It’s Bruno! – Season 1 – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

An image of It's Bruno star Bruno, the dog.
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It’s Bruno certainly has its moments, but without much in the way of character development, is it worth watching?


Network
Netflix
Creator(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Genre(s) Comedy
Good If You Like Absurd Comedy

Dogs

Seeing People Be Petty

Isn’t For You If You Getting To Know The Lead Character & The Supporting Characters
Noted Cast
Malcolm Solvan Naim
Lulu Shakira Barrera
Rosa Jade Eshete
Cuban Tone Anthony Valderama
Harvey Rob Morgan

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It’s Bruno Summary

Malcolm, a Brooklyn native, thanks to some settlement money, spends his entire day being a dog father to his pet Bruno. A locally known pup who he takes everywhere, or at least tries to. Leading to one of the few arcs of the show which deals with Malcolm trying to make it so Bruno can go into a local supermarket. Especially since, the one time Malcolm leaves him outside, he nearly got stolen. Though, considering the thief targets more than just Bruno, and Bruno’s former owner appearing, finding a way for Bruno to enter a supermarket might be the least of Malcolm’s worries.

 

Highlights

The Crazy Dog Captions

A crazy small dog saying some very eye opening things.

While there are occasionally funny moments on the show, like Malcolm beating people with sticks, the first real laugh out loud moment comes in episode 4 when a “Xolo” dog is going off. In the scene, Malcolm is in a dog park, and for some reason, this manic dog is given closed captions noting how he will kill Bruno, his owner, and while ultra-violent, it is also hilarious. Especially as Bruno’s face screams, “Help!”

Malcolm & Rosa’s Short-lived Relationship

While Malcolm does get a short romance with Lulu, a crazed dog kidnapper, it is Rosa who makes him feel joyous, scream his name, instead of Bruno’s, during sex, and lead you to believe he may reveal more of himself. For it isn’t like, when with Lulu, she asks much about him. So, outside of learning his family was against dogs, she doesn’t help us know who Malcolm is. With Rosa, however, she had the potential to help us uncover Malcolm and get to know him beyond being Bruno’s owner.

Low Points

While There Is An Arc, Or Rather End Goal, There Isn’t Much In Regards To Story & Character Development

Lulu (Shakira Barrera) smiling at Malcolm.
Lulu (Shakira Barrera)

The season goal is Bruno getting into Cuban Tone’s supermarket. However, it isn’t like Malcolm spends each episode trying to find a way. Yeah, in “An Angie Is Born” he does copy Harvey, who is allowed to bring his dog in the store. However, outside of that, all we get are Lulu, or her family members, trying to steal Bruno, among other dogs, and random episodic content.

Then, in terms of character development, we get little tidbits about Malcolm, be it he lives off settlement money, his family not letting him have a dog, and things like that, but nothing beyond that. And even when it comes to the settlement money, it isn’t mentioned how he got that at all. Never mind, considering Malcolm mentions he grew up with his family, where they are and why we don’t meet a single member of his family – besides Bruno.

On The Fence

It’s An Absurd Comedy

It’s Bruno is not going to appeal to everyone. The comedy, outside of two times we get a crazy dog, is kind of hit and miss. Then, even if you are familiar with certain urban elements, like stoop kids, you may not find yourself chuckling that much.

It’s Bruno Overall Rating: Mixed (Stick Around)

Title Card - It's Bruno!

Like most of Netflix more experimental shows, like Super Drags and BONDiNG, what’s delivered isn’t for everyone nor does it seem it was ever supposed to. If anything, It’s Bruno seemingly, considering creator Solvan Naim is working on Netflix’s hip-hop musical version of Romero & Juliet, was a test of his ability to deliver. Especially considering Queen Latifah and Will Smith, their production companies, not so much the actors, will be involved.

Leading to why the mixed label: It’s Bruno, like the other mentioned shows, seem a level above self-financed YouTube series, but not necessarily what you may consider buzzy Netflix shows. Pushing the idea Netflix is trying to build a bridge between up and comers with niche programming and their other productions they know will gain critical buzz and be a source of new subscribers. Making It’s Bruno more so about gaining content, and securing new talent, than a show which is a must see – whether you are a dog lover or not.

Has Another Season Been Confirmed?

Too soon to tell.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 8 “Welcome Bruno” [Season Finale]In the season finale, Malcolm finds happiness. Yet, it is short lived in more ways than one.
Director(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Writer(s) David Ebert, Solvan “Slick” Naim
Air Date 5/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Baby Mike Dopud
Cuban Tone Anthony Valderama
  • It Was A Happy Time: Rosa, Malcolm, Lulu
  • But Then It Ended: Rosa, Malcolm, Lulu, Cuban Tone
  • And Things Potentially Got Worse: Baby
Season 1, Episode 7 “Ranger Danger”With Bruno back with Malcolm, it makes a petty park ranger trying to say he is a bad owner the last thing he needs – so he makes them look stupid.
Director(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Writer(s) David Ebert, Solvan “Slick” Naim
Air Date 5/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ranger Debecki Katie Rich
  • Raining On My Parade: Ranger Debecki, Malcolm
  • Learning From His Mistakes: Ranger Debecki, Malcolm
Season 1, Episode 6 “Rock Bottom”Malcolm does something most know better than to do: Piss off a Bodega owner. But upsetting Leslie ends up the least of his problems.
Director(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Writer(s) David Ebert, Solvan “Slick” Naim
Air Date 5/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Billy Eddie J. Hernandez
Jizzel Adriane Lenox
  • Bodega Beef: Leslie, Malcolm
  • What Lulu Wants, Lulu Gets: Lulu, Billy, Barry, Malcolm
  • Revenge Is A Dish Best Served With Your Mouth Shut: Jizzel, Billy, Lulu, Barry, Malcolm
Season 1, Episode 5 “War Of The Walkers”While Malcolm isn’t necessarily hurting for money, that doesn’t mean he isn’t above a hustle. Yet, with Harvey trying to encroach, and unwilling to negotiate, it intensifies their beef.
Director(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Writer(s) David Ebert, Solvan “Slick” Naim
Air Date 5/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Rosa Jade Eshete
Barry Anthony L. Fernandez
  • An Ends To A Means: Barry
  • A New Hustle: Malcolm, Rosa, Carl
  • Why The Beef?: Harvey, Malcolm
Season 1, Episode 4 “Lovely Lulu”You know how having dogs in your dating profile supposedly make you more attractive, you ever think about if that person just wanted to kidnap your dog?
Director(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Writer(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Air Date 5/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lulu Shakira Barrera
  • For The Love Of Bruno: Malcolm, Lulu
Season 1, Episode 3 “An Angie Is Born”As Angie becomes a local celebrity, Malcolm tries to find a way to duplicate that success for Bruno – without learning the product.
Director(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Writer(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Air Date 5/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Harvey Rob Morgan
  • Insecurity Is A Father: Malcolm, Harvey
Season 1, Episode 2 “Sh*t and Run”A hipster moves into Malcolm’s neighborhood, and with his greyhound not being picked up behind, Malcolm handles him the Brooklyn way.
Director(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Writer(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Air Date 5/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Hipster David Ebert
Charlie Sam Eliad
Maureen Johnnie Mae
  • Giving Bruno A Bad Rep: Malcolm, Hipster
  • If My Enemy Shares My Enemy, Does That Mean We’re Friends?: Charlie, Hipster, Malcolm
Season 1, Episode 1 “Operation Turkey Meat”Similar to BONDiNGIt’s Bruno is an offbeat comedy which produces a few chuckles and a few raised eyebrows.
Creator(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Director(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Writer(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Air Date 5/17/2019
Genre(s) Comedy
Good If You Like Dogs

Pet Owners Who Take Raising Their Pets Way Too Seriously

Isn’t For You If You Find The Idea Of A Man Treating His Dog Like A Child Too Ridiculous
Introduced This Episode
Malcolm Solvan Naim
Leslie Kathiamarice Lopez
Crackhead Carl Donnell Rawlings

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1 COMMENT

  1. I really enjoyed “It’s Bruno” the only thing I would enhance on in season 2 would be character development, other than that it is a fast fun, funny series about an attractive guy and his adorable dog living in New York and all the craziness and funny things they encounter on a daily basis. I definitely support this awesome series.

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