State of the Union (2019 TV series)

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State of the Union
Written byNick Hornby
Directed byStephen Frears
Composer(s)Roger Eno
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Amy Jackson
Running time10 minutes
Production company(s)See-Saw Films
Original networkSundanceTV
Original releaseMay 6 (2019-05-06) –
May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
External links
Official website

State of the Union is a British comedy television series that aired on SundanceTV from 6 to 17 May 2019.[1][2]


State of the Union follows "Louise and Tom who meet in the pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session; each episode pieces together how their lives were, what drew them together and what has started to pull them apart."[3]

Cast and characters[edit]


No.Title [4]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4]US viewers
1"Marathon"Stephen Frears[3]Nick Hornby[3]May 6, 2019 (2019-05-06)N/A
2"Antique Globes"Stephen FrearsNick HornbyMay 6, 2019 (2019-05-06) (Sundance Now)
May 7, 2019 (2019-05-07) (SundanceTV)
3"Syria"Stephen FrearsNick HornbyMay 7, 2019 (2019-05-07) (Sundance Now)
May 8, 2019 (2019-05-08) (SundanceTV)
4"Plaster Cast"Stephen FrearsNick HornbyMay 7, 2019 (2019-05-07) (Sundance Now)
May 9, 2019 (2019-05-09) (SundanceTV)
5"Normal Slope"Stephen FrearsNick HornbyMay 8, 2019 (2019-05-08) (Sundance Now)
May 10, 2019 (2019-05-10) (SundanceTV)
6"Nigel and Naomi"Stephen FrearsNick HornbyMay 8, 2019 (2019-05-08) (Sundance Now)
May 13, 2019 (2019-05-13) (SundanceTV)
7"Call the Midwife"Stephen FrearsNick HornbyMay 9, 2019 (2019-05-09) (Sundance Now)
May 14, 2019 (2019-05-14) (SundanceTV)
8"Dolphins"Stephen FrearsNick HornbyMay 9, 2019 (2019-05-09) (Sundance Now)
May 15, 2019 (2019-05-15) (SundanceTV)
9"Prison Sex"Stephen FrearsNick HornbyMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10) (Sundance Now)
May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16) (SundanceTV)
10"Another Drink"Stephen FrearsNick HornbyMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10) (Sundance Now)
May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17) (SundanceTV)



On July 13, 2018, it was announced that SundanceTV had given the production a series order consisting of ten episodes running around ten minutes each; the series was expected to be written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears both of whom were set to executive produce alongside Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman with Amy Jackson serving as a producer. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of See-Saw Films.[3][5][6]


Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd had been cast in the series' lead roles.[3][5][6]


Principal photography for the series was expected to begin in the summer of 2018 in London, England;[3][5][6] the pub used for the series was the Thatched House in Hammersmith, London W6.



On October 10, 2018, a "first-look" image from the series was released.[7]


On January 28, 2019, the series held its world premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.[8]


In a positive review, Variety's Daniel D'Addario praised the series saying, "State of the Union pulls off a neat trick; given both its short running time and its fleetness of dialogue, we never get tired of hearing this couple's arguments, which could in other contexts be tiresome and circular."[9] In another encouraging criticism, The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg described the series as a "clever and beautifully acted piece" and declared that "Stephen Frears and Nick Hornby's perceptive two-hander is still well worth seeing."[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series State of the Union Won
Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Chris O'Dowd Won
Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Rosamund Pike Won


  1. ^ "SundanceTV Marries Short Form Innovation with Premium Scripted Drama in "State of the Union," Starring Award-Winners Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd". The Futon Critic. March 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Clooney's Catch-22, Fleabag Returns, Five-0 Finale and More". TVLine. May 17, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f White, Peter (July 13, 2018). "Rosamund Pike & Chris O'Dowd To Star In Stephen Frears-Directed, Nick Hornby-Penned Comedy Series For SundanceTV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "State of the Union – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Clarke, Stewart (July 13, 2018). "Rosamund Pike, Chris O'Dowd Have a Marital Crisis in Nick Hornby's SundanceTV Comedy". Variety. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c O'Connell, Michael (July 13, 2018). "Rosamund Pike, Chris O'Dowd to Star in 10-Minute Sitcom From Nick Hornby". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (October 10, 2018). "'State Of The Union': First-Look Photo Of Rosamund Pike & Chris O'Dowd In SundanceTV Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Fienberg, Daniel (January 28, 2019). "'State of the Union': TV Review | Sundance 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  9. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (January 29, 2019). "Sundance TV Review: 'State of the Union'". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2019.

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