|Created by||Annie Weisman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||27–34 minutes|
|Original network||Apple TV+|
|Original release||June 18, 2021 –|
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.
Set in 1980s San Diego, Physical is a dark comedy following Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne) through her journey of self discovery via aerobics.
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Let's Do This Thing"||Craig Gillespie||Annie Weisman||June 18, 2021|
|2||"Let's Get Political"||Liza Johnson||Annie Weisman||June 18, 2021|
|3||"Let's Get Down To Business"||Stephanie Laing||Rosa Handelman||June 18, 2021|
|4||"Let's Get This Party Started"||Liza Johnson||Jessica Dickey||June 25, 2021|
|5||"Let's Agree to Disagree"||Stephanie Laing||Alexandra Cunningham, Annie Weisman, Lex Edness||July 2, 2021|
|6||"Let's Get It on Tape"||Stephanie Laing||Lex Edness||July 9, 2021|
|7||"Let's Take This Show on the Road"||Stephanie Laing||Annie Weisman||July 16, 2021|
|8||"Let's Not and Say We Did"||Stephanie Laing||Justin Bonilla||July 23, 2021|
|9||"Let's Face the Facts"||Stephanie Laing||Rosa Handelman||July 30, 2021|
|10||"Let's Get Together"||Liza Johnson, Stephanie Laing||Annie Weisman||August 6, 2021|
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. 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. The series is a half-hour long and consists of ten episodes. On August 4, 2021, Apple TV+ renewed the series for a second season.
In January 2020, Rose Byrne was reported as headlining Physical. 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. Geoffrey Arend joined the cast in January 2021, with Ian Gomez joining in April 2021.
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.
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." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". 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.