The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia

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The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia
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Also known asAshley Garcia: Genius in Love
Created bySeth Kurland & Mario Lopez
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1 (3 parts)
No. of episodes15 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Philippe Iujvidin
  • Patty Gary-Cox
CinematographyJohn Simmons
EditorStephen Prime
Camera setupMulti-camera[1]
Running time25–34 minutes
Production companies
  • Boop Kugland Productions
  • Viamar Productions
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseFebruary 17 (2020-02-17) –
December 9, 2020 (2020-12-09)
External links
Official website

The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia (also known as Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love) is an American comedy television series created by Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland that premiered via streaming on Netflix on February 17, 2020.[1][2] The second part of the first season was released on July 20, 2020.[3] In August 2020, the series was canceled after one season, and the series ended with a Christmas special that was released on December 9, 2020.[4][5]


The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia (also called Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love) follows a prodigy named Ashley Garcia, the "only 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics engineer and rocket scientist" in the world who moves in with her Uncle Victor from the other side of the country for a chance to work for NASA.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Paulina Chávez as Ashley Garcia, the youngest robotics engineer and rocket scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) who also has PhDs in Robotics and Applied Mathematics
  • Conor Husting as Tad Cameron,[6] the captain of football team at Crown City High School and Ashley's love interest
  • Bella Podaras as Brooke Bishop,[6] Ashley's childhood best friend
  • Reed Horstmann as Stick Goldstein,[6] the equipment manager of the Crown City High School football team.
  • Jencarlos Canela as Victor Garcia, Ashley's uncle, the football coach at Crown City High School, and co-owner of a coffeehouse named Pat's. He was a former American football placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys.


  • Mario Lopez as Nico, Victor's friend and the co-owner of Pat's
  • Haley Pullos as Bella Schmerz, Tad's on-and-off girlfriend
  • Chelsea Kane as Ava Germaine, Ashley's best friend from MIT and Victor's love interest



On May 23, 2019, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a straight-to-series order for a first season consisting of sixteen episodes. The series was created by Mario Lopez who was also expected to executive produce alongside Seth Kurland and David Kendall.[1][7] On July 30, 2019, it was reported that Jody Margolin Hahn is set to direct the pilot and several other episodes.[8] The series was released on February 17, 2020.[2] The second part of the first season was released on July 20, 2020.[3] On August 31, 2020, Netflix opted not to order a second season for the series, but will end the series with a Christmas special that was released on December 9, 2020.[4][5]


Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Paulina Chávez and Jencarlos Canela had been cast in series regular roles.[9]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Part 1
1"Breath Mint"Jody Margolin HahnTeleplay by : Seth Kurland
Story by : Pamela Corkey and Seth Kurland & Mario Lopez
February 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)
2"Spin, Doctor"Jonathan JudgeJulie WhitesellFebruary 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)
3"Haptics"Jody Margolin HahnSeth KurlandFebruary 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)
4"The Search for Intelligent Life"Jody Margolin HahnDavid KendallFebruary 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)
5"No Scientific Basis Whatsoever"Eva LongoriaPhilippe IujvidinFebruary 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)

Tio Victor will be interviewed by the Sports Paper when Stick shows him that if Tad has his lucky headband “bandie” they’ll win every game. Ashley thinks that the headband has nothing to do

with Tad winning and is determined to find out what it is that makes them win. Afterwards Ashley finds a plan that she’ll make a fake bandie and go onto the field and distract Tad and replace the real bandie with the fake one. Once they do that Tad starts playing badly. At the last play Tad is able to make a Touchdown winning the game. Ashley tells Tad that the real bandie was switched with a fake bandie. Ashley asks Tad who made him do that Touchdown but, it was Bella who inspired him and made him feel he can do anything.
6"Me Caes Bien"Eva LongoriaMolly Haldeman & Camilla RubisFebruary 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)
7"Hasta La Vista, Baby"Melissa Joan HartJessica LopezFebruary 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)
8"Go to a High School Dance"Jeff MelmanSam StefanakFebruary 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)
Part 2
9"In Tad We Trust"Jeff MelmanHeather Dean & Rosie BorchertJuly 20, 2020 (2020-07-20)
10"Failure Is Not an Option"Jean SagalPhilippe IujvidinJuly 20, 2020 (2020-07-20)
11"Unintended Consequences"Adam WeissmanMolly Haldeman & Camilla RubisJuly 20, 2020 (2020-07-20)
12"Count Me In"Rob SchillerHeather Dean & Rosie BorchertJuly 20, 2020 (2020-07-20)
13"Rewriting Girl Code"Jody Margolin HahnJulie WhitesellJuly 20, 2020 (2020-07-20)
14"Another Trip Around the Sun"Andrew DeYoungSam StefanakJuly 20, 2020 (2020-07-20)
Christmas special
15"The True Meaning of Christmas Togetherness Funtime"David KendallTeleplay by : Seth Kurland & David Kendall
Story by : Molly Haldeman & Camilla Rubis
December 9, 2020 (2020-12-09)


  1. ^ a b c d Hipes, Patrick (May 23, 2019). "Netflix Orders Latinx Family Comedy Series From Mario Lopez & Seth Kurland". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mallenbaum, Carly (January 22, 2020). "Netflix in February: 'To All the Boys' sequel, 'Roma' documentary, 'Locke and Key'". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 22, 2020. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Jensen, Erin (June 24, 2020). "New on Netflix in July 2020: 'Kissing Booth 2,' 'Baby-Sitters Club,' Charlize Theron". USA Today. Archived from the original on July 19, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 31, 2020). "Netflix's 'Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love' & 'The Big Show Show' To End Runs With Christmas Specials". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 1, 2020. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Mallenbaum, Carly (November 24, 2020). "Netflix in December 2020: What's new and what's expiring". USA Today. Archived from the original on December 9, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Hough, Q.V. (February 17, 2020). "The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia Cast & Character Guide". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on February 18, 2020. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "NETFLIX ANNOUNCES LIVE ACTION LATINX FAMILY COMEDY SERIES THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA". Netflix Media Center. Archived from the original on January 23, 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (July 30, 2019). "Jody Margolin Hahn To Direct Netflix Comedy Pilot 'The Expanding Universe Of Ashley Garcia'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 30, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 23, 2019). "Mario Lopez, Seth Kurland Set Latinx Family Comedy Series at Netflix". Variety. Archived from the original on May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2019.

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