Chucky Season One

Chucky: Season One (2021)


Chucky: Season One is available to rent, buy or stream.

Anyone following the career of Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Brad Dourif and their four-foot killer doll, Chucky, will know that queer identity and diversity thread through their seven-movie series. However, many of us wondered where the pint-sized nutter would take us next following Curse and Cult of Chucky. Therefore, when Chucky the TV series was announced, I was filled with excitement and trepidation. Would Mancini and co honour the stories that had come before or opt for something radically different? Thankfully they picked the former, and we got a direct continuation of the story built up over seven glorious movies. In many ways, Chucky season one feels like the Child’s Play 3 that should have been, as it centres on the feelings of detachment adolescence inevitably brings. Here Chucky focuses on discrimination, difference and bullying while embracing not one but two gay leads. In many ways, the character of Chucky plays second fiddle to the horrors of adolescence as he attempts to manipulate those around him using their difference and sense of alienation against them.


Chucky enters the show as a yard sale piece of junk in Hackensack. There he is purchased by Jake Wheeler (Zackary Arthur) for use in an art project. Jake lives with his alcoholic father (Devon Sawa), whose volatile outbursts include an unwillingness to accept his son’s sexuality. Despite his artistic flare and confidence in his sexuality, Jake is often lonely and is the subject of constant bullying at school; all he wants is to find some happiness, peace and room to spread his wings and finally approach his school crush, true crime podcaster Devon (Björgvin Arnarson).


Of course, Chucky is not about to be dismembered for any art project and soon worms his way into Jake’s life, using the boy’s experiences of bullying, homophobia and alienation to further his murderous agenda – leading us all to question whether Jake will follow him or discard him before it’s too late. Meanwhile, just across town, his dad’s twin brother, Lucas (Sawa), is unaware that it’s his son Junior (Teo Briones) and his girlfriend Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind) who torment Jake at every opportunity.

The show’s discussions on sexual orientation, difference and inclusion create a unique TV horror that combines classic coming-of-age themes with a continuation of thirty-plus years of Chucky lore. As a result, Chucky season one sits between teen drama and slasher horror as Mancini and Co once again reinvent the Chucky franchise for a new generation while paying homage to the past. Chucky is a wild, entertaining and proudly queer slice of TV horror that will appeal to older fans and bring on board a host of new ones.


Chucky Season 2 successfully builds upon the strong foundation established in the first season, delivering a thrilling and nostalgic continuation of the Chucky saga. With its engaging storytelling, well-developed characters, and effective blend of horror and dark humour, the season is captivating. From the return of Glen to doll-obsessed nuns, a heavenly father who looks a lot like a dead dad, dodgy psychologists, and the Lex Luther/ Apocalypse Now-inspired ‘Colonel.’ Season two is a rollercoaster ride of camp horror, gore, comedy and devilishly good performances that leaves you eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the diabolical doll’s tale.

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