When Does ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’ Premiere?

We may be closing in on the end of July and facing the return of ‘back-to-school’ commercials on our collective TV screens, but there’s still plenty of time to get to camp. Or at least watch it.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp premieres on Netflix on Friday, July 31 with all eight episodes of the prequel series available for streaming immediately. Get ready to binge-watch.

The original film, released in 2001, achieved cult status after a disastrous run at the box office and featured some of today’s top stars in the early days of their careers. Now, those same stars, even more famous, are all back for a stint on Netflix, as well as a handful of other A-listers joining in on the cheesy, nostalgic fun.

The show is already receiving rave reviews from critics who praised creators’ decision to opt for a prequel nearly 15 years after the original film was released. Everyone is in on the joke and while it may seem like that joke might be a bit little hokey, for whatever reason, it all works. Co-Creator Michael Showalter explained:

We just thought it was funny, that we were inappropriately old when we did the original movie. And now it’s fifteen years later, and we’re even more inappropriately old, and we’re playing younger versions of the characters than we did then.

Just like the movie focused solely on the final day at Camp Firewood, the TV series will focus entirely on the first day of camp. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of revelations, and jokes. Co-creator David Wain promised “learn how it is that Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black hook up, you learn what the real background with Elizabeth Banks is… You learn what the various secrets and backstories of Gene the chef are, and what Gail the camp counselor’s first marriage was all about.”

Check out the trailer for the series here:

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