Central Park: Season 1 (2020)

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Central Park

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With warmth, wit, and a pitch perfect ensemble, Central Park is a joyously hilarious musical love letter to the Big Apple.

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Critic Ratings: 47

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Episodes

Air date: May 29, 2020

An event goes awry in the New York park, which Owen manages and lives in with his family; Paige chases a hard news story.

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Air date: May 29, 2020

Bitsy pitches her plan to buy the park; Owen deals with a mini-mugging in Skater's Circle.

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Air date: Jun 5, 2020

Owen speaks at a tense Hat Luncheon charity event; Cole helps Molly meet up with Brendan.

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Air date: Jun 12, 2020

Paige hunts a rat, Owen battles trash in the park, and Molly obsesses over her disastrous first kiss.

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Air date: Jun 19, 2020

Owen grapples with a graffiti artist tagging the park, while Helen plots against Bitsy's dog, Shampagne.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2020

Birdie's job is threatened by a rival busker; Bitsy hosts a wedding; Paige spends the night at The Brandenham.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2020

Cole and Owen do a "Squavenger Hunt" in Central Park; Paige discovers Molly is a great chess player.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2020

Molly introduces Brendan to the family; Helen stumbles upon a new way to get Shampagne out of her life.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2020

Molly and Cole go on a special park tour as Owen and Paige try to have a date night.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2020

Owen and his family search for a snakehead fish that might be in the Harlem Meer; Bitsy works with a likability consultant.

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Cast & Crew

Josh Gad
Birdie

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Leslie Odom Jr.
Owen

Voice
Kristen Bell
Molly Tillerman

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Tituss Burgess
Cole

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Daveed Diggs
Helen

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Kathryn Hahn
Paige

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Stanley Tucci
Bitsy

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Josh Gad
Executive Producer
Loren Bouchard
Executive Producer
Nora Smith
Executive Producer
Sanjay Shah
Executive Producer
Halsted Sullivan
Executive Producer
Jon Liebman
Executive Producer
Marc Gurvitz
Executive Producer
Robin Schwartz
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Central Park: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Central Park: Season 1

  • Jun 24, 2022
    A sensational new side, driven by a great musical plot, although we could use a little less of the music and more of the story.
  • Jan 16, 2022
    Taking a point off because I this style of animation is a complete eyesore but otherwise I was a fan of the show. It had a certain charm to it throughout the a lot of the music was very catchy. I am a big fan of animated series in general and to get one that is a musical that also nails most of the music was great.
  • Dec 02, 2021
    Created by Loren Bouchard, the mind behind Bob's Burgers, Central Park dazzles with an exceptional cast, exciting showtune songs and an engaging, if sometimes hefty, plotline. More of a musical split into 10 parts than it is a sitcom, Central Park tells the story of the Tillerman family led by patriarch Owen, played by Leslie Odom Jr. Owen is the groundskeeper of Central Park and the show revolves around him and his family. His children, Cole and Molly, played by Tituss Burgess and (for the first season anyway) Kristen Bell respectively clearly copied notes from the Belcher children. To appreciate Cole's weirdness and ability to fire off hilariously unexpected throwaway lines is to thank Gene Belcher for the archetype, at least in part. Molly isn't as clear initially, but as the season goes on it's clear that she's Tina with a couple dashes of Louise. It's not distracting or disappointing, rather it's a nod to just how solid Bouchard's characters from his popular Fox show really are; not only won't he deviate much from these archetypes, but we also don't really want him to. Paige Hunter, a name too clever by half for a reporter, is the matriarch of the Tillerman family and is played by the exceptional Kathryn Hahn. Other notable voices belong to Josh Gad, Daveed Diggs, H. Jon Benjamin, and Stanley Tucci. Gad plays Birdie the narrating bard that hangs around Central Park. Birdie is a fascinating character in that he is aware of his narrating and breaks the fourth wall constantly, but he is also an integral player in the story leading to some interesting conflicts of interest regarding his impartiality as a narrator. Daveed Diggs plays Helen, the droll and pessimistic assistant to Bitsy Brandenham- an exceptionally wealthy New Yorker. The selfish, quick to anger Bitsy is played by the always delightful Stanley Tucci with a playful venom. Think a less sharp Cruella Deville with more money and time, minus the obsession with Dalmatians. The godfather of voicework, H. Jon Benjamin, plays the mayor. Benjamin is utilized sparingly but the scenes containing Mayor Whitney Whitebottom are typically the best in any given episode. As the season progresses Bitsy attempts to make the park look like an eyesore so that she can get New Yorkers to agree to let her buy it up and renovate it for business. Of course it's literally Owen's job not to let that happen, meanwhile Paige is on the case trying to get to the "who" and "why" of the whole situation for her apathetic editor at an unsubstantial newspaper. The whole thing can get a little busy at times and the show starts moving faster than we'd like it to in attempt to drive the plot. The moments when the show taps the breaks and allows itself to have a pace more befitting a sitcom are the most enjoyable overall. It's not that the plot is bad, just that you might feel like you're losing out on the richness of the characters when the scenes jump so quickly. Overall though, Central Park is witty and full of heart. The musical numbers take the established ability from Bob's Burgers and turn the dial way up. The songs are longer, more musically complex and they're baked into the episodes in a way that Bob's rarely did. Sometimes the linear story trips itself up with its pacing. It can be tough to distinguish between plot points and what seems to be a one-off character development to give some characters something to do while others progress the plot. An example includes one excellent subplot wherein Molly gets really good at chess but then it's never mentioned again throughout the first season. Is this a skill that Molly gets to take with her like a linear story suggests? Or is it more like a sitcom wherein it's never discussed again because the story resets after 30 minutes? This is where Central Park needs help, undoubtedly. But even with the occasionally stuttering plot the other elements are so well-realized that Central Park is ultimately forgiven. Here's hoping their song is just as good in the season two reprise.
  • Sep 19, 2021
    Not for me. I could explain why but I feel I've wasted enough time on this show already after quitting halfway through episode 1.
  • Jul 27, 2021
    One of the best first seasons of any show, ever.
  • Feb 28, 2021
    Oh! My! That opening was torture. Adult Animation and Musical hahaha that's a mix no man every wanted. The characters basically look like Bobs Burgers with a slight alteration, its as if they couldn't be bothered and used the same stencil. Clearly made for the weird people that actually pay for the awful Apple TV. Rotten Scores are fake and paid reviews.
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Loved it. Every second of it. Also listen to the album on Spotify regularly. Has all the heart and soul we expect (from the creators of Bob's Burgers) with added musical accompaniments.
  • Jan 15, 2021
    All-star, hilarious, and full of heart
  • Nov 03, 2020
    Apple TV+'s first original animated series Central Park is the best musical comedy.
  • Oct 13, 2020
    Yikes at that casting. Half the fun of Bob's Burgers but just as cringey casting choices. At least Bob's was actually humorous and even pretty cool. I like that Lauren Bouchard channelled all their yearning for musicals in this one the way they tried so desperately hard at ‘Bob's Burgers' (and it's usually a hit than a miss!) despite losing more than half the morbid, comedic substance of ‘Bob's. It sits at an awkward place between being a bit juvenile yet too mature for kids who might appreciate it. The funny villain schtick is too reminiscent of cute, old Disney or Nickelodeon plots but they tried too hard to inject a similar type of humour that worked for ‘Bob's' but merely placed itself at an awkward position in its attempt. Despite all that, ‘Central Park' is definitely charming and wholesome and sometimes even slightly funny in a "meh, it passed time" kind of way—points to anyone looking for more musicals in their adult animation.

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