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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 17, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 228 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Matt Groening animated comedy follows the adventures of hard-drinking Princess Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), her elf Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon), and her personal demon Luci (voiced by Eric Andre).
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 7, 2018
    80
    As far as early efforts go, Groening’s third small-screen endeavor, whose debut ten-episode run arrives on Netflix August 17, is routinely entertaining. ... And fortunately, it gets funnier as it goes along. Led by a terrific vocal cast that includes many Groening favorites.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Aug 15, 2018
    70
    Playing against the seriousness and self-glorification of so much sword-clanging fantasy, it makes the most of slapstick pestilence and the absurdist misery of peasants, revisiting history as farce. The scenes are quick and punchy, yet the episodes, unfolding serially, are long and sometimes sluggish. ... The season is perhaps most satisfying if consumed in a binge, so that its questing convolutions feel like the motions of a languorous epic.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 16, 2018
    60
    The visual and verbal gags still come fast, but now they’re in the context of a more earnest and straightforward style of storytelling. They feel more illustrative than essential.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Aug 15, 2018
    50
    It’s somewhat entertaining, but you may feel as though you’ve seen it all done before, and better.
  5. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Aug 17, 2018
    50
    Disenchantment just feels full of potential that it hasn’t yet figured out. That’s maybe because it stays very much in safe territory.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Aug 16, 2018
    50
    Disenchanted doesn’t seem interested in wrestling with tropes or, for that matter, anything too deep. It’s more focused on finding easy comedy in the pockets of the universe it’s invented, which, to the credit of Rough Draft, the animation studio that brings the show to life, has an impressive, cinematic quality that outshines previous Groening projects. It’s just a shame that it doesn’t match that ambition in other areas.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Aug 9, 2018
    25
    Disenchantment was billed as “an adult animated comedy fantasy series” but misses its mark, since it’s neither “adult” nor is there much comedy. The 10-episode series will appeal more to a preteen sensibility than to anyone over 14 and it’s got plenty of, well, cartoonish violence a la “Itchy and Scratchy” from “The Simpsons.” What it doesn’t have is the charm or wit of that series--either in its storyline or its characters--and mostly plods along with only the occasional throwaway line eliciting a smile.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 74
  2. Negative: 18 out of 74
  1. Aug 18, 2018
    10
    Love it. It instantly felt familiar. and it's funny. can't wait for this series to grow. give it a break. every one is so harsh. Geez!
  2. Aug 20, 2018
    10
    Great show, Eric Andre kills it as Luci. Can't wait for more. (This is as a fan of Futurama, but not The Simpsons).
  3. Aug 18, 2018
    9
    I binged all 10 episodes in one day and have no regrets. Although the show may have a slow start, it all pays off with the twist andI binged all 10 episodes in one day and have no regrets. Although the show may have a slow start, it all pays off with the twist and cliffhangers we get at the end of the season. Unlike Matt Groening’s other shows, in disenchantment, there are consequences for the characters actions and character development. I got attached to the characters of disenchantment much faster than I ever got attached to the cast of the Simpsons or Futurama. Overall, this show is great and worth binging. Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2018
    7
    Kind of an uneven show. Some episodes were utterly brilliant (The Princess of Darkness, Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill! ), on par with TheKind of an uneven show. Some episodes were utterly brilliant (The Princess of Darkness, Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill! ), on par with The Simpsons or Futurama and there's some which were just unfunny bores (Swamp and Circumstance is easily the worst episode). There's a lot to like (wonderful world building, some genuinely great characters, fantastic music etc.) and a lot to be disappointed by (unoriginal ideas, half-baked jokes and writing, some underwhelming voice-acting etc.), so the divisive reaction from both the public and critics is perfectly understandable. For me the good outweighs the bad and I can see Disenchantment's potential to get better. Will tune in for season 2 for sure. Expand
  5. Aug 20, 2018
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Abstract:
    Disenchantment as the latest project from the Simpsons and Futurama create Matt Groening is disenchanting to put it on the nose. While this series definitely stands out from his previous works, it fails to be memorable. A promising show with lots of characters and world to explore, already slated for a second season on Netflix, I hope we get more depth out of it.

    Review:
    First and foremost if you are worried this will be a duplicate the Simpsons with a Bart-esque looking troll, or an extended rendition of “Bender’s Game” from Futurama, you may rest at ease. It is definitely not like either previous work from Groening. That being said, I am personally disappointed that is nothing like his previous work. The fantasy show walks a wide line between comedy and trying to be serious failing to be neither.
    The season sets up with Princess “Bean” facing a cruel fate, a royal marriage. Try as she might she simply cannot escape it, until the wedding itself becomes so inconvenient that King Zøg simply calls it off. That’s it. The main premise and highlights pointed out in the trailers are resolved after 2 episodes. This leaves Bean to focus on being drunk, unruly, and an overall very unlady like princess; a point which really seems to be hammered at the audience again and again. If there were a trope opposite of a Mary Sue, it would be a Princess Bean, as we are reminded time and time again that she is good at nothing.
    A slightly more interesting plot arises in the form of Luci the Demon. While the character himself is nothing more than a devil on your shoulder, he is “gifted” to Bean on her first wedding day by two mysterious people, who watch the plot unfold via magical fire. Sadly after episode three they by and large receive little screen time and are all but forgotten about. Luci is exercised, but Bean and Elfo agree the group isn’t as fun without, and so rescue him and hundreds of other demons from their volcano-y fate. Luci almost serves less as a bad influence and more as a reason for the plot to advance as he’s there to fill in awkward silences and to reveal plot devices the other characters missed.
    Least interesting of all is Elfo the Elf, He is hunted and nearly exsanguinated for his magical Elf blood in the pilot, that King Zøg might obtain the Elixir of Life, only for the King to nearly forget about it soon after. The character’s main motivation then becomes dancing around his awkward friend-zoned crush on Bean.
    Episodes 4-7 try to expand the realm that we find ourselves in featuring characters and plots that don’t really seem to matter. We are introduced to the Which Gwen whom doesn’t gather much attention but who owns a copy of a cookbook which might yield the Elixir of Life! We are introduced to the Dankmire kingdom where King Zøg’s current queen Queen Oona comes from. We learn that giants are rampaging monsters and the castle seems to have an alchemy parlor.
    But it isn’t until the end of the season that we seem to return to any semblance of plot. It seems with some regularity Elfo has had his blood taken, but in smaller less deadly volumes. And now the King may finally gain immortality with just a mere drop of Elf blood. Quickly over two episodes we find a lost city to obtain an amulet and reveal their terrible statuesque fate, we learn that Princess Bean’s Mother, Queen Dagmar, is not dead but herself a statue (the victim of an assassination plot on the King gone wrong!) These are interesting turns of a events that would’ve been used better to pad out the season including the finale. At last we have a motivation for the King’s obsession with immortality, we know now why he has been so cold and distant with his daughter.
    Now in a comedy do we actually need motivation and plot and reason? Possibly no, but I say that to highlight this next point. The show just isn’t that funny. It lacks the wit of Futurama and the zany antics of the Simpsons. I could only see about half the sight gags, and what I could see were light chuckles at best. When the humor falls flat the show needs something else to stand on. I would’ve loved for this to have been a more serious show with occasional humor, but it’s not. If you’re looking for something to just binge this weekend on Netflix while you fold laundry or wash the dishes this will do the trick, because you won’t miss much only paying half attention. Here’s hoping Season 2 gives this cartoon some depth.
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  6. Sep 25, 2018
    4
    So okay, it's average.
    You wont hate every second you watch this.
    You will chuckle once or twice in a better episode. You will neither care
    So okay, it's average.
    You wont hate every second you watch this.
    You will chuckle once or twice in a better episode.
    You will neither care about the story nor the characters.

    Nothing remarkable about this series.
    General writing and timing of jokes are subpar.

    Sadly, a wasted opportunity.
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  7. Aug 30, 2018
    1
    The same joke, over and over and over again. Had it been funny, ok maybe I could have enjoyed an episode, but the execution of the "humor"The same joke, over and over and over again. Had it been funny, ok maybe I could have enjoyed an episode, but the execution of the "humor" reminded me of Michael Scott in the office. It was like "Simpsons for Dummies".

    Oh what, you really loved this show and wanted to read a positive review about it? Well here's one for you... this is a negative review! hahahahaha. Ooh, you just got burnt. [repeat x 100]
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