The Thing About ‘The Morning Show’

The thing about Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell (with Julianna Margulies as a recurring guest star in Season 2), is it’s a show about control. And because it’s a show about a TV morning show set against first, the #MeToo movement, and then, against the aftermath of that cultural reckoning and the dawn of the COVID-19 global pandemic (not to mention that of another crucial come-to-Jesus moment for the culture still to come), it is really good at tension.

Every episode you can feel things are about to snap. Because much like in life, when things happen, they happen really fast. And when they don’t, when plenty som’in’ elses are happening, they happen not as fast. Not so fast at all. And that kinda wakes you up.

The Morning Show is a jolt. Its characters are broken, rotten people, and most of them know it. They can grow so frustrating. And yet, I could watch ’em morning, noon, and night, because they are nevertheless rooted in an inescapable modern reality all of their own making (well…for the most part).

I cannot wait to see what eventually gets these people cancelled.

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