It’s fitting that, in this era of return-to-office fatigue, mass resignations, “quiet quitting,” and declining professional ambition, a show about the oddities and horrors of work life would captivate us most.
Apple TV+’s Severance took the world by storm after premiering in February, garnering critical acclaim, a growing fandom, and 14 Emmy nominations. But the sci fi workplace drama from creator/writer Dan Erickson and director/executive producer Ben Stiller wowed us not only for its cultural relevance, but also for its compelling premise and A-list cast. Starring Adam Scott, John Turturro, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken, and more, the drama follows a group of employees at a company called Lumon who’ve undergone a procedure called severance, which separates their work memories (their “Innie” life) from their personal memories (their “Outie” life). For those of us seeking a healthy work-life balance, that actually doesn’t sound so bad, but as the events of Severance unfold, they prove otherwise.