Fantasmas (TV series)

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Fantasmas
GenreSurrealist comedy
Created byJulio Torres
Written byJulio Torres
Directed byJulio Torres
Starring
Music byRobert Ouyang Rusli
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Charles Miller
  • Neha Simon
CinematographySam Levy
Editors
  • Jacob Secher Schulsinger
  • Nolan Jennings
Running time28-30 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkHBO
ReleaseJune 7, 2024 (2024-06-07) –
present

Fantasmas is an American surrealist[1] comedy television series created, directed, and written by Julio Torres, who also stars in it. It follows Torres on the search for a golden oyster earring, and the people he encounters on the way.

It had its world premiere at the ATX Television Festival on May 30, 2024.[2][3] It premiered on June 7, 2024, on HBO.[4]

Premise

Julio Torres goes on the search through New York City, for a golden oyster earring, encountering people along the way.

Cast and characters

Main

Supporting

Guest

Episodes

No.Title [5]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Cookies and Spaghetti"Julio TorresJulio TorresJune 7, 2024 (2024-06-07)
2"Valued Customer"Julio TorresJulio TorresJune 14, 2024 (2024-06-14)
3"Toilets"Julio TorresJulio TorresJune 21, 2024 (2024-06-21)
4"Looking4Twinks2S**k"Julio TorresJulio TorresJune 28, 2024 (2024-06-28)
5"The Little Ones"Julio TorresJulio TorresJuly 5, 2024 (2024-07-05)
6"The Void"Julio TorresJulio TorresJuly 12, 2024 (2024-07-12)

Production

Development

In February 2022, it was announced that Julio Torres would write, direct, executive produce, and star in the series for HBO, with Emma Stone and Dave McCary set to produce under their Fruit Tree banner.[6] In December 2022, HBO greenlit the series.[7]

Casting

In April 2024, it was announced Martine, Joe Rumrill, Julia Fox, Ziwe, Alexa Demie, Steve Buscemi and Kim Petras would appear in recurring and guest roles.[8]

Reception

Critical reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 96% of 23 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8.3/10. The website's consensus reads: "A colorful succession of sketches made cohesive by Julio Torres' one-of-a-kind sensibility, Fantasmas is another vivid variation on the wunderkind's imaginative themes."[9][10] On Metacritic, the series holds a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[11]

References

  1. ^ "'Fantasmas' Review: Julio Torres' New HBO Comedy Is Another Slice of Hilariously Surreal Whimsy". The Hollywood Reporter. 2024-06-06. Retrieved 2024-06-20.
  2. ^ "Fantasmas". ATX Television Festival. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  3. ^ Bergeson, Samantha (March 27, 2024). "ATX TV Festival 2024 Lineup: 'Industry' Season 3 Premiere, 'Girls5Eva' Karaoke, and Julio Torres' 'Fantasmas' Debut". IndieWire. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  4. ^ "HBO Original Comedy Series FANTASMAS Debuts June 7". Warner Bros. Discovery. May 23, 2024. Retrieved May 23, 2024.
  5. ^ "HBO TV Schedule". HBO. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  6. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandria (February 10, 2022). "Julio Torres To Write & Star In Comedy Series 'Little Films' As Part of First-Look Deal With HBO & HBO Max". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  7. ^ Hailu, Selome (December 15, 2022). "Julio Torres Comedy 'Little Films' Greenlit at HBO". Variety. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  8. ^ Coggan, Devan (April 30, 2024). "Julio Torres shares first look at his dreamy HBO comedy Fantasmas". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  9. ^ "Fantasmas". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 18, 2024.
  10. ^ "Fantasmas". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 18, 2024.
  11. ^ "Fantasmas: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved June 18, 2024.