The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
GenreDrama
Created byWalter Mosley
Based onThe Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
by Walter Mosley
Written by
  • Walter Mosley
  • Jerome Hairston
Directed by
Starring
ComposerCraig DeLeon[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producers
Running time49–57 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseMarch 11 (2022-03-11) –
April 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is a six episode American drama miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Walter Mosley that premiered on Apple TV+ on March 11, 2022.

Premise

A lonely 91-year-old man with dementia is temporarily able to remember his past and uses the time to investigate the death of his nephew.

Cast

Main

Supporting

Episodes

No.Title [2]Directed byTeleplay byOriginal release date [3]
1"Reggie"Ramin BahraniWalter MosleyMarch 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
Ptolemy Grey's memory is getting worse. After learning his grand-nephew is no longer there for him, Ptolemy's niece assigns him a new caretaker.
2"Robyn"Debbie AllenWalter Mosley & Jerome HairstonMarch 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
Kicked out of by Niecie, Robyn moves in with Ptolemy and accompanies him to a doctor's appointment for an experimental treatment.
3"Sensia"Hanelle M. CulpepperWalter Mosley & Jerome HairstonMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
Ptolemy begins treatment to restore his memories, drifting in and out of fever dreams about his life as Robyn keeps vigil at his side.
4"Coydog"Guillermo NavarroWalter MosleyMarch 25, 2022 (2022-03-25)
After unearthing a long-forgotten treasure, Ptolemy makes a plan. Later, he meets with a friend of Reggie's and learns revelatory details.
5"Nina"Guillermo NavarroWalter MosleyApril 1, 2022 (2022-04-01)
Ptolemy looks to his longtime friend and lawyer to help protect Robyn. A family gathering in Reggie's honor brings both healing and confrontation.
6"Ptolemy"Hanelle M. CulpepperWalter MosleyApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
Ptolemy must settle all scores and make peace with his past-before he loses his memories once and for all.

Production

The series was announced in December 2020, with Samuel L. Jackson set to star in and executive produce the series with Walter Mosley adapting his own novel into the screenplay.[4] Dominique Fishback was added to the cast in March 2021.[5] Walton Goggins, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Damon Gupton, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams and Omar Benson Miller were added to the cast in April 2021, with production beginning that month.[6][7] Episodes were directed by Ramin Bahrani, Debbie Allen, Hanelle Culpepper, and Guillermo Navarro.[8] Filming concluded on June 26, 2021.[9] Craig DeLeon is the composer for the limited series.[1]

Release

The limited series premiered on March 11, 2022 on Apple TV+.[10]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 87% approval rating with an average rating of 6.9/10, based on 34 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey loses some luster in its final stretch, but Samuel L. Jackson and Dominique Fishback's sterling performances make this an unmissable elegy."[11] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 72 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

References

  1. ^ a b Grobar, Matt (March 8, 2022). "Composer Craig DeLeon Looked To Build A "Campfire" With 'The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey' Score – Hear An Exclusive Track". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  2. ^ "Apple TV+ – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey". Apple Inc. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey on Apple+". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 17, 2020). "Samuel L. Jackson To Star In 'The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey' Apple Limited Series From Author Walter Mosley". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 9, 2021). "Dominique Fishback Joins Samuel L. Jackson In 'The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey', Ramin Bahrani To Direct Apple Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (April 27, 2021). "'The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey': Walton Goggins, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Omar Miller Among Five Cast In Apple Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  7. ^ Damon Gupton [@DamonGupton] (April 27, 2021). "Finally, we can let the cat out of the bag. Honored to be in production with this extraordinary cast led by the fantastic ⁦⁦@SamuelLJackson and wonderful ⁦@Domfishback" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Phillips, Michael. "'The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey' review: Samuel L. Jackson stars in a tale of secrets and buried treasure". mcall.com. Retrieved 2022-03-04.
  9. ^ Jackson, Samuel L. [@samuelljackson] (June 26, 2021). "Put this one in the Can! Time to track down the next one!! #lastdaysofptolemygrey#endalz#persistencepaysoff". Retrieved June 29, 2021 – via Instagram.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (January 12, 2022). "'The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey': Apple TV+ Limited Series Starring Samuel L. Jackson Gets Premiere Date & First Look Images". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  11. ^ "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 17, 2022.
  12. ^ "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved March 10, 2022.