Ugly Americans (TV series)

Ugly Americans
Created by Devin Clark
Developed by David M. Stern
Written by Aaron Blitzstein, Mick Kelly, Greg White
Directed by Devin Clark
Aaron Augenblick
Voices of Matt Oberg
Kurt Metzger
Natasha Leggero
Randy Pearlstein
Michael-Leon Wooley
Larry Murphy
Composer(s) Bradford Reed
Andrew Landry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 31 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) David M. Stern (2010–2012)
Daniel Powell
Producer(s) Devin Clark, Colin A.B.V Lewis
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Tookie Wilson Productions
I؟ony Point
Augenblick Studios
Cuppa Coffee Animation (2010)
Turner Studios
Big Jump Productions
Solis / Markle Animation Productions (2011–2012)
Distributor MTV Networks International[1]
Original network Comedy Central
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17) 
April 25, 2012
External links

Ugly Americans is an American animated sitcom created by Devin Clark and developed by David M. Stern. The program focuses on the life of Mark Lilly, a social worker employed by the Department of Integration, in an alternate reality version of New York City inhabited by monsters and other creatures. Daniel Powell served as executive producer and Aaron Augenblick as supervising producer and animation director.

Ugly Americans aired on Comedy Central from March 17, 2010 to April 25, 2012 with a total of 31 episodes over two seasons.

A video game based on the series (Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon) was released in 2011 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and received mostly negative reviews.

Production history

Ugly Americans premiered on March 17, 2010 on Comedy Central. The series is based on a webseries by Devin Clark entitled 5 On with Alan Whiter, which was later developed by former The Simpsons writer David M. Stern.[2] It was picked for seven episodes in May 2009[3] and renewed for an additional seven episodes to air in October 2010.[4] The show's second season premiered on June 30, 2011.[5] The cast includes Matt Oberg as Mark Lilly, Kurt Metzger as Mark's zombie roommate Randall Skeffington, Natasha Leggero as Callie Maggotbone, Mark's demon boss and "office fling", Randy Pearlstein as wizard Leonard Powers, Michael-Leon Wooley as Twayne Boneraper, a demonic bureaucrat, and Larry Murphy as Francis Grimes, a law-enforcement officer.

The second season returned on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10:30 p.m.[6] In March, 2013, it was reported that Comedy Central will "not [be] moving forward with production on a new season of the series".[7] On May 29, 2013, an update on a potential third season was posted on the Ugly Americans Facebook page stating that "the network did everything in their power to keep the show alive by trying to find outside financing", but ultimately failed, meaning that the show will not continue but they are seeking other avenues to keep the story and characters alive.[8]

The series features a stark, flat visual style which Variety's Brian Lowry noted "vaguely resembles the EC Comics of the 1950s (think Vault of Horror)..."[9]


An upbeat, mild-mannered man named Mark Lilly moves to Manhattan, which is inhabited by humans and a wide variety of non-human and demonic species. He gets a job as a social worker at the Social Services Division of the Department of Integration, an organization that specializes in the integration of the non-humans that live in Manhattan.

Mark lives with a lazy, over-sexed zombie roommate and has a wizard co-worker and a demon boss. His girlfriend, who also works at the Department of Integration, is the daughter of Satan and a human who "looks like Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby".

Mark struggles to stay cheerful and politically correct while working with his bizarre and frequently dangerous companions.


Main characters

Recurring characters

Minor characters


The Ugly Americans universe features many different species including those that were created for the series. Some of these creatures appear only briefly in episodes, often only as background characters. Among the different species in the Ugly Americans universe are:

There were also some other creatures who species were unidentified.


The first episode premiered on March 17, 2010,[16] following the 14th season premiere of South Park, "Sexual Healing". It was watched by over 2 million viewers.[17] On April 21, 2010 Comedy Central announced that they had ordered 7 additional episodes of Ugly Americans, to begin airing in October 2010.[18] On December 15th, Comedy Central announced that they picked up the show for a second 14-episode season, which was later expanded to 17 episodes.[19] The first 10 episodes of the second season aired in the summer of 2011 following Futurama and the remaining 7 episodes aired from March 14, 2012 following South Park.


Pre-production was handled at Brooklyn-based Augenblick Studios, and then the animation for the first season and the first half of the second season was produced in Flash and handled at Cuppa Coffee Studios in Toronto. The animation for the second half of season two was handled by Markle Productions and Solis Animation in Toronto.[20] Sound Design and Mixing was done at Great City Productions in New York City.[21] David M. Stern was the showrunner for the first season, and took on this position until the end of the first half of the second season. Starting with "Journey To The Center of Twayne", the role of showrunner was taken over by Daniel Powell, Jeff Poliquin and Erik Richter, with Stern remaining as a consultant.

On May 29, 2013, the show's producers announced the series' cancellation via the show's Facebook page, saying: "the network did everything in their power to keep the show alive by trying to find outside financing. We came very close but unfortunately some legal technicalities kept any deals from going through." The possibility of the show continuing via other mediums, such as web shorts or graphic novels, was not ruled out.

On September 3, 2014, the series was revived as an app for iOS.[22]

Critical reception

Ugly Americans holds a Metascore of 61, gaining positive reviews from the likes of Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post.[23] Variety's Brian Lowry called it "more a triumph of design and concept than execution" and added, "Not everything works, but with its bountiful supply of visual gags, Americans is just goofy enough to be good."[9] Alex Zalben of "UGO Networks", commending its mix of slapstick and intelligent humor, as well as actually building relatable characters, says the show "is easily the best animated show on Comedy Central since South Park."[24] David Hinckley of the New York Daily News stated, "If Ugly Americans comes with a message, it is at least equally determined to just be funny, and at that task, it frequently succeeds. The variety of odd creatures keep the visual gags going, and the dialogue runs steadily toward droll."[25]

Largely due to its visual gags and morbid, offbeat humor, the series has also gained negative reception from publications such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Deseret News. Kris King of Slant Magazine gave Ugly Americans a 50/100 rating and claimed, "The show's dry humor, mixed with a rather troubling visual style where everything is stiff and vaguely deformed, mostly just makes you feel uneasy."[26] IGN's Ramsey Isler also gave the pilot episode a 5/10, stating, "The show struggles to find some kind of funny [...] The whole thing feels more like a film student project that just didn't quite work out."[27]

See also


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  2. Chang, Aldric (2009-05-18). "Ugly Americans, Jamie Foxx's Foxxhole star in Comedy Central's new shows". Mediafreaks. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
  3. "Comedy Central orders animated show, gets righteous". Hollywood Reporter. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
  4. McCarthy, Sean L. (2010-04-21), Comedy Central orders seven additional episodes of "Ugly Americans", The Comic's Comic
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  9. 1 2 Lowry, Brian (2010-03-16). "Ugly Americans". Variety. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  10. Augenblick, Aaron; Snyder, Lucy; Stern, David (2010-03-31). "Demon Baby". Ugly Americans. Season 1. Episode 3. Comedy Central.
  11. 1 2 Augenblick, Aaron; Snyder, Lucy; Stern, David (2010-03-17). "Pilot". Ugly Americans. Season 1. Episode 1. Comedy Central.
  12. Augenblick, Aaron; Snyder, Lucy; Stern, David (2010-04-14). "Treegasm". Ugly Americans. Season 1. Episode 5. Comedy Central.
  13. Augenblick, Aaron; Snyder, Lucy; Stern, David (2010-04-21). "So, You Want to Be a Vampire?". Ugly Americans. Season 1. Episode 6. Comedy Central.
  14. 1 2 episode 16 "Callie and her Sister"
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  16. "Ugly Americans – Comedy Central". 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  17. Seidman, Robert (2010-03-18). ""South Park" parties like it's 1999 and other Wednesday cable finals". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  18. "Animated Series "Ugly Americans" Receives Order for Additional Episodes to Premiere in October". Comedy Central press release. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
  19. "12.15.10 | Ugly Americans Renewed For A Second Season | Comedy Central Press Release". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  20. Ng See Quan, Danielle. "Handsome Canadians land ani work on Ugly Americans". Playback.
  21. "The Ugly Americans Interview With Clark and Augenblick". Cold Hard Flash. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
  23. "Ugly Americans". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  24. Zalben, Alex. "Ugly Americans – "Pilot" Review". Retrieved 2010-05-28.
  25. Hinckley, David (2010-03-17). "New Comedy Central show 'Ugly Americans' delivers metaphor in offbeat way". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  26. King, Kris (2010-04-09). "Ugly Americans: Season One". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  27. Isler, Ramsey (2010-03-16). "Ugly Americans: Pilot Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
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