Fantasmas: Cookies and Spaghetti (HBO, June 7, 2024)

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A brand new series, Fantasmas, is premiering on HBO on Friday June 7, introducing the tale of Julio Torres’ quest for a lost golden oyster earring. In the first episode, titled “Cookies and Spaghetti,” Julio acquires a gold oyster earring, only to misplace it at a club. He also reveals his distinct sensitivities to shapes, colors, numbers, and the alphabet to his fellow rideshare passengers.

HBO’s “Fantasmas” is an American comedy television series created, directed, and written by Julio Torres, who also stars in the show. The story follows Torres’ character, also named Julio Torres, on a surreal journey through New York City as he searches for a lost golden oyster earring.

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Along the way, he encounters a variety of offbeat and dreamy characters, including his robot companion, Bibo, and a rideshare renegade named Chester. The story serves as a point of departure for introspective and often comedic vignettes, exploring themes of existence, corporate control, and the search for meaning in a world filled with isolation.

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The series has been described as a mix of childlike whimsy, confrontational irritation, and unexpected hopefulness, with a blend of comedy sketches, flashbacks, and shadow puppet animations. It also features a star-studded guest lineup, including Steve Buscemi, Paul Dano, Julia Fox, Alexa Demie, Emma Stone, Aidy Bryant, and Bowen Yang, among others.

Fantasmas: Cookies and Spaghetti airs Friday, June 7, 2024, at 11:00 PM on HBO.

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