Roar
Genre
Created by
Based onRoar
by Cecelia Ahern
ComposerIsobel Waller-Bridge
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Leanne Moore
  • Barbara Gibbs
Cinematography
Editors
  • Joseph Ettinger
  • William Turro
  • Tyler L. Cook
Running time29–37 minutes
Production companies
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)

Roar is an American anthology series from Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the creators of GLOW. Based on the 2018 short story collection of the same name by Cecelia Ahern, the 8-episode series premiered on Apple TV+ on April 15, 2022.

Premise

Each story in the collection is about women's experiences and how women navigate through other's perceptions of them as well as their own. Highlighting what it means to be a woman, these stories are considered "darkly comic feminist fables."[1]

Production

Development

Roar was announced in August 2018, with the news that GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch were showrunning the TV series being developed based on Cecelia Ahern's short story collection Roar, published in the UK in November 2018 and in the US in April 2019. The project would be produced by Nicole Kidman and Per Saari's Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories, and Theresa Park. Additionally, Ahern's Greenlight Go Productions and Endeavor Content were also attached to produce.[2]

On March 2, 2021, it was announced that the show will air on Apple TV+ as eight 30-minute episodes each told from a female point of view, which mark Flahive’s and Mensch's first project under their new overall deal with the streamer.[3]

Casting

The casting of Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever, and Alison Brie was announced on March 2, 2021.[3] In August 2021, Betty Gilpin, Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart, and Kara Hayward joined the cast.[4]

Filming

Production for Roar began in Los Angeles, California on May 28, 2021, and concluded on August 1, 2021.[5] So Yong Kim, Rashida Jones, Quyen Tran and Anya Adams directed episodes of the series.[6]

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Woman Who Disappeared"Channing Godfrey PeoplesTeleplay by : Janine NabersApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)
Cast : Issa Rae, Griffin Matthews, Lauren E. Banks, Nick Kroll
2"The Woman Who Ate Photographs"Kim GehrigLiz FlahiveApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)
Cast : Nicole Kidman, Judy Davis, Simon Baker
3"The Woman Who Was Kept on a Shelf"So Yong KimLiz Flahive & Carly MenschApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)
Cast : Betty Gilpin, Daniel Dae Kim
4"The Woman Who Found Bite Marks on Her Skin"Rashida JonesLiz Flahive & Carly MenschApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)
Cast : Cynthia Erivo, Jake Johnson, P. J. Byrne
5"The Woman Who Was Fed By a Duck"Liz FlahiveTeleplay by : Halley FeifferApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)
Cast : Merritt Wever, Justin Kirk, Riki Lindhome, Jason Mantzoukas
6"The Woman Who Solved Her Own Murder"Anya AdamsLiz Flahive & Carly MenschApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)
Cast : Alison Brie, Hugh Dancy, Christopher Lowell, Ego Nwodim, Jillian Bell
7"The Woman Who Returned Her Husband"Quyen TranTeleplay by : Vera SantamariaApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)
Cast : Meera Syal, Bernard White, Julie White, Peter Facinelli, Rizwan Manji
8"The Girl Who Loved Horses"So Yong KimCarly MenschApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)
Cast : Fivel Stewart, Kara Hayward, Alfred Molina

Release

All 8 episodes of Roar were released on April 15, 2022.[7]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 71% approval rating with an average rating of 6.3/10, based on 31 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "The feminist themes of Roar don't carry smoothly across some installments, but the sheer amount of talent on hand comes through loud and clear."[8] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 57 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9]

Controversy

In May 2022, the British TV show Gogglebox featured a scene from the fifth episode "The Woman Who Was Fed By a Duck" wherein the duck performs a sex act on the woman. The broadcast of this scene resulted in over 200 complaints to the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Nicole Kidman, Alison Brie to Star in Apple TV+ Series 'Roar'". TheWrap. March 2, 2021. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  2. ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 21, 2018). "'Roar' TV Series In Works Based On Cecelia Ahern Short Stories; 'GLOW' Duo To Showrun, Nicole Kidman Among EPs". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (March 2, 2021). "Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever, Alison Brie to Star in Apple Series From 'GLOW' Creators". Variety. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 16, 2021). "'Roar': Betty Gilpin, Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart & Kara Hayward Join Apple TV+ Anthology Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  5. ^ "Roar - Production". Variety Insight. Retrieved April 11, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Travers, Ben (April 11, 2022). "Roar Review: Apple's Spirited Episodic Anthology Is Rewarding All the Way Through". IndieWire. Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  7. ^ Chapman, Wilson; Grantham-Philips, Wyatte (February 4, 2022). "Apple Announces Premiere Date For Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo Anthology Series 'Roar' (TV News Roundup)". Variety. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  8. ^ "Roar: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  9. ^ "Roar: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  10. ^ "Gogglebox hit with more Ofcom complaints over X-rated duck scene". May 4, 2022.