Quirky humor: Amazon Prime series looks into gay couple's dysfunctional 20-year relationship - Albuquerque Journal

Quirky humor: Amazon Prime series looks into gay couple’s dysfunctional 20-year relationship

“Smothered,” starring Mitch Hara and Jason Stuart, is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. (Courtesy of Amazon )

Mitch Hara and Jason Stuart have cultivated a friendship over time.

They’ve worked together on various film projects.

It was only natural that the two actors would join forces and create.

The result is “Smothered,” a TV series that takes a quirky look into a gay couple’s dysfunctional relationship.

The first season is available on Amazon Prime Video.

“We started to write it out,” Stuart says. “Then it all came flowing. We knew there would be improv, and it works for us because we know where each other is going.”

The series tells the story of Randy, played by Hara, and Ralph, played by Stuart. They are a gay couple navigating their way through couples therapy.

Stuart says that although the series is about a gay couple, it doesn’t relate just to gay people.

“The series is about a relationship,” Stuart says. “This couple has been together for years, and they can’t afford to get a divorce. They have their ups and downs, just like everyone does. That’s the part that people will connect with. It’s about the human experience and how we navigate through it.”

As the series unfolds through their uninhibited and often shocking therapy sessions, viewers discover how the couple of 20 years outrageously nitpick and push each other’s buttons.

The series is directed by Terri Hanauer and is part of Amazon Prime’s strategy to amplify the comedy side of LGBTQ voices and stories for a global audience.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Amazon as we share our latest project, extending ourselves outside of the gay community, and making all kinds of people laugh – together,” Stuart says.

“‘Smothered’ is also a celebration of diversity,” Hara chimes in. “One that includes little people, transsexuals, Asians, Blacks, whites, Jews, closet cases and a fluid dog. You’re welcome!”

The series features guest stars such as Dalila Ali Rajah, Erik Audé, Clent Bowers, Erika Ervin, Helen Hong, Scott Krinsky, Pancho Moler and Carole Ita White.

“We wanted to include a lot of our friends in the cast,” Hara says. “… They really helped bring it together.”


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

Nativo Sponsored Content

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Fox's 'Pivoting' follows the friendship of three women after ...
Entertainment
Eliza Coupe was humbled when Liz ... Eliza Coupe was humbled when Liz Astrof sought her out for a role in the sitcom, "Pivoting."< ...
2
'Ghosts' actress has also appeared in 'Devious Maids,' 'True ...
Entertainment
You have questions. I have some ... You have questions. I have some answers.Q: I am a big fan of the new CBS comedy "Gh ...
3
John Cena hits the small screen as a boneheaded, ...
Entertainment
We already know from last year's ... We already know from last year's "The Suicide Squad" movie that John Cena's Christopher Smith aka Pe ...
4
Local artist's works pay a NM inspired homage to ...
Arts
Mitch Elson has always been drawn ... Mitch Elson has always been drawn to art.Growing up in Santa Fe, his mother would put ...
5
WinterBrew returns to offer a taste of seasonal beer ...
Blogs
It's cold outside but a sip ... It's cold outside but a sip of beer will warm the belly.Even better is a sip of beer w ...
6
Local actor was happy to sink teeth into a ...
Blogs
Through the pandemic, many people were ... Through the pandemic, many people were forced to pivot.In Christopher James Hagen's ca ...
7
NM organizations awarded $530K in arts grants
ABQnews Seeker
Santa Fe Opera, ABQ's flamenco institute ... Santa Fe Opera, ABQ's flamenco institute get $75K each
8
Wild Leaven Bakery opens Santa Fe location
Dining Reviews
New Mexicans know the value of ... New Mexicans know the value of locally made food products and we treasure the edible gifts we are gi ...
9
Son Volt to play at the Historic El Rey ...
Entertainment
Jay Farrar is beginning to get ... Jay Farrar is beginning to get back to rehearsals for the upcoming tour.After a year o ...
10
Local actor finds acting is like painting with his ...
Entertainment
When Erik Gonzales was a freshman ... When Erik Gonzales was a freshman in college, he failed his public speaking course."I ...