Physical: Season 1 (2021)


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: 48

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User Ratings: 64

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Air date: Jun 18, 2021

Sheila stumbles into the world of aerobics and discovers its body-positive, liberating feelings. Meanwhile, her husband Danny tries his hand at politics after some setbacks at work.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2021

An aerobics-hungry Sheila tries to return to class while managing Danny's endorsement campaigns.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2021

Sheila must begin teaching aerobics classes as a means to alleviate her mounting debt. Meanwhile, Danny struggles to secure support to kick-start his candidacy.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2021

Sheila clashes against Danny's new campaign manager as Greta confesses her fears about her relationship.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2021

Sheila and Tyler work together to bring her idea to life yet Sheila's plans hit a snag when she inadvertently stumbles upon something unsettling. Meanwhile, Bunny welcomes a visitor as Danny prepares for an upcoming debate.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2021

An increasingly crooked Sheila continues to amass even greater debts as she hires professional film crews to tape her aerobics workouts and campaign videos for Danny.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2021

The family departs for Los Angeles to meet up with the Logans and secure funds for their venture. Meanwhile, Breem grapples with personal struggles.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2021

Desperate, Sheila turns to her parents for financial aid and must confront her troubled past. Meanwhile, Greta faces 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

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

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Set in the idyllic but fragile beach paradise of sunny 1980s San Diego, "Physical" is a half-hour dark comedy following Sheila Rubin, a quietly tortured, seemingly dutiful housewife supporting her smart but controversial husband's bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see. She's also battling a complex set of personal demons relating to her self-image... that is, until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics. At first hooked on the exercise itself, Sheila's real road to empowerment comes when she discovers a way to merge this newfound passion with the burgeoning technology of videotape to start a revolutionary business. The series tracks her epic journey from a stifled, overlooked enabler to a powerful, confident economic force, as Sheila transforms into someone we take for granted today (but was entirely radical at the time) -- the female lifestyle guru.

Critic Reviews for Physical Season 1

Audience Reviews for Physical: Season 1

  • 20h ago
    I love it. I grew up in San Diego in the 1980s with an aging hippie mom, and this show is spot on on so many levels - culturally, aesthetically, and most importantly on how it pulls aside the curtain on how women feel pressured to act in a patriarchal society to get along as opposed to expressing what they truly think and feel. It's a lot of work to keep all of that anger and frustration under wraps while smiling pleasantly and staying so thin and pretty. A. Lot. Of. Work. It's not just the anger, it's also layered with the shame you feel about feeling the anger because you're supposed to actually be that pleasant, happy, helpful pretty lady you are pretending to be, which of course is f-ing impossible. OMG! The show's depiction of the inner dialogue of a suffering addict whose self-medicating substance of choice is food is equally on point. It's piercingly accurate, dark, so dark, and just as wonderful. The show's beauty lies in its awful truth. I suspect the viewers who are uncomfortable with Sheila's brutally honest inner voice don't want to accept that some of the polite, pleasant, people-pleasing, pretty women they know, might have a very divergent, truthful inner voice that can be harsh and biting! Did you buy into the act? Ha! As we say in the south, where I live now, bless your sweet heart! So sorry to burst your bubble. The truth hurts. I've never seen this real of a depiction of the inconsistency with what women are expected to project externally - being so pleasant and accomodating - versus what we really think and feel, in any book or film. Yes, it's a tad exaggerated (we may not be quite that harsh on ourselves and others internally), but it's also amazing and powerful. Hard to watch? If you find this shocking, imagine how much harder that kind of life of exhausting daily duplicity would be to live. And deal with it. Because I LOVE this show.
  • 2d ago
    Rose Byrne is fantastic as a woman desperately seeking an identity beyond motherhood and the ambitions of her self-obsessed husband. A show set in the 80s for more than the music and production design.
  • 3d ago
    It's great to see a true feminine lead. Not some "empowered" stereotype emulating a man but an interesting, complex female whose drive and devotion is only matched a dark voice in the head that disturbingly enough sounds universal to the human condition. Wonderful retro-nostalgia yet timeless, quirky and smart but without coming off as pretensions because of wonderful acting of Rose Byrne who carries the show with her sweeping performance that you never doubt for a second. The best show to hit TV in quite some time.
  • Jul 23, 2021
    I wasn't expecting to love it—-even after the first episode—but I did. I'm surprised that the critics are giving it so much shade…is that because most of the critics are men? Who maybe *don't* want to see how cultural standards literally shape women? I can see how the dark depths of this topic and the social commentary (particularly of patriarchal America during the Regan era) might intimidate some people, including critics. Yes, lots of unlikeable characters…yet they all are still likable and sympathetic, too, especially the female characters. There's a lot of layers to all the main characters (and some of the supporting ones, too), character complexity that I didn't expect. Rose Byrne's performance was nuanced and expressive, a good match for the script. Oh and the 80's retro style of the set and costume design is freakin' incredible. Hope Apple renews for season 2.
  • Jul 19, 2021
    Raw and no holds barred. I binged it in one day, Couldn't take my eyes off this wild ride…loved it!
  • Jul 10, 2021
    This show is not for everyone but if you lived through the early 80's and can identify with the complicated character and her issues, it's worth the watch.
  • Jul 10, 2021
    a little bit slow & the bashing of the "pro-ocean"-movement is not at all as funny as the writers thought a "pro-ocean" movement obviously must be. But it is an interesting series, and despite Rose Byrne being too good looking (with always perfect hair) for the role she plays succeeds to let one feel the atmosphere of the 80es. So if you have time and are in the mood for that …
  • Jul 03, 2021
    I was super invested but it is losing my interest very fast, the story is going nowhere and they are setting its up as though everything will be explained in a second season. Unfortunately, it is a no for me. :(
  • Jul 03, 2021
    Smart, dark, and funny—Physical is unlike anything else you've ever watched on TV. Get through the first 3 episodes: Physical reeled me in on episode 1, and then it REALLY picks up as the story progresses. We love this series!
  • Jul 03, 2021
    Another period piece series that draws me into complex characters and juicy storyline and doesn't ever seem to let go. The 'negative self-talk' aspect of Sheilas character is a bit abrasive for me but it weaves into the story well enough to realize some of the more adult themes it explores like eating disorders, women's rights, and authenticity in marriage and friendship.

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