Physical (TV series)

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Created byAnnie Weisman
Narrated byRose Byrne
ComposerIsabella Summers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Executive producers
Running time23–34 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18) –
September 27, 2023 (2023-09-27)

Physical is an American comedy-drama television series created by Annie Weisman. The series premiered on Apple TV+ on June 18, 2021. In August 2021, the series was renewed for a second season ahead of its first season finale, which premiered on June 3, 2022.[1][2] In August 2022, the series was renewed for a third season.[3] In May 2023, it was announced that the third season would be the final season and would premiere on August 2, 2023.[4]


Set in 1980s San Diego, Physical is a dark comedy following Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne) through her journey of self-discovery via aerobics.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Rose Byrne as Sheila D. Rubin, a housewife struggling between her straining marriage, lifelong battle with bulimia, and newfound obsession with aerobics
  • Rory Scovel as Danny Rubin, Sheila's eco-conscious and liberal husband
  • Paul Sparks as John Breem, a conservative Mormon mall owner who begins an affair with Sheila
  • Della Saba as Bunny Kazam, an aerobics instructor and Tyler's girlfriend (seasons 1-2; guest season 3)[a]
  • Lou Taylor Pucci as Tyler, a surfer and Bunny's boyfriend (seasons 1-2; guest season 3)[a]
  • Dierdre Friel as Greta Hauser, a housewife who becomes Sheila's best friend and business partner
  • Geoffrey Arend as Jerry Goldman, an old friend of Sheila and Danny who becomes Danny's campaign manager (season 1; guest seasons 2 & 3)[b]
  • Ashley Liao as Simone (season 1)
  • Zooey Deschanel as Kelly Kilmartin, a sitcom star and aerobics instructor who also acts as a manifestation of Sheila's mental illness (season 3)
  • José Zúñiga as Carlos, a restaurateur who grows close to Sheila (season 3)


  • Ian Gomez as Ernie Hauser, a tech pioneer and Greta's husband
  • Erin Pineda as Maria Breem, John's wife
  • Grace Kelly Quigley as Maya Rubin, Sheila and Danny's daughter
  • Al Madrigal as Jack Logan, a friend of Danny and Sheila's and Tanya's husband (season 1)
  • Mary Holland as Tanya Logan, a friend of Danny and Sheila's and Jack's wife (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Wallace Langham as Auggie Cartwright (season 2; guest season 1)
  • Murray Bartlett as Vinnie Green, an aerobics instructor (season 2)
  • Anna Gunn as Marika Green, Vinnie’s wife (season 2; guest season 3)
  • Tawny Newsome as Wanda (season 2)
  • Donny Divanian as Kevin Cartwright, Auggie’s son (season 2)
  • Emjay Anthony as Zeke Breem, John and Maria's son (season 2-3; portrayed by Ian Ousley in season 1)
  • Jillian Armenante as Harriet, an ally Sheila meets in rehab (season 3; guest season 2)
  • Paloma Esparza Rabinov as Fidelia, Sheila’s assistant (season 3; guest season 2)
  • Casey Wilson as Deb, Danny's sister (season 3)


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
110June 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)August 6, 2021 (2021-08-06)
210June 3, 2022 (2022-06-03)August 5, 2022 (2022-08-05)
310August 2, 2023 (2023-08-02)September 27, 2023 (2023-09-27)

Season 1 (2021)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Let's Do This Thing"Craig GillespieAnnie WeismanJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)
22"Let's Get Political"Liza JohnsonAnnie WeismanJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)
33"Let's Get Down To Business"Stephanie LaingRosa HandelmanJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)
44"Let's Get This Party Started"Liza JohnsonJessica DickeyJune 25, 2021 (2021-06-25)
55"Let's Agree to Disagree"Stephanie LaingAlexandra CunninghamJuly 2, 2021 (2021-07-02)
66"Let's Get It on Tape"Stephanie LaingLex EdnessJuly 9, 2021 (2021-07-09)
77"Let's Take This Show on the Road"Stephanie LaingAnnie WeismanJuly 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
88"Let's Not and Say We Did"Stephanie LaingJustin BonillaJuly 23, 2021 (2021-07-23)
99"Let's Face the Facts"Stephanie LaingRosa HandelmanJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
1010"Let's Get Together"Liza Johnson, Stephanie LaingAnnie WeismanAugust 6, 2021 (2021-08-06)

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Don't You Want Me"Stephanie LaingAnnie WeismanJune 3, 2022 (2022-06-03)
122"Don't You Ever Stop"Stephanie LaingRachel Caris LoveJune 10, 2022 (2022-06-10)
133"Don't You Go Far"Dan LazarovitsJessica DickeyJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)
144"Don't You Know"Dan LazarovitsK.C. ScottJune 24, 2022 (2022-06-24)
155"Don't You Want to Watch"Stephanie LaingJustin BonillaJuly 1, 2022 (2022-07-01)
166"Don't You Have Enough"Stephanie LaingJackie LiJuly 8, 2022 (2022-07-08)
177"Don't Try This at Home"Stephanie LaingColeman HerbertJuly 15, 2022 (2022-07-15)
188"Don't You Run and Hide"Stephanie LaingRosa HandelmanJuly 22, 2022 (2022-07-22)
199"Don't You Want to Get Better"Stephanie LaingColeman HerbertJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
2010"Don't You Say It's Over"Stephanie LaingStory by : Annie Weisman & Erika A. Schleich
Teleplay by : Annie Weisman
August 5, 2022 (2022-08-05)

Season 3 (2023)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
211"Like a Whole New Woman"Stephanie LaingAnnie WeismanAugust 2, 2023 (2023-08-02)
222"Like a Bitch"Stephanie LaingColeman HerbertAugust 2, 2023 (2023-08-02)
233"Like It's on Fire"Stephanie LaingK.C. ScottAugust 9, 2023 (2023-08-09)
244"Like a Rocket"Stephanie LaingYael GreenAugust 16, 2023 (2023-08-16)
255"Like Crazy"Stephanie LaingBoo KillebrewAugust 23, 2023 (2023-08-23)
266"Like You Mean It"Stephanie LaingColeman HerbertAugust 30, 2023 (2023-08-30)
277"Like No One's Watching"Stephanie LaingYael Green & K.C. ScottSeptember 6, 2023 (2023-09-06)
288"Like a Mouse"Stephanie LaingBoo KillebrewSeptember 13, 2023 (2023-09-13)
299"Like We Never Left"Annie WeismanColeman HerbertSeptember 20, 2023 (2023-09-20)
3010"Like a Prayer"Stephanie LaingAnnie WeismanSeptember 27, 2023 (2023-09-27)



In January 2020, it was reported that Apple was nearing a series order for Physical, created and written by Annie Weisman, with Tomorrow Studios set to produce.[6] In December 2020, Craig Gillespie, Liza Johnson, and Stephanie Laing were announced as directors for the series, with Gillespie set to direct the pilot episode.[7] The series is a half-hour long and consists of ten episodes.[8]

On August 4, 2021, Apple TV+ renewed the series for a second season.[1] On August 11, 2022, Apple TV+ renewed the series for a third season.[3]


In January 2020, Rose Byrne was reported as headlining Physical.[6] In December 2020, it was announced that Byrne was playing the role of Sheila Rubin, with Paul Sparks, Rory Scovel, Lou Taylor Pucci, Della Saba, Dierdre Friel, and Ashley Liao joining the cast.[7] Geoffrey Arend joined the cast in January 2021, with Ian Gomez joining in April 2021.[9][10] In October 2022, Zooey Deschanel joined the cast for the third season.[11]


Filming for the first season began in November 2020 and ended in March 2021. The second season began filming in November 2021 and ended in March 2022.[citation needed]


The series premiered on June 18, 2021, on Apple TV + globally with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest debuting on a weekly basis, every Friday.[12] The second season premiered on June 3, 2022.[2] The third and final season was released on August 2, 2023.[4]


On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 65% based on 51 critic reviews, with an average rating of 6.40/10. The website's critical consensus reads:

"Not even a magnetic performance from Rose Byrne can save Physical from its exhausting parade of unpleasant characters and plot choices."[13]

On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

German online magazine Spiegel was delighted and pointed out the difference between American and European reception:

"...that snarky social satire pitches into body cult and consumeristic insanity to our veritable pleasure; American critics were rather appalled – without any reason."[15]

The second season has an approval rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 11 critic reviews, with an average rating of 8.6/10. The website's critics consensus reads:

"Rose Byrne's blood, sweat, and tears are finally given a worthy bedrock as Physical finds its gyrating groove in this much-improved sophomore season."[16]

The third and final season has an approval rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads:

"Physical packs it in with a final season that, much like a good workout, is bracing but pays off with a satisfying endorphin rush."[17]


  1. ^ a b Saba and Pucci appear in the series finale, credited as main cast members
  2. ^ Arend appears in only one episode of season 2 although credited as a main cast member


  1. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 4, 2021). "Rose Byrne Dramedy 'Physical' Renewed For Season 2 By AppleTV+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt Webb (April 5, 2022). "Rose Byrne Gets Physical in Season 2 With Murray Bartlett — See First Photos, Get Apple TV+ Premiere Date". TVLine. Retrieved April 5, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (August 11, 2022). "'Physical' Renewed For Season 3 At Apple TV+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy; Andreeva, Nellie (May 17, 2023). "'Physical': Rose Byrne-Led Apple TV+ Series To End With Season 3; Premiere Date Set". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  5. ^ "Physical". Apple TV+ Press. Archived from the original on 2021-02-27. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 29, 2020). "Rose Byrne To Star In Apple 1980s Dramedy Series 'Physical' From Annie Weisman". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 4, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (December 9, 2020). "Rose Byrne Apple Dramedy Series 'Physical' Adds Six to Cast". Variety. Archived from the original on February 17, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  8. ^ Strause, Jackie (February 19, 2021). "Rose Byrne Talks "Groundbreaking" Lifestyle Guru in Apple TV+ Series 'Physical'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 11, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (January 11, 2021). "'Physical': Geoffrey Arend Joins Rose Byrne & Rory Scovel In Apple Dramedy". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (April 1, 2021). "Ian Gomez Joins 'Physical'; 'A.P. Bio' Casts Hayley Marie Norman". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (October 12, 2022). "Zooey Deschanel Joins Rose Byrne In Season 3 Of Apple's 'Physical'". Deadline Hollywood.
  12. ^ Grobar, Matt (April 27, 2021). "'Physical' Trailer: Rose Byrne Stars As Housewife Leading A Double Life In Apple TV+ Dramedy, Debuting Globally On June 18". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 27, 2021. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  13. ^ "Physical: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 2023-05-31.
  14. ^ "Physical: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  15. ^ Kaever, Oliver (2021-06-18). "Nur das Äußere zählt". Spiegel. At 16:34: 'Die giftige Gesellschaftssatire »Physical« macht sich über Körperkult und Konsumgier her, dass es eine wahre Freude ist. Amerikanische Kritiker waren eher erschreckt – völlig zu Unrecht.'
  16. ^ "Physical: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  17. ^ "Physical (2023) - Season 3". Rotten Tomatoes.

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