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Another Period

Another Period
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Created by Natasha Leggero
Riki Lindhome
Directed by Jeremy Konner
Starring
Theme music composer Cyrus Ghahremani (as King Cyrus King)
Composer(s) Eban Schletter
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Inman Young
Cinematography Carl Herse
Editor(s) Jessica Brunetto
Al LeVine
Neil Mahoney
Kevin Oeser
Kyle Reiter
Joe Stakun
Running time 21 minutes
Production company(s)
Red Hour
  • Leggero/Lindhome Productions
  • Konner Productions
Release
Original network Comedy Central
Original release June 23, 2015 (2015-06-23) – present
External links
Official website www.comedycentral.com/shows/another-period

Another Period is an American period sitcom created by and starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome. It follows the lives of the Bellacourts, the first family of Newport, Rhode Island, at the turn of the 20th century. Lillian (Leggero) and Beatrice (Lindhome) are sisters "who care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous, which is a lot harder in 1902".[1] It is intended to be a spoof on reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, while in terms of era, roughly contemporaneous with Downton Abbey and satirizing many of the same themes of class and social standing.[2]

The series was picked up for 10 episodes and debuted on Comedy Central on June 23, 2015. It is directed by Jeremy Konner, co-creator and writer of Drunk History. Ben Stiller's production company Red Hour is producing. Leggero, Lindhome, and Konner are also executive producers.[3] The second season premiered on June 15, 2016.[4] It was renewed for a third season on May 23, 2016.[5]

Cast

The House of Bellacourt

  • Lillian Abigail Bellacourt, played by Natasha Leggero, is the second-eldest Bellacourt daughter, who is often seen wearing a tiara. After Charles Ponzi left her at the altar at age 11, "the height of a woman's sexual peak," she entered into a loveless marriage with Victor, with whom she has produced eight daughters, most of whom are named Susan. Lillian is smart and resourceful, but often falls victim to her own selfishness. Lillian consistently carries around her vicious chihuahua, Mayor Cutie, before killing the dog in a fit of rage. In the second season finale, Lillian falls into a deep depression when Laverne Fusselforth dies during their wedding ceremony and his grandson marries Hortense.
  • Beatrice Bellacourt, played by Riki Lindhome, is the youngest daughter. She is twin to Frederick, with whom she involved in an incestuous relationship. Beatrice serves as the "ideal woman" of the turn of the century. Tall, rich, and slender, she is a talented singer with no interest in politics and no opinions of her own. She also exhibits exceptional selfishness and sociopathic tendencies, attempting to murder people without empathy. She has several children, including a son whom she calls The Little Asshole. In the second season finale, after Frederick set her to a nunnery, Beatrice finds God.
  • Hortense Jefferson Library Bellacourt, played by Artemis Pebdani in the pilot episode, Lauren Ash in the remainder of the first season, and Lauren Flans in the second season, is the eldest Bellacourt child. Dodo and Commodore are both embarrassed by her unattractiveness, and "pray her life will be blessedly short." Hortense acts as a satire of the moderate bourgeoise feminist, calling for women's suffrage, and is a member of the Women's Temperance League as well as the Newport Association of Gal Spinsters (N.A.G.S.). Although Hortense is the most liberal character, she is as ruthless as any Bellacourt, exposing the family to ridicule when she sells their scandalous secrets to the press. In the second season finale, Hortence married Bertram Harrison Fusselforth VII before their untimely death while on their honeymoon.
  • Lord Frederick Bellacourt, played by Jason Ritter, is the youngest child and the heir to the Bellacourt family fortune. He is the illiterate twin brother of Beatrice, with whom he is involved in an incestuous relationship. He lacks any semblance of ambition, as his life consists of leisure activities. After being set to marry Celery Savoy, Frederick is arranged by the Commodore to be a senator and then future vice president to Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Commodore Bellacourt (originally Harold Bellawitz, a fur trapper[6]), played by David Koechner, is the family patriarch and "magnet magnate." Often away on business, he avoids his family when he is home. After disowning Lillian and Beatrice in the season one finale when their scandals were made public, the Commodore takes them back in order to have them annul their husbands and marry into rich families so that he can regain his fortune. He is left bankrupt when the marriages do not pan out.
  • Dorothea "Dodo" Bellacourt, played by Paget Brewster, is the wife of the Commodore and the mother of his first four children. She begins to suspect her husband is having an affair, and delves deeper into her pre-existing morphine addiction to cope. Her condition worsens as the series progresses, and she attempts to quit cold turkey after she forces herself upon the butler Peepers after drinking too much absinthe. In the second season, Dodo flees the Bellacourt estate and joins a nunnery after learning that the Commodore plans to have her institutionalized for giving away most of his fortune to charity. Dodo returns after the Commodore sends her divorce papers, the charity organizations she donated to being fronts as she transferred the Bellacourt fortune to the abbey in her name.
  • Victor Schmemmerhorn-Fish, V, played by Brian Huskey, is married to Lillian. Victor married into the Bellacourt family in order to "stack cash", but feels that he cannot live "on a husband's allowance." A closeted homosexual, he is in a secret relationship with Albert. In the second season, Victor agrees to have his marriage to Lillian annulled on the condition that he be allowed to continue living at the manor.
  • Albert Downsy, Jr., played by David Wain, is married to Beatrice. A closeted homosexual, he is in a secret relationship with Victor. In the second season, Albert agrees to have his marriage to Beatrice annulled on the condition that he be allowed to continue living at the manor.
  • Celine/Chair, played by Christina Hendricks, is a former prostitute who has become the secret mistress of the Commodore.[7] The Commodore arranges for Celine to become a servant at the manor, where Beatrice changes her name to "Chair". In the season one finale, Celine attempts to kill Dodo before Blanche pushes her down the stairs, sending her into a coma. In the second season, regaining consciousness after giving birth to the Commodore's son Kermit, Celine eventually regain use of her legs while convincing the Commodore to divorce Dodo and marry her. But Celine leaves him when the Commodore is bankrupt.

Servants at Bellacourt Manor

  • Peepers (formerly Mitchell P. Spiritwalker) played by Michael Ian Black, is the Bellacourt butler, who was adopted and raised by a Native American family as an infant. Though the Bellacourts take no notice of his efforts, Peepers is a stickler for perfect order and hopelessly devoted to the family to the point of killing Scoops LaPue and having feelings for Dodo. Peepers is also Blanche's legal guardian and has the ability to send her to an insane asylum at his discretion. In the second season finale, Peepers helps Dodo with her plan and later moves into the abbey to serve under her.
  • Blanche, played by Beth Dover, is the head housemaid. She was diagnosed with hysteria as a nervous disorder and spent time in an asylum, feeling slighted that she was the only patient left unraped by the orderlies. She is easily startled from the experiences she did have there. In Season 2 Blanche reveals her pregnancy and marries Dr. John Goldberg before giving birth to her child.
  • Garfield Leopold McGillicutty,[8] played by Armen Weitzman, is the under butler/valet, manservant, (and later potato scrubber)[6] who was taken by Peepers from the orphanage at age 5 to work in the manor. The Bellacourts are his only family and he loves them with a blind devotion, having known nothing else.
  • Hamish Crassus, played by Brett Gelman, the foul, unkempt groundskeeper who tends to the grounds of the mansion and performs certain other "special" duties such as kidnapping, "re-conforming to heterosexuality training," and selling women into sexual slavery.[9] While framed for the death of Scoops LaPue, Hamish is revealed to be the Commodore's half brother in season two.
  • Flobelle, played by Alice Hunter, the new maid hired to replace Chair. She is an open-minded woman.

Real-life characters

Episodes

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 June 23, 2015 (2015-06-23) August 25, 2015 (2015-08-25)
2 11 June 15, 2016 (2016-06-15) August 24, 2016 (2016-08-24)

Season 1 (2015)

No. Title Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome June 23, 2015 (2015-06-23) 0.61[10]
Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome) prepare to entertain a Newport power broker, and new servant Celine (Christina Hendricks) adjusts to life at Bellacourt Manor and her impromptu name change: Chair. Guest stars include Shoshannah Stern as Helen Keller, Kate Flannery as Annie Sullivan, and Artemis Pebdani as Hortense Bellacourt (replaced by Lauren Ash in all subsequent episodes).
2 "Divorce" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) 0.70[11]
Lillian and Beatrice brainstorm ways to rid themselves of their husbands. Frederick (Jason Ritter) gets courted by a wealthy divorcee. Garfield (Armen Weitzman) copes with a traumatic event. Jon Daly, Will Sasso and Jessica Chaffin guest star.
3 "Funeral" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome July 7, 2015 (2015-07-07) 0.41[12]
Lillian and Beatrice hold a funeral for their husbands. Albert (David Wain) and Victor (Brian Huskey) try to build a new life together. Peepers (Michael Ian Black) confronts his heritage. Guest Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Rich Fulcher, Tim Heidecker and Moshe Kasher.
4 "Pageant" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome July 14, 2015 (2015-07-14) 0.29[13]
Bellacourt Manor hosts the first beauty pageant that is for more than vegetables. Babies or women may also now enter which leads to a Bellacourt showdown. Peepers trains Chair in the art of servitude. Jack Black, Kate Micucci, Betsy Sodaro and Moshe Kasher guest star.
5 "Senate" Guy Branum July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21) 0.61[14]
The Commodore (David Koechner) returns home to Bellacourt Manor. Frederick prepares to become a US senator while Lillian and Beatrice sabotage a suffrage rally that is important to Hortense. Chris Parnell, Brian White, Kate Micucci, Betsy Sodaro and Nancy Friedrich guest star.
6 "Lillian's Birthday" Jeremy Konner July 28, 2015 (2015-07-28) 0.44[15]
An old flame pays Lillian a visit at the manor. Peepers becomes gravely ill but no one seems to notice. Hortense finds herself in a delicate condition. Exec Producer Ben Stiller guest stars as Charles Ponzi.
7 "Switcheroo Day" Moshe Kasher August 4, 2015 (2015-08-04) 0.51[16]
Lillian orchestrates her own kidnapping for press attention while Blanche (Beth Dover) and Peepers spend the day as members of the upper class. Rich Fulcher guest stars as Mark Twain.
8 "Dog Dinner Party" Laura Krafft August 11, 2015 (2015-08-11) 0.42[17]
Beatrice has a meltdown when Frederick brings home a fiancee -- Celery Savoy. Dodo (Paget Brewster) goes through morphine withdrawal. Missi Pyle guest stars.
9 "Reject's Beach" Moshe Kasher August 18, 2015 (2015-08-18) 0.36[18]
New friends invite Lillian to a beach party. Beatrice goes to Thomas Edison for forbidden experimentation. Blanche receives a mysterious letter from a factory. Meanwhile, Garfield tries to keep the family from falling apart. Rachel Blanchard, Stephen Tobolowsky and Jon Daly guest star.
10 "Modern Pigs" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome August 25, 2015 (2015-08-25) 0.55[19]
Lillian and Beatrice race across Newport to try and stop Fredrick's wedding to Celery Savoy; Peepers must save the Bellacourts from destruction after he realizes Chair's true intentions, aided by Hamish (Brett Gelman). Missi Pyle guest stars.

Season 2 (2016)

No. Title Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
11 "Tubman" Jen Statsky June 15, 2016 (2016-06-15) 0.434[20]
Lillian and Beatrice are determined to be famous and enlist the help of Harriet Tubman. The Commodore finds out he is broke because Dodo has been sending his money to charity and wants to send her to go shopping for straitjackets. To solve his financial issues he decides to marry off Lillian and Beatrice again! Peepers is on a mission to retrieve Lillian and Beatrice and get them back to Bellacourt Manor on orders from The Commodore.
12 "Annulment" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22) 0.385[21]
13 "The Prince and the Pauper" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome June 29, 2016 (2016-06-29) 0.428[22]
14 "Trial of the Century" Moshe Kasher July 6, 2016 (2016-07-06) 0.386[23]
15 "Roosevelt" Jeremy Konner July 13, 2016 (2016-07-13) 0.393[24]
16 "Servants' Disease" Krister Johnson July 20, 2016 (2016-07-20) 0.428[25]
17 "Harvard" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27) 0.403[26]
18 "Joplin" Moshe Kasher August 3, 2016 (2016-08-03) 0.384[27]
19 "Lillian's Wedding" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome August 10, 2016 (2016-08-10) 0.445
20 "The Duel" Jeremy Konner August 17, 2016 (2016-08-17) N/A
21 "Lillian Is Dead" Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome & Jeremy Konner August 24, 2016 (2016-08-24) N/A

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