|State of the Union|
|Written by||Nick Hornby|
|Directed by||Stephen Frears|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||10 minutes|
|Production company||See-Saw Films|
|Original network||Sundance TV|
|Original release||6 May 2019 –|
The second season premiered in February 2022.
Season 1 of State of the Union follows "Louise and Tom, played by Pike and O’Dowd, who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session. Each episode pieces together how their lives were, what drew them together, and what has started to pull them apart."
Cast and characters
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||6 May 2019||17 May 2019|
|2||10||14 February 2022||23 February 2022|
Season 1 (2019)
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||US viewers|
|1||1||"Marathon"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||6 May 2019||N/A|
|2||2||"Antique Globes"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||6 May 2019 (Sundance Now)|
7 May 2019 (Sundance TV)
|3||3||"Syria"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||7 May 2019 (Sundance Now)|
8 May 2019 (Sundance TV)
|4||4||"Plaster Cast"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||7 May 2019 (Sundance Now)|
9 May 2019 (Sundance TV)
|5||5||"Normal Slope"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||8 May 2019 (Sundance Now)|
10 May 2019 (Sundance TV)
|6||6||"Nigel and Naomi"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||8 May 2019 (Sundance Now)|
13 May 2019 (Sundance TV)
|7||7||"Call the Midwife"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||9 May 2019 (Sundance Now)|
14 May 2019 (Sundance TV)
|8||8||"Dolphins"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||9 May 2019 (Sundance Now)|
15 May 2019 (Sundance TV)
|9||9||"Prison Sex"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||10 May 2019 (Sundance Now)|
16 May 2019 (Sundance TV)
|10||10||"Another Drink"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||10 May 2019 (Sundance Now)|
17 May 2019 (Sundance TV)
Season 2 (2022)
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||US viewers|
|11||1||"The Laws of Grammar"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||14 February 2022||N/A|
|12||2||"Why Quake?"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||15 February 2022||N/A|
|13||3||"Big Mustard"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||16 February 2022||N/A|
|14||4||"Prison Thoughts"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||17 February 2022||N/A|
|15||5||"Led Zeppelin's Accountant"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||18 February 2022||N/A|
|16||6||"Intimacy Kit"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||19 February 2022||N/A|
|17||7||"The Road Most Travelled"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||20 February 2022||N/A|
|18||8||"Facetime TV"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||21 February 2022||N/A|
|19||9||"Kopi Luwak"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||22 February 2022||N/A|
|20||10||"The Last Box"||Stephen Frears||Nick Hornby||23 February 2022||N/A|
On 13 July 2018, it was announced that Sundance TV had given the production a series order consisting of ten episodes running around ten minutes each. The series was expected to be written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears, both of whom were set to be executive producers. Production companies involved with the series included See-Saw Films.
Principal photography for the series was scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018 in London, England. The pub used for the series was the Thatched House in Hammersmith, London W6.
Roger Eno scored the soundtrack, which was performed by jazz musicians Jack Pinter, Sebastian Rochford (drums) and Steve Watts on saxophone and recorded at AIR Studios in London, according to the trailer.
In a positive review, Variety's Daniel D'Addario praised the series saying, "State of the Union pulls off a neat trick; given both its short running time and its fleetness of dialogue, we never get tired of hearing this couple's arguments, which could in other contexts be tiresome and circular." In another encouraging criticism, The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg described the series as a "clever and beautifully acted piece" and declared that "Stephen Frears and Nick Hornby's perceptive two-hander is still well worth seeing."
Awards and nominations
|2019||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series||Nick Hornby, Stephen Frears, Jamie Laurenson,
Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman
|Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series||Chris O'Dowd||Won|
|Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series||Rosamund Pike||Won|
|2022||Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards||Best Short Form Live-Action Series||State of the Union||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series||Brendan Gleeson||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series||Patricia Clarkson||Won|
|Artios Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Short Form Series||Kathleen Chopin, John Ort||Won|||
- "SundanceTV Marries Short Form Innovation with Premium Scripted Drama in "State of the Union," Starring Award-Winners Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd". The Futon Critic (Press release). 27 March 2019.
- "Clooney's Catch-22, Fleabag Returns, Five-0 Finale and More". TVLine. 17 May 2019.
- White, Peter (13 July 2018). "Rosamund Pike & Chris O'Dowd To Star In Stephen Frears-Directed, Nick Hornby-Penned Comedy Series For SundanceTV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- "State of the Union – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- "State of the Union – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
- Clarke, Stewart (13 July 2018). "Rosamund Pike, Chris O'Dowd Have a Marital Crisis in Nick Hornby's SundanceTV Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- O'Connell, Michael (13 July 2018). "Rosamund Pike, Chris O'Dowd to Star in 10-Minute Sitcom From Nick Hornby". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- "Roger Eno Scoring SundanceTV's 'State of the Union'". Film Music Reporter. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
- "Back for a Little More, The Emmy Award-Winning Short Form Series "State of the Union" Renewed for a Second Season on SundanceTV" (Press release). Sundance TV. 25 January 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
- White, Peter (27 January 2021). "'State Of The Union': Short-Form Series Renewed At SundanceTV For Season 2 Starring Brendan Gleeson, Patricia Clarkson & Esco Jouléy". Deadline. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
- Petski, Denise (10 October 2018). "'State Of The Union': First-Look Photo Of Rosamund Pike & Chris O'Dowd In SundanceTV Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
- Fienberg, Daniel (28 January 2019). "'State of the Union': TV Review | Sundance 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
- Mangan, Lucy (8 September 2019). "State of the Union review: a brutal, tender and perfectly curated portrayal of marriage". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
- Nicholson, Rebecca (24 May 2022). "State of the Union review – Brendan Gleeson and Patricia Clarkson lift a sticky, slovenly script". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
- D'Addario, Daniel (29 January 2019). "Sundance TV Review: 'State of the Union'". Variety. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
- "State of the Union". emmys.com. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
- Verhoeven, Beatrice (7 July 2022). "'This Is Us,' 'Succession,' 'Severance' Lead 2022 HCA TV Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
- "State of the Union". emmys.com. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
- Jones, Marcus (17 October 2022). "Netflix and HBO/HBO Max Lead TV Nominations for Casting Society's 2023 Artios Awards". IndieWire. Retrieved 1 November 2022.