Title card
Based onChance
by Kem Nunn
Developed by
Theme music composerBear McCreary
ComposerWill Bates
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Executive producers
ProducerJane Bartelme
Production locationSan Francisco, California
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Running time41–50 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseOctober 19, 2016 (2016-10-19) –
November 29, 2017 (2017-11-29)

Chance is an American television series created by Kem Nunn and Alexandra Cunningham which stars Hugh Laurie. The series is based on Nunn's 2014 book of the same name and was ordered straight-to-series in January 2016 with a straight two-season order containing twenty episodes.[1] It premiered on Hulu on October 19, 2016.[2] The second season premiered on October 11, 2017.[3] On January 9, 2018, the series was cancelled.[4]


The series focuses on a forensic neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Eldon Chance, living in San Francisco, who is semi-willingly pulled into his patient Jaclyn Blackstone's dangerous life of police corruption, manipulation, and abuse. While dealing with a divorce of his own and secrets he has been trying to hold back for years, he has to save Jaclyn, as well as himself, from her abusive partner, a corrupt police detective. Chance enlists the aid of an intelligent but violent furniture restorer, Darius, who moonlights as a quasi-mercenary, and they receive low-key assistance in their vigilante endeavor from a morally ambiguous cop, Detective Hynes.

In the second season, Hynes blackmails Chance and Darius into going after a software tycoon who may secretly be a serial killer, while the pair also use Darius's fighting skills to bring justice to the various abusers of Chance's patients. The once mild-mannered Chance finds himself drawn more deeply into Darius's view of violence as a solution to problems, while also dealing with his daughter's continuing struggle with mental health problems she may have inherited from him.





Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110October 19, 2016 (2016-10-19)December 4, 2016 (2016-12-04)
210October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)November 29, 2017 (2017-11-29)

Season 1 (2016)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Summer of Love"Lenny AbrahamsonAlexandra Cunningham & Kem NunnOctober 19, 2016 (2016-10-19)
22"The Axiom of Choice"Lenny AbrahamsonAlexandra CunninghamOctober 19, 2016 (2016-10-19)
33"Hiring It Done"Michael LehmannKem NunnOctober 26, 2016 (2016-10-26)
44"The Mad Doctor"Carl FranklinPeter ElkoffNovember 2, 2016 (2016-11-02)
55"A Still Point in the Turning World"Roxann DawsonVictoria MorrowNovember 9, 2016 (2016-11-09)
66"The Unflinching Spark"Dan AttiasSara GranNovember 16, 2016 (2016-11-16)
77"Unlocking Your Hidden Powers"Michael LehmannAlexandra Cunningham & Kem NunnNovember 23, 2016 (2016-11-23)
88"The House of Space and Time"Andrew BernsteinPeter Elkoff & Victoria MorrowNovember 30, 2016 (2016-11-30)
99"Camera Obscura"Dan AttiasSara Gran & Pete BeglerDecember 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)
1010"Fluid Management"Michael LehmannAlexandra Cunningham & Kem NunnDecember 14, 2016 (2016-12-14)

Season 2 (2017)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
111"Multitiaxal System"Jonas PateAlexandra Cunningham & Kem NunnOctober 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)
122"A Very Special Onion"Roxann DawsonPeter ElkoffOctober 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)
133"The Flitcraft Parable"Carl FranklinAlyson Evans & Steve KornackiOctober 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)
144"The Coping Mechanism"Nelson McCormickDave FlebotteOctober 18, 2017 (2017-10-18)
155"The Collected Works of William Shakespeare"Jonas PateAndrew Gettens & Lauren MackenzieOctober 25, 2017 (2017-10-25)
166"Treasures in Jars of Clay"Dan AttiasRyan ParrottNovember 1, 2017 (2017-11-01)
177"Define Normal"Nelson McCormickPeter ElkoffNovember 8, 2017 (2017-11-08)
188"An Infant, A Brute or a Wild Beast"Andrew BernsteinSteve Kornacki & Alyson EvansNovember 15, 2017 (2017-11-15)
199"A Madness of Two"Jonas PateKem NunnNovember 22, 2017 (2017-11-22)
2010"Especially If You Run Away"Nelson McCormickAlexandra Cunningham & Kem NunnNovember 29, 2017 (2017-11-29)


Both seasons of Chance were later released on Disney+ via the Star hub in selected territories following Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox which included the show's distributor and production company Fox 21 Television Studios.[12]


Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 75% based on 32 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Chance is an entertaining and profoundly dark thriller primarily kept afloat by Hugh Laurie's outstanding performance."[13]


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  2. ^ Denise Petski (June 24, 2016). "Chance, Shut Eye, Mindy Project & More Get Fall Premiere Dates On Hulu".
  3. ^ "Hulu Original Premiere Dates Press Release". July 26, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (9 January 2018). "Chance Cancelled at Hulu". TVLine. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Denise Petski (April 14, 2016). "Ethan Suplee Joins Hulu's Hugh Laurie Drama Series 'Chance'". Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Denise Petski (March 1, 2016). "'Chance' Drama Series Casts Greta Lee". Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Denise Petski (February 18, 2016). "Lisa Gay Hamilton & Stefania LaVie Owen Cast In Hulu's 'Chance'". Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (April 8, 2016). "Paul Adelstein Cast In Hugh Laurie Hulu Drama Series 'Chance'". Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Nellie Andreeva (March 3, 2016). "Gretchen Mol To Star In 'Chance' Hulu Drama Series". Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  10. ^ Nellie Andreeva (April 26, 2016). "Clarke Peters Joins Hulu's Hugh Laurie Drama Series 'Chance'".
  11. ^ Denise Petski (April 13, 2016). "Diane Farr Joins Hulu's Hugh Laurie Drama Series 'Chance'". Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Watch Chance | Full episodes | Disney+".
  13. ^ "Chance - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes.