Mr. Iglesias

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Mr. Iglesias
Mr. Iglesias Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created byKevin Hench
Starring
Theme music composerOzomatli
Composer(s)Joseph LoDuca
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Chris Arrington
  • Isaac Gonzalez
CinematographyPeter Smokler
Editor(s)Scott Hill
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time26–31 minutes
Production company(s)
  • 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 web 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]

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."[4]

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. His greatest loves in life (aside from his friends and students) are professional wrestling and his Volkswagen Bus.
  • Sherri Shepherd as Paula Madison, the principal at Woodrow Wilson High. She was formerly a teacher and holds an impressive teaching record and has had three divorces. 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 Woodrow 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 Woodrow Wilson High. She doesn't feel the same way towards Tony as he feels about her. One reason is that she is way out of Tony's league.
  • Richard Gant as Ray Hayward, Gabe and Tony's old teacher who still teaches English at Woodrow Wilson High.
  • Cree Cicchino as Marisol Fuentes, Gabe's favorite student who is smart. She also works three jobs. She eventually develops feelings for Mikey during the school play and they eventually kiss.
  • Fabrizio Guido as Mikey Gutierrez, one of Gabe's dimwitted students who has a crush on Marisol. At the end of the season 2 finale episode during the school play he and Marisol kiss.
  • Tucker Albrizzi as Walt (season 2;[5] recurring season 1), one of Gabe's less than bright students and best friend of Lorenzo.

Recurring[edit]

  • Oscar Nunez as Carlos, the assistant principal at Woodrow Wilson High. The students and teachers have a low opinion of him and he frequently butts heads with Mr. Iglesias. He attempts teaching theatre to students in the second season.
  • Coy Stewart as Lorenzo, one of Gabe's students who often sits next to Walt. He is a conspiracy theorist who constantly worries about government surveillance.
  • Gloria Aung as Grace, one of Gabriel's brainy students who uses her computer at first to talk because she is uncomfortable speaking in public. She later overcomes her social anxiety and becomes one of Gabriel's more vocal students. Her parents force her to take violin lessons.
  • Bentley Green as Rakeem Rozier, the star running back who recently transferred from Abby's class to Gabe's class at Woodrow Wilson High.
  • 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 football coach at Woodrow Wilson High. He values athletics over academics and has a "slight" alcoholism issue.
  • Chris Garcia as Mr. Gomez, one of the teachers at Woodrow Wilson High.
  • Jesus Trejo as Mr. Trujillo, a science teacher.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Brooke Sorenson as Whitney, a less-than-humble, privileged honors student.
  • Megyn Price as Jessica Dobbs, a member of an Alcoholics Anonymous meetings group that Gabe goes to. She is Walt's mom and she and her husband are divorced.
  • 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 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. He ends up moving to Long Beach permanently to work for Abby's trust again.
  • Maria Quezada as Rita Perez, a tough student who has priors and a crush on Lorenzo.
  • Carol Lyn Black as Ruth, an elderly substitute Spanish teacher.
  • Jo Koy as Bob, a Filipino-American who owns a taco food truck.
  • Elora Casados as Jackie, the new guidance counselor, and Gabe's new love interest. Casados makes her acting debut after serving as the set costumer for the series.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110June 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
212[6]6June 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)
6TBA

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [7]
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.
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.
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.

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)
Danny comes to California to win back Abby. 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 [7]
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. After learning about the taco truck issue, Paula kicks Bob and his truck out of the school. Later, Gabe and Tony help Bob sneak and sell tacos inside the school, and Bob reveals he pumps his cows with steroids and GMO's, making the tacos last longer, and taste better. Marisol and Bob talk it out and allow Bob to sell tacos in his truck once again. 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.

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.[4][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 part one premiering on June 17, 2020.[2][6][3]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series order announcement, it was confirmed that Gabriel Iglesias would star in the series.[4] 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.[11][12] 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.[13][14] On September 6, 2019, Tucker Albrizzi was promoted to be a series regular for the second season.[5]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes provides a 88% approval from 8 reviews and an average rating of 8/10.[15]

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 Andreeva, Nellie (April 26, 2018). "Netflix Orders Gabriel Iglesias Multi-Camera Comedy Series, Standup Specials". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b 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.
  7. ^ a b "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. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (September 17, 2018). "'Mr. Iglesias': Sherri Shepherd To Co-Star In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (October 4, 2018). "'Dead To Me' Casts Sam McCarthy; Fabrizio Guido Joins 'Mr. Iglesias'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (October 30, 2018). "'Mr. Iglesias': Megyn Price & Coy Stewart To Recur In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Mr. Iglesias: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 8, 2019.

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