GenrePsychological thriller
Created byVeronica West
ComposerÓlafur Arnalds
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Ashley Strumwasser
  • Jon Wu
  • Jim O'Grady
  • Matthew Ramsey
  • Rebecca Valente
  • Victoria Grimsley
Running time43–53 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29) –
present (present)

Surface is an American psychological thriller television series created by Veronica West for Apple TV+. It premiered on July 29, 2022. In December 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.


After surviving a suicide attempt, Sophie has lost her recent memories, including the reason why she decided to jump, and she tries to piece together the reasons for her attempted suicide.[1]





No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [2]
1"Ictus"Sam MillerVeronica WestJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
2"Muscle Memory"Sam MillerErica L. AndersonJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
3"New Person, Same Old Mistakes"Kevin Rodney SullivanTony SaltzmanJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
4"Psychogenic"Kevin Rodney SullivanGlenise Mullins & Leigh Ann BietyAugust 5, 2022 (2022-08-05)
5"It Comes in Waves"Sam MillerDan Lee WestAugust 12, 2022 (2022-08-12)
6"The Myth of California"Sam MillerLeigh Ann Biety & Raven JacksonAugust 19, 2022 (2022-08-19)
7"It Was Always Going to End This Way"Jennifer MorrisonMartín ZimmermanAugust 26, 2022 (2022-08-26)
8"See You on the Other Side"Tucker GatesStory by : Dan Lee West & Veronica West
Teleplay by : Veronica West
September 2, 2022 (2022-09-02)


The project was given a straight to series order in November 2020, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw set to star as well as co-executive produce.[3]

In June 2021, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Stephan James, Ari Graynor, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, François Arnaud and Millie Brady were added to the cast.[4]

Filming for the series had commenced by July 1, 2021, in Vancouver.[5]

The series premiered on July 29, 2022, with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest debuting on a weekly basis.[6]

On December 2, 2022, the series was renewed for a second season, with production moving to London.[7] Phil Dunster and Freida Pinto were added to the cast between April and May 2023.[8][9]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 53% approval rating with an average rating of 6.3/10, based on 17 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Gugu Mbatha-Raw's captivating performance gives Surface some depth, but this overheated potboiler only gets murkier the more it tries to spice up a derivative amnesia mystery."[10] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 47 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]


  1. ^ Desta, Yohana (July 28, 2022). "Gugu Mbatha-Raw Is Flipping All the Tropes in Surface". Vanity Fair. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z : surface on apple tv plus". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 20, 2022.
  3. ^ White, Peter (November 30, 2020). "Gugu Mbatha-Raw To Star In Apple TV+ Series 'Surface' From Veronica West, Hello Sunshine & Apple Studios". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (June 16, 2021). "'Surface': Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Stephan James, Ari Graynor, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, François Arnaud & Millie Brady Join Apple Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  5. ^ "Loki's Gugu Mbatha-Raw seen filming new series Surface in Vancouver". MSN.
  6. ^ Nemetz, Dave (June 2, 2022). "Surface: Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Apple Thriller Gets Release Date, First Photo". TVLine. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  7. ^ White, Peter (December 2, 2022). "Gugu Mbatha-Raw's 'Surface' Renewed For Season 2 At Apple". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2022.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 6, 2023). "Ted Lasso Star Phil Dunster's Role in Surface Season 2 at Apple Revealed (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2023.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 2, 2023). "Freida Pinto Joins Surface Season 2 at Apple (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2023.
  10. ^ "Surface: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  11. ^ "Surface: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved July 29, 2022.