The Kominsky Method
|The Kominsky Method|
|Created by||Chuck Lorre|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–33 minutes|
|Original release||November 16, 2018 –|
The Kominsky Method is an American comedy web television series, created by Chuck Lorre, that premiered on November 16, 2018, on Netflix. The series stars Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, and Nancy Travis and follows an aging acting coach who, years earlier, had a brief moment of success as an actor. On January 17, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.
The Kominsky Method follows "Sandy Kominsky, an actor who years ago had a brief fling with success and is now a revered Hollywood acting coach."
Cast and characters
- Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, a once successful actor who now works as a revered acting coach in Hollywood.
- Alan Arkin as Norman Newlander, Sandy's agent and friend.
- Sarah Baker as Mindy, Sandy's daughter who runs his acting studio with him.
- Nancy Travis as Lisa, a recent divorcée who decides to take acting lessons from Sandy.
- Graham Rogers as Jude, a student in Kominsky's acting class
- Ashleigh LaThrop as Breana, a student in Kominsky's acting class
- Melissa Tang as Margaret, a student in Kominsky's acting class
- Jenna Lyng Adams as Darshani, a student in Kominsky's acting class
- Casey Brown as Lane, a student in Kominsky's acting class
- Emily Osment as Theresa, a student in Kominsky's acting class
- Susan Sullivan as Eileen, Norman's wife to whom he's been married for 46 years
- Lisa Edelstein as Phoebe, Norman's estranged daughter who struggles with pill addiction
- Ramon Hilario as Alex the Waiter
- Cedric Begley as Mathew, Lisa's son
- Danny DeVito as Dr. Wexler, a urologist whom Sandy goes to see regarding his frequent urination
- Anoush NeVart as Rosamie, Norman's housekeeper
- Ann-Margret as Diane, Norman's friend
- Jane Seymour as a rekindled flame from Norman's past (season 2)
- Jacqueline Bisset as Sandy's ex-wife (season 2)
- Paul Reiser as a high school teacher (season 2)
- Becky O'Donohue ("Chapter One: An Actor Avoids")
- Jay Leno as himself ("Chapter Two: An Agent Grieves")
- Patti LaBelle as herself ("Chapter Two: An Agent Grieves")
- Jason Kravits as Woody Littlehales ("Chapter Two: An Agent Grieves")
- Corbin Bernsen as himself ("Chapter Three: A Prostate Enlarges")
- George Wyner as Rabbi ("Chapter Three: A Prostate Enlarges")
- Elizabeth Sung as Mrs. Liu ("Chapter Three: A Prostate Enlarges")
- Rex Linn ("Chapter Four: A Kegel Squeaks")
- Elliott Gould as himself ("Chapter Five: An Agent Crowns")
- Lauren Weedman as Director ("Chapter Five: An Agent Crowns")
- Jocelyn Towne as Jeanine ("Chapter Five: An Agent Crowns")
- Azie Tesfai as Lynda ("Chapter Five: An Agent Crowns")
- Eddie Money as himself ("Chapter Six: A Daughter Detoxes")
- Jen Drohan ("Chapter Six: A Daughter Detoxes")
- Matt Knudsen as Dad ("Chapter Six: A Daughter Detoxes")
- Jeffrey D. Sams as Arthur ("Chapter Seven: A String Is Attached")
- Willam Belli as Cherry ("Chapter Eight: A Widow Approaches")
- Lainie Kazan as Norman's grandmother ("Chapter Eight: A Widow Approaches")
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Chapter One: An Actor Avoids"||Chuck Lorre||Chuck Lorre||November 16, 2018|
|Sandy Kominsky and his daughter Mindy run a small actor's studio in Hollywood, where his latest group of students includes Lisa, a middle-aged divorcee whom Sandy later asks out on a date. Sandy meets up with his good friend and agent Norman, who gives Sandy the bad news that CBS has passed him over for Ludacris for a role in a new sitcom. At the urging of Mindy, Sandy pays Norman a visit at his home to see his wife Eileen, who is battling cancer. Sandy and Lisa's date is interrupted by a distressing phone call from Mindy.|
|2||"Chapter Two: An Agent Grieves"||Andy Tennant||Chuck Lorre||November 16, 2018|
|Sandy brings a grieving Norman home from the hospital. The next morning, Norman sets out to honor Eileen's instructions for her funeral, enlisting Sandy to help. As Sandy tries to arrange to get items such as a driftwood coffin, Lady Marmalade, Jay Leno, and Barbra Streisand, he asks Lisa to be his date at Eileen's funeral, who accepts. The service sees a late, unexpected guest arriving: Norman & Eileen's prescription drug-addicted daughter, Phoebe.|
|3||"Chapter Three: A Prostate Enlarges"||Donald Petrie||Chuck Lorre & Al Higgins||November 16, 2018|
|At Eileen's wake, daughter Phoebe continues to embarrass herself, Norman gets an offer of consolation from widow Dianne, and Sandy is noticed to be taking many trips to the bathroom. Sandy addresses the bathroom issue by seeing a urologist, diagnosing it to be a prostate issue. Phoebe offers to stay with her father for an extended period, but almost immediately does Norman realize the seriousness his daughter's drug dependency problem. Sandy catches Norman talking to himself, who believes that he is speaking with Eileen.|
|4||"Chapter Four: A Kegel Squeaks"||Beth McCarthy-Miller||Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, & David Javerbaum||November 16, 2018|
|Students Lisa and Lane act out a scene from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with Sandy giving a glowing review of Lane's performance. Sandy is anxious to know about his biopsy results. Phoebe's shenanigans drive Norman to take drastic measures. Lane finds out about Sandy seeing a urologist, offering his support. After offending Lisa, Sandy finds himself alone in a bar on a Saturday night. Sandy and Norman try Kegel exercises.|
|5||"Chapter Five: An Agent Crowns"||Beth McCarthy-Miller||Chuck Lorre||November 16, 2018|
|Sandy is relieved to finally find out about his biopsy results. Norman contemplates returning to work at his talent agency, with one of his priorities being to find Sandy some acting work. With Sandy unavailable, Mindy teaches a class to the actor's studio students. Sandy asks Lisa about taking their relationship to the next level. Elliott Gould pitches a new script to Norman. Sandy and Norman find themselves in a hospital waiting room anxious to hear news about Phoebe.|
|6||"Chapter Six: A Daughter Detoxes"||Andy Tennant||Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, & David Javerbaum||November 16, 2018|
|Sandy and Norman take a road trip in order to drop off Phoebe at a drug rehabilitation facility. On the way there and back, the two guys deal with the subjects of back taxes, suicide, the Pechanga Indian Casino, Eddie Money, Thelma & Louise, churros, bonsai plants, and Lisa breaking up with Sandy.|
|7||"Chapter Seven: A String Is Attached"||Donald Petrie||Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, & David Javerbaum||November 16, 2018|
|Sandy's desperation about owing over $300,000 in back taxes to the IRS sees him straining his relationships with Norman, Mindy, and Lisa.|
|8||"Chapter Eight: A Widow Approaches"||Andy Tennant||Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, & David Javerbaum||November 16, 2018|
|Norman reveals to Sandy about Dianne wanting to meet for a lunch date. Norman and Dianne then attend a fund-raising event for Eileen's Parkinson's Disease charity, inviting Sandy (who then invites Lisa as they are back on as a couple). Norman starts to fall apart at the event, whose state of mind progressively worsens afterwards. Sandy forces Lisa to make a choice, which stuns him by how easily she made her decision. After Sandy gets a strange collect call from Norman, he seeks out and supports his longtime friend, which includes divulging the secret of the "Kominsky Method" of acting to Norman.|
On August 14, 2017, it was announced that Netflix was finalizing a series order for the production for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was set to be written by Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, and David Javerbaum. Lorre was also set to direct the first episode and executive produce alongside Michael Douglas. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions. On July 29, 2018, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour that the series was to premiere on November 16, 2018. On January 17, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season consisting of eight episodes.
Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin had been cast in the lead roles of Sandy Kominsky and Norman, respectively. In January 2018, it was announced that Nancy Travis and Sarah Baker had been cast in main roles and that Susan Sullivan, Emily Osment, Graham Rogers, Ashleigh LaThrop, Jenna Lyng Adams, Melissa Tang, Casey Brown, and Lisa Edelstein would appear in a recurring capacity.
The series has been met with a positive critical response upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 80% with an average rating of 6.89 out of 10, based on 40 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Full of humor and heart, The Kominsky Method paints a surprisingly poignant -- if a little paint-by-numbers -- portrait of life and aging, elevated by two top-notch performances by acting legends Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 68 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
Awards and nominations
|2018||American Film Institute Awards||Top 10 TV Programs of the Year||The Kominsky Method||Won|||
|2019||Golden Globe Awards||Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy||Won|||
|Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Michael Douglas||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Alan Arkin||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Comedy Series||The Kominsky Method||Nominated|||
|Best Actor in a Comedy Series||Michael Douglas||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Jenna Lyng Adams, Alan Arkin,
Sarah Baker, Casey Thomas Brown,
Michael Douglas, Ashleigh LaThrop,
Emily Osment, Graham Rogers,
Susan Sullivan, Melissa Tang,
& Nancy Travis
|Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series||Alan Arkin||Nominated|
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