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 (2021-09-16) –
October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)

The Premise is an American anthology series created by B. J. Novak. It premiered on FX on Hulu on September 16, 2021.[1][2] In February 2023, the series was cancelled after one season.[3]


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
A self-declared "woke" white nerd finds out that the evidence that can prove police committed an act of brutality is on a hugely embarrassing sex tape featuring himself.
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
One year after his daughter was murdered in a mass shooting, her father takes on a high-level job at a gun rights' organization. His co-workers become concerned about his motives and mental state.
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
A former student turned rock star arrives at his high school with an intriguing offer: the person who earns that year's Valedictorian honor will also get to spend a night with him.
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
A successful influencer has a perfect life with one exception that ends up upending it entirely: an online troll who hates everything she does and everything about her.
Cast : Lola Kirke, Soko, Sylvia Grace Crim, Benjamin Clement
5"Butt Plug"Jake SchreierB. J. NovakOctober 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)XPMV1005
A downtrodden guy whose childhood target of bullying is now one of the world's most successful businessmen makes him an offer of 1 hour to pitch a very unusual and specific product to him.
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.[4] In May 2020, FX picked up the series.[5] 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.[6] Music is by Emily Bear and Brooke Blair.[7] On February 15, 2023, FX on Hulu cancelled the series after one season.[3]


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[8] whereas Disney+ Hotstar premiered the series in India on September 17, 2021.[9]


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."[10] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 53 out of 100 based on 14 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]


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  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. Archived from the original on July 27, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Caruso, Nick (February 15, 2023). "B.J. Novak Anthology The Premise Is Not Returning for Season 2". TVLine. Archived from the original on February 15, 2023. Retrieved February 15, 2023.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 29, 2019). "FX Orders Pilot For B.J. Novak Anthology 'Platform'; Cast Includes Lucas Hedges, Jon Bernthal & Kaitlyn Dever". Deadline. Archived from the original on July 13, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 6, 2020). "FX Picks Up B.J. Novak Half-Hour Anthology To Series; Guest Cast Includes Lucas Hedges & Jon Bernthal". Deadline. Archived from the original on May 6, 2020. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  6. ^ 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. Archived from the original on September 5, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  7. ^ Coiro, Alessandra. "TV series to watch in November 2021" Archived September 24, 2022, at the Wayback Machine, October 28, 2021
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Kambam, Saichaitanya (September 1, 2021). "Disney+ Hotstar September 2021: Maestro, Bhoot Police, Y: The Last Man, Black Widow, and more". OnlyTech. Archived from the original on April 6, 2022. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  10. ^ "The Premise: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  11. ^ "The Premise: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 17, 2021.