Up Here
Genre
Based on
Developed by
  • Steven Levenson
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez
  • Robert Lopez
  • Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
  • Steven Levenson
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez
  • Robert Lopez
  • Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
  • Jennifer Todd
Running time24–31 minutes
Production companies
  • It Takes Two Productions
  • Old 320 Sycamore Productions
  • Pyrrhic Victory Productions
  • 20th Television
Original release
NetworkHulu
ReleaseMarch 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)

Up Here is an American musical romantic comedy television series developed by Steven Levenson, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel for Hulu that premiered on March 24, 2023. In July 2023, the series was canceled after one season.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Lindsay"Thomas KailTeleplay by : Steven Levenson & Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez & Danielle Sanchez-WitzelMarch 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
Lindsay has been hearing the voices of her parents, and school friend for years. They have always led her to take the safe option. Realising that her impending marriage to Ned, her square fiance, is not what she really wants, she takes an opportunity to leave him and move to New York. Breaking away from her old routines, despite the protestations of her inner voices, she meets Miguel, who has his own set of voices to contend with.
2"Miguel"Thomas KailTeleplay by : Steven Levenson & Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez & Danielle Sanchez-WitzelMarch 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
3"Signs"Kimmy GatewoodBerkley JohnsonMarch 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
4"Special"Kimmy GatewoodEvangeline OrdazMarch 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
5"Labels"Chioke NassorKate GerstenMarch 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
6"Armor"Chioke NassorCourtney Perdue & Baindu SaiduMarch 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
7"Baggage"Rachel RaimistSam SklaverMarch 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
8"Y2K"Rachel RaimistNoah Diaz & Steven LevensonMarch 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)

Production

Development

The series was first announced in January 2022 when Hulu gave the project a series order. Steven Levenson, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel were set as writers and executive producers.[1] On July 28, 2023, Hulu canceled the series after one season.[2]

Casting

Mae Whitman was cast in March 2022, and Carlos Valdes was cast in June.[3][4] Later that month, Katie Finneran, John Hodgman, Andréa Burns, Sophia Hammons, and Emilia Suárez were cast as series regulars, along with George Hampe, Julia McDermott, Scott Porter, Ayumi Patterson, and Brian Stokes Mitchell in recurring roles.[5]

Release

All eight episodes were released on Hulu, and internationally on Disney+ (via Star) and Star+ in the Latin America,[6] on March 24, 2023.[7]

Soundtrack

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All tracks are written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

Up Here (Original Series Soundtrack)
No.TitleLength
1."Can I Ever Know You? (Main Title)"0:44
2."To Really Know Someone"2:53
3."What If?"3:42
4."Tiger Shark"3:04
5."Smart Smart Smart Smart Baby"0:36
6."You Don't Belong"0:25
7."Who Am I and Who Are You?"3:06
8."It's a Sign!"2:33
9."Chapter Two"2:12
10."I Am Not Alone"2:51
11."So Many Ways"2:47
12."You Gotta Be You"2:53
13."I Feel Like I've Always Known You (Wedding)"2:48
14."I Feel Like I've Always Known You (Woods)"2:21
15."Falling in Love"2:15
16."The Quest"3:27
17."Please Like Me"2:37
18."The Truth Is"3:00
19."A Christmas Prayer"3:20
20."Can I Ever Know You? (Finale)"2:48
21."Falling in Love (Bonus Version)"2:12
Total length:52:00

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 53% approval rating with an average rating of 6.2/10, based on 17 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Mae Whitman and Carlos Valdes are a likable enough pair, but Up Here is let down by a thin story that knocks its melody off-key."[8] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 53 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9]

References

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 31, 2022). "Hulu Orders 'Up Here' Musical Series From Steven Levenson, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, Thomas Kail & 'Frozen' Duo". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 14, 2023.
  2. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (July 28, 2023). "Up Here Cancelled at Hulu". TVLine.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 23, 2022). "Mae Whitman To Star In 'Up Here' Hulu Musical Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 13, 2022). "'The Flash' Alum Carlos Valdes Joins Mae Whitman in Hulu Musical Series 'Up Here'". Variety. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  5. ^ Rice, Lynette (June 23, 2022). "Hulu Musical Series 'Up Here' Casts Katie Finneran, John Hodgman, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  6. ^ "How To Watch "Up Here"".
  7. ^ "First Look and Date Announcement: Hulu Original "Up Here"". The Futon Critic. January 13, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  8. ^ "Up Here: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 24, 2023.
  9. ^ "Up Here: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved March 22, 2023.