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Adult Swim’s Hot Streets Has A ‘Stealth Serialized Plot’ In First Season

Hot Streets creator Brian Wysol teases a serialized component in the first season that will be made clear in the finale. The absurdist adventure series has been running on Adult Swim since mid-January, and so far it has treated viewers to a number of bizarre scenarios handled by Agents Branski and French, along with Branski’s niece Jen and the team's sort-of-talking dog, Chubbie Webbers, who is voiced by Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland.

The result, then, is a gleefully strange show that capitalizes on the lack of constraints in its storytelling by virtue of it being animated. In the first five episodes, Hot Streets sees the agents tackling demented brain monsters, fighting mummies, battling for control of Snake Island, and more. But while the episodes jump from location to location, and often appear to just be another case-of-the-week story, Wysol says there’s more to it than that.

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Wysol recently spoke with Screen Rant about the first season of Hot Streets, and after being asked whether or not the writers’ room sets limits for itself, he revealed that there are limits because, as outlandish as the show gets sometimes, he still wants there to be a sense of consequence in the storylines. Part of getting that across will be in demonstrating how the series contains a “stealth serialized plot” that will be made more clear when the season finale airs later next month. Wysol said:

“We do have limits... we want to make it a character-driven show. It was important to me that the characters always stayed in character and we didn't betray how they would act. And also, I didn't want to do a series where, lets say for example the Earth gets flooded, the next episode everything is back to normal. I want the episodes to have consequence so that if something happens to a character -- for example, in the third episode a character gets his hand chopped off, that character from now on just doesn't have a hand. I wanted to make sure that it had a sense of continuity to it. Despite it being insane and absurd and surreal and psychedelic, I did want to maintain some sort of sense of continuity."

To further that sense of continuity, Wysol says that, come the season finale, viewers will see how the story lines and various cases are connected.

"We had all the episodes written before we even began designing the show or boarding it. So there is kind of a stealth serialized plot underneath everything, and when you see the finale, you'll see that the show is connected in a way that -- I'm really excited for people to see the end of the season because it has a serialized component that becomes revealed at the very end. We've got five more to go; all of my favorites are coming. I actually think the series gets better as it goes, so I'm excited about these upcoming ones.”

Though the series has plenty in common with the other outlandish offerings from Adult Swim, the idea that Hot Streets is trying to tell a larger, more serialized story is unexpected. Still, even though the episodes only run for about 11 minutes a piece, they are densely plotted, so perhaps the notion of there being a stealth serialized component to the series isn’t too surprising after all.

Next: Hot Streets Brings Back Old School Psychedelic Animation to Adult Swim

Hot Streets airs every Sunday night at midnight on Adult Swim.

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