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: 50


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User Ratings: 223

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Air date: Feb 11, 2018

As Audrey Bayer (Holly Hunter) puts the finishing touches on her husband Greg's 60th birthday party -- a milestone Greg (Tim Robbins) is loath to celebrate -- cracks begin to emerge in their progressive, multiracial family. Ramon (Daniel Zovatto), the couple's Colombian-born son, who's just starting a relationship with Henry (Andy Bean), a barista, is having unexplained, recurring encounters with the numbers "11:11." Duc (Raymond Lee), adopted from Vietnam, enjoys the fruits of a lucrative career as a "motivational architect," but his celibacy troubles Audrey. Liberian-born Ashley (Jerrika Hinton), a successful fashion-industry exec, is finding more and more reason to shake up her marriage with her husband, Malcolm (Joe Williamson). And 17-year-old Kristen (Sosie Bacon), the couple's youngest child, chafes at her banal life, especially compared to her more exotic siblings. After a troubling incident at the birthday party, Audrey and Greg take Ramon to a therapist, Dr. Farid Shokrani (Peter Macdissi), who has an unlikely and unexplainable connection to the young man.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2018

Ramon and Dr. Shokrani explore the possible psychic connection between "11:11" and a photograph in the therapist's office. Meanwhile, Duc gets good feedback about his manuscript, but his mood is dampened by the publisher's request; Kristen and Ashley run into trouble; and Greg loses his cool in the classroom after receiving a disturbing medical diagnosis.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2018

Greg gets detoured in the wilderness on the way to an ethics convention; Audrey finds herself in the media crosshairs after a hate crime at school; haunted by a painful memory, Dr. Shokrani looks for unconventional help to get him through a wedding; Kristen's crush on a predator comes to an end with a hand from Ashley; Duc reveals the secret to staying in control.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2018

Kristen partners with Navid, Farid's son, in a school project, and learns there's more to him than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Greg and Audrey look to the past to find financing for the Empathy Initiative; Farid debates Islam with the mosque's imam, much to Layla's chagrin; Ramon worries he may have shared to much with Henry; and Hailey's birthday celebration has an unexpected conclusion.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2018

Farid has trouble separating professional and personal perspectives after Ramon's most recent incident. Meanwhile, Kristen and Navid stumble into a potentially incriminating activity; Duc and Carmen make a pledge over tea; and Ashley and Malcolm have dinner with the parents of Hailey's classmate.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2018

Ramon escapes into the past when he's blindsided by a disturbing revelation; Farid looks for meaning in a translation; Kristen takes comfort in the music of the Torah; Audrey learns that an old college friend is receptive to her Empathy Initiative pitch; Greg works out with Duc and Michael, and submits a foreword to Duc's soon-to-be-published self-help book.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2018

Greg joins Ramon and Kristen at the gaming expo, where "Realms," and Ramon, attract considerable attention. Meanwhile, bruised by some inappropriate remarks, Duc takes out his frustrations on a fellow biker after a mountain race; Audrey and Steven reminisce about old times and missed opportunities; Ashley questions her place in society, and her relationship with Malcolm; Navid gives Kristen a makeover as the two plot revenge against Madison; and Farid crosses a line in his treatment of Ramon.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2018

Rebuffed by Ramon, Farid finds his growing obsessions disrupting his career and his marriage. Meanwhile, Audrey turns the tables on her husband; and Greg makes a vivid point about life's meaning during a lecture. Elsewhere, Ramon and Duc turn to Carmen for clarity during difficult times; Ashley is unsettled by a boutique interloper; and Kristen and Navid plot their revenge on Madison and her pals.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2018

Greg and Audrey uncover disturbing truths about Ramon's adoption; Kristen and Navid embrace their rare connection, but pay a price; Audrey has second thoughts about Steve after his true intentions are exposed; Ashley considers a lucrative business offer as the chasm between her, Malcolm and Hailey widens.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2018

In the Season 1 finale, Ramon goes missing after a disturbing family incident; Audrey clashes with Steve during and after a morning talk show; and Ashley and Malcolm weigh the pros and cons of a corporate future. Meanwhile, Farid's guilt drives him to extremes, damaging his family ties; and Greg gets enlightenment during a visit with Audrey's brother Ike.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Here and Now Season 1

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (27)

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…

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

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

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…

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…

A self-righteous wallow in upper-middle-class Trump-era despair that tokenized its diverse cast, undermined its own progressive credentials and wasted two excellent leads.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

A disappointing series with very little beyond the good work of its actors. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 29, 2019 | 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…

Here And Now's biggest problem is that it doesn't, at least not within the first four episodes sent out to critics, reign in its focus.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Here and Now: Season 1

  • Apr 06, 2020
    Most relevant tv series of our times. Too bad rotten tomatoes is as corrupt as is blind. All top critics who have voted down this show should read a book first, and reconsider every choice they've made in their lives, cause it's clear that they don't have the capacity to understand the depth of this world.
  • Mar 08, 2020
    It is an absolute shame that a second season wasn't made. I was totally engrossed with this show. They could have at least did a second season just to try and and finish the story lines. The show was relevant, well acted, and addresses so many issues that real people are dealing with today. Shame on HBO !!!!!!!
  • Feb 02, 2020
    Fresh, exciting and keeps you on the edge of tour seat
  • Oct 30, 2019
    This has to be one of the worst shows I have seen in ages. The writing is so incredibly hackneyed and cringe-inducing. Do not waste your time.
  • Oct 06, 2019
    Conceived, written and acted in the Hollywood bubble. I had to look past the high horse blocking my view 3/4 of the time to get to the 1/4 I thought was really interesting, just to find out the mysterious, spiritual climax was a very earthly volcano eruption. Really? I won't suffer through a second season.
  • 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

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