Physical: Season 1 (2021)

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Season 1
Physical

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Not even a magnetic performance from Rose Byrne can save Physical from its exhausting parade of unpleasant characters and plot choices.

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Critic Ratings: 50

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User Ratings: 152

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Air date: Jun 18, 2021

Sheila discovers aerobics as a new outlet for her body anxiety; her husband, Danny, pursues a calling in politics after bad news about his job.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2021

Desperate for more aerobics, Sheila struggles to get back to Bunny's studio while also helping Danny lock down a much-needed endorsement.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2021

Debt mounting, Sheila decides to teach a class but is tasked with recruiting new students; Danny hunts for enough signatures to get on the ballot.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2021

Danny hires a campaign manager from their past who causes friction with Sheila; Greta opens up about a nagging suspicion in her marriage.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2021

Sheila teams up with Tyler to show her newfound vision and unearths a disturbing secret; Danny participates in a debate, and Bunny has a visitor.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2021

Sheila films two videos--one for aerobics and one for Danny's campaign--plunging herself deeper into debt and deception.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2021

The Rubins head to Los Angeles, where they visit the Logans in hopes of fundraising a party; Breem's demons surface.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2021

In need of money, Sheila pays an unexpected visit to her parents -- and her past; Greta finally confronts Ernie.

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Air date: Jul 30, 2021

Sheila is determined to put aerobics behind her but finds the pull too strong; Tyler contends with an unexpected health condition.

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Air date: Aug 6, 2021

With election day looming, Sheila entertains an intriguing proposition; Bunny's finances and Tyler's health come to a head.

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Cast & Crew

Rose Byrne
Sheila Rubin

Actor
Rory Scovel
Danny

Actor
Dierdre Friel
Greta

Actor
Della Saba
Bunny

Actor
Lou Taylor Pucci
Tyler

Actor
Paul Sparks
John Breem

Actor
Ashley Liao
Simone

Actor
Marty Adelstein
Executive Producer
Becky Clements
Executive Producer
Annie Weisman
Executive Producer
Alexandra Cunningham
Executive Producer
John McNamara
Executive Producer
Sera Gamble
Executive Producer
Rose Byrne
Executive Producer
Craig Gillespie
Executive Producer
Liza Johnson
Executive Producer
Stephanie Liang
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Physical: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Physical: Season 1

  • Sep 03, 2022
    I was surprised by this show. It's very different than a lot of other shows right now. Rose Byrne is playing a very complex character and doing a great job. She's frustrating and kinda inspiring at the same time. I really like that the show doesn't dumb down to audience. They also got the feel of the period really well. It's a great cast and the story gets more intriguing as it goes along. If u want a show that really gets into the psych of the characters and that gives complex honest outcomes without the trite easy wrap up then watch Physical
  • Jul 27, 2022
    A decent show for sure. I made it to second season waiting for the last episode to air. So It's good enough that you want to keep watching and see how the characters develop. I will say I'm not sure I like the main character as a person, she isn't a good person... but I want to see how it all plays our for her. Im not in her corner nor am I betting against her. She's very human, and the ego narration is fun once you understand what's going on.
  • Jul 16, 2022
    I was conflicted about whether I should care about this horrible person, but the human moments outweigh the narcissism and mental illness. I honestly have no love for this character, but the supporting characters are what make this (and the standout performance by Rose Byrne) shine. Get into the mind of someone like Denise Austin or Richard Simmons if they were train wrecks.
  • Jun 20, 2022
    I love the style, the visuals, and the complexity of the character. I've read a lot of other reviews says the main character is 'unlikeable'. I would have to disagree. I think she is a woman who has societies' narrative running through her head, and this gives us a wonderful insight into the persona we have to put on from others, vs the demons that can live inside us. I believe the show delivers this message in a way where the audience has to notice this for themselves...that we all have that inner voice.. and sometimes what we say to ourselves is shocking! So for those who are not comfortable with her thoughts, or what her inner narration is, I'm pretty sure thats the point! The show did it's job. It's uncomfortable to see what is underneath. I do think it's still uncomfortable somewhat for audiences to see women who are complex, and layered leading the shows. So, I'm so grateful to see more and more varied portrayals of women's personalities coming through, and not just the stereotypical, sexy nice girl as a lead. But the.... the all of it. The humanness of women, not just their sex appeal or ability to be ' enjoyable to watch' Although - Rose Byrne truly was brilliant to watch.
  • Jun 14, 2022
    Love Physical. Rose Byrne is always great but she deserves an Emmy for this. Love the show!
  • May 27, 2022
    I really like the show, but (and yes very picky) I noticed on episode three when Sheila goes to her previous ballet teachers house, the teacher is making some sort of frozen alcoholic drink. She clearly uses Tito's vodka Which wasn't a product produced for customer use until 1997. I'm from Austin and drink Tito's almost exclusively. I know super picky but overall I like the show a lot. Just some misses in era which I always find. Stranger things nails it every episode and the mall previously filmed is actually in VA and was the mall my fiancé used to go to as a kid. Pretty cool
  • Apr 24, 2022
    The absolute protagonist of the series is Rose Byrne in the role of Sheila Rubin, a bored and repressed housewife who discovers in the world of aerobics the answer to her dissatisfaction and her desire for redemption. I liked very much the first Season. Second Season is imminent on Apple TV+
  • Feb 08, 2022
    As someone who helps people overcome shame and self loathing I must say this show is awful. I have no idea why Apple added a second season of this self hate seminar. It...is...excruciating to watch and not really sure why anyone should,.
  • Jan 24, 2022
    If your a woman, who has had to fight through some rough shit, you'll relate to every single bit of this show. It took a while for me to get into it, but it's worth a watch!
  • Jan 14, 2022
    This is the most extremely intelligent scripting of any Apple+ series to date. The acting is 6 stars worthy. I have not turned one person on to watching this show who hasn't come back and said, they loved it and they couldn't stop watching til the very end! I know you will love it. Super funny, super engaging, super thought provoking, super sexy, super revolting.... super EVERYTHING!

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