The Chair: Season 1

The Chair: Season 1

The Chair: Season 1

12-time Emmy nominee Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) leads this comedic scandal-filled series as the new Chair of an English department at a major university, the first woman and person of colour to hold the role in the institution, right when the ship looks to be on the verge of sinking.

2021USANetflix
ComedyDrama

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EPISODE 1.1
20 August 2021

Brilliant Mistake

With the department facing budget cuts and low enrollment, Ji-Yoon vows to make some changes as chair while one professor struggles to keep it together.

EPISODE 1.2
20 August 2021

The Faculty Party

Tired of the lack of diversity in Pembroke’s staff, Ji-Yoon makes a bold decision during a faculty soiree. A video from Bill's lecture causes a stir.

EPISODE 1.3
20 August 2021

The Town Hall

Bill hosts a town hall with the students that quickly takes a turn. Joan starts a fire. A dinner with the dean puts Ji-Yoon in an awkward position.

EPISODE 1.4
20 August 2021

Don't Kill Bill

Pressure mounts for Ji-Yoon to turn the department around after Bill's suspension. The hiring of a new professor undermines Yaz's chance at tenure.

EPISODE 1.5
20 August 2021

The Last Bus in Town

Ji-Yoon visits Pembroke's new lecturer as Bill joins in on a Korean tradition. The tenured professors band together, and Yaz receives an enticing offer.

EPISODE 1.6
20 August 2021

The Chair

As his hearing approaches, Bill's academic future comes into question. Ji-Yoon's revelation puts the board on the spot and shakes up the department.

The Chair: Season 1 / Reviews

Vulture

Vulture

This wry, observant portrait... makes you wish the semester went on for a little while longer.

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IGN

IGN

Peet deftly establishes a world rich in character, comedy, and compassion.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

Sandra Oh is endlessly endearing and empathetic in The Chair...

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

The Chair is fast-paced with some pretty snippy writing, which makes it a breeze to watch.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The Chair has goals it's only sometimes equipped to achieve, even though its overall talent level keeps things interesting.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A gentle farce that wants for more bite.

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CNN

CNN

An exceptional cast mostly outshines the material, leaving what amounts to a mildly diverting binge...

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Paste

Paste

(Oh gives) Ji-Yoon the kind of complicated layers through her performance that are not at all apparent in the series’ script.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

The Chair is full of charm, and a captivating humour.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Like its protagonist, the series is too clever and well-intentioned to dislike.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

(Oh's) performance holds the show together through passages that make less than perfect sense.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

While The Chair misses some opportunities to explore the rich world of academia, it succeeds as a warm-hearted look at one department chair’s deeply resonant inner life.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Breezy, funny, and often very smart.

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Variety

Variety

(Oh) just gets to act the hell out of her role, and what a treat to get to see her do it.

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