Bonding: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Though Bonding's juicy spin on friendship and sexuality boldly treads into uncharted territory, the show's writing too often teeters uncomfortably between bewitchingly funny and bewilderingly underwhelming to make it a truly satisfying experience.



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 192
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Air date: Apr 24, 2019
Air date: Apr 24, 2019
Air date: Apr 24, 2019
Air date: Apr 24, 2019
Air date: Apr 24, 2019
Air date: Apr 24, 2019
Air date: Apr 24, 2019

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Tv Season Info

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 (11) | Top Critics (3)

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…

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…

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…

Funny, smart, delicate and yet simultaneously crude -- in case you find the details of fetish sex to be crude -- and in the end, both moving and liberating.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

I don't know if the mood of Bonding is perfect for the length or the length is perfect for the mood, but whichever came first, the overall effect is graceful and charming.

Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Bonding: Season 1

  • Oct 02, 2019
    I love how the show kind of normalises the subject of BDSM and makes it more approachable.
  • Oct 02, 2019
    Great show. Witty and fun.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    I really like the show. The quirky theme is not overdone and the dialogue is clever.
  • Aug 29, 2019
    I personally find this show to be a pretty funny, interesting, and sexually adventurous rendezvous. I cannot wait for season 2! I love how the show displays the feelings of uncomfortable "bewilderment" and confusion we all have when discovering various aspects of ourselves. A Lot of critics call this out as a bad thing and classify it as underwhelming, but that is such a disservice to any show honestly. The critics are usually wrong in my experience when compared to actual audience performance. Everyone I know loves this show, yet critics give it a 64%... not too good a critic if you are suddenly looking at everything without a human side and a numbers side.
  • Jul 23, 2019
    A funny and kind of heart warming story which I think deals really well with liberation and being true to yourself. I really hope they pick it up for another season!
  • Jul 17, 2019
    Funny and genuine. I agree with the critic who found it moving and liberating. Season was too short. I kind of like the short episode format, though.
  • Jul 15, 2019
    My SO and I absolutely loved the series and hope it will make a return.
  • Jul 01, 2019
    I can't believe the disconnect between the critic and audience ratings here. The first season of Bonding was near perfect. I don't know if I've seen a show that marries a taboo subject with an authentic and wholesome story quite so well. The protagonists have strong, beautiful chemistry, the writing was generally very sharp (aside from a couple of clunky scenes in the last episodes), and the atmosphere was intimate and consuming. I also thought the writers did an excellent job of staying on the laugh-with and punch-up side of kink jokes. Definitely my favorite Netflix Original so far. Season two, now!
  • Jun 18, 2019
    Surprisingly funny and romantic and touching and yes, crude, but considering the topic and professions of the lead characters, not at all inappropriate. Both of the lead actors are really good, and Scannell is a terrific comic actor. The sexual situations are both real and funny and uncomfortable, and therefore pretty smart. Yeah, a second season would be welcome.
  • Jun 12, 2019
    Very funny series. Character development was fantastic. The interaction of the people in messed up situations was hilarious.

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