History of the World, Part II is an American sketch comedy limited series written and produced by Mel Brooks, Wanda Sykes, Nick Kroll, Ike Barinholtz, and David Stassen. The series serves as a sequel to the 1981 film written and directed by Brooks, with sketches parodying events from different periods of human history and legend. It premiered on March 6, 2023, on Hulu.
The cast features a large ensemble, including a core of several regulars who are also among the series writers:
Despite the numeration History of the World, Part I, there were initially no plans for a sequel to the 1981 film. The title was a play on The History of the World by Sir Walter Raleigh, which was intended to be published in several volumes but only the first was completed.
However, in October 2021, Hulu and Searchlight Television announced the Part II sequel series was in the works, with production beginning in spring 2022. Mel Brooks would produce and write the series along with Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, and Nick Kroll, who would also appear.
The first two episodes premiered on Hulu on March 6, 2023, with the remaining episodes released over the following three days. It was released internationally on the same day as an original series on Disney+, under the dedicated streaming hub Star, on Disney+ Hotstar, and on Star+ in Latin America.
According to Hulu, History of the World, Part II was the most-watched Hulu Original scripted original series of 2023 in its first week of launch.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 73% of 51 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The website's consensus reads: "Nick Kroll takes up the torch from Mel Brooks and does him proud with an all-star sketch series that's just as uproariously funny — and as hit-and-miss — as the original motion picture." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
David Strassen said that he would love to do a Part III and would love to feature more historical figures and eras. Pamela Adlon also said she would love to be involved in Part II Season 2. Jay Ellis, who plays Jesus Christ said he'd like to play Mayor Eric Adams, while Zazie Beetz, who plays Mary Magdalene, wants to play Josephine Baker. Josh Gad who plays William Shakespeare said he made an interesting choice if he were given another go at it as a young Seth Rogen.
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