'Sunnyside': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything else you need to know about Kal Penn's NBC comedy

'Sunnyside': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything else you need to know about Kal Penn's NBC comedy

NBC has a brand new comedy arriving soon! Called 'Sunnyside', the sitcom comes from comedy auteur Kal Penn, and if that wasn't enough to thrill you, the cast for the pilot is set to feature a group of mostly immigrant actors.

The trailer for the show came out May 12 and has captivated fans' intrigue, as the show, set in Sunnyside, New York City, focuses on the diversity of the neighborhood, and also aims at depicting migrating individuals trying to shoot their shot at the coveted American dream.

Release date

The official release date of the comedy series on September 26 on NBC. It will air on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Rejoice!


The show revolves around Penn's protagonist, Garrett Modi, who was living the life in America, as the youngest New York City Councilman ever. That dream was however cut short as Garrett fell down the rabbit hole that comes with the power and glamour of politics.

His career comes to a spiraling downfall once a video of him getting busted for public intoxication surfaces, and that leads to the point in his life where the show kicks off. Crashing with his sister Mallory, as Garrett tries contemplating where he went wrong, a group of idealists hires him to guide them towards their goal of living the American dream - thus giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption.


Michael Schur attends the Paley Center For Media's 2019 PaleyFest LA "Parks And Recreation" 10th Anniversary Reunion held at the Dolby Theater on March 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Source: Getty

NBC favorite Mike Schur will be helming the project. He is best known for his work on the NBC comedy series 'The Office' (2005–2013), 'Parks and Recreation' (2009–2015), which he co-created along with Greg Daniels, and also 'The Good Place' (2016–present), which he created. He also co-created the Fox/NBC comedy series 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' (2013–present). Schur co-wrote the pilot for 'Sunnyside' with Penn, Matt Murray, David Miner, and Dan Spilo.


Kal Penn

Kal Penn attends the 92nd Street Y Presents: "Designated Survivor" Talk And Preview Screening at Kaufman Concert Hall on February 27, 2018, in New York City. Source: Getty

The American actor, comedian, producer, and former civil servant plays the protagonist on 'Sunnyside.' He is best known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the show 'House', as well as the character Kumar Patel in the 'Harold and Kumar' franchise. Back in April 2009, Penn had also joined the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Kiran Deol

Deol plays the role of Garrett's sister, Mallory. The UK-born actress and director is best known for her works in 'How to Get Away with Murder' (2014), 'New Girl' (2011) and 'Farah Goes Bang' (2013)

Joel Kim Booster

The stand-up comedian is known for his stand-up special on Comedy Central. He plays the role of one of the migrants in the group of individuals that hire Garrett. The cast of 'Sunnyside' also includes Poppy Liu, Tudor Petrut, Samba Schutte, Diana Maria Riva, and Moses Storm.


The first trailer for Sunnyside came out just 5 days ago and it is everything Schur and Penn's fans would expect from the comedic geniuses. Kicking off with the diverse group of individuals sort of briefing Garrett about what they have hired him for, we get to see a wide array of characters - from the cool Moldovan young adult to the crazy rich Asian whose dad "lives in international waters." The rest of them sort of just blend in and don't want to razzle things up as their main goal is to obtain citizenship and live the American dream, but we all know that's not going to come so easily.



Where to watch

You can watch the comedy series on NBC every Thursday at 9.30 pm starting September 26.

If you like this, you'll love these:

'The Office'

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

'The Good Place'

'Parks and Recreation'

'The Mindy Project'

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