Did You Watch “The Morning Show”? (My Thoughts)

One of the main reasons we got Apple TV was to watch the highly recommend “The Morning Show” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell. We finished it recently, and my thoughts are below (with minor spoilers).

The Morning Show is about what happens when the lead anchor is fired from hosting a popular program (ala Good Morning America or The Today Show) as the result of sexual misconduct. As far as I can tell, it’s a fictionalized version of what happened with Matt Lauer a few years ago.

In my opinion, the first few episodes of the show start off pretty rough. This is largely due to the immense amount of self-importance built into those episodes. The characters frequently talk about how they’re “America’s family” and that everyone is watching their every move. In reality, a few million people watch these morning shows, leaving another 325 million or so people in the US who don’t tune in. The things happening on the show are important, but as viewers we don’t need to be told over and over that the show itself is important. It’s just a show.

However, things take a turn at the end of the 4th episode, and from then on the show is intense, thought-provoking, and often heartbreaking. It’s in that episode that one of the accusers is interviewed on The Morning Show, and what starts as a very “safe” interview ends up diving deep into workplace relationships, harassments, and misconduct.

Every episode from then on puts aside the self-importance to focus on the nuances and devastation caused by people in positions of authority, mostly in the context of sexual misconduct. It’s painful to watch at times, but it also led to some really excellent discussions, particularly workplace relationships and of how people (including ourselves) can be completely blind to their flaws. Steve Carrell’s character truly doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong, to the point that he thinks one of the women was actually using him.

The Morning Show is tough to watch, and there are plenty of trigger warnings to be mindful of, but I recommend it, particularly if you have someone to chat with. Have you seen it? What did you think?

4 thoughts on “Did You Watch “The Morning Show”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. Amazing. Full of great performances, especially the 3 leads. Amazing work dealing with a tricky topic, and really keeping things open on the “did he do it” front for the first couple of episodes. And then keeping Steve as the hero of his own story. A very fine line to walk.

    I don’t know if there’s going to be a Season 2, but I would hope so.

    And Reese Witherspoon is just a producing goddess, making so many great shows in the last few years

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  2. I felt like it was an imperfect show for many reasons, BUT it was thought-provoking and a good source of dialogue and reflection, which is a win in my book. Definitely compelling, addicting and powerful.

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  3. I agree, it’s a great series for starting discussions about the varied types of workplace relationships (inappropriate; appropriate; criminal; etc.) from the male and female perspectives. We had some deep discussions after the episodes and the season. Extremely well done.

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