Trying: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
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Episodes

Air date: May 1, 2020

After their funds come up short for IVF, Jason and Nikki consider adoption as their alternative route to starting a family.

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Air date: May 1, 2020

Jason gets in touch with an ex before social services interviews her. Nikki goes out with her sister, Karen, and her unpleasant boyfriend.

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Air date: May 1, 2020

Nikki and Jason go to a picnic with other potential adopters--and get intimidated by the quality of their competition.

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Air date: May 1, 2020

After a wild night out with Erica and Freddy, Nikki and Jason are faced with potentially disastrous consequences the next morning.

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Deciding that they need more hands-on experience looking after kids, Nikki and Jason agree to babysit their friends' children for a day.

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Jason starts getting cold feet about the whole process after a mandatory training session. Karen tells Nikki some bad news.

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Nikki grows paranoid about Jason after reading a suspicious text on his phone. A family gathering takes a turn for the worse.

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Air date: May 1, 2020

Season finale. Despite the added irritation of a new roommate, it's time for Nikki and Jason to face the adoption panel.

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Critic Reviews for Trying Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

From the very beginning, Smith and Spall have winning chemistry as a couple you want to root for, hang out with, and watch fumble through this process.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

The real anchor of "Trying" is Smith, who's able to move between Nikki's bouts of enthusiasm and second-guessing and insecurity without losing any of those threads.

May 4, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

One of the things I have always admired about TV is how it can benefit society, if a TV show talks about an issue with sensitivity and heart. This is one of those shows.

Jul 15, 2020 | Full Review…

The genuinely loving, intimate banter between Nikki and Jason in their quieter moments too is one of the series' greatest strengths.

May 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Rarely does a series so honestly portray the devastation of infertility or the challenges and heartbreak of the adoption process. It's great to have this much candor in a series that is still so highly entertaining.

Apr 30, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

At its best, Trying candidly lays bare the emotional filigree of failing to conceive a child and choosing to devote your life to a tiny stranger. At its worst, it yokes us to two unlikeable people who grind you down with their endless neuroses.

Apr 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Apple TV is still in it's infancy, but it has some gems that really do make it worth checking out. This was the first I watched and it's still my favourite.

Dec 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Spall, who is always the best part of whatever he's in, is as natural as ever, while Smith proves endlessly endearing.

May 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This outstanding series is highly addictive so be careful.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Trying does try very hard to come across as quirky and endearing - and mostly succeeds.

May 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Language, some drinking in too-cute adoption dramedy.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It feels that Trying is going to try (pun intended) to get the emotional wringer of the adoption process right instead of falling back on TV cliches about it.

May 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Trying: Season 1

  • Dec 22, 2020
    Charming, funny, real, wonderful.
  • Jul 30, 2020
    I just finished watching the first episode. I thought I would like the series but I was just disgusted by the protagonist, Nikki's attitude and behavior. The show opened with her raping her husband on a bus where he clearly told her *No* multiple times. Her attitude towards others' babies is horrendous. She made fun of their names, head shape and called them ugly. She wanted to adopt but changed her mind when informed that the process would take over a year and that they may get an older child due to a shortage of babies. On top of all that, she threw a random guy's phone into a pond because she assumed he was the father and wasn't paying attention to these 2 kids near him. Sorry but no, I can't support this show 🤢
  • May 24, 2020
    Each episode got better and better. Absolutely brilliant show. Looking forward to the next series.
  • May 19, 2020
    Loved it! Nice premise and good acting. I fell in love with the characters. Some of the family tensions are a bit cliché but it works for a comedy.
  • May 14, 2020
    Predictable and unfunny- binged anyway
  • May 12, 2020
    Just like parenting, its up and down but generally tolerable.
  • May 12, 2020
    I thought the first three episodes were charming and funny, but from episode 4 and on, once the great Imelda Staunton makes her series debut, Trying had me laughing uncontrollably. I cannot remember laughing this hard, this much, watching TV comedy. A feel good, hilarious, and meaningful comedy series. A must watch!

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