Disenchantment is an American adult animated fantasy sitcom created by Matt Groening. The series is Groening’s first production for Netflix; he previously created The Simpsons and Futurama for 20th Century Fox Television. Twenty episodes of the series have been ordered by Netflix, with the first ten episodes being released on August 17, 2018.
Set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland, the series follows the story of Bean, a rebellious and alcoholic princess, her naïve elf companion Elfo, and her “personal demon” Luci. Disenchantment stars the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Matt Berry, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Lucy Montgomery, and Billy West.
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Series 1 (2016)
✅ Disenchantment 1×01 – A Princess, an Elf and a Demon Walk into a Bar
Princess Tiabeanie “Bean” is the roughhousing princess of Dreamland who is destined to be married to Prince Guysbert, the son of the incestuous king and queen of Bentwood. While looking through her gifts, Bean receives a demon named Luci who was sent by two dark mages hoping to turn Bean to evil. Luci ends up being a fun-loving troublemaker who sympathizes with Bean’s predicament as she feels that the marriage is simply so that her father, King Zøg, can be more powerful. Meanwhile, Elfo, an optimistic elf, is disillusioned with his candy making happy life and leaves the elf realm much to the consternation of his people. Elfo arrives just in time to witness Bean turn down Guysbert who unfortunately impales himself on a sword. Bean, Elfo, and Luci escape while Prince Merkimer, next in line to marry Bean, and his men chase after her. The group get directions by a fairy to see the Wishmaster, but he turns out to be the Washmaster instead. With everyone surrounding them, Bean takes Elfo and Luci and jump from a high cliff.
✅ Disenchantment 1×02 – For Whom the Pig Oinks
Bean, Elfo, and Luci are “rescued” by Merkimer who take them back to Dreamland. Elfo is taken in by Sorcerio who wants to use his blood to create more magic and so Zøg can gain the elixir of life. At Luci’s suggestion, Bean approaches Merkimer with the idea of having a bachelor party before the marriage. She also discovers Zøg and Sorcerio’s plan to drain Elfo of his blood so they use pig’s blood to fool them. At the bachelor party, the entire crew travels to mermaid island in the hopes that Merkimer will be killed by the mermaids. He is instead taken in by walruses who save them from murderous Borcs, though they turn out to be the allied Bozaks. Bean ultimately loses hope; however, a thirsty Merkimer discovers the “elf blood” which is mostly pig’s blood and Elfo convinces him to drink it transforming him into a pig. Bean fed up denounces the marriage and Zøg finally agrees with his daughter. This upsets the king of Bentwood and he and Zøg settle things in a fistfight with Bean, Elfo, and Luci happily watching.
✅ Disenchantment 1×03 – The Princess of Darkness
While under the influence of Queen Oona’s snake root, Bean, Elfo, and Luci run into a gang of gender aware thieves who convince Bean to join them. With Luci’s urging, Bean breaks into her ancestors’ resting place and steals their valuables, but the thieves betray them and they get caught. At the suggestion of Odval, Zøg’s vizier, they decide to hire an exorcist named Big Jo to remove a demon from Bean, unaware of the fact that Luci, whom everyone thinks is a cat, is Bean’s personal demon. Big Jo manages to seal away Luci and leaves. While Bean feels clean and at peace with herself, Elfo convinces her that they need to get Luci back and learn that he, along with several other demons will be tossed into a volcano. Bean and Elfo get back at the thieves by getting their valuables and manage to reach Big Jo who they end up dismembering and toss into the volcano. When they successfully free Luci, Elfo accidentally causes Big Jo’s carriage to roll down the mountain which crashes and frees all the other demons into the world.
✅ Disenchantment 1×04 – Castle Party Massacre
Due to her status as a princess, as well as her reputation, Bean is frustrated by the fact that she cannot have a real relationship with anyone. Zøg ends up drinking poisoned fountain water and is taken by Oona to her people’s spa where an employee named Chazz begins to torture Zøg with his stories. Meanwhile, the residents at the castle throw a party. While Bean seeks to use this to hook up with someone, Elfo wants to use the opportunity to tell his true feelings to her. The party is suddenly overrun by vikings where their leader, Sven, ends up catching the interest of Bean, angering Elfo. When Bean and Sven are about to make out, Elfo interrupts them and accidentally reveals that Bean is the princess. Sven then reveals his true intent to take over Dreamland and have Bean rule by his side. The trio trick Sven into drinking the poisoned fountain and get rid of him and his vikings. They manage to clean up the party in time for Zøg to arrive, but he finds severed body parts in the chimney angering him. Bean, Elfo, and Luci calmly watch the sunrise mutually.
✅ Disenchantment 1×05 – Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill!
Following the party, Zøg sends Bean to a church so that she can be a nun. She immediately gets kicked out and Zøg insults her for being a good for nothing. She meets up with her maid Bunty, her husband Stan and their numerous children. Bean decides to act as an apprentice to Stan who is an executioner and torturer. Elfo stays with Bunty who babies him too much so he runs away into the woods. Bean meets a cackling witch named Gwen who she sympathizes with. When it comes time to execute her, Bean cannot bring herself to do it and she leaves the kingdom. She and Luci find Elfo’s foot prints when he ran into the woods and follow them, where it is revealed that he came upon the candy house which is now owned by a cannibalistic Hansel and Gretel. Bean and Luci arrive in time to rescue Elfo and Bean ends up killing the siblings with a candy ax, albeit in self defense. Gwen is suddenly cured from a curse and leaves pardoned. Zøg tells Bean that he is proud of her, though she threatens to kill him if he continues to make fun of her buck teeth.
✅ Disenchantment 1×06 – Swamp and Circumstance
Bean once again sneaks off with Elfo and Luci for more debauchery. Zøg feeling that he does not give Bean enough to do, decides to make her an ambassador while the family goes on their trip to Dankmire, the homeland of Oona and her son Derek. When they get there, the group puts up with the customs of the Dankmirians who for years were at war with the Dreamlanders due to a canal that was built. Both sides claimed ownership of the canal and the fighting stopped once Zøg married Oona. Impressed with Bean handling the situation, Zøg asks for her to give a speech at a banquet. Overcome with the stress of thinking of what to say, Luci spikes Bean’s drink and she shows up drunk at the banquet where she humiliates herself and her family and offends the Dankmirians who chase them out of their land. Oona makes it back safely, but Zøg and Derek are captured by hillbillies and Bean, Elfo, and Luci rescue them. Zøg finally admits that he is proud of Bean and allows her to go to Hay Man, an event that he initially disallowed her to attend.
✅ Disenchantment 1×07 – Love’s Tender Rampage
While passed out drunk, Bean, Elfo, and Luci are picked up by the plague patrol who toss them into a pit. As they are about to be burned alive, Elfo tries to kiss Bean, but she rebuffs him. They manage to get out and Elfo claims that he was not trying to kiss her because he already has a girlfriend who Elfo claims is tall, has red hair and one eye. The trio head to a drug den and while in a state of intoxication, Bean claims to have seen Elfo’s girlfriend. She sends the royal guard to go and find her and they bring back a giantess who they later learn is named Tess. Tess is upset over having been taken from her home, but she agrees to go along with Elfo’s charade so that she can get a real working eye from him. Elfo ends up using a crystal ball and Tess is suddenly able to see the truth in everyone. This results in Elfo telling Bean the truth and a fire causes a mob to chase the three and Tess. They use the drug den to turn the mob away and Tess leaves with Bean and Elfo finally kissing, albeit while in another intoxicated state.
✅ Disenchantment 1×08 – The Limits of Immortality
During a parade, Elfo is kidnapped by someone and Bean approaches Zøg with a quest to find him. Coincidentally, Sorcerio finds a book in Gwen’s burned down candy house and figures out that the secret to the elixir of life is tied to a vial called the Eternity Pendant and decides to come along with Bean and Luci on their quest. They meet Gwen who leads them to her ex-husband Malfus who had taken the elixir of life, but has become a hermit in a cave. He directs the group to the “edge of the world” where they run into a griffin who informs them about the vial. Big Jo is revealed to be Elfo’s kidnapper as he can locate the vial and soon kidnaps Bean and Luci as leverage. They find the Lost City of Cremorrah out in the middle of a desert and manage to locate the vial while Big Jo and his assistant Porky are distracted by a knight. The trio escape by burying Big Jo in the city as it fills with sand. Meanwhile, the mages who sent Luci, named the Enchantress and Cloyd, congratulate Bean as they prepare for Dreamland’s fall.
✅ Disenchantment 1×09 – To Thine Own Elf Be True
The trio return from their adventure with the pendant and try to use Elfo’s blood to bring people back to life. However, the pendant still does not work. An expert is brought in and reveals that Elfo is not a true elf, angering Zøg who kicks him out of Dreamland. Odval allows Bean and Luci to go and find him so that he and the knights can follow. Bean and Luci find Elfo who decides to take them to Elfwood where he is reunited with his kin. While Bean and Luci mingle with the elves, Elfo learns from his father that he is half-elf, with his other half a mystery due to being interrupted by the arrival of Zøg’s men. Bean, Elfo, Luci and the elves fight off the knights and seal Elfwood away before any of them can capture them, but the victory is short lived when an arrow pierces Elfo, killing him. Zøg reveals that he wanted the elixir to revive Bean’s mother Dagmar who was turned to stone by a poison. Having got some elf blood from one of the guards, Bean chooses to use the pendant on Dagmar over Elfo as they share a tearful reunion.
✅ Disenchantment 1×10 – Dreamland Falls
Dagmar is reintroduced to the kingdom as everyone rejoices including an ecstatic Zøg. Oona immediately takes a disliking towards Dagmar and reasserts her position. The entire kingdom holds a funeral for Elfo; however, Dagmar and Oona get into a fight resulting in Elfo’s corpse falling into the ocean. Oona flees and makes a deal of some kind with Odval while Zøg keeps Derek “safe” in the tower. Dagmar attempts to spend the day with Bean proclaiming she has a destiny to fulfill. Zøg reveals more about himself to Luci who uses the crystal ball that Tess returned to see things that happened in the past. The kingdom’s residents suddenly turn to stone and Dagmar takes Bean to a secret library while Luci reveals to Zøg that Dagmar tried to poison him all those years ago. Dagmar releases more of the poison upon all of Dreamland, turning everyone to stone except Zøg. Luci is captured by someone while Dagmar and Bean escape on a boat with creatures. In a post-credits scene, Elfo’s corpse washes onto shore and is retrieved by mysterious figures.
SERIES VERDICT: ★★★★