The Chair: Season 1 Reviews

Page 1 of 4
October 15, 2021
It's a beach read that perhaps could have been a richer novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2021
It's a comedy, but it's a stressful one, and there is a lot going on for a short six-episode season (each episode is only half an hour), but Oh manages to successfully juggle all those storylines in the air and hold The Chair together.
September 28, 2021
It tackles way too much, especially in the time allotted. It's an hour-long show that has been compressed into 30 minutes. It's exhausting.
September 18, 2021
The Chair has its moments. But if it was any longer, it may have been enough to turn people off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 16, 2021
It's a fascinating glimpse into Korean culture (though Oh herself is Canadian, both her parents are Korean), and is in sharp contrast to the on-screen academic world, which is populated by some very familiar figures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 14, 2021
If you have an academic background, this show is for you. If you are living in America with panic over Critical Race Theory, this is for you. If you're smart and have a honed sense of humor, this is for you.
September 10, 2021
It may be that students in American universities today have simplistic, pious ideas about race and gender, but the examples we meet in this series are hardly better than cartoons.
September 8, 2021
This series is a little slow but oh that Sandra Oh. I would watch her in anything and she would be great.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 3, 2021
Oh's comedic chops ensure Ji-Yoon's bravado is believable, and as the problems pile up, the funnier Ji-Yoon becomes. In a year full of strong female roles on screen, Oh has eclipsed them all.
September 3, 2021
Ultimately, the comedy makes The Chair an enjoyable watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 3, 2021
[The Chair] feels like a real attempt to grapple with the problems of contemporary academia, and the humanities in particular, by someone who has felt invested in them.
September 2, 2021
Someone involved with writing the show has clearly spent a lot of time on campus recently and it has paid off in some really incisive humor about the absurdities of campus life.
September 2, 2021
The Chair gets an easy A.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 2, 2021
The Chair gives absolutely nothing to its students. As a consequence, the English department of the fictional Pembroke University is fighting two fronts.
September 2, 2021
Can acting be phenomenal but characterization largely bad? Every actor turned in a stellar performance, but the characters they inhabited were written like characters in bad Russian novels; just two ideas arguing in a room.
September 1, 2021
[Oh's] talents are displayed to their fullest extent here; sometimes all it takes is a well-delivered deadpan look to get everyone laughing out loud. It's a truly terrific exhibition for her incredible range as an actor.
August 30, 2021
Wryly satirical, skewering resistance to diversity and inclusion in contemporary academia.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 28, 2021
Overall, a subject matter that's long due and a new series that deserves many more seasons to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 27, 2021
The best reason to sit through the anemic first four episodes is for the series' deepening portrayal of a Korean American woman in situations seldom explored in pop culture.
August 27, 2021
The Chair is most successful in its comedic approach, by utilizing the strengths of awkward silences and strong, memorable personality traits, but doesn't follow through all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
Page 1 of 4