Physical
Teaser poster
GenreComedy-drama
Created byAnnie Weisman
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
Running time27–34 minutes
Production companies
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18) –
present (present)

Physical is an American comedy-drama television series created by Annie Weisman that premiered on Apple TV+ on June 18, 2021.

In August 2021, the series was renewed for a second season ahead of its first season finale.[1]

Premise

Set in 1980s San Diego, Physical is a dark comedy following Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne) through her journey of self discovery via aerobics.[2]

Cast and characters

Episodes

No.Title [3]Directed byWritten byOriginal release date [3]
1"Let's Do This Thing"Craig GillespieAnnie WeismanJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)
2"Let's Get Political"Liza JohnsonAnnie WeismanJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)
3"Let's Get Down To Business"Stephanie LaingRosa HandelmanJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)
4"Let's Get This Party Started"Liza JohnsonJessica DickeyJune 25, 2021 (2021-06-25)
5"Let's Agree to Disagree"Stephanie LaingAlexandra Cunningham, Annie Weisman, Lex EdnessJuly 2, 2021 (2021-07-02)
6"Let's Get It on Tape"Stephanie LaingLex EdnessJuly 9, 2021 (2021-07-09)
7"Let's Take This Show on the Road"Stephanie LaingAnnie WeismanJuly 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
8"Let's Not and Say We Did"Stephanie LaingJustin BonillaJuly 23, 2021 (2021-07-23)
9"Let's Face the Facts"Stephanie LaingRosa HandelmanJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
10"Let's Get Together"Liza Johnson, Stephanie LaingAnnie WeismanAugust 6, 2021 (2021-08-06)

Production

Development

In January 2020, it was reported that Apple was nearing a series order for Physical, created and written by Annie Weisman, with Tomorrow Studios set to produce.[4] In December 2020, Craig Gillespie, Liza Johnson, and Stephanie Laing were announced as directors for the series, with Gillespie set to direct the pilot episode.[5] The series is a half-hour long and consists of ten episodes.[6] On August 4, 2021, Apple TV+ renewed the series for a second season.[1]

Casting

In January 2020, Rose Byrne was reported as headlining Physical.[4] In December 2020, it was announced that Byrne was playing the role of Sheila Rubin, with Paul Sparks, Rory Scovel, Lou Taylor Pucci, Della Saba, Dierdre Friel, and Ashley Liao joining the cast.[5] Geoffrey Arend joined the cast in January 2021, with Ian Gomez joining in April 2021.[7][8]

Release

The series premiered on June 18, 2021, on Apple TV + globally with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest debuting on a weekly basis, every Friday.[9]

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 67% based on 48 critic reviews, with an average rating of 6.49/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Not even a magnetic performance from Rose Byrne can save Physical from its exhausting parade of unpleasant characters and plot choices."[10] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11] German online magazine Spiegel was delighted and pointed out the difference between American and European reception, saying that snarky social satire pitches into body cult and consumeristic insanity to our veritable pleasure; American critics were rather appalled – without any reason.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 4, 2021). "Rose Byrne Dramedy 'Physical' Renewed For Season 2 By AppleTV+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  2. ^ "Physical". Apple TV+ Press. Archived from the original on February 27, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Physical – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 29, 2020). "Rose Byrne To Star In Apple 1980s Dramedy Series 'Physical' From Annie Weisman". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 4, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (December 9, 2020). "Rose Byrne Apple Dramedy Series 'Physical' Adds Six to Cast". Variety. Archived from the original on February 17, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  6. ^ Strause, Jackie (February 19, 2021). "Rose Byrne Talks "Groundbreaking" Lifestyle Guru in Apple TV+ Series 'Physical'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 11, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (January 11, 2021). "'Physical': Geoffrey Arend Joins Rose Byrne & Rory Scovel In Apple Dramedy". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (April 1, 2021). "Ian Gomez Joins 'Physical'; 'A.P. Bio' Casts Hayley Marie Norman". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  9. ^ Grobar, Matt (April 27, 2021). "'Physical' Trailer: Rose Byrne Stars As Housewife Leading A Double Life In Apple TV+ Dramedy, Debuting Globally On June 18". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 27, 2021. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  10. ^ "Physical: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  11. ^ "Physical: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  12. ^ Oliver Kaever: Nur das Äußere zählt, June 18, 2021, 16:34, "Die giftige Gesellschaftssatire »Physical« macht sich über Körperkult und Konsumgier her, dass es eine wahre Freude ist. Amerikanische Kritiker waren eher erschreckt – völlig zu Unrecht."