Bubble | Maximum Fun

Welcome to Fairhaven, a literal Bubble of corporate utopia set amid the wild, imp-infested Brush. The first scripted comedy series from Maximum Fun, Bubble tells a tale that is both contemporary and otherworldly, as a small band of monster killers struggles to make ends meet and find love in a nightmarish version of the gig economy.

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Episodes

Bubble is an 8-episode narrative sci-fi comedy series. It is best to begin with Episode 1.

Episode 1: Huntrs

Morgan, who is good at killing monsters, gets a new gig and a new partner.

Episode 2: Three Stars

Morgan and Mitch work on their personal and professional brands.

Episode 3: The Dark District

Morgan and Annie move on up.

Episode 4: Home Brew

Van starts brewing his own beer and men with beards take notice.

Episode 5: Nothing Trivial

Morgan, Annie, and Mitch try relaxing down at the pub. It doesn't work.

Episode 6: Into the Brush

The gang ventures out of Fairhaven.

Episode 7: Shareables

The gang visits a new locale. Also, a flashback.

Episode 8: Die Hard

The gang plans a party.

About the show

Bubble takes place right now, but someplace else. Specifically, in the Portland-ish town of Fairhaven, a literal Bubble that is, for the most part, sealed off and protected from the otherworldly beasts that live in the surrounding Brush.

The show follows a small band of monster killers, led by the Brush-born Morgan (Becker), as they struggle to make ends meet and find love in a nightmarish version of the gig economy. Part allegory, part commentary, part ass-kicking, this smart, sci-fi-infused comedy ticks lots of pop-culture boxes.

For fans of: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Welcome to Night Vale, Portlandia, and Broad City.

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The cast

Alison Becker
Alison Becker

Morgan Kay

Eliza Skinner
Eliza Skinner

Annie Powell

Mike Mithcell
Mike Mitchell

Mitch Murray

Cristela Alonzo
Cristela Alonzo

Bonnie Klein

Keith Powell
Keith Powell

Van Joyce

Tavi Gevinson
Tavi Gevinson

Narrator

With guest appearances by...

Rob Huebel, Kyle Kinane, Taylor Orci, Mark Gagliardi, Eric Martin, Kimmy Gatewood, Tawny Newsome, Maureen Price, Martin Starr, Judy Greer, Xeni Jardin, Bill Corbett, Vanessa Ramos, Humphrey Ker, Danielle Radford, Arnie Niekamp, John Hodgman, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Paul F. Tompkins, Tom Scharpling, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Janet Varney, Steve Agee, Rob Corddry, Emily Heller, David Gborie, Renee Colvert, Helen Hong, Ian Wolterstoff, Brea Grant, John Ross Bowie, Aparna Nancherla, Adam Lisagor, John Roderick, Andy Secunda, Lisa Loeb

Off the mic

Jordan Morris
Jordan Morris

Creator, Writer & Executive Producer

Nick Adams
Nick Adams

Executive Producer

Jesse Thorn
Jesse Thorn

Executive Producer

Julia Smith
Julia Smith

Producer

Eric Martin
Eric Martin

Director

Ben Walker
Ben Walker

Producer

Writers:

Jordan Morris, Sarah Morgan (Ep. 5), Janine Brito (Ep. 3), Dan Kennedy (Ep. 7), Ryan Perez (Ep. 4)

Contributing Writers:

Nick Wiger, Riley Silverman, Danielle Radford, Jane Borden, Jon Guttierez, Alison Becker & Janine Brito.

Additional Crew:

Shana Daloria (Script Supervisor), Julian Burrell (Engineer), Casey O'Brien (Engineer), Rob Carmichael (Graphic Design), Ibarionex Perello (Photographer), Annie Hart (Musician) and Jonathan Coulton (Legally Dissimilar Songs).

Creatures

Here in Fairhaven, we don't need to worry (too much) about the malevolent brush imps that surround us. But, for those of you who want to know a little more about the creatures that inhabit the unspeakable wasteland outside our protective Bubble, we've put together this brief guide.

Common Brush Imp

Reptilian

About the size of a monkey with long bat-like wings, sharp teeth, claws, and a tail, the common brush imp has been known to target prey by picking up on motion and the pheromones released in sweat. Common modes of attack include face-latching while making truly awful demonic sounds. When injured, it bleeds a poisonous orange-ish slime, conveniently useful for crafting into a drug favored by scumbags.

Furry Brush Imp

Other

Similar to the common brush imp in size and ferocity, the furry brush imp has bat-like wings, but they - like the rest of its body - are covered in dense fur. Though it is winged, it does not rely on flight for movement and is equally comfortable on land as it is in the air. The furry brush imp is deceptively small, leading some to underestimate its lethality. When provoked, this imp is capable of remarkable feats of strength and doubling the size of its razor-sharp claws.

Pod Imp

Insectoid

Like the Furry Brush Imp, the Pod Imp may instill a false sense of security in those who encounter it; for much of its life-cycle, it appears to be nothing more than a strange pulsating pod - until it is ready to attack. Few have witnessed the transformation from pod to predator and lived to tell the tale, but the best accounts we have suggest that the imp unfurls like a giant, horrid pill bug with wings, growling and shrieking all the while. Using its tail to deflect attacks, the pod imp is skilled in aerial evasive maneuvers and will take advantage of any distraction to dominate or escape its opponent.

Spike-tailed Imp

Reptilian (A Bad Kind)

Often found in leafy environs, the spike-tailed imp resembles a nightmarish cross between a flying squirrel and a chameleon. Its large flat tail is covered in barbs, which aid its climbing, but certainly do not slow it down on land. The spike-tailed imp is quick and tenacious. It is drawn - inexplicably - to the scent of cocoa. The only strategy to escape an encounter with this imp alive is to somehow neutralize its fearsome tail. Even with this accomplished, its fearsome claws remain extremely dangerous.

Queen Bee Imp

Insectoid

Constantly surrounded by a humming swarm of drones, the Queen Bee Imp is always on the quest to expand the collective and is naturally drawn towards social groups with pre-existing strong ties (consider it a kind of one-stop shopping). New members of the hive can be assimilated through ingestion of the gloop expelled by the Queen Bee Imp. If ingestion does not occur naturally, the collective can emit a blast of green energy to draw a victim near in order to encompass them in a green bilious cloud. Members of the Queen Bee Imp's collective can be identified by their glowing light and ability to hover just above the ground. The hive will disband its tight formation to gain the upper hand in an attack, but will always rejoin. Contrary to popular belief, the Queen Bee Imp does not require guac. It requires only nutrition and expansion.

Book Club

Other

THERE IS ONLY BOOK CLUB.

WE ARE BOOK CLUB.

YOU ARE BOOK CLUB.

YOU ARE BOOK CLUB.

Squirmp, the Worm-Sage

Other

In this economy, everyone needs a roommate. Even Squirmp, the Worm-Sage - a toddler-sized Brush-born worm with many, many ideas about how the way the world will end. Squirmp prefers to keep his living space dark, dank, and damp. A classic night-owl (worm), Squirmp largely keeps to himself behind his secret wall, but you'll know when he's ready for some roomie bonding time when the walls rumble and lights flicker. When that happens, get ready for some wacky predictions! His soft, high-pitched voice makes his eerie, yet wildly inconsistent, end-times prophecies kind of cute. He hates that.

Doom Squid

Other

Equal parts adorable and slimy, Doom Squids are dry-land mollusks notable for their ability to produce an extremely powerful endorphin known as indifferentol. In humans, this compound creates a sense of indifference and peacefulness, and can be used to relieve anxiety. Life being what it is, demand for indifferentol has led to an illicit trade in Doom Squids in the seamier corners of Fairhaven. Some have even claimed that Doom Squids can be induced into long-term symbiotic relationships with select humans, though this is, so far, unconfirmed.

Slimy Imps

Other

Slimy Imps usually travel in packs, looking for their next victim, whether they need to feed or not. These creatures hunt for fun. They have stout bodies with short legs, with long arms that are prepared to strike at a moment's notice. These snarling monsters can be trained to follow an alpha leader, and are particularly imposing when working in concert. When given the command to attack, Slimy Imps contort their expressive, rubbery faces to reveal razor-sharp teeth, and can move swiftly to immobilize victims. If confronted with a swarm of these creatures, it’s best to have backup.

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