|Created by||B. J. Novak|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||29–32 minutes|
|Original network||FX on Hulu|
|Original release||September 16, 2021 –|
The Premise is an American anthology series created by B. J. Novak. It premiered on FX on Hulu on September 16, 2021.
Each episode tells a single character driven story about a current world situated issue.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||Prod.|
|1||"Social Justice Sex Tape"||Kitao Sakurai||B. J. Novak and Josie Duffy Rice||September 16, 2021||XPMV1003|
Cast : Ben Platt, Ayo Edebiri, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jermaine Fowler
|2||"Moment of Silence"||B. J. Novak||B. J. Novak||September 16, 2021||XPMV1002|
Cast : Jon Bernthal, Boyd Holbrook, Beau Bridges, Amy Landecker
|3||"The Ballad of Jesse Wheeler"||B. J. Novak||B. J. Novak||September 23, 2021||XPMV1001|
Cast : Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever, O'Shea Jackson Jr., George Wallace, Ed Asner, Brendan Scannell, Grace Song
|4||"The Commenter"||Darya Zhuk||Jia Tolentino and B. J. Novak||September 30, 2021||XPMV1004|
Cast : Lola Kirke, Soko, Sylvia Grace Crim, Benjamin Clement
|5||"Butt Plug"||Jake Schreier||B. J. Novak||October 7, 2021||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. In May 2020, FX picked up the series. 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. 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. Music is by Emily Bear and Brooke Blair.
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 whereas Disney+ Hotstar premiered the series in India on September 17, 2021. 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." Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 53 out of 100 based on 14 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".