The Great North
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 seasons4
No. of episodes59 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Wendy Molyneux & Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin
  • Minty Lewis
  • Loren Bouchard
  • Janelle Momary-Neely
Producers
  • Caroline Levich
  • Gabe Delahaye
  • Ted Travelstead
  • Kevin Seccia
EditorDan Earley
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkFox
ReleaseJanuary 3, 2021 (2021-01-03) –
present (present)

The Great North is an American animated sitcom created by Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, and Minty Lewis that premiered on Fox on January 3, 2021. The Molyneux sisters and Lewis serve as executive producers along with Loren Bouchard.[1] The series features the voices of Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Will Forte, Dulcé Sloan, Paul Rust, and Aparna Nancherla.

In June 2020, the series was renewed for a 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 premiered on September 25, 2022.[5] In August 2022, Fox renewed the series for a fourth season,[6] which premiered on January 7, 2024.[7] In January 2024, series co-creator Wendy Molyneux revealed that the show has been renewed for a fifth season and that production is already underway.[8]

Plot

Beef Tobin is a single father living in the fictional town of Lone Moose, Alaska with his four children Wolf, Ham, Judy, and Moon, as well as Wolf's wife Honeybee. 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.[9]

Voice cast

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

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

Main article: List of The Great North episodes

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)
322September 25, 2022 (2022-09-25)May 21, 2023 (2023-05-21)
4TBAJanuary 7, 2024 (2024-01-07)May 19, 2024 (2024-05-19)[10]

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.[9][11]

On May 13, 2019, it was announced that the series was set to premiere in 2020,[12] but on May 11, 2020, this was revised to a premiere mid-season the 2020–21 television season.[13] Later, a February 2021 premiere was announced.[14] On June 22, 2020, Fox renewed the series for a second season ahead of its premiere.[2] On December 18, 2020, it was confirmed that the series would premiere on February 14, 2021, as part of Fox's Animation Domination programming block.[15] On December 22, 2020, a special preview on January 3, 2021, was announced.[16] On May 17, 2021, the day after the first-season finale was broadcast, Fox renewed the series for a third season.[3] The second season premiered on September 26, 2021.[4] The third season premiered on September 25, 2022.[5] A fourth season has also been picked up.[6] The fourth season premiered on January 7, 2024.[7] In January 2024, co-creator Wendy Molyneux announced that a fifth season was ordered.[8]

Casting

On September 28, 2018, when the series was first announced, a cast of Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Megan Mullally, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Will Forte, and Dulcé Sloan was presented.[1] On June 22, 2020, it was stated that Alanis Morissette would voice herself in the series.[2]

Broadcast

In Canada, the series aired on Citytv for its first season.[17]

The show is available to stream on Hulu in the United States, and for 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.[18]

The show is available to stream on Disney+ via the Star content hub in selected territories and Star+ in Latin America.[19][20]

In Denmark, the show initially premiered exclusively on Xee on July 9, 2021.[21] The show was later added to Disney+ on March 9, 2022, with the first season and the first three episodes from the second season included.[22]

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series' first season holds an approval rating of 100% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10. 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."[23] On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24]

Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter praised the performances of the actors and complimented the humor of the series, comparing it to Bob's Burgers, while noting that the series made token references to Indigenous representation and said it should embrace those more in future episodes, writing, "Then again, with memorable characters (captured in that familiar Bento Box Entertainment style), running credit gags and catchy episode-closing songs, I don't think Bob's Burgers as reimagined by somebody who just watched Northern Exposure would be such a bad thing anyway."[25] Margaret Lyons of The New York Times praised the humor of the show, saying the series recalls Bob's Burgers and seems to act as a spin-off, writing, "This new comedy by some of the folks from Bob's Burgers isn't technically a spinoff, but it might as well be — in a good way! [...] like many comedies, it gets funnier as it goes along, but it has a silly sweetness from the start."[26]

Joyce Slaton of Common Sense Media rated the series 4 out of 5 stars, praised the depiction of positive messages and role models, calling some of the characters lovable, supportive, and tolerant, and complimented the humor and the diversity of the cast, writing, "There's a strong streak of sweetness in this comedy, particularly in the way that family love is strong and central. The show clearly has a love for oddballs, and the humor is gentle and non-mocking."[27] Ben Travers of IndieWire gave the series a B+ grade, called The Great North a "worthy successor to Bob's Burgers", stating the series manages to keep its own identity even across its similarities with Bob's Burgers, praised the animation of the show for its color palette, while noting The Great North is the only animated Fox comedy with a black family member saying, "After decades spent churning out Simpsons clones, Fox is finally building off its other, nicer, animated sitcom — with encouraging results."[28]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of The Great North
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Sunday 8:30 p.m. (Episodes 1,3–11)
Sunday 10:00 p.m. (Episode 2)
11 January 3, 2021 (2021-01-03) 2.34[29] May 16, 2021 (2021-05-16) 0.81[30] 2020–21 TBD
2 Sunday 8:30 p.m. 22 September 26, 2021 (2021-09-26) 1.85[31] May 22, 2022 (2022-05-22) 0.69[32] 2021–22 TBD
3 22 September 25, 2022 (2022-09-25) 2.13[33] May 21, 2023 (2023-05-21) 0.65[34] 2022–23 TBD
4 Sunday 9:00 p.m.[35] TBA January 7, 2024 (2024-01-07) 0.81[36] TBA TBD 2023–24 TBD

Accolades

The Great North was nominated for Best Animated Series for the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.[37] It was nominated for Tweens/Teens Programming – Best Animated Series at the 2024 Kidscreen Awards.[38]

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