Bonding: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Bonding

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Bonding's writing too often teeters uncomfortably between bewitchingly funny and bewilderingly underwhelming to make it a truly satisfying experience.

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Critic Ratings: 14

80%

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User Ratings: 238

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 24, 2019

Struggling to make ends meet as a waiter, Pete takes a job working for his friend Tiff -- aka Mistress May -- in her sex dungeon.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2019

Pete gets stage fright, a customer's phone number and a lesson in tying knots. Tiff consults with Daphne, a prospective client.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2019

Pete's roommate makes him an offer that's hard to refuse. Tiff and Pete run into an old -- and very drunk -- acquaintance.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2019

Tiff and Pete visit Daphne's immaculate home. Pete gears up for a coffee date with Josh, and Tiff interrupts a troubling encounter.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2019

Pete and Tiff argue as they get ready for their dates. While Josh and Pete flirt at a burlesque show, Doug tries to win over Tiff.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2019

When Tiff doesn't show up for work, Pete takes charge. Tiff reveals to Doug that she's a dominatrix, and Pete gives stand-up another shot.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2019

After some nudging from Daphne and Andrew, Tiff and Pete make up. Back in business, they meet a wealthy new client at his place.

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A New York City grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix enlists her gay BFF from high school to be her assistant.

Critic Reviews for Bonding Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

This gets a little raunchy at times; while there is no nudity, there are some bodily fluids flung around. It is also often laugh out loud hilarious, with a good ensemble cast, and is fairly respectful of the culture and people's fetishes.

Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Nate Hurtsellers's cinematography ably apes the saturated, sultry vibrance of an Almodovar or Araki joint, but can't counter the overall aura of patronizing squareness.

May 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Even at its ickiest, though, Scannell and Levin ground Bonding in real human pain.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Bonding is light, pleasant, and little more - a rarity these days when comedies are hyperedited and dramas are weighed down by darkness and tragedy.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Dark, graphic comedy about sexual fantasies, friendship.

May 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There has pretty much never been a show that explores sexual preference in such a bold and un-judgmental way before.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Episodes improve after the pilot with a shift in focus to the characters and their relationships, but the season finale shifts tones again into a gear that seems like blatant begging for a second season.

May 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Powered by two strong lead performances from Zoe Levin and Brendan Scannell, Bonding is a succinct new comedy with a ton of heart.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

It does have some funny situations and some witty phrases, but it is full of improbabilities and narrative artifices. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Bonding feels underwritten, under-planned, and ultimately underwhelming.

Apr 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Bonding is funny enough to make its structural problems less of an issue than you might think. Just be sure you have a very open mind before hitting "Play" on this one.

Apr 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Scannell is the true breakout star.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bonding: Season 1

  • May 23, 2020
    Funny and different, one of the freshest new comedies that I have seen. A must watch if you are looking for something different from common new rehashed comedy shows!
  • May 16, 2020
    Fun and irreverent, a story that can be real about sexuality in everyday life with a sarcastic but aesthetic and fine look.
  • Apr 06, 2020
    This show is just something completely else. Fast-paced, weird and humorous, and you quickly come to care about the characters and their stories. Many interesting twists and turns both for laughs and the slightly more complex drama. A second season is demanded!
  • Mar 25, 2020
    Perversly interesting, all actors could use some acting lessons.
  • Feb 10, 2020
    I absolutely loved it, it's funny, the dynamics between the two friends is great, I love to discover people's desires and different interests, and here it's done in a fun way. I would love for this series to go further and further, can't wait.
  • Jan 30, 2020
    This TV show's fun peek into the kink life was full of some interesting personalities and character building, even if they did get it totally wrong with the bondage scenes ;)
  • Dec 19, 2019
    Whilst I feel the storyline needs a bit more polishing, I thoroughly enjoyed the general plot and characters. It's refreshing to see them explore BDSM themes, but with a comical approach.
  • Dec 18, 2019
    Clever, quick, and funny. Leaves you wanting more.
  • Dec 03, 2019
    This show has a charmingly awkward comedic tone, I found it to be an extremely amusing pass of time. I truly hope there's more to come, I was very disappointed when I ran out of episodes to binge so quickly. Definitely worth continuing!
  • Nov 15, 2019
    It's excellent! With more money, it'll be even better. Only complaint is it's sometimes very inaccurate way of showing how things in the BDSM world would work. 1. The assistant would always know what was happening before it happened. 2. No matter how much money was offered, a professional of her stature (as described) would never not vet a new client. Extremely dangerous. And anyone who works in this industry knows that.

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