Physical

2021 (TV-MA)

et in the idyllic but fragile beach paradise of sunny 1980s San Diego, “Physical” is a half-hour dark comedy following Sheila Rubin, a quietly tortured, seemingly dutiful housewife supporting her smart but controversial husband’s bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see. She’s also battling a complex set of personal demons relating to her self-image… that is, until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics. At first hooked on the exercise itself, Sheila’s real road to empowerment comes when she discovers a way to merge this newfound passion with the burgeoning technology of videotape to start a revolutionary business. The series tracks her epic journey from a stifled, overlooked enabler to a powerful, confident economic force, as Sheila transforms into someone we take for granted today (but was entirely radical at the time) — the female lifestyle guru.

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‘Physical’ Season 1 Finale Review: Let's Get Together

This post contains spoilers for Physical "Let's Get Together.” Read our latest review here. Throughout Danny’s (Rory Scovel) campaign, Sheila (Rose Byrne) has steadily been building her aerobics brand. The first episode opened with a flash-forward to 1986 that portrays Sheila as a successful aerobics figure and this reveal drains some of the tension out of th...

‘Physical’ renewed for season 2 on Apple TV Plus

Ahead of its season one finale, Physical has officially been renewed by Apple TV Plus for a second season. Rose Byrne stars in the show that was created by Annie Weisman. Season one wraps up with its 10th episode being released on Aug. 6. Physical is set in 1980s San Diego, where Sheila Rubin (Byrne) is quietly suffering as a dutiful housewife to her husband, who is running for State Assembly. She...

‘Physical’ 1.09 Review: Let’s Face the Facts

This post contains spoilers for Physical "Let's Face the Facts.” Read our latest review here. Early on, it was only through the voiceover narration that similarities between Sheila (Rose Byrne) and Greta (Deirdre Friel) were emphasized. Both suffer from body issues and beat themselves up regarding how they look, but only Greta outwardly vocalized her self-loathing. ...

‘Physical’ 1.08 Review: Let’s Not and Say We Did

This post contains spoilers for Physical "Let's Not and Say We Did.” Read our latest review here. Secrets have been stacking up since the first episode of Physical and now they are beginning to spill. The Los Angeles trip has been both enlightening and reaffirming for the Rubins, putting them on the same page, and tightening their bond. The final moments in “...

‘Physical’ 1.07 Review: Let’s Take This Show on the Road

This post contains spoilers for Physical "Let's Take This Show on the Road.” Read our latest review here. Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne) is keeping a lot of secrets on Physical, from the empty savings account to the aerobics job she is excelling at. Okay, she is only keeping the latter from her husband Danny (Rory Scovel), but the money situation is a major issue and one...

TV Tonight: our highlights for Saturday, June 19

On TV tonight we go back to the 1980s in new Apple TV+ comedy drama Physical, catch Paul Weller in concert at London's Barbican on BBC2, and worship the Gods of Snooker on BBC iPlayer. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.  Our hand selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge...

‘Physical’ 1.01-1.03 Review: Clap, Punch, Kick

This post contains spoilers for Physical's "Let's Do This Thing," "Let's Get Political," and Let's Get Down to Business." How do you know when a contemporary TV show or movie is set in the 1980s? Leg warmers and Lycra are a repeat visual shorthand to an era that birthed the mega mall and aerobics craze. Wonder Woman 1984 and Stranger Things depict this ...

'Physical' star Rose Byrne: 'I had more costume fittings than I've ever had in my life!'

Rose Byrne stars as a troubled housewife who finds personal and financial freedom through her love of aerobics in her Apple TV Plus Original series Physical — and after embracing the 1970s for her role as celebrated feminist Gloria Steinem in the FX/Hulu miniseries Mrs America, this time Rose is in full 1980s mode to play Shiela Rubin, a fictional frustrated former activist. But rather than...

‘Physical’ trailer has Rose Byrne feel the burn in Apple TV Plus Original

Eat your heart out Jane Fonda, there’s a new queen in the world of ‘80s aerobics in Rose Byrne and her new Apple TV Plus Original series Physical, which just released its first full trailer. Physical comes from creator Annie Weisman and takes place in 1980s San Diego, where Sheila Rubin (Byrne) quietly dreads her life as a housewife until she finds the growing world of aerobics. Afte...

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