The Great North
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GenreAnimated sitcom
Created byLizzie Molyneux-Logelin & Wendy Molyneux & Minty Lewis
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Wendy Molyneux
  • Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin
  • Minty Lewis
  • Tim Dacey
  • Patrick Dacey
Composers
  • John Kimbrough
  • Scott Seiver
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes33
Production
Executive producers
ProducerCaroline Levich (season 2)
EditorDan Earley
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkFox
Picture formatHDTV 720p
Original releaseJanuary 3, 2021 (2021-01-03) –
present (present)

The Great North is an American adult animated sitcom created by Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, and Minty Lewis for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The Molyneux sisters and Lewis serve as executive producers along with Loren Bouchard, the series using the same animation style as Bouchard's previous series Bob's Burgers and Central Park.[1] The series premiered on January 3, 2021 and stars Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Will Forte, Dulcé Sloan, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Megan Mullally, and Alanis Morissette.

In June 2020, the series was renewed for a double-length second season ahead of its premiere.[2] In May 2021, the series was renewed for a third season after airing its first season finale.[3] The second season premiered on September 26, 2021.[4] The third season is set to premiere on September 25, 2022.[5]

Premise

Beef Tobin is a single father living in the fictional town of Lone Moose, Alaska with his four children, Wolf, Ham, Judy, and Moon. Beef's life is centered on raising his children and keeping the family together. He is sometimes overbearing and smothering, but his deep love for his family is a central theme in each episode in the series.[6]

Voice cast

The main characters of The Great North (clockwise from top): Beef Tobin, Judy Tobin, Honeybee Shaw, Wolf Tobin, Ham Tobin, and Moon Tobin (on Ham’s back)
The main characters of The Great North (clockwise from top): Beef Tobin, Judy Tobin, Honeybee Shaw, Wolf Tobin, Ham Tobin, and Moon Tobin (on Ham’s back)

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
111January 3, 2021 (2021-01-03)May 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)
222September 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)May 22, 2022 (2022-05-22)

Season 1 (2021)

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11"Sexi Moose Adventure"Carlos Ramos & Casey CroweLizzie Molyneux-Logelin & Wendy Molyneux & Minty LewisJanuary 3, 2021 (2021-01-03)1LBW012.34[7]
Beef Tobin wants to host Judy's sweet sixteenth birthday on the family boat. However, the planned festivities are interrupted when a moose gets into the house and steals some of Beef's ex-wife's belongings. Beef is distraught at the loss of these possessions, as Beef has difficulties letting go of his ex-wife and accepting change. Shortly after, Judy gets a job at the mall; however, the kids don't want to tell Beef because they think he will have a hard time processing the change. Meanwhile, Honeybee confesses that she wants to move into the family's wood cabin. Wolf rejects the idea, telling her that Beef would not take it well emotionally. Beef talks to Judy's boss and finds out about her job. He is distraught, as the children predicted, and wants to stop all the recent changes. To get back to normalcy, Beef tries to find the moose that stole his ex-wife's things to get them back. The family splits up looking for him. When Beef finds the moose, he aggravates it. The moose attacks, and Beef twists his ankle. He is found by Judy and saved by Moon. At the end of the episode, Beef accepts that change is okay and begins to look forward to the future.
22"Feast of Not People Adventure"Joel MoserMinty LewisJanuary 17, 2021 (2021-01-17)1LBW036.10[8]
The whole town is excited for the upcoming Feast of Not People. At the festival, the townsfolk celebrate that they are not cannibals, in contrast to the days when early settlers had to eat each other to survive. However, the famous Cake Lady, who bakes a cake for the celebration each year, is arrested. The cake is the centerpiece of the festival, so Ham decides to become the new Cake Lady to save the day. He keeps this a secret from his family, who worry that without the cake the feast will be a flop. Unfortunately, Ham feels too much pressure and cannot bake. Judy eventually helps him, and they bake a fabulous cake. The two grow closer than ever as siblings. Meanwhile, Wolf tries to impress Beef by running the Cadaver Race at the feast, revealing that he has trained for months. The race goes poorly, but Beef tells Wolf that he is very proud of him, as winning isn't all that matters.
33"Avocado Barter Adventure"Will StrodeGabe DelahayeFebruary 21, 2021 (2021-02-21)1LBW041.16[9]
Wolf wants to host a Shrek-themed dinner for Honeybee's 6-month-anniversary in order to show his love for her. He enlists the entire family's help to make decorations and prepare food. When Honeybee mentions having a dream about avocados, Wolf impulsively decides to make guacamole as a gift, but he soon discovers avocados are rare. Wolf delegates the party-planning to Ham and Beef, and he takes Moon on a fierce scavenger hunt to find avocados. Meanwhile, Ham and Beef create themed Shrek decorations for the dinner despite neither of them recalling any accurate details about the movie. Throughout all this, Judy interviews Honeybee about Honeybee's complicated past and how she met Wolf. Near the end of the "trading chain", Wolf and Moon have lost their original gift of a couples' massage and only have a box of pears mistaken for avocados. Wolf realizes that Honeybee might not actually like guacamole at all. The time of the event arrives, and Honeybee finds the Shrek decorations humorous, and tells Wolf that she doesn't need gifts to know that he loves her, and that she appreciates grand romantic gestures.
44"Romantic Meat-Based Adventure"Carlos Ramos & Paul ScarlataLizzie Molyneux-Logelin & Wendy MolyneuxFebruary 28, 2021 (2021-02-28)[a]1LBW020.97[11]
Judy is about to kiss Steven Huang, but she backs out at the last minute. Judy talks to Alanis about this, noting that she developed a fear of kissing after she kissed her first boyfriend and his hair got stuck in her braces. Worried that her reticence is genetic, Judy decides to try to get Beef back into the dating ring, to prove they both can find love. Beef is initially resistant, but agrees. Meanwhile, Moon takes in a sick bird to teach it to fly. The family tries to coach Beef in preparation for his date, but he is a miserable failure and does not know how to socialize. Beef meets a lady named Dell who he likes, but she rejects him. Moon hurts himself showing the bird how to fly. Dell admits to Beef that she thinks she is cursed when it comes to dating, and that she actually likes him. Judy talks to Beef, who hypothesizes that her fear of relationships actually developed right after his wife left, and convinces her that they'll be okay. He drives her to the Meet and Meat bar, where Steven works, and she kisses him.
55"Curl Interrupted Adventure"Joel MoserMatt LawtonMarch 7, 2021 (2021-03-07)[a]1LBW051.05[12]
Beef's curling team is in trouble, and Judy comes to resent his not choosing to let her help him, even though she is very good at the game, due to an incident in the past when she cut off another player's pigtail. Judy convinces Beef to let her play if she treats the other players nicely this time. They have fun together coaching the team, until the game arrives and Beef worries that she is being mean. Judy blows up when she thinks their team is losing the game. Beef fires her, but she admits she was wrong and the two decide to find something new to do together. Meanwhile, Wolf gets control of the family boat and decides to open it up to sunset sails. The first couple, Werner and Ziska, leaves, unenthused. Beef manages to get them to come back, but Ziska leaves Werner and he sulks off, saddened. Beef and Judy take up improv and Werner stays with the family for a few days.
66"Pride & Prejudance Adventure"Neil GrafCharlie KellyMarch 14, 2021 (2021-03-14)1LBW061.12[13]
Judy talks to Alanis early in the morning about taking her long-time crush Crispin to the Thomas Wintersbone Memorial Ladies' Choice Dance. However, she feels awkward and doesn't ask Crispin. Her boss, Alyson, prompts her to, but Crispin takes a liking to Ham, even though he reluctantly says yes to Judy so he can meet up with Ham at the dance. At the dance, Ham and Crispin kiss, and Ham leaves so as not to disappoint Judy after she sees it. Judy envisions Thomas Wintersbone himself, and he cheers her up by revealing that they got the story wrong, and he was gay. Judy makes everything better by pulling the fire alarm so every has to leave the dance floor and flood outside and letting Ham reinvite Crispin to the dance. Meanwhile, Beef's brother Brian and his daughter Becca come to town, and Beef is afraid he is growing out of the old things they used to enjoy, especially when Brian blames him for ruining a pitch meeting.
77"Period Piece Adventure"Will StrodeMichelle Badillo & Caroline LevichMarch 21, 2021 (2021-03-21)1LBW070.92[14]
Judy is excited to be able to finally express her creative side when the school selects her and her art club to repaint the school's mural. When Alyson gets involved, the club learns that the school uses outdated feminine hygiene products and the mural quickly changes topics, much to Judy's chagrin. Judy goes to Alanis, who gives her the ideas of how to solve it. When the whole thing is cancelled, Judy blows up at the whole group, until she finds out a secret. Meanwhile, after Beef is accused to kicking over a local garden gnome in the town newspaper, Honeybee suspects he is being framed and goes on a mission to clear his name. After finding that the shoe print that was left at the crime scene did not match his foot size, she goes to a shoe expert, who sold Beef the shoe recently. Honeybee, Wolf, and Moon find out that Beef is guilty and interrogate him. Finally, Honeybee realizes that it was Junkyard Kyle who knocked over the gnome.
88"Keep Beef-lievin' Adventure"Joel MoserTed TravelsteadApril 11, 2021 (2021-04-11)1LBW081.03[15]
Moon is increasingly discouraged in his attempts to prove Bigfoot exists, and begins doubting its existence. To cheer him up, the family takes Moon to an event of Bigfoot watchers, but an argument with an attendee turns into an outburst where he declares Bigfoot non-existent. Beef, worried that Moon is losing his sense of childhood wonder, hatches a plan to help Moon by faking a Bigfoot sighting. Meanwhile Honeybee's brother Jerry arrives from Fresno, looking to move to Alaska. Honeybee, familiar with the pattern where her brother does what she does then is unhappy doing it, tries to dissuade him with help from Wolf by showing him a rigorous Alaska work day, with several mishaps and injuries. After helping Beef's plan by dressing as Bigfoot and walking past Moon's school, Jerry is convinced to stay and do events in the costume.
99"Tusk in the Wind Adventure"Neil GrafKevin AveryApril 18, 2021 (2021-04-18)1LBW090.94[16]
Beef and Wolf encounter Tusk Johnson, former star of a TV series about living in the wilderness, and offer to help him start a new show after hearing of how his sidekick took the show and Tusk's wife. However, Beef feels Tusk is a bad influence and during shooting of an episode, Wolf is nearly killed in when caught in a trawler net Tusk carelessly moved with a crane, and Beef kicks Tusk out. At a family dinner out, a disheartened Wolf discovers Tusk outside and the truth that Beef made him leave and storms out. Wolf is tricked into attempting to steal golden eagle eggs for Tusk only to become stuck on a log over a crevasse, requiring Beef to save him. Meanwhile, the others become addicted to Dynasty from VHS tapes left behind by Kathleen, only to find Beef taped over the sixth season, but Beef later presents them with DVDs of the last three seasons.
1010"Game of Snownes Adventure"Neil GrafKashana CauleyMay 9, 2021 (2021-05-09)1LBW120.84[17]

The Tobins are preparing for family game-night when the town is hit by a powerful blizzard. Wolf and Honeybee set out from the guest cabin to the main house, but quickly get lost and separated in the whiteout conditions. Beef, anxious about his family drifting apart, treks into the storm to rescue them, but soon becomes lost himself. Judy, Ham, and Moon go after Beef, but their anchor-ropes fail and soon the entire family is lost in the storm. Beef runs into Wolf, and they ignites a fire from the alcohol in Wolf's Thermos, which attracts Judy, Ham, and Moon. Honeybee, having found the toolshed, turns on the floodlights and an old radio, successfully drawing the family to shelter. Beef is impressed by Honeybee's survival skills and comforted by knowing she will take good care of Wolf, as the rest of the family enjoys game-night.

Meanwhile, Jerry and Alyson become snowed-in at the mall by the storm. To pass the time, Allyson decides to re-stage some old vacation photos of herself and enlists Jerry as a stand-in for her old roommate Anthony, who appears in every photo. As the reshoots continue, Alyson realizes that she misses Anthony, who moved to Arizona several years ago. Jerry empathizes with Alyson, having similarly lost touch with his friends after moving to Alaska, and they decide to befriend each other.
1111"My Fart Will Go on Adventure"Will StrodeLaura Hooper Beck & Mike OlsenMay 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)1LBW130.81[18]
The family is making final preparations for Wolf and Honeybee's Titanic-themed wedding when Judy discovers that, due an error on the invite list, their estranged mother Kathleen has RSVP'd as a "Maybe". Worried that she will almost certainly disrupt the wedding, the siblings conspire to prevent her attendance without Beef knowing; Alyson suggests a "shadow wedding" to distract Kathleen while the real wedding happens, but the plan is compromised when Beef learns of his ex-wife's RSVP. As the plan takes form, Wolf expresses his exasperation over the fake wedding when Honeybee's family overhears; the Tobins are forced to reveal their family secret to the Shaws, who reassure them that no family is perfect and they are happy that Wolf and Honeybee are in love. The fake-wedding plan is abandoned, and the family proceeds with the real wedding, which is disrupted only by the late appearance of the actress who played a baby in the film - invited by Honeybee as a surprise gift to Wolf. The wedding is a success and the reception continues without a hitch, as the family learns that Kathleen apparently travelled to Tulsa instead.

Season 2 (2021–22)

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121"Brace/Off Adventure"Mario D'AnnaCaroline LevichSeptember 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)2LBW021.85[20]
In a musical episode, Judy is excited to go to the dentist, only to learn from the latest hire, Dr. Gary, that her braces can removed at her follow up appointment. Judy wrestles with her identity apart from her braces, which she loves. Her friends are excited, because her lack of braces will mean she can sneak into an adults-only poetry slam with them. Her teacher posits that Judy's discomfort has more to do with growing up and having to choose her future as an adult. Her family comfort her, saying that she can take her time to figure out adulthood and showing her that she's managed scary life changes just fine in the past. At her follow up appointment, her regular dentist, Dr. Helena, informs her that Dr. Gary, her son, was wrong and that Judy will likely have braces for most of her life. Judy celebrates her newfound confidence with her friends at a teens-only poetry slam held in Gil's basement. Meanwhile, the Tobins try to replace their beloved toaster, but replacement units keep burning out, until they realize the outlet voltage was too high.
132"The Great Punkin' Adventure"Celestino MarinaMatt LawtonOctober 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)2LBW010.99[21]
Lone Moose's annual banquet is coming up. Mayor Peppers gives Honeybee and Wolf an opportunity to produce a tribute video for the town. They film hours of footage based on various ideas shot across town. Meanwhile, Ham is recruited by some classmates to sing in their punk band after they hear his ability to scream. Unsure of what constitutes a "punk attitude", Ham hears his bandmates complaining about their parents. Despite his positive relationship with Beef, Ham writes a song calling parents jerks and complaining about the activities he and his father share. The band are hired to debut their song at the banquet. Wolf struggles to edit down their hours of footage, but the final film is well received by the residents at the banquet. Worried that Beef will hear his song and be hurt, Ham becomes anxious and flees mid-performance. Outside, Ham apologizes to Beef, who encourages Ham to explore his rebellious side given how agreeable he usually is. Encouraged, Ham decides that being punk is about being honest, and performs his song with changes celebrating parents instead, which the band and the audience enjoy.
143"The Yawn of the Dead Adventure"Joel MoserKevin SecciaOctober 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)1LBW111.99[22]
During the annual period of near total darkness in Alaska, the "Dark Days", Wolf tells the family an urban legend of "lumber zombies"—undead workers created to labor through the Dark Days. Ham and Judy worry that the story is too scary for Moon. At school, the children notice strange phenomena: a lumbering figure appearing in the fog; students suddenly disappearing; Principal Gibbons approaching Ham and Judy about a new academic experiment he wants them to try. When the power goes out and the school is seemingly deserted, Judy and Ham believe that the school is trying to create student zombies to endlessly take standardized tests to provide funding for the school. Moon is skeptical, but when Ham and Judy once again mistake this for fear, he defiantly sneaks through the school alone and discovers the truth: the power went out and the school sent students home; the lumbering figure was their injured gym teacher sent to find any students who missed the announcement, and Principal Gibbons wanted Judy and Ham to pilot a new tutoring program. At home, the twins apologize to Moon, recognizing that he is growing up. He thanks them, but agrees to a bedtime story. Meanwhile, Beef undergoes a 24-hour rest and Wolf accidentally destroys Beef's favorite shirt and he and Honeybee enter a shrimp-eating contest to replace it.
154"Wanted: Delmer Alive Adventure"Tom KingMike OlsenOctober 17, 2021 (2021-10-17)2LBW041.05[23]
Beef's elderly friend Delmer suffers a concussion and Beef retrieves him from the hospital. With instructions not to let him sleep for 4 hours, the Tobins elect to keep him awake by recounting their favorite stories of Delmer as told to them by Beef during their childhood. In the first, young Beef and Brian are unable to find their parents and seek Delmer's help, and they uncover an alien abduction plot of the parents of Lone Moose. In the second, a teenage Beef works at Delmer's sleep-away camp, and they must face off against a killer mutant squirrel who kills the other superficial camp counselors. In the last, a nervous soon-to-be-father Beef goes fishing with Delmer and they encounter a giant sea monster searching for its baby. The stories work and Delmer is kept awake for the 4 hours and is in the clear. Privately, Beef thanks Delmer for inspiring all those stories by serving as a parent to him throughout his life when his neglectful parents could not.
165"Beef's Craig Beef Adventure"Will StrodeThomas ReyesOctober 24, 2021 (2021-10-24)1LBW101.17[24]
Beef uncharacteristically fantasizes about buying a Sea-Doo. The family resolve to buy him one by participating in the Herring Run, an annual one-day herring fishing period that can net a full-year's salary. Beef is embarrassed by his midlife crisis, but reluctantly agrees. Beloved and successful fisherman Craig Ptarmigan, whom Beef believes holds a grudge against him despite growing up together, also attends the run. As Beef accepts growing older, the Tobins find their attempts to catch herring thwarted by various accidents. When they are pulled over by a Water Patrolman who admits to being paid off by Craig, the Tobins realize that Craig actually is behind the accidents; he's hated Beef ever since they were teenagers and Beef jokingly embarrassed him at a party, ruining his chances with Kathleen, who Beef later married. Craig attempts to ram their boat, but his ship is damaged and sinks. To save Craig and his crew, Beef cuts his nets open, losing the herring they've caught. On shore, Craig and Beef reconcile, with Beef assuring Craig that he was better off without Kathleen. The Tobins find they managed to catch enough herring to afford to rent a Sea-Doo and go out for a ride together.
176"Skidmark Holmes Adventure"Paul ScarlataLaura Hooper BeckNovember 7, 2021 (2021-11-07)2LBW031.69[25]
Judy throws a boring murder mystery party, but learns that her former friend, Stacey, is throwing a party the same night. Her best friend Kima reassures her it will be okay. When Gil accidentally reveals that he was murderer, Judy's party is ruined. The other guest plan to leave for Stacey's party, but they are all shocked when Kima finds the pizza has been replaced with soiled underwear. The guests remain to figure out who would do such a thing. The pizza parlor sends a replacement pizza, and the delivery girl, Amelia, stays to help them find the culprit. When the replacement pizza is also destroyed, the guests accuse one another. Amelia interrogates the attendees and deduces that Kima and Gil were responsible: sensing Judy's distress over Stacey's competing party, Kima and Gil created an even more interesting mystery by sabotaging the party and ruining the pizzas with the underwear. The other guests admit to having a fun time and Judy thanks Kima when they and Amelia hang out afterward. Meanwhile, Beef goes to hang out with Honeybee and Wolf; Alyson invites herself over, making Beef nervous. Beef attempts to be as "unsexy" as possible toward Alyson, but they cannot resist their mutual attraction, ultimately agreeing to take things slow.
187"Tasteful Noods Adventure"Michael BaylisTed TravelsteadNovember 14, 2021 (2021-11-14)2LBW061.03[26]
Ham lands a job at local Italian restaurant, MommaPoppa's Ristorante, as part of a school assignment. He hopes to learn from them and further his own dessert career. The owners, Momma and Poppa, happily show him the ropes, but Ham is disturbed when he learns that Momma and Poppa cut corners by reusing half-eaten pasta. Meanwhile, Judy's job placement is at the local newspaper and she unsuccessfully seeks out her first big story. Ham expresses discomfort with their practices, and Momma and Poppa attempt to secure his cooperation by expressing their love for him and promising to feature one of his desserts. Ham begins taking photos and confronts Momma and Poppa, who destroy his phone and fire him. Ham reveals the truth to Judy, who uses it for her story, along with photos from Ham's phone, which he managed to save to the cloud. Judy and Ham are shocked when they see the restaurant busy and open again after only a few days of being shut down. Though they are disheartened that nothing they did seemed to mean anything, Beef reassures them that it's still better to do the right thing.
198"Good Beef Hunting Adventure"Neil GrafKevin SecciaNovember 21, 2021 (2021-11-21)2LBW052.15[27]
The guest house toilet breaks, so Honeybee and Wolf stay with the Tobins leading up to Thanksgiving. Honeybee reads a series of children's books owned by the Tobins about a family of Vikings, The Hacking Halvorsons. The new living arrangements cause friction among the siblings: Wolf disapproves of Ham being the chore chief; Ham anxiously tries to plan a Thanksgiving dish for Crispin and his parents; Moon is upset that Ham doesn't have time for him, and the crowding obstructs Judy's attempts to memorize a poem for school. When they all begin arguing, Beef triggers the Beef Hunt, a tradition where the siblings must compete in a series of outdoor survivalist challenges to be given special privileges. As the kids compete, Beef overcomes his phobia of toilets in order to fix the guest bathroom. The kids slowly realize that the challenges are intended to bring them together again through teamwork, culminating with them reciting the Hacking Halvorsons' family oath together. Having fixed the bathroom and his family, Beef congratulates them and they enjoy Thanksgiving together.
209"From Tusk Til Dawn Adventure"Mario D'AnnaKevin AveryNovember 28, 2021 (2021-11-28)2LBW071.81[28]

A reformed Tusk Johnson returns to Lone Moose, sober and engaged. He seeks to make amends and asks the Tobins to throw him a bachelor party. Wolf enthusiastically agrees; Beef is wary. They throw Tusk's party on their boat and are surprised by the attendance of Tusk's former TV sidekick, Dan. Rather than being dead, Dan was in prison after taking the fall for one of Tusk's scams. Tusk apologizes to him and he accepts. While at sea, Dan privately expresses concern to Beef that Tusk is up to something, and Beef gives him access to the ship to help keep an eye on Tusk. However, Dan holds them all hostage, revealing that he never forgave Tusk and has contacted smugglers that have a bounty on Tusk after a previous scam. The smugglers force them all onto their dilapidated ship, making off with Beef's boat and Tusk. Beef realizes his mistrust helped cause this situation, and he and Wolf manage to board their ship and rescue Tusk.

Meanwhile, Honeybee, inspired by her idol Guy Fieri, competes for an open kiosk at the mall with her friend Leslie. When Leslie uses underhanded methods to sabotage the other competitors, Honeybee tricks Leslie into being disqualified, before forfeiting to help a less fortunate contestant win.
2110"Dip the Halls Adventure"Neil GrafThomas ReyesDecember 19, 2021 (2021-12-19)2LBW101.92[29]

Following Honeybee's advice, Beef invites Jerry out to dinner in an attempt to get to know him and buy him a suitable Christmas present. During the awkward dinner, Jerry mentions his favorite Christmas tradition: Christmas dip. Before he can explain it, Jerry realizes his Bigfoot costume has been stolen from Beef's car. They track it to a psychedelic Christmas party, where they learn that the costume was stolen by wealthy local eccentric, Dick Chateau. A former big game hunter, Chateau now collects mascot costumes. At his mansion, he agrees to return it if Beef and Jerry will agree to be encased in a multi-day body cast to create "costumes" of themselves. They manage to escape with the costume. Beef and Jerry both confess to being nervous to spend time together, but admit that their adventure was fun. Jerry reveals that "Christmas dip" is when he and his father would jump into the winter ocean. Knowing him better now, Beef buys him a suitable gift: a wetsuit to continue the tradition.

Meanwhile, when Ham falls ill, the other Tobins take over his job of baking a gingerbread village for the town celebration. Their efforts are a disaster, but Ham recovers in time and makes a new village, expressing his appreciation for their attempts to help regardless.
2211"Dances with Wolfs Adventure"Tom KingCharlie KellyJanuary 2, 2022 (2022-01-02)2LBW091.35[30]

Wolf drives Moon to recorder lessons but discovers they are actually counseling sessions for children of divorce. Though Moon is only interested because of the free ice cream, Wolf finds the sessions helpful for himself. However, a memory of seeing his mother, Kathleen, having an affair with his childhood dance instructor, Marcus, right before his dance recital sends Wolf into crisis, believing the divorce was his fault for introducing them. Moon tricks Wolf into taking him to the dance studio, where the owner reveals that Kathleen and Marcus knew each other long before Wolf took lessons. Moon emphasizes that even if Wolf did introduce them, it still wouldn't have been his fault. Wolf expresses admiration of Moon's maturity, and Moon tells him that he had a great upbringing thanks to Wolf. Wolf dances the routine he never got to perform for the owner and Moon.

Meanwhile, Honeybee runs afoul of an antagonistic pet bald eagle, Toby, who is also an elected council member, owned by another council member, Roy. Despite figuring out a way to have Toby removed from office, Honeybee relents when she realizes how Toby's presence gives Roy confidence to serve.
2312"Beef Mommas House Adventure"Michael BaylisKashana CauleyFebruary 27, 2022 (2022-02-27)2LBW110.94[31]

Moon's friends have been secretly building a sled together when their moms have a weekly "Moms Night". Eager to join in, he tricks Beef into attending. Beef is apprehensive, but bonds with fellow single parents and divorcees Mrs. Tuntley, Marie, and Carissa. When he discovers that Carissa's boyfriend Chumbo is cheating on her, he agonizes on whether to tell her, afraid that breaking the bad news will end their friendship. He decides to tell her the truth, and they all get revenge by freezing Chumbo's snowmobile in a solid block of ice. Afterward, they reaffirm their friendship and support for each other.

Separately, Moon learns that his friends kept their sled a secret because they consider Moon's criticality to be a downer. Moon promises to withhold judgement, but when their sled turns out to be dangerously unsafe, he secretly keeps them out of harm's way before it crashes. They apologize, recognizing that his concerns were valid.

Meanwhile, Honeybee tricks Wolf into thinking an oven mitt is being haunted by a ghost, but learns that while Wolf loves fictional ghost stories, the idea of a real ghost terrifies him. Upon learning the truth, Wolf nevertheless values her efforts.
2413"Saved by the Spells Adventure"Paul ScarlataGabe DelahayeMarch 6, 2022 (2022-03-06)2LBW081.08[32]

Judy revives an old high school pranking society--The Saved by the Spells--but is dismayed when Principle Gibbons transparently attempts to join as an undercover student, "Joey Tictac". Worried that "Joey" will incriminate them, the society stages a tame prank, then ditches Gibbons to do their real prank. Gibbons arrives as himself and punishes them. Judy realizes that Gibbons actually sought to be a part of their prank and was hurt at being excluded, having never had those friendships when he was their age. She apologizes to him and he relents, instead expelling "Joey" for being the prank ringleader. She sends him a t-shirt making him an honorary inductee of the new Saved by the Spells.

Meanwhile, Honeybee and Wolf try to recall what happened following a night of drinking where Wolf got a bellybutton piercing and Honeybee got a tattoo. They eventually learn from Jody Jr. that, drunk on moonshine, they each bet the other and lost. They decide to get matching piercing and tattoos to celebrate making mistakes together.

Separately, Moon begins using a ham radio, but Beef, concerned for Moon's safety with strangers, intercepts his messages and responds while pretending to be different trucker personas.
2514"Stools Rush in Adventure"Mario D'AnnaCarrie CliffordMarch 13, 2022 (2022-03-13)2LBW120.79[33]

Judy auditions for the school musical, but is dismayed when the director, Mrs. McNamara, casts her as an inanimate stool, and casts volleyball player Chrissy as the lead, opposite Judy's former love interest and Chrissy's current boyfriend, Steven. Chrissy cannot sing, and Mrs. McNamara proposes that Judy sing hidden in the orchestra pit, while Chrissy lip syncs. Judy is upset, but when Steven and his understudy are injured, Judy is the only one who knows Steven's part and proposes to play his role with Chrissy while singing both parts on stage. During intermission, Judy finds Chrissy crying and humiliated. Chrissy reveals that she only auditioned to spend time with Steven and is worried that being the lead highlights her inadequacies while Steven will be smitten by Judy's skill. She explains that Mrs. McNamara cast her as the lead and actively worked to stymy Judy out of a personal dislike for her. They both agree that Mrs. McNamara sucks and finish the show together, happy to shine in their respective activities--volleyball and theater--while supporting rather than competing with one another.

Meanwhile, Moon is excited to stay home alone for the first time, but becomes caught in his own Home Alone-style traps.
2615"You've Got Math Adventure"Neil GrafCaroline LevichMarch 20, 2022 (2022-03-20)2LBW140.78[34]

Honeybee learns that Moon is failing math, but is convinced that they just need to find the right context that suits Moon's understanding. Moon confides in her that his difficulty with math makes him secretly believe Beef isn't his true father, since his siblings all look different from him and excel at mathematics. Honeybee helps him investigate three men he thinks may be his real father, though none of them prove to be possible. Encountering a mailman, Reggie, with similar features and tastes, who also struggles with math, Moon entertains that he may be his real father, and enjoys the day shadowing Reggie's on his route. Along the way, Moon demonstrates applied mathematical understanding of outdoor scenarios, confirming Honeybee's suspicions. But when Reggie reveals a history with his mother, Kathleen, Moon becomes devastated at the real possibility that Beef may not be his father. Honeybee comforts him, but they are relieved when Reggie explains that he's been sterile since youth. Honeybee arranges with Moon's teacher to have him take a make-up test with outdoors-based problems, and he passes. Later, Beef tells Moon that he also struggles with math and they hug, Moon fully convinced he is a Tobin.

Meanwhile, a moose becomes attached to the Tobins' van, mistaking it for his calf. The Tobins trick it into imprinting on a busted snowmobile instead, finally freeing their van.
2716"As Goldie as It Gets Adventure"Michael BaylisLaura Hooper BeckMarch 27, 2022 (2022-03-27)2LBW150.82[35]

Ham volunteers at a retirement home and finds it difficult to find time to see Crispin. He meets a resident named Goldie who convinces him to help her throw a birthday party for her late husband, Paul, at their old home, which has since become dilapidated. She also convinces him to sneak the other residents out of the retirement home to attend the party. Goldie and Ham bond by talking about their relationships with Paul and Crispin, respectively. The raucous party ends in the house collapsing, though the attendees all escape unharmed. Returning to the home, Goldie tells Ham that Paul was always busy with work. She thought they would have more time together, but he died suddenly before they could celebrate his birthday; she warns him not to take his time with Crispin for granted. Ham makes time to meet up with Crispin, and they hang out.

Meanwhile, Judy takes a pottery class, but her creations are terrible. Not wanting to discourage her by telling her the truth, the family tries to have her instructor, Kirk, tell her instead, but end up charmed by him and enroll for classes as well.
2817"Dead Moon Walking Adventure"Paul ScarlataMike OlsenApril 10, 2022 (2022-04-10)2LBW160.77[36]

Beef is devastated when his favorite roadside attraction, the Log Museum, loses its lease. He vows to help its curator, Hector, save it by transporting the entire museum to Beef's property using an ancient log rolling technique. However, during transport, the museum dislodges and falls into a ravine. Hector reveals that he actually chose to close the museum because he wants to retire to Miami. Beef understands and Hector gives him one of the exhibits as a parting gift.

Meanwhile, Debbie threatens to beat Moon up after he witnesses her secretly playing with a doll. When all his attempts to appeal to her only end up escalating things, Moon learns from Debbie's mom, Carissa, that Debbie is embarrassed to be seen doing childish things after being bullied in kindergarten for being younger than the other children. Moon brings his own childhood stuffed animal to school to show her that as her friend, he would never tease her for liking her doll and Debbie relents.
2918"Beef's in Toyland Adventure"Neil GrafKevin SecciaApril 24, 2022 (2022-04-24)2LBW170.75[37]
The Mighty Kathleen breaks down, requiring a week for repairs. Beef's friend Londra invites him to join her ship in the meantime, but he declines, as he feels having two captains will result in conflict over captaining styles. To kill time at home, Beef begins playing with porcelain figurines, taking them on an imaginary sailing journey. Judy joins him, but desires for her figurine to be the captain, which Beef refuses. Ham and Moon also join, with Ham and Judy's figurines chaffing under Beef's rigidity and abandoning the ship to captain their own boat and go on a fun adventure. Beef acknowledges that he has difficulty relinquishing control. Judy points out that being in control constantly can mean missing out on fun and unexpected experiences, such as spending time with Londra. Beef later approaches Londra and accepts her offer. Meanwhile, Honeybee and Wolf encounter Wade, the most handsome visitor to Lone Moose they have ever seen. Feeling he could be perfect for show business, they get to know him, intending to take him on as a client for their fledgling celebrity management company. When Wade's personality turns out to be dull, Honeybee and Wolf abandon their plans.
3019"Poetry of the Penals Adventure"Michael BaylisTed TravelsteadMay 1, 2022 (2022-05-01)2LBW180.75[38]

Wolf chaperones the kids on a field trip to the historic Deathcliff Prison, but becomes anxious about proving he's a "fun adult." He sneaks them into an abandoned wing of the prison to locate the solitary confinement cell called The Underwater Coffin. The cell, once used to execute prisoners by drowning, has a clear front wall with holes, flooding at high tide. When the door to the exit is accidentally locked behind them, Wolf takes charge as the cell begins flooding, and climbs out of the cell window, scaling the cliffside to get help. As the rescued kids board the schoolbus, Mr. Golovkin advises Wolf to embrace the fun of adulthood rather than chase his youth.

Meanwhile, Beef is charmed by a local poet Greta, and mistakenly claims to be a poet, causing her to invite him to a poetry reading. Eager to look the part, he receives coaching from Honeybee and Moon. Standing at the mic, however, he admits in verse that he is no poet and asks Greta out on a date, which she accepts.
3120"Say It Again, Ham Adventure"Paul ScarlataCharlie KellyMay 8, 2022 (2022-05-08)2LBW210.71[39]
When Ham expresses disappointment in his drama-free coming out, the Tobins visit Beef's judgmental estranged cousin Danica, who lives in Orca Bay, to give him a dramatic coming out experience. Before he is able to come out to her, the police arrive to arrest Danica, who reveals that she is a wanted criminal. Brandishing a gun, she holds the Tobins hostage in her basement. Honeybee and Wolf, who drove separately, are doing investigation work around town for their true crime podcast based on the unsolved case of they Orca Bay Slicer, a local serial killer. Their investigation leads them to believe that Danica is the Orca Bay Slicer, and they hurry to her home to warn the others. Seeing the others being held hostage, they attempt to free them, but are held at gunpoint by Danica. Trapped in the basement, Ham realizes that drama-filled coming out experiences don't compare to one he had, which was filled with unconditional love and support from his family. The police manage to disarm and arrest Danica for committing a string of bank robberies; the Orca Bay Slicer case had been solved years ago. At home, the family reenact Ham's dramatic coming out wish list.
3221"Slide & Wet-Judice Adventure"Neil GrafGabe DelahayeMay 15, 2022 (2022-05-15)2LBW200.83[40]
A new water park, Splash Crevasse, opens in Lone Moose and every Tobin but Wolf is excited to go, Wolf being convinced he has a curse causing his swim trunks to get lost every time. The family goes without him and Wolf goes to a small, polluted beach, but finds it miserable. As he heads home, he becomes trapped in a sewer pipe. When he manages to escape, he realizes his stubbornness caused him to miss out on a fun day with his family. He hitches a ride to Splash Crevasse with a trucker. While conversing with the truck driver, he realizes that the numerous times he lost his swim trunks as a boy were due to his own careless decisions. Now convinced that there is no curse, he arrives Splash Crevasse, only to find that the others have individually found it to be poorly run, overcrowded, and a miserable experience overall. As the trucker drives away, Wolf's trunks get caught on the door, leaving him naked. The Tobins quickly load into the van and drive away together, relieved to leave Splash Crevasse behind them.
3322"Papa Don't Fiend Adventure"Paul ScarlataMatt LawtonMay 22, 2022 (2022-05-22)2LBW130.69[41]
The Tobins surprise Beef for Father's Day by staying at Family Land, an RV park they once visited years ago. There, Moon becomes friends with some wild skunks, and Judy is disappointed when a Montrealer boy she meets turns out to be crude, rather than a French sophisticate as she imagined. Meanwhile, Beef is hesitant to leave the camper, which the family learns is because the other residents hate him for blowing up the septic tanks at the park many years ago and disappearing, calling him the "Fiend of Family Land." Beef explains that it was an accident: during their stay, Kathleen had an affair with several men, and distraught, he accidentally dropped a sparkler into an exposed septic tunnel. In the ensuing chaos, Beef grabbed Kathleen and the kids and fled. During the Father's Day Talent Show, the kids perform a skit extolling Beef's virtues as a father and explaining what happened. The residents forgive Beef, but Moon's skunk friends cause a panic where a tiki torch drops into a septic tunnel, causing the same explosions all over again. The Tobins drive away, shaken, but Beef is tickled at the silliness of everything that happened.

Production

Development

On September 28, 2018, it was first announced that the series was in development, from creators Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux and Minty Lewis, with Loren Bouchard also set to executive produce.[1] The series was officially given a series order by Fox on May 9, 2019, with Bento Box Entertainment, Fox Entertainment, and 20th Television serving as the production companies.[6][42]

On May 13, 2019, it was announced that the series was set to premiere in 2020,[43] however, on May 11, 2020, it was announced that it was instead planned to premiere mid-season during the 2020–21 television season.[44] It was later revealed that the series would premiere in February 2021.[45] On June 22, 2020, Fox renewed the series for a second season ahead of its premiere.[2] On December 18, 2020, it was announced that the series would premiere on February 14, 2021, as part of Fox's Animation Domination programming block.[46] On December 22, 2020, it was announced that the series would receive a special preview on January 3, 2021.[47] On May 17, 2021, Fox renewed the series for a third season, the day after the first season finale was broadcast.[3] The second season premiered on September 26, 2021.[4] The third season is scheduled to premiere on September 25, 2022.[5]

Casting

On September 28, 2018, when the series was first announced, it was revealed that Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Megan Mullally, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Will Forte, and Dulcé Sloan had been cast in the series.[1] On June 22, 2020, it was revealed that Alanis Morissette would voice herself in the series.[2] In February 2021, more cast members joined the crew in guest roles. Judith Shelton appears in the first episode as Londra Pennypacker, a lady who works at the dock, as well as Julio Torres as a boy who works at the mall at a smoothie shop and who Judy has a crush on, named Crispin Cienfuegos. In the third episode, Gabe Delahaye voices the barterer Old Jody Jr. in a guest role.

Broadcast

In Canada, the series aired on Citytv for its first season.[48]

The show is available to stream on Hulu in the United States, and able to purchase on all major digital stores. In India, the series is simulcasted on Disney+ Hotstar because of 20th Television's output deal with Star India.[49]

The show is available to stream on Disney+ via the Star content hub in selected territories.[50][51]

In Denmark, the show initially premiered exclusively on Xee on July 9, 2021.[52] The show was later added to Disney+ in Denmark on March 9, 2022, with both the entire first season and the first three episodes from the second season included.[53]

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 100% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 7.90/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "As cozy as a night spent relaxing by the fireplace with your favorite funny people, The Great North is a delightfully hilarious addition to Fox's Animation Domination lineup."[54] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[55]

Daniel Fienberg with The Hollywood Reporter said "Likably Bob's Burgers-esque, with lots of room to grow." He noted that the series had only made token references to Indigenous representation in the series, writing that it should embrace those more in future episodes.[56] Margaret Lyons with The New York Times said "like many comedies, it gets funnier as it goes along, but it has a silly sweetness from the start."[57]

Ratings

Season 1

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Great North
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Sexi Moose Adventure" January 3, 2021 0.7 2.34[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Feast of Not People Adventure" January 17, 2021 2.1 6.10[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Avocado Barter Adventure" February 21, 2021 0.4 1.16[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Romantic Meat-Based Adventure" February 28, 2021 0.3 0.97[11] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Curl Interrupted Adventure" March 7, 2021 0.4 1.05[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Pride & Prejudance Adventure" March 14, 2021 0.4 1.12[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Period Piece Adventure" March 21, 2021 0.4 0.92[14] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Keep Beef-Lievin Adventure" April 11, 2021 0.4 1.03[15] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Tusk in the Wind Adventure" April 18, 2021 0.3 0.94[16] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Game of Snownes Adventure" May 9, 2021 0.3 0.84[17] 0.1 0.13 0.4 0.96[58]
11 "My Fart Will Go on Adventure" May 16, 2021 0.3 0.81[18] 0.1 0.17 0.4 0.98[18]

Season 2

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Great North
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Brace/Off Adventure" September 26, 2021 0.7 1.85[20] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "The Great Punkin' Adventure" October 3, 2021 0.4 0.99[21] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "The Yawn of the Dead Adventure" October 10, 2021 0.8 1.99[22] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Wanted: Delmer Alive Adventure" October 17, 2021 0.4 1.05[23] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Beef's Craig Beef Adventure" October 24, 2021 0.4 1.17[24] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Skidmark Holmes Adventure" November 7, 2021 0.6 1.69[25] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Tasteful Noods Adventure" November 14, 2021 0.3 1.03[26] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Good Beef Hunting Adventure" November 21, 2021 0.7 2.15[27] 0.0 0.11 0.7 2.25[59]
9 "From Tusk Til Dawn Adventure" November 28, 2021 0.6 1.81[28] 0.1 0.17 0.7 1.98[60]
10 "Dip the Halls Adventure" December 19, 2021 0.6 1.92[29] TBD TBD TBD TBD
11 "Dances with Wolfs Adventure" January 2, 2022 0.4 1.35[30] TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 "Beef Mommas House Adventure" February 27, 2022 0.3 0.94[31] TBD TBD TBD TBD
13 "Saved by the Spells Adventure" March 6, 2022 0.3 1.08[32] TBD TBD TBD TBD
14 "Stools Rush in Adventure" March 13, 2022 0.2 0.79[33] TBD TBD TBD TBD
15 "You've Got Math Adventure" March 20, 2022 0.3 0.78[34] TBD TBD TBD TBD
16 "As Goldie as It Gets Adventure" March 27, 2022 0.3 0.82[35] TBD TBD TBD TBD
17 "Dead Moon Walking Adventure" April 10, 2022 0.3 0.77[36] TBD TBD TBD TBD
18 "Beef's in Toyland Adventure" April 24, 2022 0.2 0.75[37] TBD TBD TBD TBD
19 "Poetry of the Penals Adventure" May 1, 2022 0.3 0.75[38] TBD TBD TBD TBD
20 "Say It Again, Ham Adventure" May 8, 2022 0.2 0.71[39] TBD TBD TBD TBD
21 "Slide & Wet-Judice Adventure" May 15, 2022 0.3 0.83[40] TBD TBD TBD TBD
22 "Papa Don't Fiend Adventure" May 22, 2022 0.2 0.69[41] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Notes

  1. ^ a b Received an early release via FOX.com on February 21, 2021.[10]

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