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Netflix’s Releases All-New Series ‘The Chair’ With Sandra Oh!

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The Chair Season 1

THE CHAIR

Created by Amanda Peet, and Annie Julia Wyman, “The Chair” is an upcoming streaming television series starring Sandra Oh, Jay Duplass, Holland Taylor, Bob Balaban, Nana Mensah, David Morse, and Everly Carganilla, the first season of which premieres Friday, August 20, 2021, on Netflix.

The Official synopsis reads: “At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department.”

The series follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she navigates her role as the Chair of the English department at prestigious Pembroke University. Ji-Yoon is faced with a unique set of challenges as the first woman to head the department, and as one of the few staff members of color at the university.

The pilot establishes such a recognizable academic world that anyone who’s fretted over a core curriculum or lounged on a quad should have immediate, visceral flashbacks. Ji-Yoon’s harried attempts to keep her ailing department together in the face of declining enrollment, entrenched sexism and racism and her unravelling work flirt Bill (Jay Duplass) have her running frantic every day — especially as students begin to call out Pembroke’s attempts to maintain its dusty status quo. It’s not exactly the show most would expect from executive producers’ D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s massive Netflix deal, but it’s only more intriguing for it.

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