Brie Larson plays a chemist-turned-cooking show host who takes on the patriarchy one baked potato at a time
Fans of Lessons in Chemistry, the bestselling novel by Bonnie Garmus, will be thrilled as Apple TV+ just dropped the trailer for its limited series show of the same name. The eight-episode program will debut on Friday, October 13, 2023, on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes, and new episodes will be released on Fridays through November 24, 2023.
Set in the 1950s, Lessons in Chemistry follows Elizabeth Zott (played by actress Brie Larson), a spunky lab tech who gets fired from her lab when a boardroom of men in suits learns that she might be on the brink of a huge scientific discovery. “This institution has a reputation based on the world-class scientists, not the theories of a pretty lab tech,” states a gray-haired male board member in the preview.
According to the official Apple TV+ synopsis, “When Elizabeth finds herself fired from her lab, she accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives — and the men who are suddenly listening — a lot more than recipes.”
In the preview, Elizabeth shares, “I like to cook. It’s just chemistry.” From there she sets out to draw in her television audience who tunes in to watch her explain what goes into cooking beyond slicing and dicing. “I stand proudly with the overworked workhorse of the kitchen—women and baked potatoes,” Zott quips, as the audience is clearly delighted by her.
But it isn’t all peaches and sunshine on the show as male executives can’t get on board with Zott and her unconventional methods. “A man wants his wife to make him a drink after a long day at work,” says her bespeckled boss as he hovers over her in his office.
Elizabeth refuses to be put down and replies, “Why do you assume that his day was longer than hers? Why don’t you make the drink?”
Lessons in Chemistry premieres on Apple TV+ on October 13.