Cartoon Aliens and More

(Above: ‘Solar Opposites.’ Source: YouTube video)

This month, Hulu will debut two comedy series – Solar Opposites and The Great – featuring cartoon extra-terrestrials and a historic Russian monarch respectively.

Solar Opposites, May 8

Solar Opposites, an eight-episode animated comedy series about four extra-terrestrials adjusting to suburbia, lands today.

Having escaped their exploding planet, the four aliens – Korvo (Justin Roiland), Yumyulack (Sean Giambroni), Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) – find refuge in an American bedroom community. Their mission is to protect a living super-computer that will one day terraform Earth. Meanwhile, the aliens are evenly split about whether they like their new home.

The show was co-created by Roiland (also co-creator of Adult Swim’s animated comedy Rick and Morty) and Mike McMahan.

The Great, May 15

The Great, a 10-episode live-action satire, reimagines the rise of Russia’s Catherine the Great, as played by Elle Fanning. Described as “fictionalized, fun and anachronistic,” season one follows young Catherine’s arranged marriage to Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult) and her efforts to overturn Russia’s “dangerous, depraved, backward” status quo.

The cast also includes Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan and Sebastian de Souza.

Tony McNamara, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for The Favourite, created, wrote and co-executive produced The Great.

Later This Month

Ramy, a comedy about a first generation Egyptian-American navigating life in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood, releases its second 10-episode season on Friday, May 29.

The show stars Ramy Youssef as a young man caught between the morality-based beliefs of his Muslim community and the live-for-today ethos of millennial Americans. In season two, he goes deeper into his personal spiritual journey, embracing a deeper commitment to his faith.

The show also stars Green Book’s Mahershala Ali, Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, Dave Merheje, Laith Nakli and Steve Way.

Ramy wrote, created and executive produced the series.

For more information, visit Hulu.

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