Bonding (TV series)
|Created by||Rightor Doyle|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||13–17 minutes|
|Picture format||4K (16:9 UHDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||April 24, 2019 –|
BONDiNG is an American dark comedy web television series that premiered on Netflix on April 24, 2019. The series stars Zoe Levin, Brendan Scannell, Micah Stock, Theo Stockman, and D'Arcy Carden. On January 16, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season.
Bonding is reported to be loosely based on the personal experience of creator Rightor Doyle.
Tiffany "Tiff" Chester (Zoe Levin), is a psychology student moonlighting as a dominatrix. She enlists the help of Pete Devin (Brendan Scannell), her gay best friend from high school, to be her assistant. The semi-estranged characters reconnect in Manhattan, where Pete works as a waiter and as an aspiring stand-up comedian with stage fright. Tiff struggles as she balances her personal life with school and her job, as well as Peter's exposure to sadomasochism and BDSM and how it gradually helps him become liberated in his life.
Cast and characters
- Zoe Levin as Tiffany "Tiff" Chester, a psychology grad student living in New York City. She works as dominatrix by night under the alias "Mistress May". She enlists the help of Pete to become her assistant.
- Brendan Scannell as Peter "Pete" Devin, a young gay man who becomes an assistant to Tiff. He initially chooses the alias "Carter", but is later referred to as "Master Carter".
- Micah Stock as Doug, Tiff's psychology classmate
- Kevin Kane as Professor Charles, Tiff's psychology professor
- Stephanie Styles as Kate
- D'Arcy Carden as Daphne
- Theo Stockman as Josh
- Alex Hurt as Frank, Pete's roommate
- Gabrielle Ryan as Portia, Frank's girlfriend
- Eric Berryman as Andy, Daphne's husband
- Charles Gould as Fred, one of Tiff's clients
- Matthew Wilkas as Rolph, Tiff's German man-servant and one of her clients
- Jade Elysan as Cat Dom
- Alysha Umphress as Murphy, a stand-up comedian and Pete's friend
- Amy Bettina as Chelsea
- Stephen Reich as Trevor
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Old Friends, New Names"||Rightor Doyle||Rightor Doyle||April 24, 2019|
|In need of money to pay rent, Pete reluctantly decides to become an assistant to a dominatrix, his best friend from high school Tiffany Chester, who goes by the alias Mistress May. He chooses the alias Carter as her new assistant.|
|2||"Pete Shy"||Rightor Doyle||Rightor Doyle||April 24, 2019|
|Pete struggles to find the confidence to perform onstage as a stand-up comedian. At work as a waiter, a customer named Josh leaves his number for Pete on a receipt. Meanwhile, Tiff meets with a potentially new client, Daphne, who is looking to hire Tiff for her husband.|
|3||"The Past Is Not Always Behind"||Rightor Doyle||Rightor Doyle||April 24, 2019|
|Pete decides to tell Frank, his roommate, about his new job as a dominatrix's assistant, leading Frank to ask for an odd favor. Tiff begins to see one of her classmates, Doug, in a new light during a class presentation. Pete and Tiff run into Chelsea, an obnoxious former high school classmate, at a bar. It is later revealed that Pete lost his virginity to Tiff in high school.|
|4||"Let's Get Physical"||Rightor Doyle||Rightor Doyle||April 24, 2019|
|Tiff enacts the sexual pleasure of tickling Daphne's husband, Andy, while Pete allows Daphne to punch him to let out her frustration. Pete goes on a date with Josh, which starts off bad but gets better after the two grab coffee. Tiff beats up her sleazy psychology professor after witnessing him being inappropriate with Kate, a fellow classmate.|
|5||"Double Date"||Rightor Doyle||Rightor Doyle||April 24, 2019|
|Tiff gets into an argument with Pete, in which he states that she always feels the need to be in control. Pete goes on another date with Josh. Doug and Tiff go on a date/non-date. However, Tiff's client/German man-servant, Rolph, unexpectedly shows up and ruins the date. Meanwhile Pete and Josh end up back at Pete's apartment to have sex.|
|6||"Penguins"||Rightor Doyle||Rightor Doyle||April 24, 2019|
|Pete is left entertaining a client while wearing a penguin costume after "Mistress May" fails to show up to work. Tiff reveals to Doug that she is a dominatrix. Pete finally goes on stage, as his "Master Carter" persona. Meanwhile, Tiff does her thesis presentation, in front of the class, dressed as her dominatrix persona.|
|7||"Into The Woods"||Rightor Doyle||Rightor Doyle||April 24, 2019|
|Tiff visits Daphne and Andy, again, without Pete. Tiff and Pete finally apologize to each other. A flashback shows Pete and Tiff on their prom night. Tiff and Pete visit the house of a new client, Trevor, who attacks Tiff after locking Pete in the bathroom. Tiff stabs Trevor in the leg after Pete gets out of the bathroom. The two flee together, after police sirens are heard.|
On December 14, 2018, Netflix announced it had picked up the series for a seven-episode first season. The series is created by Rightor Doyle, who is credited as an executive producer, alongside Dara Gordon, Jacob Perlin, Nina Soriano, Tom Schembri and David Sigurani. Production companies involved with the series include Blackpills and Anonymous Content. On January 16, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.
After Netflix acquired the series, it was confirmed that Zoe Levin and Brendan Scannell would star in the series.
On April 22, 2019, Netflix released the official trailer for the series.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 71% with an average rating of 6.95/10 based on 14 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Though Bonding's juicy spin on friendship and sexuality boldly treads into uncharted territory, the show's writing too often teeters uncomfortably between bewitchingly funny and bewilderingly underwhelming to make it a truly satisfying experience."
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