Here and Now is an American drama television series created by Alan Ball. The series consists of ten episodes and premiered on HBO on February 11, 2018. Starring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins, the series focuses on a contemporary multiracial family in the Portland area. The show's plot involves many issues including race, identity and mental illness.
On April 25, 2018, HBO canceled the series after one season.
|Here and Now|
|Created by||Alan Ball|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Alan Ball|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Your Face Goes Here Entertainment|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original release||February 11 –|
April 15, 2018
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Eleven Eleven"||Alan Ball||Alan Ball||February 11, 2018||0.541|
|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 Ball||February 18, 2018||0.368|
|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 Briesewitz||Mohamad El Masri||February 25, 2018||0.385|
|4||"Hide and Seek"||Jeremy Podeswa||Nancy Oliver||March 4, 2018||0.300|
|5||"From Sun Up To Sun Down"||Jeremy Podeswa||J.R. Edwards||March 11, 2018||0.333|
|6||"Fight, Death"||Lisa Cholodenko||Wes Taylor||March 18, 2018||0.357|
|7||"Wake"||Lisa Cholodenko||Tanya Barfield||March 25, 2018||0.384|
|8||"Yes"||Janicza Bravo||Nancy Oliver||April 1, 2018||0.364|
|9||"Dream Logic"||Minkie Spiro||Charles Yu||April 8, 2018||0.369|
|10||"It's Here"||Jeremy Podeswa||Alan Ball||April 15, 2018||0.382|
|Ramon smells a fire, which Haley confirms in the treehouse, so Ramon drops Haley out of the treehouse onto the ground, and she fractures her arm. Audrey, Ashely and Kristen take her to the ER while Ramon, Greg and Duc stay. Ramon sees a man on fire and tries to pursue him, while Duc hammers his father on sleeping with an asian escort, for not writing the preface for his book and for treating Ramon like his favourite despite his mental problems. Greg confronts him on his celibacy lies and the two men have a fallout. Farid feels even more guilt about his childhood, getting his father killed and not answering his mother when she called him when he went to America. He continues whipping his own back as punishment, to the point where his wife and son leave him for San Francisco. Kristen and Navid also have a fight when Navid just wants to be friends instead of having sex, however they make before he leaves. Ashley gets that job interview and realizes she was just a diversity hire despite the insistence of the manager, she struggles to decide whether take the job. Audrey appears on a morning talk show, and is confronted by her bosses 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 look "go to the mountain" and the message is from "1111". He bikes to the mountain, but gets his bike stolen by a guy that his previous boyfriend slept with, who reveals his name is Henry. Greg visits Audrey's brother 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, then the man on fire leaves, which prompts Ramon to follow him.|
HBO ordered the series in July 2016.
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.
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." On Metacritic, it has a score of 46 out of 100 based on 31 reviews.
David Knoller is a producer, director and writer. He has worked on several TV series, including Carnivàle, Power, Big Love, Freaks and Geeks , Alan Ball's Here and Now (2018 TV series) and is the executive producer of a new HBO series Lovecraft Country. He received both a CableACE and NAACP Image Award for Best Dramatic Special for the period film America's Dream, along with Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Big Love.
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