book, with David West Read set to serve as showrunner.[1] In December, Chris O'Dowd was cast to star,[5] with Gabrielle Dennis, Damon Gupton, Josh Segarra and Sammy Forulas also added to the cast.[6] In February 2022, Djouliet Amara, Ally Maki and Crystal R. Fox joined the cast.[7] In April 2023, Apple TV+ renewed the series for a second season.[3]

Principal photography for season one took place in December 2021 in Georgia.[8] Scenes for the show were shot in and around the Canton Theatre in Canton, Georgia.[9] Filming for season two began January 23 and wrapped on May 2, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.[10]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with an average rating of 7.2/10, based on 37 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Turning a high concept into a grounded good time, The Big Door Prize realizes its full potential thanks to a lovable cast of relatable characters."[11] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 71 out of 100 based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]


  1. ^ His whistling is performed by American voice actor Joe Zieja.


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  2. ^ "Apple TV+ Sets Premiere Date for New Comedy "The Big Door Prize" from Emmy Award-Winning Creator David West Read" (Press release). Apple. February 16, 2023. Retrieved February 16, 2023 – via The Futon Critic.
  3. ^ a b White, Peter (April 5, 2023). "'The Big Door Prize' Renewed For Season 2 At Apple". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  4. ^ "The Big Door Prize". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (December 7, 2021). "Chris O'Dowd to Star in Apple Comedy Series Big Door Prize From Schitt's Creek Alum David West Read". Variety. Archived from the original on February 5, 2022. Retrieved February 5, 2022.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (December 16, 2021). "The Big Door Prize: Gabrielle Dennis, Damon Gupton, Josh Segarra & Sammy Fourlas Join Apple TV+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 5, 2022. Retrieved February 5, 2022.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (February 7, 2022). "The Big Door Prize: Djouliet Amara, Ally Maki & Crystal Fox Round Out Series Regular Cast For Apple TV+ Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 7, 2022. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  8. ^ Ho, Rodney (January 15, 2022). "What's filming in Georgia in January 2022?". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on July 17, 2022. Retrieved February 5, 2022.
  9. ^ "The Big Door Prize". Explore Canton, GA. Retrieved September 15, 2023.
  10. ^ "The Big Door Prize (Season 2)". Film & Television Industry Alliance. January 9, 2023. Archived from the original on January 23, 2023. Retrieved January 23, 2023.
  11. ^ "The Big Door Prize: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  12. ^ "The Big Door Prize: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved March 30, 2023.