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State of the Union

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2019TV-MA
From the brilliant mind of Nick Hornby comes a series of ten ten-minute episodes about contemporary relationships. Each episode is set in a pub immediately before Tom (Chris O’Dowd) and Louise (Rosamund Pike) have their weekly marital therapy session.
Starring
Rosamund PikeChris O'Dowd
Genres
ComedyDramaInternational
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Marathon
    May 5 2019
    12min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Louise and Tom prepare for their first marital counselling session.
  2. 2. Antique Globes
    May 5 2019
    10min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tom promises to be at the therapy session from the beginning this week.
  3. 3. Syria
    May 5 2019
    10min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tom and Louise discuss the lost passion in their relationship.
  4. 4. Plaster Cast
    May 5 2019
    10min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tom asks Louise to back him up in a lie with their counsellor.
  5. 5. Normal Slope
    May 5 2019
    11min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Following a bad session, Tom has moved out. This could be the start of a slippery slope.
  6. 6. Nigel and Naomi
    May 5 2019
    9min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tom makes an effort, but Louise complains that it feels contrived.
  7. 7. Call The Midwife
    May 5 2019
    12min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Louise admits that she's ashamed of Tom's unemployment. They decide to communicate more openly.
  8. 8. Dolphins
    May 5 2019
    12min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Louise and Tom reflect on why and how they got together in the first place.
  9. 9. Prison Sex
    May 5 2019
    9min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Louise and Tom discuss a breakthrough in their relationship - Louise wonders what it means.
  10. 10. Another Drink
    May 5 2019
    10min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tom has moved back in and feels that their issues are resolved.

More details

Directors
Stephen Frears
Season year
2019
Network
AMC Plus Drama
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul language
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

39 global ratings

  1. 23% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 43% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 0% of reviews have 1 stars
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J. ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lacks reality
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In real life relationships, women don't side talk or wisecrack or tolerate much of that if they are going to marriage counseling. Nick Hornby, great writer, can't write women. He writes them like they are men. They aren't. In real life you would have the first wise crack and you would get stony silence for ten minutes. I know it's a tv show. But this is not a woman I have ever met. The Mamet-esque dialogue, though clever, always rang false with me.
Ricky RayReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect meal served in 10 lovely bites
I really enjoyed this series. Normally, I wouldn't want to watch something about the possible dissolution of a marriage as I generally steer far clear of things I'll find depressing, but ever since IT Crowd, I'll watch anything with Chris O'Dowd in it and I also like Rosamund Pike. This is so well-written, superbly acted and feels like it's about two genuine people with faults but also a lot of heart rather than an amalgamation of 'interesting' quirks as some characters tend to be. I even feel as though there were gems of advice/thought for those of us who are married and find it challenging at times.
4 people found this helpful
paititiReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant Stage Acts
....with a pub as the stage. This well written comedy in short play format reminds me of what is missing in most films these days, "good dialogue".
6 people found this helpful
D. PerezReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious - watch it!
I had never hear of this show and its hilarious!!! I was confused at first but give it a chance! This married couple meets at a bar/ pub every episode (which is 10 minutes) as they exchange hysterical and at times angry banter for 10 minutes before they go to marriage counseling. I won't give anymore details. If you need a good laugh make time to watch it I loved it. The acting is great the chemistry is wonderful. Just watch it.
3 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Much more like theater than television.
The acting is superb and the writing is excellent. As I said, it’s much more like theater than film.
The only reason I took away one star is that it always seems up to the woman to do the deeper work in a relationship. Sadly, she comes off as someone who’s always poking the bear, bringing up issues and creating problems.
Definitely worth watching and, overall, really well done.
One person found this helpful
MaraReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Couples counseling in a pub
I kept wanting to meet the therapist, partly because I am a therapist, but watching this couple interact in the pub prior to their counseling sessions was a brilliant set up. Sharp and witty dialogue from Nick Hornby as always. I will watch anything with Chris O'Dowd because he's that good.
7 people found this helpful
bluefrogReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful
I was already a big fan of both Chris O'Dowd and Rosamund Pike so when I saw this was available, I went for it without reading any summary first. So I wasn't quite mentally prepared to start in on something as heavy as possible divorce and marriage counseling, but these two actors are great and the dialog very compelling. I found myself thinking it over quite a bit afterward, unable to predict how it would all turn out. Definitely worth a watch.
2 people found this helpful
meReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
CLEVER!
So many reasons why this was a good watch - great writing, great sense of humor, great acting and such a simple concept, yet well orchestrated in all the coordinated efforts.
4 people found this helpful
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