|The Umbrella Academy|
|Created by||Steve Blackman|
|Based on||The Umbrella Academy|
by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá
|Developed by||Jeremy Slater|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||40–60 minutes|
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
|Picture format||4K UHDTV 2160p|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||February 15, 2019 –|
The Umbrella Academy is an American superhero web television series based on the comic book series of the same name written by Gerard Way. Created for Netflix by Steve Blackman and developed by Jeremy Slater, it revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father's death and the threat of an impending apocalypse. The series is produced by Borderline Entertainment, Dark Horse Entertainment, and Universal Cable Productions.
The ensemble cast features Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige, John Magaro, Adam Godley, Colm Feore, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland, and Kate Walsh. The adaptation began development as a film optioned by Universal Pictures in 2011. It was eventually shelved in favor of a television series in 2015, before being officially greenlit by Netflix in July 2017. The series is filmed in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.
The first season was released on Netflix on February 15, 2019. In April 2019, Netflix reported that 45 million households had watched season one during its first month of release. That same month, the series was renewed for a second season, which was released on July 31, 2020. Both seasons received positive reviews from critics.
On October 1, 1989, 43 women around the world gave birth simultaneously, despite none of them showing any sign of pregnancy until labor began. Seven of the children are adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, and turned into a superhero team that he calls "The Umbrella Academy." Hargreeves gives the children numbers rather than names, but they eventually are named by their robot-mother, Grace, as: Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Number Five (his only name), Ben, and Vanya. While putting six of his children to work fighting crime, Reginald keeps Vanya apart from her siblings' activities, as she supposedly demonstrates no powers of her own.
In the present day, Luther is part ape and has lived on the moon for four years, Allison is a famous actress, Vanya is a violinist, Klaus has a drug addiction, Ben, now deceased, is a ghost able to converse only with Klaus, and Diego has become a vigilante with a penchant for trouble. The estranged siblings learn that Reginald has died and gather for his funeral. Number Five returns from the future, chased by time-travelling operatives, and reveals that a global apocalypse is imminent. Meanwhile, the reunited siblings try to uncover the secret of their dysfunctional family while beginning to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
|1||10||February 15, 2019|
|2||10||July 31, 2020|
|Title||Directed by||Teleplay by||Original release date|
|1||1||"We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals"||Peter Hoar||Jeremy Slater||February 15, 2019|
|In 1989, forty-three women simultaneously give birth, despite showing no signs of pregnancy prior to each birth. Seven are found and adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who raises them as a superhero team. Years later, Hargreeves' children reluctantly reunite for his funeral. Luther suspects that Hargreeves died of foul play because the monocle that he always wore is missing. Number Five, who had disappeared 16 years before, appears in a strange ball of blue energy. He claims to have returned from the future and into his prepubescent body, and that he is actually fifty-eight years old. Tensions emerge among the siblings, and Diego gets into a fight with Luther that destroys a statue of their deceased brother, Ben. Later, Five is visiting a doughnut shop when several armed men enter and open fire. After killing the men, he removes a tracker embedded in his arm. Elsewhere, it is revealed that Diego has the monocle and that Klaus can talk to Ben's ghost.|
|2||2||"Run Boy Run"||Andrew Bernstein||Steve Blackman||February 15, 2019|
|Five arrives at Vanya's apartment and warns his estranged sister that the world will end in eight days. Vanya thinks Five's mind has been corrupted by time travel, and that the world will not really end. Agents Cha-Cha and Hazel arrive at a motel and begin to track their target. Luther learns that Diego had a boxing match at the time of their father's death, which rules him out as a suspect, and Vanya meets her latest violin student, Leonard. Partly assisted by Klaus, Number Five tries to find out the origin of a prosthetic eye he found in the future, knowing that its owner will soon destroy the world. The brothers learn, however, that the eye has yet to be manufactured in the present. Five visits a department store to see "Delores", a store mannequin who was his companion for thirty years, and is attacked by Cha-Cha and Hazel. Diego's former friend, Detective Eudora Patch, investigates the deaths at the doughnut shop, but her only witness has already been interrogated by Diego. As Allison watches old surveillance videos of her childhood to cheer herself up, she finds a disturbing tape of her father. It is revealed that in the apocalyptic future, Five found his siblings dead and removes the prosthetic eye from Luther's clutch.|
|3||3||"Extra Ordinary"||Andrew Bernstein||Ben Nedivi & Matt Wolpert||February 15, 2019|
|After Allison shows Luther the videotape of what looks like Grace, the siblings' android "mother", serving poisoned tea to their father, the two ask their mother about the incident. The android claims to remember nothing about it, but the siblings suspect that she is hiding something. Vanya struggles with her violin skill and she and Leonard get to know each other better. Number Five starts an observation of the manufacturer of the prosthetic eye. Agnes, the waitress at the doughnut cafe, describes the umbrella tattoo of Number Five to Cha-Cha and Hazel, leading them to the Hargreeves's house. As Luther and Allison gather the rest of their siblings to watch the footage, Diego reveals he took the monocle from Grace after the funeral and threw it away. The siblings disagree on whether to turn off Grace or not. Cha-Cha and Hazel break into the Hargreeves's house and attack Luther, Diego, Allison, and Vanya, but flee and kidnap Klaus when the siblings fight back. Diego finally turns off Grace, as she is totally oblivious of the fight and shows other malfunctions.|
|4||4||"Man on the Moon"||Ellen Kuras||Lauren Schmidt Hissrich||February 15, 2019|
|Seven years ago, Hargreeves sends Luther on a mission that goes severely wrong. To save his life, Hargreeves injects Luther with a serum that also transforms his body into that of an ape. In the present, Allison and Luther find the deactivated Grace and assume the hit-men shut her off. Leonard and Vanya bond and agree to go to dinner. Meanwhile, Cha-cha and Hazel torture Klaus to get information about Five. When they begin to destroy Klaus's drugs, he gives up information, and after sobering up, he begins to see their dead victims. Five threatens the man from Meritech to get more information about the prosthetic eye. Cha-cha and Hazel, now aware of Five's investigation, go to the lab and set it aflame. Diego and Luther find Five passed out drunk. Patch goes to the motel to search for the two hit-men and frees Klaus but gets killed by Cha-cha. Klaus escapes through the vents with the briefcase. As he opens the briefcase, he time travels.|
|5||5||"Number Five"||Ellen Kuras||Bob DeLaurentis||February 15, 2019|
|A flashback shows Number Five's life in the apocalyptic future. He is eventually approached by the Handler, representing an organization called the Commission. She offers him a job. He works some time for them by killing people throughout history until he finds a way to return to the present day. Allison suspects that Leonard is hiding something and makes inquiries, but Vanya dismisses her concerns and becomes angry with her. Vanya stops taking her pills. When she auditions for the first chair in her orchestra, she gets it, but at the same time, a mysterious power within her appears. Klaus destroys the briefcase after returning from his time travel. He fought in the Vietnam War, lost someone close to him, and is heavily traumatized. Luther and Number Five trick the hit-men into setting up a meeting with the Handler in exchange for a different briefcase. She offers Number Five a new job, which he accepts under the condition that his family survives. Vanya gets first chair and tells Leonard. Unbeknownst to her, he killed the former first chair violinist. Pogo reactivates Grace and asks her to keep a secret from the kids.|
|6||6||"The Day That Wasn't"||Stephen Surjik||Sneha Koorse||February 15, 2019|
|During Klaus's time jump, he ended up in the Vietnam war and fell in love with a soldier named Dave. Meanwhile, the Handler takes Five to the Commission's headquarters. Cha-cha is sent orders to terminate Hazel. Luther informs the Academy about the impending apocalypse but fails to inspire the group to fight. Angry at being excluded and with her new powers emerging, Vanya unknowingly causes a rainstorm and bends several streetlamps. Klaus asks Diego to help him sober up, hoping to see Dave's ghost before the world ends. Luther feels betrayed when he discovers his moon research was pointless. Diego discovers that Grace has been reactivated and is dumbfounded. Luther and Allison confess their romantic feelings. Five intercepts orders to protect a man named Harold Jenkins. He alters the orders, telling Cha-Cha to kill Hazel and vice-versa. Vanya discovers her father's notebook at Leonard's house, reads it, and learns her father knew about her powers and suppressed them. Five steals a time-traveling briefcase and flees the Commission. He arrives at the beginning of the episode, altering the timeline, and rallies his siblings to stop the apocalypse.|
|7||7||"The Day That Was"||Stephen Surjik||Ben Nedivi & Matt Wolpert||February 15, 2019|
|In 1989, Harold Jenkins is born from a normal pregnancy although his mother dies in labor. Harold idolizes the Umbrella Academy and believes he is like them; Reginald rejects Harold, telling him there is nothing special about him. Harold murders his abusive and alcoholic father and is sentenced to 12 years in prison. Five reveals they must locate Harold and stop him from causing the apocalypse. Diego learns that he is the prime suspect for Detective Patch's murder and Allison recognizes Harold as Leonard from a police file. Diego, Allison, and Five break into Leonard's house, discovering destroyed Umbrella Academy memorabilia. Luther becomes depressed upon learning the truth behind his mission to the moon. He goes to a rave where he gets intoxicated. Klaus follows him and is knocked unconscious in a fight. He sees Reginald, who tells him that Klaus has not fully seen the potential of his powers, and that he orchestrated his own death in order to bring the six children together. Hazel receives orders to kill Cha-Cha but instead incapacitates her. Leonard and Vanya are harassed by a trio of thugs. They beat up Leonard, causing Vanya's powers to burst, killing two of them. Leonard recovers in the hospital, having lost his right eye in the event, while Allison goes looking for Vanya.|
|8||8||"I Heard a Rumor"||Jeremy Webb||Lauren Schmidt Hissrich & Sneha Koorse||February 15, 2019|
|Unable to find Vanya, Allison accompanies a police officer investigating the attack on Leonard and Vanya under the guise that she is researching an acting role. As Leonard and Vanya leave the hospital, they learn that the third assailant survived. Allison and the officer question him and learn that he and his friends were paid to attack them. Hazel runs away with Agnes, going on the trip she had always planned. Upon arriving at their first stop, he leaves her to take care of an issue but promises to return. Cha-Cha goes to Agnes' donut shop and discovers where they are heading. Leonard and Vanya continue to train her abilities in the woods, which only grows stronger as Vanya flashes back to moments in her childhood where she was being trained by Reginald. As Reginald feared her powers were too great he isolated her from the others and began medicating her to stabilize her mood. Allison finally finds Vanya at the cabin and confesses that Reginald asked her to use her powers to convince Vanya she was ordinary. Vanya lashes out in anger, slicing Allison's throat with her powers. Leonard arrives and takes Vanya away as Allison bleeds out.|
|9||9||"Changes"||Jeremy Webb||Bob DeLaurentis & Eric W. Phillips||February 15, 2019|
|A young Vanya uses her powers to attack several nannies before Reginald ultimately builds Grace. Leonard takes Vanya back to his home, where she is riddled with guilt. Allison survives and is rescued by her brothers. However, she is unable to speak. Klaus tries to get high again, prompting Ben to punch Klaus in the face and revealing that Ben was able to make physical contact thanks to Klaus' powers. At Leonard's, Vanya discovers Reginald's diary. Realizing Leonard's manipulation, she kills him in a fit of rage. His body is discovered by her siblings and Five matches the glass eye to Leonard. Hazel arrives at the Umbrella Academy to volunteer to help stop the apocalypse but learns from Five that with Jenkins dead, it is done. Hazel reveals Cha-Cha to be Patch's killer and leaves their guns to help exonerate Diego. Hazel returns to Agnes, only to find Cha-Cha has taken her hostage. Their fight is interrupted by the Handler. Allison awakes and reveals that Vanya has powers. Vanya returns to the house and Luther incapacitates her before locking her in an isolation chamber. The others protest but Luther refuses. Heartbroken and furious, Vanya gives into her dark powers and breaks out.|
|10||10||"The White Violin"||Peter Hoar||Steve Blackman||February 15, 2019|
|The siblings escape as Vanya destroys the mansion. Ben is able to physically interact, saving Diego from falling debris. Vanya confronts Pogo, who admits to his knowledge of her powers. She kills him, and Grace is destroyed when the building collapses. The siblings regroup at a bowling alley while Vanya prepares for her concert. Five meets the Handler at the motel, only to realize it is a distraction. The siblings escape for the Icarus Theatre, while Hazel and Cha-Cha are ordered to protect Vanya. However, Hazel betrays Cha-Cha and incapacitates her before returning to the motel, shooting the Handler, and rescuing Agnes. As the concert begins, the siblings fail to stop Vanya, and Commission soldiers enter the theatre. Ben manifests physically through Klaus and uses his powers to defeat the gunmen. Allison incapacitates Vanya, as her accumulated energy is redirected out into space and destroys the moon. Fragments begin to rain down upon the world, causing the Apocalypse. Having failed in their mission, Five suggests that they use his abilities to all travel back in time to stop the Apocalypse as a team. As the world is consumed, Hazel and Agnes escape, and the Umbrella Academy transport back in time.|
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|11||1||"Right Back Where We Started"||Sylvain White||Steve Blackman||July 31, 2020|
|12||2||"The Frankel Footage"||Stephen Surjik||Mark Goffman||July 31, 2020|
|Three months after having gotten shot by Hazel, the Handler returns to the Commission only to find out that she has been demoted by her boss, a talking fish named AJ. Vanya goes to the club to pick up Carl, and Luther spots her. Ray is arrested by the cops. Five takes Diego and Lila to Elliott's house, and they watch a film that Hazel gave to Five shortly before his death. Watching the film, Diego and Five realize that their father Reginald was present at Kennedy's assassination. In jail, Klaus bonds with Ray and gets released shortly after. When Allison comes to visit her husband, she notices that one of Klaus's followers has the same tattoos on his hands that Klaus does. Luther comes to Sissy's farm and apologizes to Vanya, only to find out that she does not remember him and leaves. Diego and Five sneak into Reginald's company, and Five comes across Pogo, now a baby. Diego and Reginald get into a fight and Reginald stabs Diego before walking away.|
|13||3||"The Swedish Job"||Stephen Surjik||Jesse McKeown||July 31, 2020|
|Back at Elliott's house, Lila is able to save Diego, and they have sex. Vanya, having gone out for the night, gets intercepted by the Swedish men, who chase her in a cornfield, and Vanya uses her powers to stop them from killing her. Five finds her and explains the situation. Ray, having been released from prison by Klaus, finds Luther looking for Allison. Still having feelings for her, Luther leaves after finding out Allison is married. Meanwhile, Allison, alongside other African-Americans, participates in a sit-in in a whites only diner. Ray goes to the diner to participate in the sit-in but is arrested alongside the rest of the protestors. Seeing Ray get beat up by a police officer, Allison uses her powers to force the officer to leave Ray alone, resulting in Ray running away from Allison, confused about who she truly is. Finding Dave working at a paint store, Klaus tells Ben that he wants to prevent Dave from going to the Vietnam War. Leaving Diego and arriving at a hotel, it’s revealed that Lila works for the Commission, alongside the Handler, who she calls "mum".|
|14||4||"The Majestic 12"||Tom Verica||Bronwyn Garrity||July 31, 2020|
|Before returning to Diego, Lila is instructed with protecting Five at all costs. Learning that she caused the original apocalypse, Vanya returns to the Cooper family. Not being able to explain her power to Ray, Allison leaves him and finds Luther, who tells her about the upcoming apocalypse. Meanwhile, Diego, Lila, and Five visit a gala where Reginald was invited to attend. After Diego encounters a now-human Grace, who is romantically involved with Reginald, the trio is attacked by the Swedish men. They manage to fight them off, but Reginald leaves in the process. After hearing Vanya's plan to leave, Harlan runs away. Finding his toy in a lake, Vanya uses her powers to find and save Harlan from drowning. Realizing that Harlan could die if she left, Vanya decides to stay. After failing to convince Dave not to join the Army, Klaus begins to drink and later spends a night at Allison's. At Elliott’s house, Luther accidentally reveals the apocalypse arriving in seven days to Elliott while high on nitrous.|
|15||5||"Valhalla"||Tom Verica||Robert Askins||July 31, 2020|
|Vanya begins an intimate relationship with Sissy. At Elliott’s house, Luther tells Five and Diego that when he first arrived in Dallas, he went back to the Academy only to be kicked out by Reginald because he wouldn't believe he would adopt seven children in the future, considering his hate for them. In the present, the trio decides to regroup with the rest of the Academy to explain their current situation, and together, they decide to search for Reginald, believing they all showed up in Dallas to save JFK. Having been kicked out of the group by Five, Lila goes back with the Handler to lure Five into meeting with them at an abandoned warehouse. While the Swedish men mourn the death of one of their brothers, Vanya decides to leave the Cooper family after catching Sissy sleeping with Carl. Luther and Diego receive an invitation to a light supper with Reginald, Klaus returns to his cult, and Allison decides to tell Ray "everything."|
|16||6||"A Light Supper"||Ellen Kuras||Aeryn Michelle Williams||July 31, 2020|
|At the warehouse, The Handler comes to Five and offers him a deal, saying that she will bring his family back to 2019 if he kills the Commission's board during one of their special meetings. The rest of the Academy receive invitations to Reginald's light supper, and together, they visit him and explain their current situation. Allison shows Ray her powers, Diego tells Grace Reginald's plan to kill JFK, and Carl watches as Sissy and Vanya make love in a car. Meanwhile, having been told that Diego killed their brother, the Swedish men visit Elliott, kill him, and leave the message "Öga för öga" (an eye for an eye) written with his blood on the floor. At the hotel, Five agrees to the Handler's deal.|
|17||7||"Öga for Öga"||Ellen Kuras||Nikki Schiefelbein||July 31, 2020|
|Having killed the Commission's board, Five is given 90 minutes to regroup with the rest of the Academy to go back to a normal timeline in 2019. Seeing that Sissy is in an unhappy relationship, Vanya decides to take Sissy and Harlan with her to the new timeline, while Allison decides to take Ray. As Ray and Allison prepare to leave, the pair are attacked by the two remaining Swedish brothers but manage to escape when Allison uses her powers to make one of the brothers kill the other. Because Sissy left a note, Sissy, Harlan, and Vanya are stopped by multiple police officers. Vanya uses her powers to try to fight them but is knocked out. Because the Academy didn't regroup in time, Five is forced to throw away the time-traveling briefcase which contained the new timeline.|
|18||8||"The Seven Stages"||Amanda Marsalis||Mark Goffman & Jesse McKeown||July 31, 2020|
|At an FBI building, Vanya is interrogated by FBI Special Agent Willy Gibbs, being suspected of being a Russian spy from the KGB, as Vanya can speak Russian. Being drugged and tortured with electrical shocks, Vanya begins to remember her past. Meanwhile, Five decides to meet with an older version of himself, to try and get old-Five's time-traveling briefcase to return to a new timeline. Alone, old-Five tells Luther his plan to prevent Vanya from causing the original apocalypse but having to kill young-Five in the process. Lila kidnaps Diego to force him to stay as her boyfriend and to work at the Commission. With the help of Herb, Diego sees what will occur on November 22, 1963. Instead of JFK being assassinated, an FBI building is destroyed by Vanya, leading to World War III when the Soviets are believed to be the cause; it eventually escalates into a planet-wide nuclear war. With the help of Herb, Diego escapes and along with Klaus and Allison returns to Dallas to prevent her from blowing up the building in one hour. However, the combination of the torture and return of her memories causes Vanya's power to start building towards the explosion as her siblings desperately try to reach her.|
|19||9||"743"||Amanda Marsalis||Bronwyn Garrity & Robert Askins||July 31, 2020|
|With the others unable to reach Vanya, Ben enters her mind where the traumatized Vanya has retreated into herself. Ben's understanding of her situation and her siblings trying to save her calms Vanya down and averts the explosion and the apocalypse. However, the effort involved proves to be too much for Ben's ghostly form and he departs for the afterlife. Connected to Vanya, Harlan experiences negative effects from the near-explosion and accidentally kills his father when Harlan deflects a bullet that Carl fired. Following up on a clue from AJ, Herb uncovers kill order 743 which he presents to Lila. Lila confronts her mom about it which involved old-Five killing Lila's parents. This causes Lila to become mad at Diego, unaware that the Handler was the one to approve the hit. Young-Five learns of old-Five's plan to kill him and with the help of Luther, manages to send old-Five to the original timeline, but accidentally destroys the briefcase in the process. Because the FBI building wasn't destroyed, JFK continues his parade and is assassinated despite Diego's attempts to stop it. Furious at the assassination, Reginald visits Majestic 12, reveals himself to be an alien, and kills them. At the Commission, the Handler tells all her employees over the intercom to prepare for war.|
|20||10||"The End of Something"||Jeremy Webb||Steve Blackman||July 31, 2020|
A film version of the comic book series The Umbrella Academy was optioned by Universal Studios. Originally, screenwriter Mark Bomback was hired to write the screenplay; Rawson Marshall Thurber reportedly replaced him in 2010. There had been little talk of the film from that time. In an interview with Newsarama at the 2012 New York Comic Con, Way mentioned that there have been "good talks" and a "really good script", but that it was "kind of up to the universe".
On July 7, 2015, it was announced that The Umbrella Academy would be developed into a television series, rather than an original film, produced by Universal Cable Productions. On July 11, 2017, it was officially announced that Netflix had greenlit a live-action series adaptation of The Umbrella Academy premiering in 2019, with Way and Bá acting as executive producers. Jeremy Slater wrote the script for the pilot episode, and Steve Blackman serves as showrunner. The first season of The Umbrella Academy was released on Netflix on February 15, 2019.
On April 2, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season, which was released on July 31, 2020. The season release date remained unknown until May 18, 2020, where a teaser trailer concept was released where the main cast danced to "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany. Steve Blackman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he wants to stay in the course of what the comics are doing without deviating too much.
Principal photography for the first season began on January 15, 2018 in Toronto. Gerard Way posted on his Instagram account an illustration by Fabio Moon of the cast and crew doing the first table read of the script in Toronto. He also revealed a picture of the first day on the set. Additional filming took place in Hamilton, Ontario.
For the theatre where Vanya performed with her violin, the crew used the Elgin Theatre, alongside the Winter Garden Theatre. Mazzoleni Concert Hall was used to represent the theatre's exterior. The exterior of the mansion was filmed at a building in Hamilton, while the interiors were filmed in studio. The Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre was filmed for an outside scene and Union (railway) Station was used for a bank robbery scene. A laboratory at the University of Toronto was filmed to represent the Meritech Prosthetics building. The filming concluded on July 18, 2018.
Visual effects for the series are handled by SpinVFX and Weta Digital, which worked only on Pogo. VFX supervisor Everet Burrell confirmed that he used traditional art techniques for early concept art and referenced great actors with iconic faces. Burrell called Weta Digital, who previously worked for the rebooted Planet of the Apes series, to develop the visual effects for the character of Pogo. Ken Hall provided the motion capture for Pogo using a gray suit to later make additions to his captures to create the CGI of the chimpanzee, with Adam Godley making the facial expressions and voice acting of the character.
SpinVFX confirmed that they delivered at least 563 shots for the series. To make the effects of the show, the team required a series of complex effect simulations, creature development, and massive destructions.
For the effects of Number Five jumping through time and space, Burrell wanted to make the effects look organic, and liquidy, representing how much time and the world bends around him when he jumps, and how quick it should be. For these effects, he used more than 30 frames in the first episodes, however with the progress of the series, this reduced to only 10 frames. To that footage, the team iterated on several kinds of spatial jump effects, all the way from heavy distortion to subtler images. The visual effects team started with some R&D tests. At the end, the final effect, called the "jelly vision", was used to make the series, with Burrell expressing: "as if you're pushing your hand through a jelly membrane, just for a few seconds, and then it pops. It's really, really subtle, but you get a little bit of texture, you get a little bit of striations, almost like the universe is bending as he does his spatial jumps."
In an interview with Burrell he confirmed that to develop the sequences where time is frozen, they took several background shots on location before returning to their stage to shoot the dialogue between Five and The Handler in front of a green screen. They called this effect "Three-Strip" in honor of the Technicolor process used in the 1930s.
On April 16, 2019, Netflix announced that the series had been streamed by over 45 million viewers on its service within its first month of release. It was the third most popular TV series on Netflix in 2019.
On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 75% of 88 critic reviews are positive for the first season, with an average rating of 7.2/10. Critics' consensus on the website reads, "The Umbrella Academy unfurls an imaginative yarn with furtive emotion and an exceptionally compelling ensemble, but the series' dour sensibility often clashes with its splashy genre trappings." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 61 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
For the second season, Rotten Tomatoes identified 90% of 78 reviews as positive, with an average rating of 7.87/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Proof that time can heal almost all wounds, The Umbrella Academy's exhilarating second season lightens its tonal load without losing its emotional core, giving the super siblings room to grow while doubling down on the time traveling fun." The season garnered a weighted average score of 67 out of 100 from 12 critics on Metacritic, signifying "generally favorable reviews".
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||Ellen Page||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||Best Streaming Superhero Television Series||The Umbrella Academy||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Presentation||Ellen Page||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)||Mark Worthington, Mark Steel & Jim Lambie (for "We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals")||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Special Visual Effects||Everett Burrell, Chris White, Jeff Campbell, Sebastien Bergeron, Sean Schur, Steve Dellerson, Libby Hazell, Carrie Richardson & Misato Shinohara (for "The White Violin")||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||The Bingeworthy Show of 2019||The Umbrella Academy||Nominated|||
|The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2019||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project||Aidan Martin, Craig Young, Olivier Beierlein & Laurent Herveic (for "Pilot; Pogo")||Nominated|||
|Casting Society of America||Television Pilot & First Season – Drama||Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein, April Webster, Robin D. Cook, Samantha Garrabrant, Josh Ropiequet & Jonathan Oliveira||Nominated|||
|Art Directors Guild Awards||One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series||Mark Worthington (for "We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals")||Won|||
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