Middleditch and Schwartz

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Middleditch and Schwartz
Created by
Directed byRyan Polito
  • Thomas Middleditch
  • Ben Schwartz
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3
Executive producers
  • John Irwin
  • Thomas Middleditch
  • Ben Schwartz
  • Casey Spira
CinematographyJay Lafayette
Original releaseApril 21, 2020 (2020-04-21)
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Middleditch and Schwartz is an American improvisational comedy streaming television series created by and starring Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz. The series of three hour-long performances was filmed at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and premiered on Netflix on April 21, 2020.


Each hour-long episode is based on a random audience suggestion and is entirely improvised by performers Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz.[1]


No.TitleDirected byOriginal release date
1"Parking Lot Wedding"Ryan PolitoApril 21, 2020 (2020-04-21)
2"Law School Magic"Ryan PolitoApril 21, 2020 (2020-04-21)
3"Dream Job"Ryan PolitoApril 21, 2020 (2020-04-21)


The series was met with critical acclaim, receiving an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 8.8/10. The website's critic consensus calls it a "brilliant series of specials sure to spark all kinds of joy" and "a masterclass in improv comedy."[2] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 86 out of 100 based on four reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[3]

Jesse David Fox, writing for Vulture, commented that the series "could have significant ramifications on improv’s position in our culture" by opening the door for other comedians to practice improv professionally rather than in an amateur capacity.[4]


  1. ^ "Netflix Releases Official Trailer For Middleditch & Schwartz, A Collection of Three Completely Improvised Comedy Specials". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  2. ^ "Middleditch & Schwartz: Season 1", Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved 2020-05-21
  3. ^ "Middleditch & Schwartz". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. ^ Fox, Jesse David (24 April 2020). "What If Improv Were Good?". Vulture. Retrieved 29 June 2020.

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