Scenes from a Marriage (American miniseries)

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Scenes from a Marriage
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Genre Drama
Based on Scenes from a Marriage
by Ingmar Bergman
Developed by Hagai Levi
Written by
Directed byHagai Levi
Music by Evgueni and Sacha Galperine
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes2
Executive producers
  • Hagai Levi
  • Michael Ellenberg
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Lars Blomgren
  • Amy Herzog
  • M. Blair Breard
  • Daniel Bergman
ProducerCarver Karaszewski
Cinematography Andrij Parekh
EditorYael Hersonski
Running time56–63 minutes
Production companies
  • Sheleg
  • Media Res
  • Endeavor Content
  • Filmlance
Original network HBO
Original releaseSeptember 12, 2021 (2021-09-12) 
present (present)

Scenes from a Marriage is an American drama television miniseries developed, written and directed by Hagai Levi produced for HBO and starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. It is an English-language remake of the 1973 Swedish miniseries of the same name by Ingmar Bergman. It was presented at the 2021 Venice Film Festival and it premiered on September 12, 2021 on HBO. [1]



An adaptation of the 1970s Swedish miniseries focusing on contemporary American couples. [2]





No.TitleDirected byTeleplay byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Innocence and Panic" Hagai Levi Hagai Levi and Amy Herzog September 12, 2021 (2021-09-12)0.224 [3]
2"Poli"Hagai LeviHagai LeviSeptember 19, 2021 (2021-09-19)TBD
3"The Vale of Tears" [4] Hagai LeviHagai LeviSeptember 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)TBD
4"The Illiterates" [4] Hagai LeviHagai LeviOctober 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)TBD
5"In the Middle of the Night, in a Dark House, Somewhere in the World" [4] Hagai LeviHagai Levi and Amy HerzogOctober 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)TBD



It was announced in July 2020 that HBO had given the miniseries a greenlight, with Hagai Levi writing and directing and Oscar Isaac and Michelle Williams serving as executive producers. [5]


Upon the miniseries order announcement, Isaac and Williams were also cast to star. [5] Williams would be forced to exit her starring role in October due to a scheduling conflict, but would remain as an executive producer. She was replaced with Jessica Chastain. [6] [7] In November 2020, Sunita Mani was cast in a supporting role. [8] Nicole Beharie, Corey Stoll and Tovah Feldshuh would join in supporting roles in January 2021. [9]


Filming began in New York City in October 2020, [6] and was halted for two weeks in November after two production staff members tested positive for COVID-19. [10]


The five-episode limited series is set for its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in the out of competition category. [11] The limited series premiered on September 12, 2021 on HBO. [1]


Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 86% approval rating with an average rating of 7.50/10, based on 29 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Though Scenes from a Marriage's straightforward approach at times struggles to justify its existence, Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac's crackling chemistry and impressive performances are a sight to behold." [12] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 70 out of 100 based on 19 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [13]


Viewership and ratings per episode of Scenes from a Marriage
No.TitleAir date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1"Innocence and Panic"September 12, 20210.030.224 [3] TBDTBDTBDTBD

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