Son of Zorn: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)

Season 1
Son of Zorn

Critics Consensus

Son of Zorn earns points for originality, a talented cast, and intermittent laughs, but they aren't quite enough to prop up a gimmick that's still in search of a workable premise for an ongoing series.



Critic Ratings: 38


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User Ratings: 164

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Air date: Sep 11, 2016

In the series premiere, a Pacific island warrior reconnects with his son in California and decides to stay.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2016

Zorn embarrasses his son in front his crush and tries to spy on her using the Stone of Sight. Elsewhere: Edie tries to force Zorn to move his old boxes out of her garage and into his own apartment.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2016

Zorn rallies his co-workers against one of their own after hot sauce is stolen from the break room. Also: Alan tries to convince Edie to write him an excuse note to get out of gym class.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2016

Zorn tries to be a "cool dad" when Alan comes to visit, but things go off track when a friend of Alan's visits.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2016

Zorn tries to teach Alan about his culture after seeing how the media portrays Zephyria. Elsewhere: a talking garden gnome sparks conflict with Edie and her new neighbors.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2016

After watching Alan and Craig bond over their favorite video game, Zorn uses his body double dummy "Meka-Zorn" to sneak out of work and wait in line with Alan to buy the new game in the series. Meanwhile, Edie and Linda vent their frustrations with Zorn by beating up "Meka-Zorn". -- (C) FOX

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Air date: Nov 13, 2016

Zorn crashes Thanksgiving at Edie's house to prove to her mom that he has matured. Elsewhere: Alan hopes his grandmother will pay for his summer music camp and tries to butter her up.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2016

Zorn's old friend Headbutt Man (guest voice Rob Riggle) is coming to town. Unfortunately for Zorn, Headbutt Man is now sober. Meanwhile, Alan is invited to a party where his crush, Nancy (guest star Emily Wong), will be. Unfortunately, he has to take Headbutt man's daughter with him. -- (C) FOX

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Air date: Dec 11, 2016

Alan plans a holiday scheme to get better presents after feeling torn about Christmas and Grafelnik, the Zephyrian holiday of revenge.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2017

The gang scramble for dates to an engagement party for Craig and Edie. Zorn rekindles with his ex; Alan tries to figure out his relationship with Layla; and Craig receives his certificate in relationship counseling.

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Critic Reviews for Son of Zorn Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (16)

Of the few comedic offerings out there this fall, this is one of the brighter entries thanks to its creativity and unique premise.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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There's always a very outside chance that Son of Zorn could have the legs of an ALF in the annals of hybrids turned into weekly sitcoms. But this already looks like pretty thin stuff that's not worth writing home about.

Sep 9, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Either clever idea or one-trick pony, the Son of Zorn pilot can't entirely decide which it is either.

Sep 8, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Son Of Zorn and The Last Man On Earth - and Lord and Miller's stuff in general, and Will Forte's - are about weirdness and silliness. They're about doing everything at an angle. Normal, after all, is overrated.

Sep 14, 2016 | Full Review…
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Son of Zorn does well to avoid the argument that something has been lost in this new, progressive world-Zorn is very much a buffoon from start to finish-but the gag has nonetheless started to wear thin by the end of the first episode's 22 minutes.

Sep 12, 2016 | Full Review…

It gets old the minute it starts.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

The creativity of the show as a whole definitely is what makes the pilot work, and while there are definitely a few big laughs, Son of Zorn's offbeat nature makes its future success ambiguous.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite the bizarre premise... Son of Zorn has a lot of heart. Among the sharp jokes is a story about the struggles of a father and son connecting with each other, something that is actually very relatable.

Oct 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Son of Zorn is the family sitcom of our current masculinity crisis... As with Will Ferrell's anchorman, we laugh at him while laughing with him.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Tim Meadows is a delight.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Decidedly different, but also very dumb.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

The concept has you smiling, and the pilot episode keeps you smiling (if not laughing out loud). The scripts need to make like Zorn and muscle up.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Son of Zorn: Season 1

  • Apr 23, 2020
    Unique premise and a great cast. I'm disappointed that the show is canceled. would have loved a second season.
  • Jan 08, 2020
    My expectations were low but this show is actually pretty funny.
  • Jul 19, 2019
    I loved this show. Too bad they cancelled it. Fox needs to get their sh!t together because they cancel all of their good shows way too early.
  • May 06, 2019
    a hilarious sitcom with an original premise that definitely deserves more seasons.
  • Feb 22, 2019
    one of the best shows to come out in the last 10 years, to bad they cancelled it.
  • Dec 22, 2018
    a terrific show ended way too soon without a satisfying conclusion.
  • Oct 09, 2018
    Accomplishes poking fun at toxic masculinity and those who think masculinity is toxic all at the same time. Clever, original and not easily dismissed.
  • Aug 01, 2017
    Hilarious!! Desperately hoping for more seasons!??
  • Mar 12, 2017
    I can't believe that this has such low ratings. I found this on TV, binge watched every episode in two days, and thought that the show was so hilarious and brilliantly done. It's a familiar family comedy, but so unique, and I love how invested I felt in all of the characters. I think that Craig is my favorite character, but I also love Linda, and, of course, Zorn. It's strange how well the animation fits in with everything, and the acting is so good. Next to Clone High and Bob's Burgers, this is my favorite cartoon/comedy show. I'm just hoping it doesn't get cancelled. It's such a unique and funny little slice of TV. Come on, season 2!
  • Mar 09, 2017
    that need improve but has potencial

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