Son of Zorn

Son of Zorn
Genre Sitcom
Created by
  • Reed Agnew
  • Eli Jorné
Voices of Jason Sudeikis
Composer(s) Leo Birenberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Maria Melograne
Cinematography Michael A. Price
Editor(s) Katie Abel
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network Fox
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11) – present
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Son of Zorn is an American live-action/animated sitcom television series created by Reed Agnew and Eli Jorné. The series stars Johnny Pemberton, Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani, and Jason Sudeikis as the voice of Zorn. The first season, which will consist of 13 episodes, premiered on September 11, 2016, on Fox.[1][2]


The series is about Zorn, a warrior from the fictional South Pacific island of Zephyria who moves to Orange County, California to reconnect with his ex-wife and teenage son Alan. Within the show Zorn and things native to Zephyria are animated, while the rest of the world is live action.



The show was created by Reed Agnew and Eli Jorné[4] who wrote the pilot episode while Eric Appel directed.[5] Initially Agnew and Jorne were set to be co-showrunners, however after Fox ordered the series to air Agnew backed out and was made co-executive producer instead.[6] At this point, Sally McKenna was brought in to replace Agnew; McKenna would later, in April 2016, become the sole showrunner after Jorne also left the project.[6]

Artemis Pebdani and Tim Meadows' casting was announced in July 2015,[7] with Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, and Johnny Pemberton's involvement announced the following November.[8]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1"Return to Orange County"Eric AppelReed Agnew and Eli JornéSeptember 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)1AYA016.13[9]

Zorn is a warrior and defender of the South Pacific Island of Zephyria. Following a recent battle against his enemies, Zorn travels to California to reconnect with his son Alangulon (aka "Alan") and discovers that his ex-wife Edie is engaged. Upon realizing Alan hates him for being mostly absent from his life, Zorn decides to not return to Zephyria and gets a job in town at Sanitation Solutions.

Guest starring: Lori Alan as the voice of Laseron, Jess Harnell as the voice of Skunk Man, Rob Riggle as the voice of Headbutt Man
2"Defender of Teen Love"Eric AppelEli JornéSeptember 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)1AYA022.65[10]

Zorn uses the Stone of Sight to help Alan get close to his crush, Nancy. Even though Alan sees this as stalking, he can't help but work it to his advantage. Meanwhile, Edie pushes Zorn to move his boxes out of her garage and into his apartment.

Guest starring: Alice Lee as Nancy, Mark Proksch as Todd, Horatio Sanz as Uber Driver
3"The War of the Workplace"Eric AppelMonica PadrickOctober 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)1AYA043.64[11]

When someone steals hot sauce from Sanitation Solutions' break room, Zorn attempts to fight back with his co-workers in his own style of fighting. Meanwhile, Alan tries to get out of a swimming session in gym class for fear of exposing his secret, while getting bullied by a student named Warren. In the process, Alan learns something about himself that he never knew.

Guest starring: Bryce Johnson as Derek, Bobby Lee as Jakton, Noah Munck as Warren
4"The Weekend Warrior"Payman BenzElijah Aron & Jordan YoungOctober 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)1AYA033.78[12]

Zorn tries to be a "cool dad" when Alan spends the weekend with him, but things take an unexpected turn when Alan's friend, Jeff, shows up.

Guest starring: Nyima Funk as Shirley, Cameron Monaghan as Jeff, Mark Proksch as Todd, Cedric Yarbrough as Bill
5"A Taste of Zephyria"Bill BenzDan MintzOctober 23, 2016 (2016-10-23)1AYA052.27[13]

Zorn tries to teach Alan about his Zephyrian culture. Meanwhile, Edie goes to war with her new neighbors over their talking garden gnome.

Guest starring: Jess Harnell as the voice of the Animal Pelts, Clara Mamet as Layla, Nate Mooney as Frank, Mark Proksch as Todd, Tony Revolori as Scott
6"A Tale of Two Zorns"Eric AppelGreg GallantNovember 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)1AYA082.08[14]

After seeing Alan and Craig bond over their favorite video game, Zorn uses his body double dummy "Meka-Zorn" to sneak out of work and wait in line with Alan for the latest game in the series. Meanwhile, Edie and Linda use "Meka-Zorn" to let out their frustrations with the real Zorn.

Guest starring: Beth Dover as Bridget, Mark Proksch as Todd
7"The Battle of Thanksgiving"Payman BenzJon KernNovember 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)1AYA073.64[15]

Following a pep talk with Linda, Zorn crashes Edie's Thanksgiving dinner to prove to her mother that he's matured, only to hear her views on Zephyria. Meanwhile, Alan tries to butter up his grandmother so she'll pay for his summer music camp.

Guest starring: Sarah Koenig as Narrator, Nick Offerman as the voice of Dr. Klorpnis
8"Return of the Drinking Buddy"Eric AppelReed AgnewDecember 4, 2016 (2016-12-04)1AYA06TBD

Zorn's old friend, Headbutt Man, is visiting from Zephyria, except that he's now sober. Meanwhile, Alan is invited to a party being attended by his crush layla but he has to bring Headbutt Man's daughter.

Guest starring: Rob Riggle as the voice of Headbutt Man, Jillian Bell as the voice of Dorothy Clementina / Headbutt Girl
9"The War on Grafelnik"[16]TBATBADecember 11, 2016 (2016-12-11)1AYA09TBD
Torn between celebrating Edie's Christmas and Zorn's Grafelnik, the Zephyrian holiday of revenge, Alan discovers he can use both holidays to get better presents.


Son of Zorn has received generally mixed reviews from television critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 57% approval rating based on 30 critics, and a 6.3/10 rating. The critical consensus reads: "Son of Zorn earns points for originality, a talented cast, and intermittent laughs, but they aren't quite enough to prop up a gimmick that's still in search of a workable premise for an ongoing series."[17] On Metacritic, the show holds a score of 56 out of 100 based on 18 critical media reviews indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18]


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