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Subs is an American animated comedy surreal web series created by Poppy Livingston, who has worked on many projects on The CC (Cartoon Comedy) before. This is the first TV show she has ever created. The complete series, comprised of 17 shorts, aired in its entirety on April 12, 2018, on the channel's app, The CC APP.

Plot

Eleanor's (Nika Futterman) Spanish teacher (Carlos Alazraqui) always seems to be absent, so in his place are multiple substitute teachers who are all wacky in their own way.

Voice cast

  • Eleanor (Nika Futterman) - A tomboyish girl whose Spanish teacher is always absent and replaced with some seriously strange substitute teachers.
  • Mr. Ramirez (Carlos Alazraqui) - Eleanor's Spanish teacher who's always absent and replaced with multiple yet odd substitute teachers. He made his only appearance in the 17th episode.

Production

The show's production was somewhere around 2016. Each episode took around a month to animate, as explained by Livingston in an interview.

The theme song was composed and performed by American-Canadian indie rock band Honorable Todd & His Squires.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 17 April 12, 2018

Episodes

No. Title Directed and written by Air Date Prod. Code
1
"Mr. Oldman"
Richard Whittle and Fatima Mataraci
April 12, 2018
901
Eleanor's Spanish class has a substitute teacher, the 106-year old Mr. Oldman (Ed Asner), whose Alzheimer's diagnosis and hearing loss makes it difficult for class to proceed normally. It is revealed he is immortal as he drinks the elixir of life, which rejuvenates him and cures him daily of his health problems. When Eleanor gets thirsty and accidentally downs the potion, she becomes immortal in exchange for Mr. Oldman's death right there in the classroom.
2
"Mrs. Chuck"
Anthony Gilligan and Patricia Tambor
April 12, 2018
902
The newest substitute teacher, Mrs. Chuck (Kate McKinnon), is goofy and performs tricks instead of teaching the class. She turns out to be a former clown who was fired for being too "unfunny", and is therefore not allowed to perform or entertain anymore. The police eventually come and arrest her, putting an end to her tricks.
3
"Miss Heard"
Calvin MacKenzie and Lester Gomez
April 12, 2018
903
Spanish class becomes more confusing than ever for Eleanor and her classmates with the arrival of Miss Heard (Amy Sedaris), whose voice can barely be heard more than a whisper. The whole class then turns on its own head after they claim to hear Miss Heard ordering them to be "chaotic", when she really meant for them to be more "quiet". She gives up and quits substituting the class, but no one pays attention and she announces this in her accustomed whispering.
4
"Mister Orders"
Fatima Mataraci, Dipper, and Grekk
April 12, 2018
904
The students are whipped into shape by their Spanish class' latest substitute teacher, Mister Orders (R. Lee Ermey), a former sergeant, whose strict opposition against rule breaking and no-nonsense method of running the class scare the entire class into being more obedient. When Mister Orders ends up breaking a rule himself, however, the students learn what Orders had taught them and report him to the principal's office.

Note: As of April 15, 2018, this is episode is still available on The CC APP, but now includes a tribute at the end to R. Lee Ermey, who died on the same day aged 74.

5
"Miss Long"
Poppy Livingston and Calvin MacKenzie
April 12, 2018
905
Eleanor's classroom gets chewed on by their newest sub, the strict, long-and-wrinkle-faced Miss Long (Anjelica Houston), who sends kids to the office for even the tiniest offense they commit. She eventually gets hospitalized after her long face gets even longer and causes immobility for her.
6
"Mr. Short"
Calvin MacKenzie and Lester Gomez
April 12, 2018
906
The newest substitute teacher, Mr. Short (J.P. Karliak), is a dwarf of such diminutive stature that he has to stand on the teacher's desk during lectures. After he attempts to retrieve worksheets from the school's computer lab, he goes missing and is immediately declared dead in absentia.
7
"Mrs. Kidman"
Donald Fairbanks and Dipper
April 12, 2018
907
The Spanish classroom receives a new substitute teacher, Mrs. Kidman (Eden Sher), who is, figuratively, a kid, which is due to a developmental disorder. She is quickly recovered by her mother, who reveals out of the woodwork that Mrs. Kidman actually escaped from her house, and was not meant to be their substitute teacher at all.
8
"Missus Blank"
Marjory Katz and Poul Lynge
April 12, 2018
908
This new substitute teacher, Miss Blank (Jessica DiCicco), scares everyone due to her blank, featureless face, and it causes Eleanor and her classmates to invade any other classroom without Miss Blank. She eventually leaves "on sabbatical" to get plastic surgery that'll add features to her face.
9
"Mr. Deep"
Calvin MacKenzie and Poppy Livingston
April 12, 2018
909
Gentle giant Mr. Deep (Kevin Michael Richardson)'s deep, booming voice, is somehow the target of ridicule by all the students who believe that his voice is unauthentic and unconvincing. Due to his amiable nature, he tries to dismiss the bullying until he can't take it anymore and yells really loudly for the bullying to stop, losing his voice and causing his firing.
10
"Miss Fisher"
Annie Oh and Dipper
April 12, 2018
910
11
"Mrs. Truelove"
Grekk and Lester Gomez
April 12, 2018
911
12
"Mister Hill"
Lamar Robinson and Fatima Mataraci
April 12, 2018
912
13
"Missus Campbell"
Dipper and Poppy Livingston
April 12, 2018
913
14
"Mr. Powell"
Calvin MacKenzie and Diane Reed
April 12, 2018
914
15
"Ms. Webb"
Fenton Cole and Lamar Robinson
April 12, 2018
915
16
"Mrs. Burns"
Amy O'brien and Annie Oh
April 12, 2018
916
17
"The Return"
Poppy Livingston and Lamar Robinson
April 12, 2018
917
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