State of the Union: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
State of the Union

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State of the Union is an insightful and scathing collection of scenes from a troubled marriage, with Chris O'Dowd and Rosamund Pike proving to be compelling partners in sophisticated banter.

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Critic Ratings: 25

82%

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User Ratings: 34

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Episodes

Air date: May 6, 2019

Louise and Tom prepare for their first marital counseling session and try to work out how they got to this point.

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Air date: May 7, 2019

Tom commends himself for the courage it took to turn up late to last week's session and promises to now be there from the beginning.

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Air date: May 8, 2019

Tom and Louise discuss the lost passion in their relationship, and if it is something that can be found again.

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Air date: May 9, 2019

Tom asks Louise to back him up in a lie with their counselor.

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Air date: May 10, 2019

When Tom moves out following a bad session, Louise suggests that it could be the start of a slippery slope.

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Air date: May 13, 2019

When Louise complains that Tom's effort feels contrived, Tom realizes that he has to remain himself while acting differently.

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Air date: May 14, 2019

Louise admits that she's ashamed of Tom's lack of employment; the couple decide to communicate more openly.

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Air date: May 15, 2019

Louise and Tom reflect on why and how they got together in the first place.

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Air date: May 16, 2019

When Louise and Tom discuss a breakthrough in their relationship, Louise wonders if it was, in fact, a breakthrough; Louise asks Tom to move back in.

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Air date: May 17, 2019

Tom moves back in and feels that his and Louise's issues are resolved; the couple agree that they wouldn't be friends if they weren't married, and look for the right word to describe their relationship.

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Cast & Crew

Chris O'Dowd
Tom

Actor
Rosamund Pike
Louise

Actor
Laura Cubbitt
Gina

Actor
Aisling Bea
Anna

Actor
Elliot Levey
Chris

Actor
Sope Dirisu
Giles

Actor
Jamie Laurenson
Executive Producer
Hakan Kousetta
Executive Producer
Iain Canning
Executive Producer
Emile Sherman
Executive Producer
Nick Hornby
Executive Producer
Stephen Frears
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for State of the Union: Season 1

Audience Reviews for State of the Union: Season 1

  • Jun 16, 2021
    It was cute and well acted. I like both O'Dowd and Pike. Nice premise in 10 minute chunks, although I watched all 100 or so minutes in 2 days. It WAS hard while watching to ignore the most glaring problem: I would believe a guy could get bit by a radioactive spider and get superpowers before I would believe someone who looks like O'Dowd, an unemployed writer, would be married to a doctor who looks like Rosamund Pike. Add to that the premise that he won't have sex with her and there might as well be leprechauns pouring beers at the bar.
  • Apr 08, 2020
    everything is perfect: sharp dialogue, funny, great music touching
  • Sep 15, 2019
    The writing is amazing
  • May 16, 2019
    Well written and utterly absorbing. Although it weighs in at only ten minutes per episode, each one is densely chewy and leaves you fully satiated. Shades of Woody Allen in the direction but Hornby's dialogue anchors the show in the UK and the Brexit references help to contemporise what otherwise could be a setting in the 90s. Brilliant and a timely antidote to superhero and fantasy fare.

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