Disenchantment: Part 1 (2018)

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Disenchantment showcases enough of Matt Groening's trademark humor to satisfy fans -- although the show's overall familiarity and disappointing willingness to play it safe may not bode well for future seasons.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2018

Princess Bean already has the wedding day blues when a mysterious figure arrives, claiming he's her personal demon. Elfo hates his happy homeland.

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How to get rid of an unwanted fiancé? Bean's plan involves a party barge and mermaids. King Zøg tries to make Elfo's blood into an immortality potion.

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Sorcerio declares that demonic possession is behind Bean's drunken exploits -- and things look dicey for Luci when the king hires an eerie exorcist.

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With the king away, Bean throws a wild party while Odval and Sorcerio gather their secret society for a ritual. But the night takes a surprising turn.

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Banished from the castle by Zøg, Bean tries to work but has trouble keeping a job. Elfo encounters a bizarre pair of siblings living in a candy house.

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Bean tries her hand at diplomacy after Zøg makes her ambassador to Dankmire, Oona's kingdom and an important ally for Dreamland.

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Elfo lies to hide his feelings for Bean, but things get complicated when she tries to help him by sending the knights on a quest.

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Elfo's been kidnapped! Bean, Luci, Sorcerio and the knights search for him, along with a magical pendant needed to complete the immortality potion.

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After he learns a surprising secret about himself, Elfo heads home to Elfwood in search of the truth.

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As Dreamland celebrates an unexpected arrival while saying goodbye to a friend, everyday life is thrown into disarray.

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Cast & Crew

David Herman
The Herald/Prince Guysbert/Jerry
Rich Fulcher
Sir Turbish
Tress MacNeille
Queen Oona/Crown Prince Derek/The Fairy
Billy West
Sorcerio/Sir Mertz/The Jester/Pops
Maurice LaMarche
Prime Minister Odval
Matt Berry
Prince Merkimer
Eric André
Luci/Sir Pendergast
Josh Weinstein
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Critic Reviews for Disenchantment Part 1

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (28)

The results are positive, the story is fun, there are laughs to be had and the show brings the subtlety and wit we have come to expect from Groening's creations.

May 28, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Boldly different to Groening's other work, while looking and feeling familiar. It's short of greatness, but engaging enough to warrant returning for season 2.

Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Disenchantment is incredibly green as a show and it's still finding its feet. It's a new show from another time in every sense of the word.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The jokes are stale, their set-ups are mundane, the plot is predictable, the execution is rarely inspired.

Aug 20, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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It's designed simply to entertain, which-for the most part-it does.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

"Disenchantment" doesn't move the story beyond easy parody and old-fashioned humor into a more original and timely place... It's somewhat entertaining, but you may feel as though you've seen it all done before, and better.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Disenchantment shares its DNA -- albeit a much weaker strain -- with the comedy of Monty Python with its penchant for visual gags. But it often relies too heavily on outdated ba-dum-tish one-liners and physical comedy.

Jul 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Disenchantment is far from Matt Groening's best work but has a lot of room for potential and is worth a watch if you are a fan of animation.

Oct 8, 2019 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

All of the pieces to make something truly wonderful are here - it just feels as though showrunners are assembling them by hastily skim-reading a set of IKEA instructions.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's a letdown to realize Groening has reduced this epic opportunity to a mere game of moans.

May 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Groening's characters always come equipped with plenty of charm, and while it is not instantly apparent in Disenchantment, you will find yourself rooting for them come the final episode.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The trademark humor is there, with plenty of visual gags to dissect on shop signs and background details, but it's too restrained and pedestrian to make a series like this pop.

May 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Disenchantment: Part 1

  • Oct 06, 2020
    I actually find myself enjoying this more than simpsons or futurama.
  • Sep 18, 2020
    It wasn't great, it was not very interesting, and I don't think it's a good indication when there is only one likable character in a whole show or movie or whatever. Some parts were fun and entertaining, but, for the most part, I felt like it was bogged down by trying too hard to be edgy and shoe-horning in mediocre jokes about modern politics and whatnot that stood out like a sore thumb from the setting and everything. Also, I at least partially feel like this should be a one star review just because of Elfo. It was a good enough concept for a show but it needed to have been executed much more like Bojack Horseman to be actually good.
  • Jul 24, 2020
    This series has a very mixed score, but I'll recommend you watch it yourself, and then find out what you think about the series.
  • Jul 08, 2020
    This show is a bit of an oddity for me. While I am a huge fan of The Simpsons (first 14 Seasons), I have been struggled to like Matt Groening's work outside of that, Futurama being the biggest example. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Enchantment. It is a solidly funny show and the cast voices it well. That being said, I have found its a show that I don't "seek out" when I'm looking to pass some time, like I have for The Simpsons, South Park, and Rick and Morty. These would be my "top tier", with King of the Hill slightly behind that, and then finally to shows like Enchantment. I don't really know what it is exactly, but Enchantment is missing an element that the others have that elevates their shows.
  • May 16, 2020
    If the first season of Disenchantment had been 6 episodes long instead of 10, my rating would have been a star higher. We first get introduced to the characters and see the beginning of a sinister storyline. Then we have to wait until the last few episodes to get any real character or plot development. I would have been forgiving of the unrelated hijinks in the middle if they'd been funnier; frankly a lot of it felt like filler. There were a few good laughs, but much of the time was spent on fetchquests and boring action sequences. The Hansel and Gretel bit, for example, would have been hilarious as a side gag that lasted a minute or two. Unfortunately, it got dragged on so long it ended up being macabre and... weird. It's a perfect encapsulation of Season 1; there are seeds of brilliance, but ultimately the whole thing just ends up feeling stretched. I do think the payoff at the end is worth fighting through the slog in the middle. That said, I would not blame you one bit if you gave up after a few episodes. It's hard not to compare Disenchantment to Futurama. The art, the humor, and several of the voices make the comparison unavoidable. That's a real shame, because it's inevitably going to lead to disappointment. Futurama began with a wide open world. We wanted to stand right alongside Fry and explore the future with him. Disenchantment immediately reveals the main plot thread, and then largely ignores it for seven episodes. More frustratingly, while the characters in Futurama felt fresh and original, many of the characters in Disenchantment come off as tired caricatures. Still good for some laughs, but the sparks of creativity are a lot less frequent.
  • May 01, 2020
    Absolutely fantastic - I adore this show
  • Apr 05, 2020
    Great piece of animated tv series. Love the irony and the plot
  • Feb 27, 2020
    I love this series, I love the Simpsons and I loved Futurama.
  • Feb 06, 2020
    It took a little while for me to truly get into it, but once I did, I loved it.
  • Jan 09, 2020
    Disappointing when compared to Groening's previous shows, disenchantment starts very slowly. However, it does build momentum both narratively and comedically as the show progresses.

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