Here and Now (2018 TV series)

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Here and Now
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Genre
Created by Alan Ball
Starring
Composer Michael Penn
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerSteve Oster
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original network HBO
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original releaseFebruary 11 (2018-02-11) 
April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)
External links
Website

Here and Now is an American drama television series created by Alan Ball. [2] The series consists of 10 episodes and premiered on HBO on February 11, 2018. [3] Starring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins, the series focuses on a contemporary multiracial family in the Portland area. [4] The show's plot involves many issues including race, identity, and mental illness.

Contents

On April 25, 2018, HBO cancelled the series after one season. [5]

Cast and characters

Main

Guest starring

Production

HBO ordered the series in July 2016. [9]

Casting

On January 31, 2018, it was announced that Stephanie Arcila and Erin Carufel signed onto the series in the recurring roles of Mami and Wendy, respectively. [10]

Filming

The series is partially filmed in Portland, Oregon. [11]

Marketing

The teaser trailer of the first season was released in December 2017. [1] [12]

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Eleven Eleven" Alan Ball Alan BallFebruary 11, 2018 (2018-02-11)0.541 [13]
The Bayer-Boatwrights are a multiracial family consisting of the patriarch Greg, (Tim Robbins) a professor — having an affair with a prostitute — who is having his 60th birthday, organized by his wife Audrey (Holly Hunter) and only biological child, Kristen (Sosie Bacon) an introverted high school student. They also have three adopted children: Ashley (Jerrika Hinton), adopted from Liberia, a fashion designer who is married with a biological daughter; Duc (Raymond Lee), adopted from Vietnam, a life coach; and Ramon (Daniel Zovatto), adopted from Colombia, who is in a relationship with free-spirited Henry (Andy Bean). The party goes awry when Ramon starts hallucinating and seeing the figures 11:11 constantly. He starts to see a therapist, and Audrey suspects it is schizophrenia.
2"It's Coming" Uta Briesewitz Alan BallFebruary 18, 2018 (2018-02-18)0.368 [14]
Ramon notices during his therapy session conducted by therapist Farid (Fred) Shrokani, (Peter Macdissi) both that the woman in Ramon's dream is the therapist's mother and that 11:11 is his therapists birthday. The therapist also has a gender-fluid son who likes to cross dress and wear a hijab. Kristen has sex for the first time with a model whom Ashley brought to their father's birthday and contracts an STD. They visit a Planned Parenthood clinic and Kristen kicks a protester in the groin and she and Ashley are arrested. Duc gets his book published and has various amount of one night stands. Greg tells his students in a lecture to leave and enjoy life and one of his students ask if he is okay. Audrey decides to host a family meeting to discuss the state of Ramon's health without Ramon; Kristen tells him, and Ramon barges in and tells them it's his decision. Greg drives down and hits a fork in the road, sees 11 11 on a road sign then heads in the wrong direction.
3"If a Deer Shits in the Woods"Uta BriesewitzMohamad El MasriFebruary 25, 2018 (2018-02-25)0.385 [15]
4"Hide and Seek" Jeremy Podeswa Nancy Oliver March 4, 2018 (2018-03-04)0.300 [16]
5"From Sun Up To Sun Down"Jeremy PodeswaJ.R. EdwardsMarch 11, 2018 (2018-03-11)0.333 [17]
6"Fight, Death" Lisa Cholodenko Wes TaylorMarch 18, 2018 (2018-03-18)0.357 [18]
7"Wake"Lisa Cholodenko Tanya Barfield March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)0.384 [19]
8"Yes" Janicza Bravo Nancy OliverApril 1, 2018 (2018-04-01)0.364 [20]
9"Dream Logic"Minkie Spiro Charles Yu April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)0.369 [21]
10"It's Here"Jeremy PodeswaAlan BallApril 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)0.382 [22]
Ramon smells a fire, which Haley confirms in the treehouse, so Ramon drops Haley out of the treehouse onto the ground. Audrey, Ashely and Kristen take her to the ER. Ramon sees a man on fire and tries to pursue him, while Duc hammers his father on sleeping with an Asian escort. Greg confronts him on his celibacy lies and they men have a fallout. Farid feels even more guilt about his childhood and he continues whipping his own back as punishment, to the point where his wife and son leave him. Kristen and Navid also fight when Navid just wants to be friends instead of having sex, however they make up before he leaves. Ashley gets the job interview and realizes she was just a diversity hire which makes her doubt if she should take the job. Audrey appears on a morning talk show, and is confronted by her boss's ties to child labour and suicide prevention techniques. Duc and Carmen spend the night together and she senses that he has pain from his biological mother who was a prostitute. They begin to have a healthy sexual relationship afterwards. Ramon plays the game he created, sees the glitches telling him to "go to the mountain." Greg visits Ike who has the same problems as Ramon. Farid, now with blood over his shirt and back, visits his imam, speaks about Islam and search for the answers in life. When the clock strikes 11:11, Mount Hood erupts. The final shot shows Ramon on Mount Hood confronting the man on fire.

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a 24% approval rating based 49 reviews from critics, with an average rating of 4.54/10. The critics consensus reads, "Here and Now clearly has a point it wants to make, but a nebulous plot and unfocused character development stand in the way of its potential." [23] On Metacritic, it has a score of 46 out of 100 based on 31 reviews. [24]

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