Since the debut of Bonnie Garmus’ best-selling novel, “Lessons in Chemistry,” fans have been clamoring for a screen adaptation. Apple TV+ has answered the call, transforming the science-based book into a compelling new drama. The series features Oscar-winning Marvel star Brie Larson in the leading role of Elizabeth Zott, a character who has resonated with audiences due to the novel’s strong feminist themes and messages of perseverance.
The Plot: A Feminist Tale Set in the 1950s
“Lessons in Chemistry” is set in the 1950s and follows the story of Elizabeth Zott, a keen scientist with dreams of becoming a chemist. However, her aspirations are thwarted by the rampant sexism in the industry. After being fired from her lab job, Elizabeth faces the grim prospect of giving up on her dreams. But she’s not one to be easily deterred.
Offered a role as a TV chef on the cooking show “Supper At Six,” Elizabeth seizes the opportunity to use her scientific skills in the kitchen. While she does teach her audience how to whip up a mean lasagna, her real mission is far more ambitious. Elizabeth encourages her female viewers to chase their dream careers and challenge the societal limitations imposed on them.
The Star-Studded Cast
Brie Larson is not the only big name in this series. The cast also includes Aja Naomi King from “How To Get Away With Murder” as Harriet Sloane, Lewis Pullman from “Top Gun: Maverick” as Calvin Evans, and Stephanie Koenig from “The Flight Attendant” as Fran Frask. The ensemble is rounded out by Kevin Sussman, Alice Halsey, Patrick Walker, Thomas Mann, Beau Bridges, Ashley Monique Clark, and Derek Cecil in various roles.
The first two episodes of “Lessons in Chemistry” were released on Apple TV+ on Friday, October 13. New episodes will continue to drop every Friday until November 24, making it an eight-part series.
The trailer for “Lessons in Chemistry” has heightened expectations for the series. Accompanied by Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times,” the trailer promises a show that is as emotionally resonant as it is socially relevant.
“Lessons in Chemistry” is more than just a drama; it’s a rallying cry for women to break free from societal constraints and pursue their dreams, no matter the obstacles. With its compelling plot, star-studded cast, and timely themes, this Apple TV+ series is one you won’t want to miss.
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