The Chair

The Chair

Netflix Series
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Dr Ji-Yoon Kim has just been elected The Chair of the English department at a prestigious college, the first woman to hold the position. But with endless problems to deal with, it's not long before all of the spinning plates come crashing down around her in this satirical dramedy.

If you've ever watched a drama movie that you thought could have done with being a little bit longer then The Chair is the perfect series for you.

With just six 30-minute episodes, it's essentially like a long film.

What Is The Chair About?

The premise is that Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh, Turning Red) is a tenured professor at a prestigious college.

Having just been voted as The Chair of the English department, the first woman to get the role, she must navigate her new role and sort all the problems that come with the title.

And there are a lot of problems to contend with.

Firstly, some of the longer-standing professors are no longer attracting students to their classes.

With budget cuts on the horizon, three of the highest-paid teachers are also three of the oldest and they don't want to retire.

Secondly, the most popular English professor is contemporary author Bill Dobson (Jay Duplass) whose own personal problems threaten to derail his career and create even more headaches for Ji-Yoon.

Thirdly, Ji-Yoon is a single mother with an adopted daughter who is constantly in trouble at school.

But with only her elderly father to depend on, the plates that Ji-Yoon has to spin are in danger of crashing to the ground.

So with the Dean breathing down her neck, her authority constantly being challenged, her colleagues turning on her, and the students threatening to riot, life as The Chair is not all it's cracked up to be.

The Chair Official Trailer

Is The Chair Worth Watching?

Created by Amanda Peet and Annie Julia Wyman, the thing with The Chair is that it's actually quite funny. It's witty and flows beautifully largely due to how good Sandra Oh is.

Of course, the rest of the cast are well able to hold their own, and the show manages to tackle the absurdity of academia when things don't go according to plan.

It's very easy to watch and you'll probably end up bingeing the entire series in one sitting.

As a story, it works well. However, if you're expecting some sort of twist or revelation, then you are out of luck.

It's a short satirical drama that gives us a close-up of the absurdity of faculty life and all its flaws in an ever-changing world.

Is There A Season 2 Of The Chair?

Despite how good the show is, Netflix decided to cancel it after just one season.

It's a real shame because it was one of the few comedy dramas with real grit and biting social commentary that really delved into the dizzying demands of university life but all with a healthy dose of comedy.

And, of course, Sandra Oh is a delight. Thankfully, you can catch her in Quiz Lady on Disney+ if you want to see more of her.

Cast Of The Chair Netflix

Sandra Oh as Professor Ji-Yoon Kim, the new department chair in a failing English department at a major university

Jay Duplass as Bill Dobson, Kim's friend and colleague who is a mess after his wife died

Bob Balaban as Elliot Rentz, a senior faculty member of the English department

Nana Mensah as Yaz McKay, a young woman in the English department who is up for tenure

Everly Carganilla as Ju-Hee “Ju Ju” Kim, Ji-Yoon's adopted daughter

David Morse as Paul Larson, a dean at Pembroke University who oversees the English department

Holland Taylor as Joan Hambling, a senior faculty member of the English department


  • Fantastic Ensemble Cast
  • Covers A Lot of Different Issues
  • Very Entertaining and Witty


  • Episodes Are Too Short And Too Few
  • Characters Could Have Been Fleshed Out More


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