Bless the Harts

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Bless the Harts
GenreAnimated sitcom
Created byEmily Spivey
Voices of
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Aubrey Davis Lee
  • Eli Dolleman
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Fox Corporation[1]
Release
Original networkFox
Picture format4:3 or 16:9
Original releaseSeptember 29, 2019 (2019-09-29) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Bless the Harts is an American animated sitcom created by Emily Spivey for the Fox Broadcasting Company.[2] Debuting on September 29, 2019,[3] the series is executive produced by Spivey, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Kristen Wiig and Seth Cohen, and produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The animation production is handled by Titmouse, Inc.[4] The show's title is based on the Southern phrase "Bless your heart".[5] In October 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.[6]

Premise[edit]

Bless the Harts follows a family living in North Carolina who are poor in money, but rich in fun, laughter, and friends. The main protagonist is Jenny Hart (Kristen Wiig), who struggles to make ends meet. Her daughter Violet Hart (Jillian Bell) and mother Betty Hart (Maya Rudolph) live with her along with her boyfriend Wayne (Ike Barinholtz). Other recurring characters are also in the series.[2] The show's creator Emily Spivey has stated that it is based on her life growing up in High Point, North Carolina and is based in the state's Triad region (the name of the fictional town where the show is set, Greenpoint, is a portmanteau of Greensboro and High Point).[5][7]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Kristen Wiig as Jenny Hart, a single mother who struggles to make money for her family[8]
  • Maya Rudolph as Betty Hart, Jenny’s single mother. In "Jenny Unfiltered" her age is revealed to be 53.[9][10] Her husband Ed, Jenny's father, is dead and is mentioned multiple times throughout the series.
  • Jillian Bell as Violet Hart,[8] Jenny’s daughter who loves art. Though sarcastic and cynical in terms of personality, she cares a lot for her family. She's either 13 years old (according to her voice actress[11]) or a preteen (according to Betty[12])
  • Ike Barinholtz as Wayne Edwards, Jenny’s boyfriend. Wayne is the comic relief character.[8]
  • Kumail Nanjiani as Jesus Christ, who appears as a figment of Jenny's imagination and acts as her conscience.

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Hug N' Bugs"Pete MichelsErin WagonerSeptember 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)1BPJ031.82[17]
Jenny gets the family water shut off after her payment bounced, so she tries to sell toys for cash, not knowing her mother Betty is buying the toys she is selling. Meanwhile, Wayne discovers Violet's love for art and builds a building based on her drawings, only to get permits for it denied by the city hall.
2"Can't Get There from Here"Samantha ArnettEmily SpiveyOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)1BPJ012.99[18]
Jenny picks up a second job as a stripper in order to make extra cash to send Violet to art school. Meanwhile, Wayne buys ostriches with his truck on collaterial to also help Violet, only to find out that they can't lay eggs.
3"Jenny Unfiltered"Bryan FrancisRich BlomquistOctober 13, 2019 (2019-10-13)1BPJ021.47[19]
After Betty tells the family the story of her old rich boyfriend, Violet takes Betty to visit his heir when he died, which doesn't go according to her plan. Jenny takes both political sides of a statue at her job in an effort to earn extra tip money, but begins to question her morals and beliefs.
4"Cremains of the Day"Michael BaylisJulia Lillis Cohen & Jeremy RowleyOctober 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)1BPJ042.79[20]
Jenny tries to honor her deceased father on his favorite holiday, Halloween, by letting go of his remains left at the family home, but doesn't think she is ready to let them go. Violet and Leonard take Wayne ghost hunting to conquer his fear of ghosts.
5"Trash Twins"Samantha ArnettJanine BritoNovember 3, 2019 (2019-11-03)1BPJ051.33[21]
At Mega-Lo-Mart, a mysterious prankster skids their car in the parking lot, splashing Jenny and Betty with dirty street water. When Betty finds out it is her nemesis Crystalynn Poole, the two conspire revenge. Violet wishes they'd grow up, questioning the role models in her life, while Wayne deals with his misbehaving 10-year old Uncle Tommy.
6"Pig Trouble in Little Greenpoint"Pete MichelsChristy StrattonNovember 10, 2019 (2019-11-10)1BPJ06TBD
After Jenny enters Wayne into a barbeque contest without his permission, loud noises mess Wayne's sauce ratios at the cookoff, causing Wayne to become upset at Jenny. Violet feels bad that animals are killed for human consumption, so she debates on whether or not to become a vegetarian. Betty runs into an old friend, a famous member of a band, who invites her to go on tour, so she must decide whether to go on tour with him or leave her family.
7"Myrtle Beach Memoirs"[22]TBATBANovember 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)TBATBD
8"Mega-Lo-Memories"[23]TBATBANovember 24, 2019 (2019-11-24)TBATBD

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On September 25, 2018, it was announced that Fox had given the production a straight-to-series order for a first season consisting of thirteen episodes. The series was created by Emily Spivey who was also expected to executive produce alongside Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Kristen Wiig, and Seth Cohen. Production companies involved with the series were slated to include 20th Century Fox Television and Lord Miller Productions.[2] It has been confirmed that the show will loosely share the universe with King of the Hill.[9] The series debuted on September 29, 2019,[3] and was renewed for a second season on October 18, 2019.[6]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, and Ike Barinholtz had been cast in series regular roles.[2] On January 11, 2019, it was announced that Mary Steenburgen and Drew Tarver had been cast in recurring roles.[10]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 82% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "With an exceptional cast and a big heart to boot, Bless the Harts's particular worldview won't be for everyone, but it fits quite nicely into Fox's Animation Domination line-up".[24] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Hug N' Bugs" September 29, 2019 0.7/3 1.82[17] 0.1 0.30 0.8 2.12[26]
2 "Can't Get There from Here" October 6, 2019 1.2/5 2.99[18] 0.1 0.20 1.3 3.19[27]
3 "Jenny Unfiltered" October 13, 2019 0.6/3 1.47[19] 0.1 0.22 0.7 1.69[28]
4 "Cremains of the Day" October 20, 2019 1.1/5 2.79[20] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Trash Twins" November 3, 2019 0.5/3 1.33[21] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Pig Trouble in Little Greenpoint" November 10, 2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Catalog of Copyright entries". Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Andreeva, Nellie (September 25, 2018). "Fox Orders 'Bless The Harts' Animated Series Starring Kristen Wiig & Maya Rudolph From Emily Spivey, Lord & Miller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (June 24, 2019). "Fox Sets Fall Premiere Dates: Emmys Kick Off The Week, '9-1-1', 'The Masked Singer', 'Empire', More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Ramin, Zahed (September 20, 2019). "Southern Smiles: Emily Spivey Spills the Beans on 'Bless the Harts'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. ^ a b DeCwikiel-Kane, Dawn (September 26, 2019). "New Fox show, 'Bless the Harts,' draws on creator's High Point roots". News & Record.
  6. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (October 18, 2019). "Bless the Harts Renewed for Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Matsuoka, Sayaka (September 25, 2019). "Full of 'Hart': Fox's new animated show spoofs the Triad".
  8. ^ a b c Thorne, Will (May 13, 2019). "Fox 2019-2020 Primetime Schedule and New Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  9. ^ a b de Moraes, Lisa (February 6, 2019). "'Bless The Harts' Borrows Mega Lo Mart From 'King Of Hill', Ostrich From Emily Spivey's Childhood – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Petski, Denise (January 11, 2019). "'Bless The Hart': Mary Steenburgen & Drew Tarver To Recur On Fox Animated Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "Jillian Bell calls new FOX show cool new take on family comedy". Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Hart, Betty. "Trash Twins". Bless the Harts. Violet's pre-teen ire
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/fortunefunny/status/1178410958609424384
  14. ^ "Jenny Unfiltered". Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  15. ^ Andy Bobrow [@abobrow] (October 6, 2019). "New #BlesstheHarts tonight. Jenny considers stripping for money. I play the creepy strip club owner" (Tweet). Retrieved November 3, 2019 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Bless the Harts voice cast absolutely packed with celebs". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  17. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 1, 2019). "'60 Minutes,' 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' and 'Sunday Night Football' adjust up: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
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  20. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 22, 2019). "'Sunday Night Football' adjusts up, 'The Simpsons,' 'Bob's Burgers,' '60 Minutes' adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  21. ^ a b Welch, Alex (November 5, 2019). "'Sunday Night Football' adjusts up, 'God Friended Me' and '60 Minutes' adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  22. ^ "(BHR-108) "Myrtle Beach Memoirs"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  23. ^ "(BHR-107) "Mega-Lo-Memories"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
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  25. ^ "Bless the Harts: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  26. ^ Porter, Rick (October 8, 2019). "TV Ratings: Where New Series Stand in First 7-Day Numbers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  27. ^ Thorne, Will (October 15, 2019). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Sept. 30: 'Evil,' 'Stumptown,' and 'Emergence' All Double". Variety. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  28. ^ Thorne, Will (October 22, 2019). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Oct. 7: 'This Is Us' Overtakes 'Masked Singer'". Variety. Retrieved October 22, 2019.

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