Dash & Lily
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|Dash & Lily|
|Created by||Joe Tracz|
|Based on||Dash & Lily's Book of Dares|
by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
|Music by||Dan the Automator|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||23–27 minutes|
|Original release||November 10, 2020|
Dash & Lily is an American romantic comedy streaming television series created by Joe Tracz that is based on the young adult series Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. The 8-episode series premiered on Netflix on November 10, 2020.
- Austin Abrams as Dash, a teenager who hates Christmas
- Midori Francis as Lily, a 17-year-old teenager who wants to find love
- Dante Brown as Boomer, Dash's best friend
- Troy Iwata as Langston, Lily's older brother
- Keana Marie as Sofia, Dash's ex-girlfriend
- Michael Cyril Creighton as Jeff the Elf/Door Queen
- Patrick Vaill as Mark, a clerk at the Strand Bookstore
- William Hill as Santa Claus/Uncle Sal, Lily and Langston's paternal uncle
- Leah Kreitz as Aryn
- Ianne Fields Stewart as Roberta
- Agneeta Thacker as Priya, Sofia's best friend
- James Saito as Arthur Mori, Lily and Langston's maternal grandfather
- Gideon Emery as Adam, Lily and Langston's father
- Jennifer Ikeda as Grace, Lily and Langston's mother
- Diego Guevara as Benny, Langston's boyfriend
- Glenn McCuen as Edgar Thibaud, Lily's bully from middle school
- Jodi Long as Mrs. Basil E., Lily and Langston's maternal great-aunt, and Arthur's sister
- Michael Park as Gordon, Dash's father
- Trevor Braun as Yohnny, a Jewish American teenager and one of the "Challah Back Boys"
- Nick Jonas as Himself 
- Jonas Brothers as Themselves (Performing "Like It's Christmas") 
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Dash"||Brad Silberling||Teleplay by : Joe Tracz||November 10, 2020|
|Dash is a teenager living in New York City who despises Christmas. His father has gone out of town on Christmas vacation, along with many of his peers' parents. On the night of December 17 at the Strand Bookstore, he comes across a notebook with a message written on the front: "Do you dare?". He then follows a series of clues within the notebook to begin searching for the author's identity, leaving it for her to write a reply. The next day, he finds the notebook in a Two Boots where his best friend Boomer works. Boomer claims that he failed to catch the mystery girl on the restaurant's security footage. The two ultimately follow the book's instructions to try to take a hat from a mall Santa Claus actor. Although a security guard and an elf actor forcibly escort them out, Dash successfully gets away with the hat and finds the author's name, Lily, sewed in front.|
|2||"Lily"||Brad Silberling||Joe Tracz||November 10, 2020|
|Lily is a shy, 17-year-old teenager of mixed European and Japanese ancestry who has never experienced romantic love, in contrast to the rest of her family. Similar to Dash, her parents and grandfather have gone out of town on Christmas vacation. With encouragement and input from her older brother Langston, Lily plans to leave a notebook with cryptic clues for a potential romantic interest to read so that he might find her. After receiving Dash's answer to her initial cryptic, she visits Boomer at the Two Boots and leaves the notebook for Dash to reply while warning Boomer not to tell Dash that he saw her. Dash then follows Lily's instructions to steal a Santa Claus actor's hat while Boomer distracts Jeff, an elf actor. The Santa Claus actor insults and threatens Dash before the boy takes his hat and flees, leading him and Boomer to be forcibly escorted from the mall. Later that evening, Lily thanks her uncle Sal, who turns out to be the Santa Claus actor, for his help in her plan.|
|3||"Hanukkah"||Pamela Romanowsky||Carol Barbee||November 10, 2020|
|During one of their notebook exchanges, Lily tells Dash about the worst Christmas she can remember. Dash then dares her to attend a wild, underground Hanukkah dance party hosted by two teens who call themselves the "Challah Back Boys", intending to push her far outside her comfort zone. During the party, she hides in a bathroom but returns upon reading an encouraging message from Dash written on the mirror. As she warms up to dancing with the other party guests, she inadvertently runs into Edgar: a former middle school bully who is seemingly happy to see her again but insults her by calling her "weird". Lily then flees the party and leaves behind one of her red boots in a patch of snow. Her grandfather Arthur, who has unexpectedly returned to town, finds out about her sneaking out of the family apartment late at night and grounds her.|
|4||"Cinderella"||Pamela Romanowsky||Carol Barbee||November 10, 2020|
|Dash finds Lily's boot but learns she forgot to leave the notebook at the party. After reading her unhappy response to his mirror message, he attempts to track down the boot's owner and learns it was purchased from Theater Development Fund by a mysterious "Lillian St. Claire DuBois". He convinces a store clerk to give him the address of the purchaser, who turns out to be Lily's great aunt Lillian, a successful stage show manager alternately known by her nickname "Mrs. Basil E.". She takes a liking to Dash as he tells her that he went to great lengths to find Lily because he wants to know if she is okay. Lillian then confronts her brother Arthur about his grounding Lily and tells her great niece that Dash still cares about her. Finally, Lily's grandfather takes her to get pizza at Two Boots. Lily gives the notebook to Boomer, who returns the notebook to Dash. Dash reads Lily's message that, while the Hanukkah party was scary, it opened her to a new world, so she wants to do the same for him. Shortly after a sign reading "Believe" illuminates over Dash's head, he receives a text message from his ex-girlfriend Sofia.|
|5||"Sofia & Edgar"||Fred Savage||Lauren Moon||November 10, 2020|
|Dash and Lily hesitate to tell each other about the returns of Sofia and Edgar, respectively. For her next dare, Lily attends an arts and crafts class where participants must literally break their creations. She refuses to destroy her puppet and finds solace in a dog park, where Edgar unexpectedly arrives and reveals he is still wearing the same friendship bracelet she gave him in middle school, then invites her to a slam poetry night. Lily is hesitant until Langston tells her that their family will be moving to Fiji soon. She finally takes out her frustration on several snowmen, then vents her anger towards Edgar at the slam poetry party. Edgar apologizes and invites Lily on a date, surprising her. Meanwhile, Dash learns to make mochi with a group of Japanese grandmothers. That evening, his father Gordon returns home with his new girlfriend Leeza and invites him and Sofia on a dinner double-date. At the dinner, Dash accepts Sofia's invitation to a Christmas Eve party hosted by fellow classmate Priya. Later, Edgar tells Dash and Sofia that he will bring his own date, but Dash is unware he means Lily.|
|6||"Christmas Eve"||Fred Savage||Harry Tarre||November 10, 2020|
|Langston apologizes to Lily for arguing with her about their family's decision to move to Fiji and encourages her to ask Dash on a date via the notebook. Lily has an emergency meeting with Boomer at the Two Boots to discuss Dash spending time with Sofia, but Boomer is unaware that Sofia has returned. At Priya's Christmas Eve party, Boomer arrives with the notebook and finds Dash with Sofia. Angry that Dash did not tell him the truth, he urges his friend not to give up on Lily. After he leaves, Dash and Lily finally meet, but before Lily can introduce herself by name, she and Dash are interrupted respectively by Edgar and Sofia. In a game of Truth or Dare, Sofia dares Dash to "time travel" with her to the Morgan Library & Museum, where they had their first date; while Lily cannot answer several romance questions because she has never been on a date. She tries leaving the party, but Edgar intercepts and almost kisses her before his phone interrupts him. In the library, Sofia admits that she and Dash don't work well together because he has changed and was never completely honest with her, but she wants them to be more than friends and starts making out with him on a couch.|
|7||"Christmas"||Fred Savage||Rachel Cohn||November 10, 2020|
|Lily awakens on Christmas morning, hoping to find the notebook under the tree, but she does not find it there. She visits Lillian, who tells her she has not seen "Notebook Boy" since they first met but that, if she receives the notebook, she will "dash it right over". This causes Lily to make the connection that the Dash from the previous night is "Notebook Boy". She calls Boomer to confirm and is heartbroken to learn Dash left the party with Sofia, so she goes to McSorley's Old Ale House and gets drunk. She texts Edgar to come to the pub and kiss her, which he then does moments before Dash arrives. A flashback reveals that Dash and Sofia mutually broke up but spent the night at the library, only to wake up in a panic because Dash forgot to deliver the notebook. Using a "Manhattan Mommy" app Boomer downloaded for his phone, Dash finds Lily through someone spotting her red boots but is devastated to find her kissing Edgar. On the cab ride to Lillian's, Dash and Lily are angry at each other for hiding the truth and start believing that neither is the person each had imagined. Dash declines to attend Boomer's family Christmas dinner and writes a breakup letter in the notebook to Lily, who receives it from Lillian.|
|8||"New Year's Eve"||Fred Savage||Joe Tracz||November 10, 2020|
|On New Year's Eve at the Strand, store clerk Mark gives Dash the notebook with a message from Lily, telling him she agrees their relationship would have never worked and that her family is soon leaving for Fiji. Dash tracks Boomer to a Jonas Brothers concert in Hudson Yards, where he finds him with Priya, Sofia, and the Challah Back Boys. They meet in Nick Jonas's trailer, where Sofia tells him that, to win Lily back, he should be emotionally honest. Nick walks in and almost tells Dash about how he was honest with his wife before Dash thanks him and plans to meet with Lily at the Strand. Meanwhile, at a Zen temple, Arthur tells Lily he will allow her to stay in New York with him if she admits Dash caused her recent behavior, which he learned about from other family. Lily instead takes responsibility and calls out her family for their faults, but Arthur refuses to compromise. On their way to the airport, Langston texts Lily a photo of a message from Dash stating that he knows he has been falling in love with her. Lily emerges from the cab and races to the Strand, where Jeff (as a "Door Queen") gives her the keys to enter. Following a truthful and heartfelt conversation, Dash and Lily share a kiss, beginning their romantic relationship.|
Netflix ordered an 8-episode adaptation of Levithan and Cohn's novel in October 2019. Joe Tracz is the series showrunner and also serves as writer and executive producer. Shawn Levy and Josh Barry from 21 Laps Entertainment, Nick Jonas from Image 32, and Brad Silberling are also executive producing with Cohn and Levithan co-executive producing. Directors include Silberling, Fred Savage, and Pamela Romanowsky.
It was announced along with the series order that Austin Abrams and Midori Francis would star as the titular characters. Dante Brown and Troy Iwata would feature in the main cast and Keana Marie, James Saito, and Jodi Long in the recurring cast. The second round of casting was announced in November 2019 with Glenn McCuen, Michael Park, Gideon Emery, Jennifer Ikeda, and Diego Guevara also in the recurring cast. It was announced in March 2020 that Agneeta Thacker, Leah Kreitz, and Ianne Fields Stewart had joined the cast.
For the series, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 100% based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 7.64/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Anchored by the charming Midori Francis and Austin Abrams, Dash & Lily is a delightful rom-com adventure with plenty of holiday cheer." Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 80 out of 100 based on 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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