The Umbrella Academy (TV series)
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|The Umbrella Academy|
|Created by||Steve Blackman|
|Based on||The Umbrella Academy|
by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá
|Developed by||Jeremy Slater|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||40–60 minutes|
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
|Picture format||4K UHDTV 2160p|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||February 15, 2019 –|
The Umbrella Academy is an American superhero web television series based on the comic book series of the same name written by Gerard Way. Created for Netflix by Steve Blackman and developed by Jeremy Slater, it revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father's death and the threat of an impending apocalypse. The series is produced by Borderline Entertainment, Dark Horse Entertainment, and Universal Cable Productions.
The ensemble cast features Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige, John Magaro, Adam Godley, Colm Feore, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland, and Kate Walsh. The adaptation began development as a film optioned by Universal Pictures in 2011. It was eventually shelved in favor of a television series in 2015, before being officially greenlit by Netflix in July 2017. The series is filmed in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.
The first season was released on Netflix on February 15, 2019. In April 2019, Netflix reported that 45 million households had watched season one during its first month of release. That same month, the series was renewed for a second season, which was released on July 31, 2020. Both seasons received positive reviews from critics.
The Umbrella Academy is set in a universe where 43 women around the world gave birth simultaneously, despite none of them showing any sign of pregnancy until labor began on October 1, 1989 . Seven of the children are adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, and turned into a superhero team that he calls "The Umbrella Academy." Hargreeves gives the children numbers rather than names, but they eventually are named by their robot-mother, Grace, as: Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Number Five (his only name), Ben, and Vanya. While putting six of his children to work fighting crime, Reginald keeps Vanya apart from her siblings' activities, as she supposedly demonstrates no powers of her own.
The first season is set in the present day, where Luther is part ape and has lived on the moon for four years, Allison is a famous actress, Vanya is a violinist, Klaus has a drug addiction, Ben, now deceased, is a ghost able to converse only with Klaus, and Diego has become a vigilante with a penchant for trouble. The estranged siblings learn that Reginald has died and gather for his funeral. Number Five returns from the future, chased by time-travelling operatives, and reveals that a global apocalypse is imminent. Meanwhile, the reunited siblings try to uncover the secret of their dysfunctional family while beginning to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
The second season takes place immediately after the first season. Following their failure to stop the apocalypse, the Umbrella Academy is forced to go back in time, to save the world. Unfortunately the time travel goes awry as the siblings end up different years in 1960s Dallas. Five ends up on November 25, 1963, in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, but manages to escape with the help of Hazel. Five discovers that another apocalypse is coming and that he only have ten days to prevent it. While being hunted by a trio of Swedish assassins, Five must find and reunite his siblings whom have made new lives following their arrival, in order to stop the apocalypse once for all.
Cast and characters
- Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves / The White Violin / Number Seven, a meek violinist who is somewhat alienated from her siblings because she has no apparent supernatural abilities. In reality she can unleash great force by focusing on sound, an ability her father suppressed with drugs to protect her and those around her. T.J. McGibbon and Alyssa Gervasi portray Vanya as a teenager and a 4-year-old, respectively.
- Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves / Spaceboy / Number One, an astronaut with super strength. He lived on the moon for four years as a mission from his father. He was the only one of his siblings who did not leave the team and during a mission he was severely injured. To save his life, Reginald injected him with a serum that turned his upper body into that of an ape. Cameron Brodeur portrays a younger Luther.
- David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves / The Kraken / Number Two, a rebellious troublemaker with the ability to curve the trajectory of anything he throws, usually knives. Blake Talabis portrays a younger Diego.
- Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves / The Rumor / Number Three, a celebrity with the ability to control minds and bend reality with the phrase "I heard a rumor...". Eden Cupid and Jordana Blake portray Allison as a teenager and a 4-year-old, respectively.
- Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves / The Séance / Number Four, a flamboyant drug and alcohol addict with the ability to communicate with the dead and temporarily make them corporeal. Dante Albidone portrays a younger Klaus.
- Aidan Gallagher as Number Five / The Boy, a boy with the ability to jump through space and time. After traveling to the future he ended up in a post-apocalyptic world, unable to get back. He survived on his own for decades before being recruited into the Commission, an agency that kept tabs on the timeline and figures who would threaten it. He eventually betrayed them in order to get back to his time to warn his family of the impending apocalypse and is constantly hunted by his former employer. Returning to his time causes him to revert to his thirteen-year-old body. Jim Watson plays an adult Five and Sean Sullivan portrays an elderly Five.
- Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha (season 1), a Commission agent partnered with the character Hazel, she is "[a]ll-business" and the more sociopathic and ruthless of the two assassins.
- Cameron Britton as Hazel (season 1; guest season 2), Cha-Cha's partner, a fellow assassin disillusioned with his life as an agent, who plans to leave the Commission after falling for doughnut store-owner, Agnes. In season 2, an elderly Hazel appears to Five in 1963 and sacrifices his life for Five.
- John Magaro as Leonard Peabody / Harold Jenkins (season 1), Vanya's love interest. As a kid, he was an admirer of the Umbrella Academy and begged to join, since he was born on the same day as the result of a normal pregnancy, but was humiliated by Reginald. He later discovers Reginald's diary, detailing Vanya's potential, and inserts himself into her life with the goal of manipulating her into discovering and using her powers. Jesse Noah Gruman portrays a younger Harold.
- Adam Godley and Ken Hall as Pogo (season 1; guest season 2), Reginald's closest assistant, and an intelligent chimpanzee, with Godley providing the voice and facial performance capture, and Hall providing the motion capture for the body, and playing the character on the set. In season 2, a younger version of Pogo appears in 1963, who is treated like a son by Reginald and Grace.
- Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves / The Monocle, the Umbrella Academy's adoptive alien father and a billionaire industrialist who was deceased in 2019, but is alive at the end of season 2.
- Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves / The Horror / Number Six (season 2; recurring season 1), who can summon tentacled horrors from his body. Ben is deceased but appears regularly to Klaus and helps him occasionally. Ethan Hwang portrays a younger Ben.
- Ritu Arya as Lila Pitts (season 2), Diego's love interest and The Handler's adopted daughter. Raya Korah and Anjana Vernuganan portray Lila as a teenager and a 4-year-old, respectively. She is one of the 43 children that were born at the same time. Her powers allow her to mirror someone else's (only one power at a time.)
- Yusuf Gatewood as Raymond Chestnut (season 2), Allison's 2nd husband.
- Marin Ireland as Sissy Cooper (season 2), Vanya's friend and love interest. She is also Carl's wife and Harlan's mother.
- Kate Walsh as The Handler (season 2; recurring season 1), the head of the Commission and Five's former boss. In season 2, despite getting shot in the head by Hazel in the season 1 finale, she survives and after 3 months of recovery, she gets demoted to working at Number Five's old desk. The Handler is also Lila's adopted mother as she found her following the death of her parents by Five's hand in 1993.
- Sheila McCarthy as Agnes Rofa (season 1), Hazel's nascent love interest, the waitress and baker at (and owner of) Griddy's Doughnuts. Agnes died from cancer sometime before the events of season 2.
- Jordan Claire Robbins as Grace Hargreeves / Mom, a robot built by Reginald who acted as the Umbrella Academy's adoptive mother. She was built after Vanya used her power to attack several nannies. A human Grace was Reginald's girlfriend in 1963.
- Ashley Madekwe as Detective Eudora Patch (season 1), Diego's former romantic partner.
- Peter Outerbridge as The Conductor (season 1)
- Rainbow Sun Francks as Detective Chuck Beaman (season 1)
- Matt Biedel as Sgt. Dale Chedder (season 1)
- Kevin Rankin as Elliott (season 2)
- Justin Paul Kelly as Harlan Cooper (season 2), Carl and Sissy's son who later develops powers after being saved from drowning by Vanya.
- John Kapelos as Jack Ruby (season 2)
- Kris Holden-Ried as Axel (season 2)
- Jason Bryden as Otto (season 2)
- Tom Sinclair as Oscar (season 2)
- Cody Ray Thompson and Calem MacDonald as Dave/Young Dave (season 2; guest season 1), Klaus' boyfriend during the Vietnam war.
- Stephen Bogaert as Carl Cooper (season 2)
- Ken Hall as Herb (season 2; guest season 1)/Pogo (motion-capture only) (season 1)
- Patrice Goodman as Dot (season 2; guest season 1)
- Dov Tiefenbach as Keechie (season 2)
- Robin Atkin Downes as AJ Carmichael (season 2), a talking goldfish that is the leader of the commission.
|1||10||February 15, 2019|
|2||10||July 31, 2020|
Season 1 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Teleplay by||Original release date|
|1||1||"We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals"||Peter Hoar||Jeremy Slater||February 15, 2019|
|In 1989, forty-three women simultaneously give birth, despite showing no prior signs of pregnancy. Seven are found and adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who raises them as a superhero team. Hargreeves calls the children by number, one through seven, but Grace, their android mother, gives them names. Years later the surviving children are grown, and reluctantly reunite for Hargreeves' funeral. The monocle that he always wore is missing after his death, leading Luther (Number One) to suspect foul play. Number Five, who disappeared 16 years before, appears in a ball of blue energy, claiming to have returned from the future. He has his 13-year-old body but claims that he is fifty-eight years old. Tensions emerge among the siblings, and Diego gets into a fight with Luther that destroys a statue of their dead brother, Ben. Later, Five is visiting a doughnut shop when several armed men enter and open fire. After killing the men, he removes a tracker embedded in his arm. It is revealed that Diego has the monocle and that Klaus can talk to Ben's ghost.|
|2||2||"Run Boy Run"||Andrew Bernstein||Steve Blackman||February 15, 2019|
|Five arrives at Vanya's apartment and warns his estranged sister that the world will end in eight days. Vanya thinks Five's mind has been corrupted by time travel, and that the world will not really end. Agents Cha-Cha and Hazel arrive at a motel and begin to track their target. Luther learns that Diego had a boxing match at the time of their father's death, which rules him out as a suspect, and Vanya meets her latest violin student, Leonard. Partly assisted by Klaus, Number Five tries to find out the origin of a prosthetic eye he found in the future, knowing that its owner will soon destroy the world. The brothers learn, however, that the eye has yet to be manufactured in the present. Five visits a department store to see "Delores", a store mannequin who was his companion for thirty years, and is attacked by Cha-Cha and Hazel. Diego's former friend, Detective Eudora Patch, investigates the deaths at the doughnut shop, but her only witness has already been interrogated by Diego. As Allison watches old surveillance videos of her childhood to cheer herself up, she finds a disturbing tape of her father. It is revealed that in the apocalyptic future, Five found his siblings dead and removes the prosthetic eye from Luther's clutch.|
|3||3||"Extra Ordinary"||Andrew Bernstein||Ben Nedivi & Matt Wolpert||February 15, 2019|
|After Allison shows Luther the videotape of what looks like Grace, the siblings' android "mother", serving poisoned tea to their father, the two ask their mother about the incident. The android claims to remember nothing about it, but the siblings suspect that she is hiding something. Vanya struggles with her violin skill and she and Leonard get to know each other better. Number Five starts an observation of the manufacturer of the prosthetic eye. Agnes, the waitress at the doughnut cafe, describes the umbrella tattoo of Number Five to Cha-Cha and Hazel, leading them to the Hargreeves's house. As Luther and Allison gather the rest of their siblings to watch the footage, Diego reveals he took the monocle from Grace after the funeral and threw it away. The siblings disagree on whether to turn off Grace or not. Cha-Cha and Hazel break into the Hargreeves's house and attack Luther, Diego, Allison, and Vanya, but flee and kidnap Klaus when the siblings fight back. Diego finally turns off Grace, as she is totally oblivious of the fight and shows other malfunctions.|
|4||4||"Man on the Moon"||avik bramha||Lauren Schmidt Hissrich||February 15, 2019|
|Seven years ago, Hargreeves sends Luther on a mission that goes severely wrong. To save his life, Hargreeves injects Luther with a serum that also transforms his body into that of an ape. In the present, Allison and Luther find the deactivated Grace and assume the hit-men shut her off. Leonard and Vanya bond and agree to go to dinner. Meanwhile, Cha-cha and Hazel torture Klaus to get information about Five. When they begin to destroy Klaus's drugs, he gives up information, and after sobering up, he begins to see their dead victims. Five threatens the man from Meritech to get more information about the prosthetic eye. Cha-cha and Hazel, now aware of Five's investigation, go to the lab and set it aflame. Diego and Luther find Five passed out drunk. Patch goes to the motel to search for the two hit-men and frees Klaus but gets killed by Cha-cha. Klaus escapes through the vents with the briefcase. As he opens the briefcase, he time travels.|
|5||5||"Number Five"||Ellen Kuras||Bob DeLaurentis||February 15, 2019|
|A flashback shows Number Five's life in the apocalyptic future. He is eventually approached by the Handler, representing an organization called the Commission. She offers him a job. He works some time for them by killing people throughout history until he finds a way to return to the present day. Allison suspects that Leonard is hiding something and makes inquiries, but Vanya dismisses her concerns and becomes angry with her. Vanya stops taking her pills. When she auditions for the first chair in her orchestra, she gets it, but at the same time, a mysterious power within her appears. Klaus destroys the briefcase after returning from his time travel. He fought in the Vietnam War, lost someone close to him, and is heavily traumatized. Luther and Number Five trick the hit-men into setting up a meeting with the Handler in exchange for a different briefcase. She offers Number Five a new job, which he accepts under the condition that his family survives. Vanya gets first chair and tells Leonard. Unbeknownst to her, he killed the former first chair violinist. Pogo reactivates Grace and asks her to keep a secret from the kids.|
|6||6||"The Day That Wasn't"||Stephen Surjik||Sneha Koorse||February 15, 2019|
|Klaus's time jump lands him in the Vietnam war, where he falls in love with a soldier named Dave. Cha-cha is sent orders to terminate Hazel, and the Handler takes Five to the Commission's headquarters. Luther informs the Academy about the impending apocalypse but fails to inspire the group to fight. Vanya is angry at being excluded - she unknowingly causes a rainstorm and bends several streetlamps with her emerging powers. Klaus asks Diego to help him sober up, hoping to see Dave's ghost before the world ends. Luther feels betrayed when he discovers his moon research was pointless. Diego is shocked to discover that Grace has been reactivated. Luther and Allison confess their romantic feelings. Five intercepts orders to protect a man named Harold Jenkins and sends orders to Cha-Cha and Hazel, telling each to kill the other. Vanya discovers her father's notebook at Leonard's house, reads it, and learns her father knew about her powers and suppressed them. Five steals a time-traveling briefcase and flees the Commission. He arrives at the beginning of the episode, altering the timeline, and rallies his siblings to stop the apocalypse.|
|7||7||"The Day That Was"||Stephen Surjik||Ben Nedivi & Matt Wolpert||February 15, 2019|
|In 1989, Harold Jenkins is born from a normal pregnancy although his mother dies in labor. Harold idolizes the Umbrella Academy and believes he is like them; Reginald rejects Harold, telling him there is nothing special about him. Harold murders his abusive and alcoholic father and is sentenced to 12 years in prison. Five reveals they must locate Harold and stop him from causing the apocalypse. Diego learns that he is the prime suspect for Detective Patch's murder and Allison recognizes Harold as Leonard from a police file. Diego, Allison, and Five break into Leonard's house, discovering destroyed Umbrella Academy memorabilia. Luther becomes depressed upon learning the truth behind his mission to the moon. He goes to a rave where he gets intoxicated. Klaus follows him and is knocked unconscious in a fight. He sees Reginald, who tells him that Klaus has not fully seen the potential of his powers, and that he orchestrated his own death in order to bring the six children together. Hazel receives orders to kill Cha-Cha but instead incapacitates her. Leonard and Vanya are harassed by a trio of thugs. They beat up Leonard, causing Vanya's powers to burst, killing two of them. Leonard recovers in the hospital, having lost his right eye in the event, while Allison goes looking for Vanya, and Diego is arrested.|
|8||8||"I Heard a Rumor"||Jeremy Webb||Lauren Schmidt Hissrich & Sneha Koorse||February 15, 2019|
|Unable to find Vanya, Allison accompanies a police officer investigating the attack on Leonard and Vanya under the guise that she is researching an acting role. As Leonard and Vanya leave the hospital, they learn that the third assailant survived. Allison and the officer question the assailant and learn that Leonard paid the thugs to attack him. Hazel runs away with Agnes, going on the trip she had always planned. Upon arriving at their first stop, he leaves her to take care of an issue but promises to return. Cha-Cha goes to Agnes' donut shop and discovers where they are heading. Leonard and Vanya go to the woods to train Vanya to develop her abilities, which grow stronger as she flashes back to her childhood training with Reginald. Reginald feared her powers were too great, so he isolated her and began medicating her to stabilize her emotions. Allison finally finds Vanya at the cabin and confesses that Reginald asked her to use her powers to convince Vanya she was ordinary. Vanya lashes out with her violin bow, slicing Allison's throat with her power. Leonard takes Vanya away and they leave Allison unconscious and bleeding.|
|9||9||"Changes"||Jeremy Webb||Bob DeLaurentis & Eric W. Phillips||February 15, 2019|
|A young Vanya uses her powers to attack several nannies before Reginald ultimately builds Grace. Leonard takes Vanya back to his home, where she is riddled with guilt. Allison survives and is rescued by her brothers. However, she is unable to speak. Klaus tries to get high again, prompting Ben to punch Klaus in the face and revealing that Ben was able to make physical contact thanks to Klaus' powers. At Leonard's, Vanya discovers Reginald's diary. Realizing Leonard's manipulation, she kills him in a fit of rage. His body is discovered by her siblings and Five matches the glass eye to Leonard. Hazel arrives at the Umbrella Academy to volunteer to help stop the apocalypse but learns from Five that with Jenkins dead, it is done. Hazel reveals Cha-Cha to be Patch's killer and leaves their guns to help exonerate Diego. Hazel returns to Agnes, only to find Cha-Cha has taken her hostage. Their fight is interrupted by the Handler. Allison awakes and reveals that Vanya has powers. Vanya returns to the house and Luther incapacitates her before locking her in an isolation chamber. The others protest but Luther refuses. Heartbroken and furious, Vanya gives into her dark powers and breaks out.|
|10||10||"The White Violin"||Peter Hoar||Steve Blackman||February 15, 2019|
|The siblings escape as Vanya destroys the mansion. Ben is able to physically interact, saving Diego from falling debris. Vanya confronts Pogo, who admits to his knowledge of her powers. She kills him, and Grace is destroyed when the building collapses. The siblings regroup at a bowling alley while Vanya prepares for her concert. Five meets the Handler at the motel, only to realize it is a distraction. The siblings escape for the Icarus Theatre, while Hazel and Cha-Cha are ordered to protect Vanya. However, Hazel betrays Cha-Cha and incapacitates her before returning to the motel, shooting the Handler, and rescuing Agnes. As the concert begins, the siblings fail to stop Vanya, and Commission soldiers enter the theatre. Ben manifests physically through Klaus and uses his powers to defeat the gunmen. Allison incapacitates Vanya, as her accumulated energy is redirected out into space and destroys the moon. Fragments begin to rain down upon the world, causing the Apocalypse. Having failed in their mission, Five suggests that they use his abilities to all travel back in time to stop the Apocalypse as a team. As the world is consumed, Hazel and Agnes escape, and the Umbrella Academy transport back in time.|
Season 2 (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Teleplay by||Original release date|
|11||1||"Right Back Where We Started"||Sylvain White||Steve Blackman||July 31, 2020|
|Five's time travel goes awry as his siblings end up in different years in 1960s Dallas. Five arrives on November 25, 1963, to find his siblings battling Soviet soldiers. An elderly Hazel appears, and he and Five escape before the world is destroyed by nuclear weapons. Hazel explains that that was the apocalypse and that the Hargreeves siblings have ten days to stop it. Three white-haired assassins arrive and kill Hazel, though Five escapes and ends up in the house of a man named Elliott, who agrees to help Five. The other siblings' lives are revealed: Luther is a bodyguard for Jack Ruby, Diego is a mental asylum inmate and wants to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Allison married a civil rights activist named Ray, Klaus started a cult, and Vanya, who has amnesia, is living with a married couple, Sissy and Carl, and is the nanny of their son Harlan. After being chased by the Swedish men, Diego escapes the asylum with Lila, a friend and fellow patient. Five finds Luther at the club and tells him about the situation, but Luther refuses to help.|
|12||2||"The Frankel Footage"||Stephen Surjik||Mark Goffman||July 31, 2020|
|Three months after being shot by Hazel, the Handler returns to the Commission and learns that she has been demoted by her boss, a talking fish named AJ. Carl is drunk at Jack Ruby's club — Vanya goes there to pick him up and Luther spots her. At Elliott's house, Five, Diego, and Lila watch a film that Hazel slipped into Five's pocket just before dying. Diego and Five see Reginald in the film holding an umbrella on Dealey Plaza, presumably during Kennedy's assassination. Ray is arrested, he and Klaus bond in jail, and Ray gets released shortly after. When Allison visits Ray in jail she notices someone with the same hand tattoos as Klaus. Luther comes to Sissy's farm and apologizes to Vanya. She does not remember him and he leaves. Diego and Five sneak into Reginald's company, and Five comes across a young Pogo. Diego and Reginald fight and Reginald stabs Diego before walking away.|
|13||3||"The Swedish Job"||Stephen Surjik||Jesse McKeown||July 31, 2020|
|Back at Elliott's house, Lila is able to save Diego, and they have sex. Vanya goes out for the night and is intercepted by the white-haired assassins (now referred to as Swedish). They chase her in a cornfield, shooting at her, but she uses her powers to stop them. Five finds her and explains the situation. Klaus talks to the police and gets Ray released. Ray goes home and finds Luther looking for Allison. Luther, who still has feelings for Allison, leaves after finding out that she is married. Meanwhile, Allison participates in a sit-in in a whites only diner, organized by Ray and other African Americans. Ray goes to the diner but is arrested with the rest of the protestors. Allison uses her powers to make a police officer stop beating Ray. Ray runs away from her, confused about who she truly is. Klaus finds Dave working at a paint store — he tells Ben that he wants to prevent Dave from enlisting to go to the Vietnam War. Lila leaves Diego and arrives at a hotel, where it is revealed that she works for the Commission alongside the Handler, whom she calls "mum".|
|14||4||"The Majestic 12"||Tom Verica||Bronwyn Garrity||July 31, 2020|
|Before returning to Diego, Lila is instructed by the Handler to protect Five at all costs. Vanya learns that she caused the original apocalypse and returns to the Cooper family. Allison is unable to explain to Ray what happened without revealing her power. She leaves and finds Luther, who tells her about the upcoming apocalypse. Diego, Lila, and Five visit a gala that Reginald is attending. Diego encounters a human Grace, who is romantically involved with Reginald. The trio is attacked by the Swedish assassins and fight them off, but Reginald leaves during the chaos of the fight. Lila chooses to protect Five and leaves Diego to fight two of the assassins. Harlan hears Vanya's plan to leave and runs away. She goes after him, finds his toy in a lake, and uses her powers to rescue him. Realizing that Harlan could die if she left, Vanya decides to stay. After failing to change Dave's mind about joining the Army, Klaus begins to drink and spends the night at Allison's. At Elliott’s house, Luther, high on nitrous oxide, reveals to Elliott that the apocalypse will arrive in seven days.|
|15||5||"Valhalla"||Tom Verica||Robert Askins||July 31, 2020|
|Vanya begins an intimate relationship with Sissy. At Elliott’s house, Luther tells Five and Diego that when he first arrived in Dallas, he went to the Academy to see Reginald. Reginald kicks him out, stating that he hates children and would never adopt seven of them. The trio regroups with the rest of the Academy to explain their current situation. Together, they search for Reginald, believing they all showed up in Dallas to save JFK. Having been kicked out of the group by Five, Lila goes back with the Handler to lure Five into meeting with them at an abandoned warehouse. The Swedish men are lured by finding one of Diego's knives in a tree, but it is a trap and one of them is blown up. Vanya leaves the Cooper family after learning that Sissy is still sleeping with Carl. Luther and Diego receive an invitation to a light supper with Reginald, Klaus returns to his cult, and Allison tells Ray everything.|
|16||6||"A Light Supper"||Ellen Kuras||Aeryn Michelle Williams||July 31, 2020|
|At the warehouse The Handler tells Five that, in exchange for him killing the Commission's board at their quarterly meeting, she will send his family safely back to 2019. The six siblings receive invitations to dine with Reginald, where they try to explain their current situation. Allison shows Ray her powers, Diego tells Grace that Reginald plans to kill JFK, and Carl spies on Sissy and Vanya as they make love in a car. Having been told by the Handler that Diego killed their brother, the Swedish men visit Elliott, kill him, and leave the message "Öga för öga" (an eye for an eye) written with his blood. Five agrees to the Handler's deal.|
|17||7||"Öga for Öga"||Ellen Kuras||Nikki Schiefelbein||July 31, 2020|
|Having killed the Commission's board, Five is given 90 minutes to regroup with the rest of the Academy to go back to a normal timeline in 2019. Seeing that Sissy is in an unhappy relationship, Vanya decides to take Sissy and Harlan with her to the new timeline, while Allison decides to take Ray. As Ray and Allison prepare to leave, the pair are attacked by the two remaining Swedish brothers but escape when Allison uses her powers to make one of the brothers kill the other. Because Sissy left a note, Sissy, Harlan, and Vanya are stopped by multiple police officers. Vanya uses her powers to try to fight them but is knocked out. Because the Academy didn't regroup in time, Five is forced to throw away the time-traveling briefcase that contained the new timeline.|
|18||8||"The Seven Stages"||Amanda Marsalis||Mark Goffman & Jesse McKeown||July 31, 2020|
|Because she can speak Russian, Vanya is suspected of being a KGB spy and is interrogated by FBI Special Agent Willy Gibbs. Being drugged and tortured with electrical shocks, Vanya begins to remember her past. Meanwhile, Five meets with an older version of himself to try to get old-Five's time-traveling briefcase to return to a new timeline. Alone, old-Five tells Luther his plan to prevent Vanya from causing the original apocalypse but having to kill young-Five in the process. Lila kidnaps Diego to force him to stay as her boyfriend and to work at the Commission. With Herb's help, Diego sees what will occur on November 22, 1963. Instead of JFK being assassinated, Vanya destroys an FBI building, leading to World War III when the Soviets are believed to be the cause. With the help of Herb, Diego escapes and he, Klaus, and Allison return to Dallas to prevent Vanya from blowing up the building. However, the combination of the torture and return of her memories causes Vanya's power to start building toward the explosion.|
|19||9||"743"||Amanda Marsalis||Bronwyn Garrity & Robert Askins||July 31, 2020|
|With the others unable to reach Vanya, Ben enters her mind where the traumatized Vanya has retreated into herself. Ben's understanding of her situation and her siblings trying to save her calms Vanya and averts the explosion and the apocalypse. However, the effort involved proves to be too much for Ben's ghostly form, and he departs for the afterlife. Connected to Vanya, Harlan experiences negative effects from the near-explosion and accidentally kills his father when Harlan deflects a bullet that Carl fires. Following up on a clue from AJ, Herb uncovers kill order 743, which he presents to Lila. Lila confronts her mom about it, which involved old-Five killing Lila's parents. This causes Lila to become mad at Diego, unaware that the Handler was the one to approve the hit. Young-Five learns of old-Five's plan to kill him, and with Luther's help, he sends old-Five to the original timeline but accidentally destroys the briefcase in the process. Because the FBI building wasn't destroyed, JFK continues his parade and is assassinated despite Diego's attempts to stop it. Furious at the assassination, Reginald visits Majestic 12, reveals himself to be an alien, and kills them. At the Commission, the Handler tells her employees to prepare for war.|
|20||10||"The End of Something"||Jeremy Webb||Steve Blackman||July 31, 2020|
|The Academy learns that they are wanted as terrorists for supposedly aiding in Kennedy's assassination. Sensing that Harlan is in trouble, Vanya and the others go to Sissy's farm. The Handler arrives with an army of Commission agents, and Vanya kills them all. Lila reveals she can mirror the powers of the Academy, and they realize she is another of the forty-three children who were born on the same day; the Handler had Five murder her parents to get Lila for herself. The siblings reveal the truth to Lila before the Handler kills everyone and is in turn shot by the last Swede. Mortally wounded, Five reverses time by a few minutes and stops the Handler. The Swede kills the Handler anyway, but agrees to ends his hunt for the Academy while Lila escapes. Vanya takes her powers back from Harlan, but later she and Sissy mutually end their relationship due to Vanya's dangerous life. Herb, now leading the Commission, allows the Academy to use a briefcase to return to 2019. Ray receives a goodbye letter from Allison, the Swede seeks a fresh start with Klaus's cult, Dave goes off to war, and Sissy begins a new life with Harlan, who retains telekinetic abilities. In an altered 2019, the Academy discovers that a still-alive Reginald formed the "Sparrow Academy" instead of the Umbrella Academy, consisting of five different children, a floating green cube, and a still-alive Ben as Number One.|
A film version of the comic book series The Umbrella Academy was optioned by Universal Studios. Originally, screenwriter Mark Bomback was hired to write the screenplay; Rawson Marshall Thurber reportedly replaced him in 2010. There had been little talk of the film from that time. In an interview with Newsarama at the 2012 New York Comic Con, Way mentioned that there have been "good talks" and a "really good script", but that it was "kind of up to the universe".
On July 7, 2015, it was announced that The Umbrella Academy would be developed into a television series, rather than an original film, produced by Universal Cable Productions. On July 11, 2017, it was officially announced that Netflix had greenlit a live-action series adaptation of The Umbrella Academy premiering in 2019, with Way and Bá acting as executive producers. Jeremy Slater wrote the script for the pilot episode, and Steve Blackman serves as showrunner. The first season of The Umbrella Academy was released on Netflix on February 15, 2019.
On April 2, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season, which was released on July 31, 2020. The season release date remained unknown until May 18, 2020, when a teaser trailer concept was released where the main cast danced to "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany. Steve Blackman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he wants to stay in the course of what the comics are doing without deviating too much.
On November 9, 2017 Netflix confirmed that Ellen Page have joined the cast, and that she would play Vanya Hargreeves also known as the White Violin. On November 30, 2017 it was revealed that Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gallagher, joined the cast as the rest of the Hargreeves siblings respectively. On February 12, 2018 Netflix announced that Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige would appear in the series as the sadistic time travel-assassin Cha-Cha. Colm Feore joined the cast as Sir Reginald Hargreeves, the adoptive father of the siblings, on February 16, 2018 alongside Cameron Britton, Adam Godley and Ashley Madekwe. On February 28, 2018 it was announced that John Magaro has been cast as a series regular character.
For the second season Justin H. Min and Kate Walsh were promoted as series regulars on January, 2020, follow their recurring roles in the first season. On September 10, 2019, Netflix announced that 3 actors would be joining as the cast regulars, which are Ritu Arya, Marin Ireland and Yusuf Gatewood. On October 17, 2019, John Kapelos announced that he would be joining the recurring cast as Jack Ruby, the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald.
Principal photography for the first season began on January 15, 2018 in Toronto. Gerard Way posted on his Instagram account an illustration by Fabio Moon of the cast and crew doing the first table read of the script in Toronto. He also revealed a picture of the first day on the set. Additional filming took place in Hamilton, Ontario.
For the theatre where Vanya performed with her violin, the crew used the Elgin Theatre, alongside the Winter Garden Theatre. Mazzoleni Concert Hall was used to represent the theatre's exterior. The exterior of the mansion was filmed at a building in Hamilton, while the interiors were filmed in studio. The Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre was filmed for an outside scene and Union (railway) Station was used for a bank robbery scene. A laboratory at the University of Toronto was filmed to represent the Meritech Prosthetics building. The filming concluded on July 18, 2018.
Filming for the second season began in June 2019, and like the previous season, it was filmed in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, despite the series taking place in Dallas, Texas. Exterior shots were taken in Dallas such as the Dealey Plaza. Filming concluded on November 23, 2019.
Visual effects for the series are handled by SpinVFX and Weta Digital, which worked only on Pogo. VFX supervisor Everet Burrell confirmed that he used traditional art techniques for early concept art and referenced great actors with iconic faces. Burrell called Weta Digital, who previously worked for the rebooted Planet of the Apes series, to develop the visual effects for the character of Pogo. Ken Hall provided the motion capture for Pogo using a gray suit to later make additions to his captures to create the CGI of the chimpanzee, with Adam Godley making the facial expressions and voice acting of the character.
SpinVFX confirmed that they delivered at least 563 shots for the series. To make the effects of the show, the team required a series of complex effect simulations, creature development, and massive destructions.
For the effects of Number Five jumping through time and space, Burrell wanted to make the effects look organic, and liquidy, representing how much time and the world bends around him when he jumps, and how quick it should be. For these effects, he used more than 30 frames in the first episodes, however with the progress of the series, this reduced to only 10 frames. To that footage, the team iterated on several kinds of spatial jump effects, all the way from heavy distortion to subtler images. The visual effects team started with some R&D tests. At the end, the final effect, called the "jelly vision", was used to make the series, with Burrell expressing: "as if you're pushing your hand through a jelly membrane, just for a few seconds, and then it pops. It's really, really subtle, but you get a little bit of texture, you get a little bit of striations, almost like the universe is bending as he does his spatial jumps."
In an interview with Burrell he confirmed that to develop the sequences where time is frozen, they took several background shots on location before returning to their stage to shoot the dialogue between Five and The Handler in front of a green screen. They called this effect "Three-Strip" in honor of the Technicolor process used in the 1930s.
On April 16, 2019, Netflix announced that the series had been streamed by over 45 million viewers on its service within its first month of release. It was the third most popular TV series on Netflix in 2019.
On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 75% of 88 critic reviews are positive for the first season, with an average rating of 7.2/10. Critics' consensus on the website reads, "The Umbrella Academy unfurls an imaginative yarn with furtive emotion and an exceptionally compelling ensemble, but the series' dour sensibility often clashes with its splashy genre trappings." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 61 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The first season received favorable reviews from critics, praising the visuals, cinematography, soundtrack, story, and the ensemble cast, but received criticism for the pacing and tone.
Merrill Barr from Forbes praised the series, and wrote, " If you’re looking for a pulpy show with lots of action, melodramatic plotting and eccentric characters then The Umbrella Academy is your ticket." Lorraine Ali from Los Angeles Times in a positive review wrote, "The Umbrella Academy stands out among the countless other superhero series splashed across billboards and your viewing queues." Catherine Gee from the Daily Telegraph give the series a positive response and commented, "It does return for a second run, it would be nice to see some more genuinely fresh ideas - without the over-reliance on tried, tested and tired tropes from years past."
In a more negative way, Kelly Lawler from the USA Today commented, "The series reeks of undeveloped potential. It looks beautiful and has an incredible cast, yet often drags. After a solid first episode, the plot is excruciatingly slow, pausing in all the wrong places." Alan Sepinwall from the Rolling Stone wrote, "Umbrella Academy suggests a musical trapped in the body of one of Netflix's more tedious Marvel Comics vigilante dramas... It's a particularly egregious "four episodes worth of plot in a 10-episode bag" offender."
For the second season, Rotten Tomatoes identified 90% of 83 reviews as positive, with an average rating of 7.84/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Proof that time can heal almost all wounds, The Umbrella Academy's exhilarating second season lightens its tonal load without losing its emotional core, giving the super siblings room to grow while doubling down on the time traveling fun." The season garnered a weighted average score of 67 out of 100 from 12 critics on Metacritic, signifying "generally favorable reviews".
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||Ellen Page||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||Best Streaming Superhero Television Series||The Umbrella Academy||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Presentation||Ellen Page||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)||Mark Worthington, Mark Steel & Jim Lambie (for "We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals")||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Special Visual Effects||Everett Burrell, Chris White, Jeff Campbell, Sebastien Bergeron, Sean Schur, Steve Dellerson, Libby Hazell, Carrie Richardson & Misato Shinohara (for "The White Violin")||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||The Bingeworthy Show of 2019||The Umbrella Academy||Nominated|||
|The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2019||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project||Aidan Martin, Craig Young, Olivier Beierlein & Laurent Herveic (for "Pilot; Pogo")||Nominated|||
|Casting Society of America||Television Pilot & First Season – Drama||Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein, April Webster, Robin D. Cook, Samantha Garrabrant, Josh Ropiequet & Jonathan Oliveira||Nominated|||
|Art Directors Guild Awards||One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series||Mark Worthington (for "We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals")||Won|||
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