The Premise
GenreAnthology series
Created byB. J. Novak
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time29–32 minutes
Production companies
  • Novak
  • Le Grisbi Productions
  • FXP
Original networkFX on Hulu
Original releaseSeptember 16, 2021 (2021-09-16) –
present (present)

The Premise is an American anthology series created by B. J. Novak. It premiered on FX on Hulu on September 16, 2021.[1][2]


Each episode tells a single character driven story about a current world situated issue.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
1"Social Justice Sex Tape"Kitao SakuraiB. J. Novak and Josie Duffy RiceSeptember 16, 2021 (2021-09-16)XPMV1003

Cast : Ben Platt, Ayo Edebiri, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jermaine Fowler
2"Moment of Silence"B. J. NovakB. J. NovakSeptember 16, 2021 (2021-09-16)XPMV1002

Cast : Jon Bernthal, Boyd Holbrook, Beau Bridges, Amy Landecker
3"The Ballad of Jesse Wheeler"B. J. NovakB. J. NovakSeptember 23, 2021 (2021-09-23)XPMV1001

Cast : Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever, O'Shea Jackson Jr., George Wallace, Ed Asner, Brendan Scannell, Grace Song
4"The Commenter"Darya ZhukJia Tolentino and B. J. NovakSeptember 30, 2021 (2021-09-30)XPMV1004

Cast : Lola Kirke, Soko, Sylvia Grace Crim, Benjamin Clement
5"Butt Plug"Jake SchreierB. J. NovakOctober 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)XPMV1005

Cast : Daniel Dae Kim, Eric Lange, Bryan Batt


In July 2019, FX ordered a two-episode pilot order for an anthology created by B. J. Novak and produced by FXP.[3] In May 2020, FX picked up the series.[4] Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, and Boyd Holbrook were cast for pilot episodes in 2019 while Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Daniel Dae Kim, among others, were announced to be starring in the series in August 2021.[2] During the summer TCA press tour, Novak shed light on his efforts to cast Jack Nicholson in the series and explained that they had scrapped the episode after they couldn't cast him.[5] Music is by Emily Bear and Brooke Blair.[6]


The series premiered on September 16, 2021, on FX on Hulu in the United States. Internationally, the series is available through Disney+ under the dedicated streaming hub Star in select markets[7] whereas Disney+ Hotstar premiered the series in India on September 17, 2021.[8] In Latin America, the series premieres as a Star+ original.


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 41% approval rating with an average rating of 5.6/10, based on 17 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "A mixed bag of good intentions that ultimately falls flat, The Premise's attempts to grapple with complex social issues aren't funny enough to work as satire, but lack the dramatic heft necessary to be satisfying melodrama."[9] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 53 out of 100 based on 14 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]


  1. ^ Russell, Shania (August 5, 2021). "The Premise Season 1 Release Date, Cast and More". /Film. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Del Rosario, Alexandra (July 26, 2021). "'The Premise': Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim & More Join B.J. Novak FX Comedy Anthology Series". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 29, 2019). "FX Orders Pilot For B.J. Novak Anthology 'Platform'; Cast Includes Lucas Hedges, Jon Bernthal & Kaitlyn Dever". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 6, 2020). "FX Picks Up B.J. Novak Half-Hour Anthology To Series; Guest Cast Includes Lucas Hedges & Jon Bernthal". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Grobar, Matt (August 13, 2021). "'The Premise' Creator B.J. Novak On FX Anthology Examining "Stories Of Our Time", His Attempt To Cast Jack Nicholson & More". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Coiro, Alessandra. "TV series to watch in November 2021", October 28, 2021
  7. ^ "twdc_investor_day_2020_press_release_final_836ffdab" (PDF). The Walt Disney Company (Press release). DTCI. December 10, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  8. ^ Kambam, Saichaitanya (September 1, 2021). "Disney+ Hotstar September 2021: Maestro, Bhoot Police, Y: The Last Man, Black Widow, and more". OnlyTech. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  9. ^ "The Premise: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  10. ^ "The Premise: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved September 17, 2021.