Mr. Iglesias

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Mr. Iglesias
Mr. Iglesias Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created byKevin Hench
Starring
Theme music composerOzomatli
ComposerJoseph LoDuca
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2 (3 parts)
No. of episodes21 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Chris Arrington
  • Isaac Gonzalez
CinematographyPeter Smokler
EditorScott Hill
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time26–32 minutes
Production companies
  • Hench in the Trench Productions
  • Fluffy Shop Studios
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K; HDR
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Mr. Iglesias is an American comedy streaming television series that premiered on Netflix on June 21, 2019.[1] The series stars Gabriel Iglesias who executive produces alongside Kevin Hench, Joe Meloche, and Ron DeBlasio. In August 2019, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on June 17, 2020.[2][3] The second part of the second season premiered on December 8, 2020.[4]

Premise[edit]

Mr. Iglesias follows "a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He takes on teaching gifted but misfit kids to not only save them from being "counseled out" by a bully bureaucrat Assistant Principal, but also to help them unlock their full potential."[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias as Gabe Iglesias, a fun-loving and good-natured history teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. He recently quit drinking alcohol at the beginning of the show and regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Aside from his friends and students, his greatest loves in life are professional wrestling and his Volkswagen Bus.
  • Sherri Shepherd as Paula Madison, the thrice-divorced principal at Wilson High. A former teacher, her record is stated to be very impressive. She is constantly searching for a new sexual partner, and has a profile on virtually every dating app (including farmersonly.com.)
  • Jacob Vargas as Tony Ochoa, the honors history teacher at Wilson High and Gabe's best friend. He has a gambling problem and is attracted to Abby.
  • Maggie Geha as Abby Spencer, the overly-pure and naïve rookie history teacher at Wilson High. She doesn't feel the same way towards Tony as he feels about her.
  • Richard Gant as Ray Hayward, Gabe and Tony's old teacher who still teaches English at Wilson High. He is known for being sassy and apparently has a complicated relationship with his wife, whom he only references when he asks people not to tell her about what he does.
  • Cree Cicchino as Marisol Fuentes, Gabe's favorite student who is very smart and always does well in school. She works three jobs in addition to her studies. She develops feelings for Mikey during the school play and they eventually kiss and become a couple. Gabe and Mr. Hayward have to cajole her into applying to Stanford, since she has the grades to have a shot at getting in.
  • Fabrizio Guido as Mikey Gutierrez, one of Gabe's dimwitted students who has a crush on Marisol; the two eventually kiss during the mid-season 2 finale and they become a couple.
  • Tucker Albrizzi as Walt (season 2;[6] recurring season 1), one of Gabe's less-than-bright students who's into Jamaican culture, especially Reggae and marijuana. Walt's father is a notorious flake. His single mom Jessica and Gabe had a mutual attraction up until Gabe began dating his coworker Jackie. In season 2, he and Whitney begin to share a mutual attraction.

Recurring[edit]

  • Oscar Nunez as Carlos, Wilson High's assistant principal. Both the faculty and student body have a low opinion of him and he frequently butts heads with Gabe. He attempted to kick Gabe’s students out of school due to their effect on the school’s status in the first season, but he inevitably fails. He reforms in the next season and attempts teaching theatre to students in the second season and becomes more likable as a result, though he is still highly socially-awkward.
  • Coy Stewart as Lorenzo, one of Gabe's students who is Walt's best friend. He is a funny but paranoid conspiracy theorist who constantly worries about government surveillance. Lorenzo begins dating Rita Perez in season 1, and it is revealed in season 2 that she and Lorenzo are still together a year later.
  • Gloria Aung as Grace, one of Gabriel's students often described as "weird" who's into hacking. At the beginning of season 1, Grace is so shy that she has to use a text-to-speech program on her computer to talk to anyone except Gabe. With Gabe's help and encouragement, she starts to come out of her shell and be able to talk to people, at one point trash-talking Carlos, which impresses her fellow students.
  • Bentley Green as Rakeem Rozier (season 1), the entitled star running back who recently transferred from Abby's class to Gabe's class at Wilson High. He was originally an arrogant procrastinator due to initially getting limitless time on assignments and was apparently told by Coach Dixon that he should stay close-minded, until Gabe encouraged Rakeem to try studying and become better at other things as well.
  • Kathryn Feeney as Katie, a waitress at the DeBlasio's Restaurant, and later at Roxanne's where the teachers hang out outside of work.
  • Christopher McDonald as Coach Dixon, the dimwitted and obnoxious football coach at Wilson High. He values athletics over academics and has a "slight" alcoholism issue.
  • Chris Garcia as Mr. Gomez, a science teacher at Wilson High.
  • Jesus Trejo as Mr. Trujillo, another science teacher at Wilson High. He's always seen with Mr. Gomez.
  • Brooke Sorenson as Whitney, a less-than-humble, privileged honors student who joins Mr. Iglesias' class in the second season part 3. She shares a mutual attraction to Walt.
  • Elora Casados as Jackie (season 2), the new guidance counselor, and Gabe's new love interest. They begin to officially date in season 2. Casados makes her acting debut after serving as the set costumer for the series.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Megyn Price as Jessica Dobbs, Walt's mother. She is divorced from Walt's father and regularly attends the same Alcoholics Anonymous meeting group that Gabe goes to. She and Gabe have a mutual attraction, but decide not to pursue it until Gabe has reached 1 full year of sobriety, in order to not run the risk of Gabe falling off the wagon. This apparently ended after Gabe met Jackie.
  • Ron Pearson as Jim, the school janitor who can juggle and balance objects on his chin. He wins the school talent show in season one.
  • Joel McHale as Danny, Abby's ex-fiancé. It's revealed that he is cheating on her and Abby breaks up with him. In "Oh Boy, Danny", he comes to Long Beach to win back Abby, but she inevitably rejects him. At the end of the episode, he announces his intention to finish out his contract in South Dakota and then move permanently to Long Beach to earn back Abby's trust.
  • Maria Quezada as Rita Perez, a tough student who has priors and a crush on Lorenzo.
  • Jo Koy as Bob, a Filipino-American who owns a taco food truck.
  • [[Franco Escamilla]] as Joaquin Fuentes (season 2), Marisol's father who maintains a strained relationship with her due to his estrangement from his family.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110June 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
2116June 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)
5December 8, 2020 (2020-12-08)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [7]
Part 1
11"Some Children Left Behind"Andy AckermanKevin HenchJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Gabe learns that many of his students are being "counseled out" in order to raise Woodrow Wilson High's school ranking. Gabe, Tony, and Abby compete for the honors class teaching position.
22"Summer School"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Luisa LeschinJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Gabe's summer class students have to present their final oral reports to continue on to the next school year, but Carlos requires them to be graded by a different teacher and hinders Mikey's chances of passing. Meanwhile, Abby discovers that her fiancé is cheating on her.
33"Full Hearts, Clear Backpacks"Phill LewisIsaac GonzalezJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Carlos enforces a clear plastic backpack policy at Woodrow Wilson High, causing the students to protest.
44"The Wagon"Phill LewisPeter MurrietaJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Rakeem, the school's star football player, moves into Gabe's class for an easy A. Gabe hits an accidental road bump in his sobriety.
55"Everybody Hates Gabe"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Sam SklaverJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Rakeem is allowed an extension on a grade-defining paper because of the big game against Poly, and Marisol questions Gabe's judgment.
66"Bullying"Victor GonzalezJacque Edmonds CoferJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Lorenzo keeps missing class, and Gabe tries to get to the bottom of it. Upon learning that it is because of a girl bullying him, he tries to fix it.
77"Talent Show"Trevor KirschnerJulia Ahumada GrobJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)

Gabe tries to get his kids to enter the school talent show. When Walt's dad flakes, Gabe has to convince him to go on with the show. Gabe then performs with Tony in the show.

Guest: Ron Pearson as Janitor Jim
88"Teachers' Strike"Jody Margolin HahnAaron SernaJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
The teachers go on strike, but Gabe finds a way to continue getting his class ready for the academic decathlon.
99"Oh Boy, Danny"Jody Margolin HahnChris GarciaJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
After Abby dumped him, Danny comes to California to win her back. Mr. Hayward tries to get Marisol to consider Stanford.
1010"Academic Decathlon"Gloria Calderón KellettD.J. RyanJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Gabe convinces Marisol to transfer to the honors class before the academic decathlon.

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
Part 2
111"True Calling"Andy CadiffKevin HenchJune 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)
After receiving a college prep pep talk from Mr. Iglesias, Mikey decides to drop out of high school. Ray tells Gabe to teach Mikey about ikigai to allow him to learn his life's purpose. Gabe does so, only to fail, and force him to question his own career path. After being inspired by Tony, Gabe manages to convince Mikey to not drop out.
122"Taming the Carlos"Bob KoherrPeter MurrietaJune 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)
Gabe encourages his class to join Carlos's drama class. They all sign up, only to find the class boring. Gabe attempts to teach Carlos how to teach and encourages him enough to make his class fun for the students. Meanwhile, Paula urges the staff to change bars after she got banned from her local one for throwing a flaming margarita at someone. The staff changes bars and they spend the night drinking.
133"Party of One"Betsy ThomasLuisa LeschinJune 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)
Gabe encourages Paula to delete all the dating apps on her phone and to take a break from dating. Later, Carlos tells his class they will be performing the play Romeo and Juliet, which Mikey and Walt get roles for, respectively. Paula reveals to Gabe she didn't take a break from dating and got a date with Coach Winslow, known around town as a player, who told her he's changed. Mikey convinces Walt to allow Marisol to play Juliet, who gains feelings for Mikey once she starts acting. Gabe finds out Winslow hasn't changed and lies to him that Paula broke up with him, causing Paula to believe Gabe loves her. Paula attempts to flirt with Gabe, only to learn the truth.
144"Generation Why"Jonathan JudgeMichael ShipleyJune 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)
Marisol tells the class they're the only school not participating in Green Week, a district competition to reduce each school's carbon footprint. After the class complains that adults are the reason for global warming, Gabe convinces Paula to allow the school to join the competition. After an argument ensues, Paula cancels Green Week for the school, but after learning the competition offers a grant to the winner, she allows it to continue. Gabe's class informs him that the only way they can win, is if Gabe gives up driving his van. Though hesitant, Gabe gives in. Later, the class informs him he can keep his van, as long as he carpools the staff.
155"Food for Thought"Jonathan JudgeIsaac GonzalezJune 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)
After winning Green Week, Marisol tells Gabe she wants the class to tackle the issue of cultural appropriation, by supporting Jorge, who had his taco truck drove out from the school's parking lot by Bob, who's Filipino. The class argues that Bob is nicer than Jorge, and even makes better tacos, but Marisol argues that he shouldn't have the right to profit off Mexican culture. Agreeing with Marisol, Paula kicks Bob and his truck out of the school. Later, Gabe and Tony help Bob sneak and sell tacos inside the school, where Bob reveals that he pumps his cows with steroids and GMO's, making the tacos last longer and taste better. With Gabe's help, Marisol and Bob talk it out and work together to combine their grandmothers' recipes instead. Meanwhile, Carlos lets Paula join his play when she threatens to cancel it.
166"Where Art Thou Counselor?"Victor GonzalezJulia Ahumada GrobJune 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)
The class prepares to take their final exams, and Gabe allows his students to stay after class to talk about their concerns. Lorenzo talks about his stress-levels, Grace talks about her anxiety, Walt talks about his want for a driver's license, Mikey talks about his crush on Marisol, and Marisol talks about her anxiety on messing up at the school play. They all receive words of encouragement from Gabe. Later, Mikey questions whether he should kiss Marisol in the performance, the staff encourages Gabe to start dating again, and Gabe begs Paula to hire a guidance counselor for his students. Marisol and Mikey talk about the kiss and they agree to do it cheek-to-cheek. While performing, Marisol and Mikey do the aforementioned kiss, but after they pull back, Marisol surprises both of them by kissing him on the lips, causing him to forget his lines. At night, the staff goes to a bar, and Gabe begins to flirt with a woman he meets. Paula arrives and reveals the woman Gabe flirted with, Jackie, is the new guidance counselor at the school.
Part 3
177"Technically Speaking"Phill LewisD.J. RyanDecember 8, 2020 (2020-12-08)
After entering his request to Paula, Gabe receives a box of tablets to give to his students, who have all moved into their junior year of high school. In class, Gabe finds out that he doesn't have enough tablets for each of them, so he goes to the teacher's lounge to talk to Paula. Once there, Gabe reunites with Jackie, who tells him that technology might not be as good as it seems. To test his students, Gabe decides to give them a quiz, comparing the scores of the students with the tablets (Team Tech) to the students without (Team No-Tech). After reviewing their scores, Gabe finds out that Team Tech outperformed Team No-Tech (91 to 88). Later that same day, Gabe and Jackie decide to start dating. Meanwhile, Mikey tries to find the courage to ask out Marisol on a date, who happily accepts when he finally does.
188"Good Things"Jody Margolin HahnChris GarciaDecember 8, 2020 (2020-12-08)
After everyone in class discusses who has the hardest life based on race, gender, and ethnicity, Gabe tries to talk to the other teachers, who begin to have a similar discussion. To fix his students' pessimism on life and their futures, Gabe gives them an assignment in which they have to create a vision board listing good things they believe they deserve. Encouraged by Gabe, Marisol announces her plans to become the first person in her family to go to college, specifically, Stanford University. Meanwhile, Gabe questions whether he's good enough for Jackie, and after finding inspiration from his students, Gabe and Jackie share a kiss.
199"Playing Favorites"Jody Margolin HahnNatasha ChandelDecember 8, 2020 (2020-12-08)
At a parent-teacher conference, Gabe has unsettling conversations with Grace's mother, who isn't happy that she is talking more, Mikey's father, who isn't happy that Mikey is thinking of going to college and Lorenzo's mother, who accuses him of calling Marisol his favorite student in front of the whole class. The next day, Lorenzo tells Gabe not to worry, as he's everyone's favorite teacher. Meanwhile, Paula and the teachers compete for better parking spaces through peer evaluations.As Tony bribes the others to give him a good review, he ends up losing out while Ray is the winner.
2010"You're Dad to Me"Jody Margolin HahnPeter MurrietaDecember 8, 2020 (2020-12-08)
At school, Gabe meets with musician Joaquin Fuentes, Marisol's estranged father, who he helps reunite with his daughter. Using Gabe's advice, Marisol decides to spend time with her dad, by skipping the semester to go on tour with him. That same week, Walt begins to attend driving lessons with Gabe. In one of their driving trips, the pair meet with Joaquin to convince him to let Marisol finish school. Meanwhile, Paula and the teachers begin to participate in yoga classes, in which Paula unleashes her true feelings over her upcoming college reunion. After Carlos tells Paula that she should retire, Paula overcomes her emotions to attend the reunion. At the end of the day, Walt earns his driver's license.
2111"The Big Dance"Jonathan JudgeGrace Condon & Zachary Gonzalez-LandisDecember 8, 2020 (2020-12-08)
Gabe's class prepares for the holiday dance before winter break. After realizing that his students don't want to go to the dance, Gabe uses the help of Jackie to convince them to attend, only to find out later in the day that Paula has canceled the activity. To bring the dance back, Gabe tells Paula that he has to use the school gym for a "meeting", which a cheerful Paula later attends. After a dance battle, Gabe and Jackie share the party's last dance.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On April 26, 2018, Netflix announced that it had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. Executive producers were set to include Gabriel Iglesias and Kevin Hench.[5][8][9] On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Joe Meloche and Ron DeBlasio were joining the series as executive producers and that Peter Murietta, Luisa Leschin, and Sam Sklavar would serve as co-executive producers.[10] On April 24, 2019, it was announced the series will premiere on June 21, 2019.[1] On August 8, 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of 12 episodes with the first part premiering on June 17, 2020.[2][11][3] The second part of the second season premiered on December 8, 2020.[4]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series order announcement, it was confirmed that Gabriel Iglesias would star in the series.[5] On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Jacob Vargas, Maggie Geha, and Cree Cicchino had been cast as series regulars.[10] In September 2018, it was reported that Richard Gant and Sherri Shepherd had been cast in main roles and that Tucker Albrizzi would appear in a recurring capacity.[12][13] In October 2018, it was announced that Fabrizio Guido had joined the cast in a series regular role and that Megyn Price and Coy Stewart had been cast as recurring characters.[14][15] On September 6, 2019, Tucker Albrizzi was promoted to be a series regular for the second season.[6]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes provides a 88% approval from 8 reviews and an average rating of 8/10.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias Is Headlining the Classroom in "Mr. Iglesias" - June 21 on Netflix". The Futon Critic. April 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (August 8, 2019). "'Mr. Iglesias' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (May 20, 2020). "'Mr. Iglesias' Gets Premiere Date For Season 2 Of Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Betancourt, Manuel (November 10, 2020). "'Mr. Iglesias': Official Trailer and Premiere Date Revealed (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (April 26, 2018). "Netflix Orders Gabriel Iglesias Multi-Camera Comedy Series, Standup Specials". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Petski, Denise (September 6, 2019). "'Mr. Iglesias': Tucker Albrizzi Upped To Series Regular For Season 2 Of Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Mr. Iglesias – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 26, 2018). "Netflix Orders Gabriel Iglesias Multi-Cam Series, Two Comedy Specials". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 26, 2018). "Gabriel Iglesias Inks Netflix Deal for Scripted Comedy Series, Pair of Stand-Up Specials". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Petski, Denise (August 17, 2018). "'Mr. Iglesias': Jacob Vargas, Maggie Geha & Cree Cicchino Cast In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  11. ^ G a b r i e l - I g l e s i a s [@fluffyguy] (October 15, 2019). "Season 2 of #MrIglesias will have 12 episodes. Season 1 was 10" (Tweet). Retrieved November 8, 2019 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (September 4, 2018). "'Mr. Iglesias': Richard Gant Cast As Regular, Tucker Albrizzi To Recur In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (September 17, 2018). "'Mr. Iglesias': Sherri Shepherd To Co-Star In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (October 4, 2018). "'Dead To Me' Casts Sam McCarthy; Fabrizio Guido Joins 'Mr. Iglesias'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (October 30, 2018). "'Mr. Iglesias': Megyn Price & Coy Stewart To Recur In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  16. ^ "Mr. Iglesias: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 8, 2019.

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