The Umbrella Academy, an American superhero series, created for Netflix by Steve Blackman, aired for the first time February 15, 2019. A few months after the first season premiered, it renewed for a second season which ultimately aired July 31, 2020. Months later, it renewed for a third season which aired June 22, 2022. After the release of the third season, Blackman stated that if they decide to pick up The Umbrella Academy for a fourth season, it would be the final season in the series. He said he would like to keep it as close to the comic books as possible. The comics this series is based on also goes by the name of The Umbrella Academy.
The Umbrella Academy starts off showing 43 women who all happen to have kids at the same exact time at noon on the date of October 1, 1989. These women had absolutely no symptoms of pregnancy, that is until they were giving birth. Ultimately seven of the kids got adopted by a rich man who made a team of superheroes called The Umbrella Academy. Six of the kids set off to go fight crime. While the remaining child stays back as the rich man claims she doesn’t have any powers. The first season takes place in the present-day where they are no longer under the care of the rich man. And all the siblings fell apart. That is until they end up learning that the rich man had passed away. And that an apocalypse is going to take place. The siblings get back together to try and prevent the apocalypse.
After The Umbrella Academy aired, it received really positive reviews. This series actually ended up as the third most popular show in 2019 on the Netflix platform. And once the second season aired, it ranked as the number one most watched show on the Netflix platform. Overall, this series has had great reviews.
On Rotten Tomatoes, 76% of 92 critic reviews are positive for the first season, with an average rating of 7.2/10. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 61 out of 100 based on 22 critics.
For the second season, Rotten Tomatoes identified 91% of 89 reviews as positive, with an average rating of 7.9/10. The season garnered a weighted average score of 67 out of 100 from 12 critics on Metacritic.
For the third season, Rotten Tomatoes reported a 90% approval rating with an average rating of 7.5/10, based on 41 reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 72 out of 100 based on 9 critics.
Elliot Page[b] as Vanya/Viktor Hargreeves / The White Violin / Umbrella Number Seven
Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves / Spaceboy / Umbrella Number One
David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves / The Kraken / Umbrella Number Two
Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves / The Rumor / Umbrella Number Three
Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves / The Séance / Umbrella Number Four
Aidan Gallagher as Five Hargreeves / The Boy / Umbrella Number Five
Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha (season 1)
Cameron Britton as Hazel (season 1; guest season 2)
John Magaro as Leonard Peabody / Harold Jenkins (season 1)
Adam Godley as Phinneus Pogo
Godley also portrays Pogo in the season 3 alternative timeline
Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves / The Monocle
Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves / The Horror / Umbrella Number Six
Min also portrays Ben Hargreeves / Sparrow Number Two (season 2–present)
Ritu Arya as Lila Pitts (season 2–present)
Yusuf Gatewood as Raymond Chestnut (season 2; recurring season 3)
Marin Ireland as Sissy Cooper (season 2; guest season 3)
Kate Walsh as The Handler (season 2; recurring season 1; special guest season 3)
Genesis Rodriguez as Sloane Hargreeves / Sparrow Number Five (season 3)
Britne Oldford as Fei Hargreeves / Sparrow Number Three (season 3)
Sheila McCarthy as Agnes Rofa (season 1)
Jordan Claire Robbins as Grace Hargreeves / Mom
Robbins also portrays Grace in the alternate timeline
Ashley Madekwe as Detective Eudora Patch (season 1)
Peter Outerbridge as The Conductor (season 1)
Rainbow Sun Francks as Detective Chuck Beaman (season 1)
Matt Biedel as Sgt. Dale Chedder (season 1)
Cody Ray Thompson (season 1) and Calem MacDonald (season 2) as Dave Katz
Patrice Goodman as Dot (season 2; guest seasons 1 and 3)
Ken Hall as Herb (season 2; guest seasons 1 and 3)
Kevin Rankin as Elliott (season 2)
Kris Holden-Ried as Axel (season 2)
John Kapelos as Jack Ruby (season 2)
Stephen Bogaert as Carl Cooper (season 2)
Raven Dauda as Odessa (season 2)
Dewshane Williams as Miles (season 2)
Jason Bryden as Otto (season 2)
Tom Sinclair as Oscar (season 2)
Justin Paul Kelly (season 2; guest season 3)
Dov Tiefenbach as Keechie (season 2)
Robin Atkin Downes as A.J. Carmichael (season 2)
Mouna Traoré as Jill (season 2).
Justin Cornwell as Marcus Hargreeves / Sparrow Number One (season 3)
Jake Epstein as Alphonso Hargreeves / Sparrow Number Four (season 3)
Cazzie David as Jayme Hargreeves / Sparrow Number Six (season 3)
Javon “Wanna” Walton as Stanley “Stan” (season 3)
Julian Richings as Chet Rodo (season 3)