The Umbrella Academy is an American time travel superhero streaming television series based on the comic book series of the same name written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. Created for Netflix by Steve Blackman and developed by Jeremy Slater, it revolves around the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (each with their own supernatural power) as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities. The first season premiered on February 15, 2019 on Netflix worldwide, receiving generally positive reviews from critics. The Umbrella Academy: A Time Traveling Superhero Story

What is The Umbrella Academy?

The Umbrella Academy is a streaming television series based on comic book series of same name by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The original comic was released in 2007 but wasn’t until recently that it was made into a hit television show. It follows some unique superheroes through time and space as they are brought together under one umbrella to help save their world from destruction. The heroes don’t have any powers but have distinct personalities and a strong sense of right and wrong because they were trained to be these way by their father-figure.

Who are the characters?

There are seven children born at or around midnight on October 29, 1989; an event referred to as the Shattering by those who believe that something terrible happened during these births. The team of superheroes formed by these seven is called The Umbrella Academy. It consists of Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya (who goes by Vanya Hargreeves), Ben and Number Five. On September 15th 1989 a series of events occurred to fulfill a prophecy which outlined each child’s destiny. Number Five was lost in time and replaced with their half-brother Luther Six years later Diego disappeared and was replaced with Allison The following year Klaus left for college and was replaced with Vanya Two years after that Ben vanished and was replaced with Klem Permalink

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What does the first season focus on?

The Umbrella Academy is a superhero show centered around seven siblings that are adopted by an eccentric billionaire after they lose their mother to death. Together, they learn how to save humanity in spite of their dysfunctional pasts and unique powers. This first season primarily focuses on the characters figuring out what makes them truly happy and discovering what kind of people they want to be going forward. Many series focus more on action rather than character development but The Umbrella Academy takes its time in developing these characters so that by season two we’ll know much more about who each person is as an individual.

The Umbrella Academy: A Time Traveling Superhero Story
The Umbrella Academy: A Time Traveling Superhero Story

Where can I watch it?

The Umbrella Academy is available on Netflix. You can also stream it through Amazon Video and purchase a digital copy of all 10 episodes through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Video. It’s also worth noting that Gerard Way has hinted at a second season in his Instagram stories, so you might want to get caught up just in case!

How many episodes will there be in Season 1?

The Netflix series has 10 episodes, with each ranging from 43 minutes to an hour and 22 minutes. You can watch all of them on your own or commit to watching one episode per week with friends, which is what many fans have opted for. For comparison’s sake, Marvel’s The Defenders had eight episodes for its first season. The first five seasons of Game of Thrones had 10 episodes each; after that, it went down to seven per season. It’ll be interesting to see how Season 2 shakes out in terms of length — when we last saw our heroes, their mission was just beginning.

When does the show premiere?

The show will premiere on February 15, 2019. It will consist of 10 episodes that are 1 hour long. All of these episodes will be released on Netflix at once instead of being released weekly. This is an interesting approach and we don’t know how it will work out, but it’s certainly more convenient for binge-watching. Just make sure you have enough space on your hard drive! One season has been confirmed, so a second season has not yet been confirmed or denied by Netflix or The Umbrella Academy’s creators.

The Umbrella Academy: A Time Traveling Superhero Story
The Umbrella Academy: A Time Traveling Superhero Story

An Introduction to The Umbrella Academy


The idea behind The Umbrella Academy, according to Way, was to create a team of superheroes that didn’t have any superpowers. I wanted to do a book about powerless superheroes, he said in an interview with MTV Geek. Not just regular people dressing up as superheroes but characters who were actually born that way. The series takes place over several decades, including 1969 and 1987—where there are references made to The Beatles and My So-Called Life respectively—and culminates in an apocalypse in 2012.

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What Makes This Series Unique?


The story has been adapted to other mediums before. Both Netflix and Amazon Studios have aired their own takes on The Umbrella Academy, but neither show has gotten to showcase quite as much of its source material as the new series. In fact, Way has personally promised that viewers will get to see some things in later episodes that even he’s never written. Jeremy Slater, who wrote a script for a pilot episode prior to his involvement with The Umbrella Academy’s official TV adaptation and then went on to write all ten episodes of Season 1 under Blackman’s supervision, explained in an interview that he wanted to make sure it was done right rather than just take somebody else’s thing and try [his] hand at it.

Why Should I Watch It?


The show is led by seven siblings who call themselves the Umbrella Academy and develop superpowers just before turning 13. The eldest brother, Reginald Hargreeves, creates a fictional universe called The Umbrella Academy as a birthday gift for his children. The story revolves around characters with superhuman abilities attending their father’s funeral after he passes away from an assassination attempt by one of his enemies. While sitting in silence at their father’s funeral, Vanya (who can hear all sounds) hears a noise that she believes to be aliens coming to Earth. Because of Vanya’s anxiety disorder, no one pays attention until it turns out to be true.

The Umbrella Academy: A Time Traveling Superhero Story
The Umbrella Academy: A Time Traveling Superhero Story

What Is So Special About the Characters?


While we don’t know all that much about The Umbrella Academy just yet, what has been revealed is intriguing. The main characters were all conceived with superpowers in an experiment run by their billionaire father and then abandoned in boarding schools at a young age. Their meeting years later as adults is both heartbreaking and humorous—at least judging from Steve Blackman’s statement on why he was drawn to the project: To me, it’s kind of a tragic superhero story in which these flawed anti-heroes come together and are called upon to save the world.

Tell Me About the Plot


Jeremy Slater is no stranger to superheroes, having previously written for Fantastic Four and co-writing The Exorcist. In The Umbrella Academy, he makes his Netflix debut with a story about seven children born at random to women who were not pregnant but carried some sort of biological child of a time traveler named Colonel Hargreeves (Colonel is his first name). These seven children form an umbrella organization in which each of them is assigned a certain human trait or ability and their job is to protect people from an impending apocalypse that will happen on their 40th birthday. There are only six members because their brother died when they were young and they couldn’t save him.

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What Are People Saying About It?


The Netflix series received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 91% approval rating based on 34 reviews with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website’s critical consensus reads Despite some early growing pains, The Umbrella Academy proves a fun and quirky addition to Netflix’s superhero lineup. Metacritic reported that season 1 had generally favorable reviews, giving it a score of 71 out of 100 based on 12 critics.

The Umbrella Academy: A Time Traveling Superhero Story
The Umbrella Academy: A Time Traveling Superhero Story

Does The Umbrella Academy have a season 3?

Yes! It has been renewed for a third season by Netflix. However, there is no news on whether it will return in 2019 or not. We’ll update you as soon as we know! What time does The Umbrella Academy come out? : The show releases on Netflix every Friday at 3 am EST/12 am PST. For people outside of North America, it will release at 12 pm GMT/7 pm local time. This means that if you live in North America and want to watch The Umbrella Academy live with other fans (which I highly recommend), then you need to set your alarm clock an hour earlier than usual. There are also a number of fans who stream live via Twitter and Periscope (search #UmbrellaAcademy). I’d recommend doing both – catch up with friends and tweet along with other fans!

Is Umbrella Academy worth watching?

Based on a comic book, The Umbrella Academy is a sci-fi television series that’s really hard to categorize. It mixes action, drama, and comedy—with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure. It also includes several time travel subplots that get pretty complicated by episode three (spoilers ahead). But despite all of its complexities, The Umbrella Academy is extremely fun to watch. The characters are fun, interesting and relatable—and you’ll enjoy watching them bicker with each other as they try to save the world from whatever apocalypse happens to be threatening it at any given moment. If you’re looking for something different than your average superhero show—and don’t mind some complications—you’ll likely enjoy what you find in The Umbrella Academy.

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