Prince of Peoria Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: Devin Bunje, Nick Stanton
Review: Netflix has given a 16-episode series order to The Prince of Peoria, a live-action multi-camera comedy from the Internet network’s Kids & Family division.
Written by Nick Stanton and Devin Bunje, creators of Disney XD’s Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, The Prince of Peoria has a Coming to America vibe for the younger set. When Emil, a 13-year-old prince from a wealthy island kingdom, travels to the U.S. to live incognito as an exchange student, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Teddy, a fastidious, overachieving boy who is Emil’s total opposite.
Stanton and Bunje serve as showrunners. They executive produce the series with Sharla Sumpter Bridgett (Disney Channel’s Sonny with a Chance). Netflix is the studio
The Prince of Peoria follows in the footsteps of Alexa & Katie, which just got a March premiere date, adding a male buddy comedy dynamic to the female-centric Alexa & Katie, the first multi-camera comedy series produced by Netflix. The Internet network’s highest-profile shows in the genre — Fuller House, The Ranch, One Day at a Time and Disjointed — have come from outside studios.
With Alexa & Katie and The Prince of Peoria, Netflix is looking to build a slate of homegrown sitcoms for young viewers, traditionally catered to by the likes of Disney, Disney XD, Nickelodeon and, to some extent, Freeform.
Nothing makes you feel old like being asked to review a kids’ show. And nothing makes you feel useless like the same task. How exactly am I, a bitter, cynical adult, supposed to know what the kids are into these days? You’ll have to take my thoughts on Prince of Peoria with a pinch of salt. I think it is mostly fine, which means it might very easily be a masterpiece or an utter travesty, depending on who you ask.
Written by Nick Stanton and Devin Bunje, the 16-episode first season of the multi-cam sitcom concerns Emil (Gavin Lewis), a 13-year-old prince from a wealthy but still suspiciously fake-looking island paradise who masquerades as an exchange student to move in with Teddy (Theodore Barnes) and his mother, Regina (Cynthia McWilliams). Which means it’s basically Coming to America for people who aren’t old enough to have seen Coming to America.
It’s also slightly reminiscent of Happy Together, a CBS sitcom that isn’t aimed at children but nonetheless finds its comedy in the wacky differences between people from wildly different backgrounds. That show is largely about celebrity culture rather than plain, old-fashioned royal privilege, but it works on mostly the same terms as Prince of Peoria. (Fun coincidence: Both visitors from distant lands happen to be white people infiltrating a black family.) Emil’s only understanding of life in the real world comes from those insufferable viral prank videos, so naturally he has no idea how to behave or blend in, but hark! He’s longing for normality and a childhood that isn’t determined entirely by royal decree, and of course, both kids have something to teach the other about themselves and how they live.
You know better than I do if you – or, more likely, your kids – will be into Prince of Peoria. In a cold business sense, Netflix making a conscious effort to distract your children is admirable and welcome, so I can’t grumble. And I really like Cynthia McWilliams, so there’s that. But the thought in the back of my mind for most of the show was why parents don’t just show their kids Coming to America instead. I should re-watch that.
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