Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)

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First Day of Camp
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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp offers more of the the goofy hijinks that fans of the cult classic crave, but outsiders might not be quite as enamored.

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Critic Ratings: 55

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User Ratings: 867

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Air date: Jul 31, 2015

Morning arrives on the first day of camp and something menacing lurks in the woods in the series premiere of this prequel to the 2001 film about the antics at a summer camp in Maine.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2015

Lindsay pretends to be a counselor. Meanwhile, Beth and Greg uncover something surprising; and Kevin and Donna keep Coop busy.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2015

Blake's upset after witnessing Andy make a move on Katie. Elsewhere, Beth asks someone unexpected for assistance; and Coop feels hurt when Donna gives out many gifts.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2015

Claude and Susie search for leads for the musical. Meanwhile, Gail seeks the truth about Jonas; and the Falcon arrives.

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Susie, Claude, Andy and Katie bond during the evening meal. Elsewhere, Jonas' anger erupts when he receives a crank call from Victor; and Beth and Greg hire an attorney.

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Big changes occur as the staff musical is performed. Elsewhere, Beth and Greg's lawsuit escalates to the trial phase.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2015

Victor and Coop learn how complicated sex can be. Meanwhile, Lindsay must submit her article; and Andy and Kate get honest with one another.

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Beth and Gene battle the government. Meanwhile, Andy and the other counselors try to defeat their adversaries at Camp Tiger Claw.

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This prequel series to the 2001 satirical comedy film of the same name spotlights the antics of counselors and campers at a summer camp in Maine in 1981. As the camp season gets underway, journalist Lindsay (Elizabeth Banks) goes undercover as a counselor; Claude (Jon Slatterly) helps Susie (Amy Poehler) cast the musical; and Beth (Janeane Garofalo) and Greg (Jason Schwartzman) file a lawsuit. The large ensemble cast also includes Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, David Hyde Pierce and Molly Shannon.

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Critic Reviews for Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (27)

A majority of the storytelling gags rise above the purely juvenile, although sometimes just barely.

Jul 24, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Good things can sometimes come out of that sort of chaos, but that chaos could use some boundaries.

Jul 22, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is a rarity: a sitcom that is funnier than the movie that inspired it.

Aug 3, 2015 | Full Review…
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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp gets a lot of mileage out of funny names, ridiculous pop culture references and wildly inconsistent accents.

Aug 2, 2015 | Full Review…

The 8-episode series mostly succeeds by sheer force of will. The viewers are so bombarded by jokes that something is bound to tickle you eventually-though truth be told it may take awhile.

Aug 2, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series actually improves on the movie. This is consistently funnier, weirder and more inventive.

Jul 31, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Once the cinematic formalities of reintroduction are completed, "Lunch" at least proves there are still some fresh ideas at play - whether it can keep it up for three more hours remains to be seen.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

It's generating new material while referencing 15-year-old material. And it's broken neatly into half-hour episodes. No one expects the Rolling Stones to be as energetic onstage as they were 30 years ago, but we're grateful for what we get.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

As funny as First Day of Camp is, 'euphoric' is truly the most accurate adjective for it.

Nov 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

These actors and many, many more return (with a few newbies!) to take us on a camp-tastic voyage through the summer of 1981.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

So: How is Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, anyway? I loved it. Of course I did. I'm in the target demographic.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Fans of the original are likely to enjoy this follow-up, which improves in succeeding episodes after the somewhat lackluster first entry.

Jul 27, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

  • Aug 22, 2020
    I've already done a review about the movie recently and it has the same effect on me as the show does. However, the show is ten times stupider, which I may like better that way. Many parts of the show are very frustrating, but that's all part of the charm of it. If the movie wasn't weird enough with 20-year olds playing 16 year olds, these actors are 30-year olds playing the same 16-year olds, but two months prior. So, the characters are younger but the actors are older. This show is absolute absurdity and full of intentional plot holes. I love it with all my heart. In fact, as a freshman in college I was hanging out with some friends and they put on the show. Rather than talk to the girls in the room, I was enthralled by how surprisingly funny the show was. Later on, I was introduced to the movie and the second show. But, I was drawn in by "First Day of Camp" and I've watched it probably ten times now. It never gets old and I keep noticing new things.
  • Jun 19, 2020
    I'm sorry, doesn't make sense to me, isn't funny, weird. Might be something there but went right over my head.
  • Sep 16, 2016
    One of my favourite movies is now 4 hours longer and I'm so happy.
  • Jul 20, 2016
    this tv show was really good...im glad they explained on how it all happen
  • Feb 07, 2016
    Although the first episode was the lowest point in the series it was one of the greatest TV shows I have seen in a long time. If you were a fan of the movie will love this.
  • Jan 12, 2016
    Just could not watch it after half of the first nonsensical episode.
  • Dec 14, 2015
    This series works because it revels in the stupidity of the whole premise behind it and they all look like theyre having fun doing it.
  • Dec 11, 2015
    I'm baffled at the high scores. I had the feeling there was no script, they were just adlibbing as they went along-far too long.
  • Nov 10, 2015
    Great TV Show, very funny, but i would give some advice to the stylist eventhough it is made on purpose. Check these looks it could be useful http://unefoismaispasdeux.over-blog.com/
  • Nov 02, 2015
    ????? ??????????? :D

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