Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
|Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp|
|Directed by||David Wain|
|Opening theme||"Jane" by Jefferson Starship|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||27–30 minutes|
|Original release||July 31, 2015|
|Preceded by||Wet Hot American Summer|
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is a 2015 satirical comedy web television series written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, and directed by Wain. The eight-episode Netflix series is a prequel to Wain's 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, a parody of teen sex comedies which has since developed a cult following. Although many of the original film's ensemble cast have gone on to high-profile work, all of the then-adult actors returned for this series, playing even younger versions of their original roles. The episodes were released for online viewing at the end of July 2015.
- Elizabeth Banks as Lindsay
- H. Jon Benjamin as Mitch/Can of Mixed Vegetables
- Michael Ian Black as McKinley Dozen
- Bradley Cooper as Ben
- Judah Friedlander as Ron Von Kleinenstein
- Janeane Garofalo as Beth
- Nina Hellman as Nancy
- Joe Lo Truglio as Neil
- Ken Marino as Victor Pulak
- Christopher Meloni as Gene Jenkinson / Jonas Jurgenson
- A. D. Miles as Gary
- Marguerite Moreau as Katie
- Zak Orth as J.J.
- David Hyde Pierce as Henry Neumann
- Amy Poehler as Susie
- Paul Rudd as Andy Fleckner
- Marisa Ryan as Abby Bernstein
- Jason Schwartzman as Greg
- Molly Shannon as Gail Dana Starfield
- Michael Showalter as Gerald “Coop” Cooperberg / Ronald Reagan
- Kevin Sussman as Steve
- Chris Pine as Eric, a reclusive musician
- Jon Hamm as The Falcon, a hired assassin
- Kristen Wiig as Courtney, a snobby Camp Tigerclaw counselor
- Michaela Watkins as Rhonda, a tough New Yorker and a professional choreographer
- John Slattery as Claude Dumet, a renowned Broadway actor-director
- Josh Charles as Blake McCarthy, a Camp Tigerclaw counselor and Katie’s boyfriend
- Randall Park as Jeff, a city hall records clerk, who is in love with Gail
- Lake Bell as Donna Berman, Coop’s love interest
- Michael Cera as Jim Stansel, Beth and Greg’s lawyer
- David Wain as Yaron
- John Early as Logan St. Bogan
- George Dalton as Arty "The Beekeeper" Solomon
- Samm Levine as voice of Arty
- David Bloom as Kevin
- Thomas Barbusca as Drew
- Bruce Greenwood as Bill Martinson
- Rob Huebel as Brodfard Gilroy, Professor Neumann’s rival
- Richard Schiff as Dean Fairchild, Professor Neumann’s superior
- "Weird Al" Yankovic as Jackie Brazen, a famous hypnotist
- Rich Sommer as Graham, one of Blake’s cronies
- Eric Nenninger as Warner, one of Blake’s cronies
- Jordan Peele as Alan, Lindsay’s boss
- Jayma Mays as Jessica, a journalist
- Paul Scheer as Dave, a journalist
- Beth Dover as Shari, Neil’s high school sweetheart
- Logan Garretson as Piano Player
- Tom Simmons as Priest
- Emily Skinner as Froggy
- Allie Stamler as Debbie
- Michael Blaiklock as Danny
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Campers Arrive"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & David Wain||July 31, 2015|
|It’s the first morning at Camp Firewood, and the horny counselors are already making their moves, while something sinister is going on in the woods.|
|2||"Lunch"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & David Wain||July 31, 2015|
|Journalist Lindsay goes undercover as a counselor. Beth and Greg make a startling discovery. Coop has his hands full with Kevin and Donna.|
|3||"Activities"||David Wain||Michael Showalter||July 31, 2015|
|Tensions rise after Blake sees Andy hitting on Katie. Beth goes to an unlikely source for help. Coop is crushed when Donna gives out multiple gifts.|
|4||"Auditions"||David Wain||Michael Showalter||July 31, 2015|
|Claude helps Susie find new leads for the musical. Gail tries to discover the truth about Jonas. The Falcon lands.|
|5||"Dinner"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & Christina Lee||July 31, 2015|
|Susie, Claude, Andy and Katie get closer during the evening meal. Jonas overreacts when Victor prank-calls him. Beth and Greg hire a lawyer.|
|6||"Electro/City"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & David Wain||July 31, 2015|
|Lives change dramatically during the performance of the staff musical “Electro-City.” Greg and Beth’s lawsuit goes to trial.|
|7||"Staff Party"||David Wain||Michael Showalter||July 31, 2015|
|Victor and Coop discover that sex is a lot more complicated than they thought. Lindsay has to file her article. Andy and Katie have a moment of truth.|
|8||"Day Is Done"||David Wain||Michael Showalter & David Wain||July 31, 2015|
|While Beth and Gene fight to save the camp from government forces, Andy and the other counselors take on their Camp Tiger Claw rivals.|
After years of speculation and reports on a possible sequel to Wet Hot American Summer, shooting began on the miniseries in January 2015. The entire adult cast of the film returned in the same roles. Much of the film was shot in Los Angeles. Working around the availability of the cast members, many of whom had seen a significant rise in stardom since the original film, was difficult; some sources report that Bradley Cooper, who plays Ben, had to shoot all of his scenes in one day, although star and co-writer Michael Showalter has since denied this claim.
Along with the series, a making-of documentary on Wet Hot American Summer, titled Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot, was released on Netflix on July 24, 2015, consisting of behind the scenes interviews and footage shot during the filming of the movie.
On April 27, 2016, it was announced that Netflix ordered a follow-up series entitled Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, which will be set ten years after the events of the film.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a score of 92%, based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp offers more of the same goofy hijinks that fans of the cult classic crave, but outsiders might not be quite as enamored with." On Metacritic series has a score of 74 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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