Ultra City Smiths

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  • TV-14
  • 2021
  • 1 Season
  • 6.6  (383)

Ultra City Smiths is a stop-motion animation series that premiered on AMC+ in 2021. The show was created by Steve Conrad, who previously worked on shows like Patriot and Perpetual Grace LTD. The series features an ensemble cast of talented actors, including Julian Barratt, Kristen Bell, and Chris Conrad, amongst others.

Ultra City Smiths is a unique blend of genres that combines noir-mystery, comedy, satire, and musical elements in a refreshing way. The show is set in a fictional metropolis called Ultra City, where a murky murder investigation takes center stage. The death of a prominent politician sparks a chain of events that brings together various characters with their own agendas and secrets to unravel.

In this stop-motion world, everyone is a puppet, but their personalities come through in their vocal performances. The animation style is reminiscent of classic 1960s shows like Thunderbirds and is very captivating visually. The intricate details of the sets, lighting, and camera work are a testament to the creativity of the animators and production team.

The protagonist of the show is Detective David Mills (voiced by Jimmi Simpson), a cop with a heart of gold, who is on a mission to uncover the truth behind the murder of a mayoral candidate. Along the way, he meets various eccentric characters, including a missing actor who may have the answers he seeks. The investigation turns out to be much more complicated than he initially thought, and results in him questioning his own beliefs and morals.

Other notable characters include Christina Hendricks as an ambitious journalist, Kristen Bell as a grieving mother, and Terry O'Quinn as a wealthy industrialist. Each character brings their own motives and layers to the story and adds to the show's overall tone.

The show's standout feature is the incredible musical interludes that play throughout each episode. The soundtrack is a mix of original songs, covers, and parodies, all performed by the cast. The songs are catchy, fun, and add a layer of absurdity to the dark and twisted narrative.

Overall, Ultra City Smiths is a show that is not afraid to take risks and makes for a refreshing addition to the cop-mystery genre. It's a fantastic blend of genres that shouldn't work as well as it does. The characters are multifaceted, the music is addictive, and the animation style is impeccable. The only downside is that the first season consists of only six episodes, which don't feel like enough to fully explore the complex world and characters.

In conclusion, Ultra City Smiths is a must-watch show for fans of stop-motion animation, unconventional storytelling, and experimental genre mashups. The show is definitely not for everyone, but for those who appreciate innovative storytelling and visual art, it is a gem that shouldn't be missed.

Ultra City Smiths is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (7 episodes). The series first aired on July 22, 2021.

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Inside Ultra City Smiths Season 1
7. Inside Ultra City Smiths Season 1
December 29, 2021
The cast and show creators take fans behind the scenes of the making of Ultra City Smiths Season 1.
Family of Orphans
6. Family of Orphans
August 19, 2021
A darkness comes down on Ultra City. Now alone, Mills must figure it out and stop it.
O-o-h Child
5. O-o-h Child
August 12, 2021
Dire circumstances bring both Mills and Gail to the hospital. Little Grace learns of the damage she's caused. A devastating shift of allegiance may derail Donella's campaign just as it's gaining traction.
The Little Baby Hand Pinky Grip
4. The Little Baby Hand Pinky Grip
August 5, 2021
Mills and Nico start to connect the dots. Gail tries to reach her son who is quickly slipping away. Congressman Chris Pecker gives a lesson in the history of artistic nudes. Street Hustler Boy risks it all for love.
Hot Clues
3. Hot Clues
July 29, 2021
Questions arise about the mayor conspiring with a major crime lord and a police captain at the feet of strippers. Gail faces a demotion. Trish's secret goes public. Mills brings his new partner to the crime scene to search for hot clues.
The King of the Night
2. The King of the Night
July 22, 2021
Mills and Gail try to piece together the movements of the missing mayoral candidate, employing extraordinarily specific detective work along the way. Carpenter K. Smith was supposed to make Ultra City a gentler place.
She Don't Care
1. She Don't Care
July 22, 2021
Things get heavy during Detective David Mills' first day on the job in Ultra City. Carpenter K. Smith, the last honest politician in the dark city, goes out for a pack of cigarettes and disappears.
Where to Watch Ultra City Smiths
Ultra City Smiths is available for streaming on the AMC+ website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ultra City Smiths on demand at Philo, Apple TV and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    July 22, 2021
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (383)