Here and Now: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
Here and Now

Critics Consensus

Here and Now clearly has a point it wants to make, but a nebulous plot and unfocused character development stand in the way of its potential.



Critic Ratings: 49


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User Ratings: 210

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Air date: Feb 11, 2018
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The Bayer-Boatwrights, a Portland-based multiracial family, gather together for the 60th birthday party of patriarch Greg Boatwright (Tim Robbins), a party that his wife Audrey Bayer (Holly Hunter) meticulously planned. However, Audrey's careful planning falls apart when Ramon (Daniel Zovatto), one of their adopted sons, begins hallucinating the figures 11:11. Ramon's subsequent therapy sessions with Dr. Farid Shokrani (Peter Macdissi) bring the Bayer-Boatwrights and the Shokranis together so they can help each other with their respective crises. The "Here and Now" cast also includes Jerrika Hinton as Ashley, the Bayer-Boatwrights' adopted daughter; Joe Williamson as Malcolm Collins, Ashley's husband; Raymond Lee as Duc, the Bayer-Boatwrights' other adopted son; and Sosie Bacon as Kristen, the Bayer-Boatwrights' only biological child. Rounding out the cast are Andy Bean as Henry, Ramon's boyfriend, and Marwan Salama as Navid Shokrani, Dr. Farid's son and Kristen's friend.


Holly Hunter
as Audrey Bayer
Tim Robbins
as Greg Boatwright
Jerrika Hinton
as Ashley Collins
Raymond Lee
as Duc Bayer-Boatwright
Daniel Zovatto
as Ramon Bayer-Boatwright
Sosie Bacon
as Kristen Bayer-Boatwright
Peter Macdissi
as Dr. Farid Shokrani
Tim DeKay
as Steven Benjamin
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Critic Reviews for Here and Now Season 1

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (24)

There are moments in Here and Now that threaten to turn the corner and reward a viewer's patience. But just as quickly, things bog down again.

Feb 8, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's just nothing here right now to indicate a meaningful payoff is coming.

Feb 8, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Every time Here and Now threatens to allow its undeniably talented cast to develop characters, they do something that is so clearly a writer's contrivance that the whole exercise falls apart again.

Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Maddening Here and Now can also be engaging and provocative.

Feb 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is impossible to watch Here and Now without suspecting it started out as a biting satire and somehow lost its sense of humour - or its courage - along the way. Even so, it retains a powerful capacity to provoke.

Feb 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'm not going to give up on the show right away; Ball is too good to dismiss, and I'm hoping he can pull it together. There's a lot here, and it needs to be sharpened now.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Here and Now oddly never progresses beyond an unwieldy tale with supernatural distractions about exceptionally unlikable people.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Here and Now feels like an hour long version of woke chicken. How many hot-button social issues can we slightly graze at breakneck speed until the hour is over?

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Alan Ball gets into the kitchen of his characters, transpires his unhappiness, lives from his mistakes and watches his evolution. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a weird one, but in a good way. Most episodes play out like a cleverly written exploration of family life and Trump's America. But then something happens to turn viewers' assumptions on their head.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Here and Now: Season 1

  • Jun 01, 2019
    Completely agree with the critics consensus, best one sentence summary, "Here and Now clearly has a point it wants to make, but a nebulous plot and unfocused character development stand in the way of its potential" this very much describes this drivel of a season. Happy it was cancelled instead of wasting anymore of the viewers time. Allan Ball can be expected to deliver intriguing and thought provoking sometimes witty shows. Here and Now was not one of those.
  • Mar 30, 2019
    It's self-importance is comical, and it's progressiveness tries way to hard. It never comes off as authentic.
  • Oct 26, 2018
    Alan Ball, don’t give up on this story! I agree with some of what others have said but there is SO much here that needs to be told.
  • Jul 30, 2018
    There were so many things i liked about this sErIes, even when they were in conflict. The concept of a perfect “rainbow family” at odds with each character’s shortcomings, the clashing of cultures, coming of age stories in the context of a family so accepting that its good intentions were smothering. I loved Seeing duc open up to his fragility, and kristen Recognize her privilege. The supernatural elements were ambiguous Enough to keep me enthralled With the mystery, but Not so obscure as to be hoKey. What a disappointmwnt that this was not picked up for a second season, i enjoyed this series more than most things ive watched this year.
  • Jun 10, 2018
  • May 13, 2018
    Cant believe this was cancelled - Now we’ll never know the secrets
  • May 12, 2018
    Very upset that HBO did not pick up this show for a season 2. Alan Ball should look to other streaming to share his beautifully visual creation. I do not want to miss being apart as a viewer the stories of this show which represents what our world is
  • May 08, 2018
    Needs a second season HBO!
  • Apr 23, 2018
    Here and Now is a big pile of individually good elements that never seem to figure out how to work together as a whole. A dozen different things take the foreground and threaten to give show meaningful weight and cohesion, but constantly get bowled over by a plethora of dead weight and tripe. The metaphysical storyline, which had the opportunity to be the centerpiece the show seems to have wanted it to be, constantly takes a back seat to much less interesting or compelling storylines and characters and is instead dangled in front of the audience for 10 long episodes before ultimately never delivering either. There's a lot of wasted acting and cinematography talent, tons of wasted opportunity to explore relationships across race, religion, gender/sexuality, cultural and generational divides the show has obviously been carefully curated to address, and so many wasted chances to regroup and get it together. But instead, you have a slow, meandering tale about the struggles of lower upper class people of means and privilege who happen to also be ethnically diverse trying to convince us they're suffering through these tough times as much as the rest of us, and it rings hollow.
  • Apr 16, 2018
    Could've been great, but the directionless plot and contrived drama make this show unbelievably frustrating to watch. .

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