'The Premise' Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot—Everything We Know So Far

The Premise is the new anthology series from The Office and The Newsroom star B.J. Novak, marking his streaming television debut. Novak is not only the creator, he also co-wrote two of the episodes, directed two installments, and serves as co-executive producer. Newsweek has everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated new series.

When Does The Premise Start?

After more than two years of waiting, The Premise finally has a release date.
The series will premiere on Thursday, September 16 exclusively on FX on Hulu in the U.S.

The first two episodes will be available from Thursday, September 16, with the remaining three airing weekly on the channel. Each episode is just 30 minutes long.

To watch The Premise, you can subscribe to a 30-day free trial of Hulu now. After the trial is complete, you can sign up to FX on Hulu from $5.99 per month.

Outside of the U.S., The Premise will be available to stream via Disney+ through the Star channel.

Who Stars in The Premise?

The Premise features a star-studded cast including Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim, Lola Kirke, Soko, Jermaine Fowler, Ayo Edebiri, and Eric Lange.

Also starring in the series are Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ed Asner, George Wallace, Boyd Holbrook, and Beau Bridges.

What is The Premise About?

The Premise on FX is an anthology series set in the present day, telling very relevant stories.

Each episode is different, addresses an issue that affects us all but is told from the perspective of just one character.

For example, episode 1 is titled "Social Justice Sex Tape" and see's Dear Evan Hansen's Ben Platt star as a man who can help an innocent man escape from prison with the help of a sex tape.

Platt stars alongside Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, Dickinson's Ayo Edebiri, and Coming 2 America's Jermaine Fowler in the episode.

Meanwhile, episode 2, titled "Moment of Silence" starts The Punisher's Jon Bernthal, Logan's Boyd Holbrook, Homeland's Beau Bridges, and Transparent's Amy Landecker in a story about a man who becomes the PR director of the National Gun Lobby, shortly following the death of his daughter to gun violence.

"The Ballad of Jesse Wheeler" is the title of episode 3. It sees a pop star, played by Ladybird's Lucas Hedges, return to his high school with the intention of making a donation to build a new library, but instead announces he will have sex with the school's valedictorian as a prize.

Hedges stars alongside Unbelievable's Kaitlyn Dever, Ingrid Goes West star O'Shea Jackson Jr, and Batman Forever's George Wallace.

Episode 4, titled "The Commenter," follows the story of what happens to a young couple when one seeks approval from an online troll. The episode stars Gone Girl's Lola Kirke and Her star Soko.

The fifth and final episode "Butt Plug" follows the story of a man who was once a poor immigrant turned multi-million-dollar businessman who takes his revenge against his high-school bully. The episode features Lost's Daniel Dae Kim and Narcos star Eric Lange.

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Is There A Trailer for The Premise?

Yes, there is a hilarious trailer available for The Premise.

The short trailer flashes through snippets from each episode, introducing viewers to the chaos that unfolds in each story.

From social justice sex tapes to pitching a butt plug as a product of choice, The Premise is a show you will not want to miss.

The Premise airs Thursdays on FX on Hulu.