After a long day of battling, well, life, often, there's nothing that brings us more joy than sitting down to a completely mind-numbing TV series. The type you can still follow while simultaneously scrolling the realms of social media; or while online shopping for a new pair of cargo pants. And while this is absolutely a necessary part of our viewing schedule – which, at the other end, stretch as far as cult documentaries – our favourite type of television lands smack bang in the middle. Equal parts humour, equal parts social commentary and a squeeze of cringe-worthiness. While The White Lotus is gearing up for season 2, B.J. Novak’s new anthology series, The Premise, is here to fill the hole.
Think Black Mirror meets The Twilight Zone for a preliminary insight of what to expect; and if these cultural touch points have peaked your interest even slightly, we suggest you continue reading on. Each episode of the FX on Hulu series serves as a standalone morality tale or fable, if you will, which centres around a particular social issue or modern concern. Think gun control, identity, social justice, sex, capitalism, revenge, love, fame, and social media. Which, as we have come to expect of such satire, always ends in an ironic or absurd twist.
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In the first episode, titled Social Justice Sex Tape; sees actors Ayo Edebiri and Tracee Ellis Ross play attorneys who manage to find justice for their client in a sex tape that features a 'woke' millennial played by Ben Platt. Elsewhere, Soko and Lola Kirke portray a happy couple wrapped in a 'too good to be true' fairytale; until Kirke's character becomes overwhelmingly obsessed with her Instagram troll.
Watch the trailer below.
While this only scratches the surface of The Premise, at its core, the series aims to unpack and understand the intricacies of modern culture; prompting viewers to ask questions of themselves and others.
The Premise is available to stream on Hulu now.