The Chair (2014) : Season 1

  • Network: Starz
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 6, 2014
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jake Perlman
    Aug 29, 2014
    91
    The show's best tension comes from the awesome/awful self-awareness that plagues the directors as they attempt to make a film while being very much filmed themselves.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 5, 2014
    80
    The competition element is an intriguing twist, but what makes The Chair so compelling, beyond the usual monetary and production crises you'd expect during a four-week shoot in wintry Pittsburgh on a $600,000 budget, is watching two distinct personalities shape the material in such thoroughly different ways.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 4, 2014
    80
    Even if you’ve never wondered how a movie comes about, The Chair makes the process feel almost cinematic.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 4, 2014
    80
    These are fascinating, smart guys who really know the business but the flashy production of the show distracts from the points they’re trying to make. It’s a minor complaint for a really good show. There are so many remarkably interesting scenes in the first two episodes alone.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 8, 2014
    75
    The unscripted series is surprisingly engrossing and probably more valuable than two years of film school for would-be auteurs.
  6. Reviewed by: Myles McNutt
    Sep 5, 2014
    75
    The Chair has lots to show us about the changing face of independent media production, but it’s not confident enough in that material’s appeal to let it stand on its own.
  7. Reviewed by: Patrick Kevin Day
    Sep 8, 2014
    70
    This is strictly for lovers of the process.
  8. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 5, 2014
    70
    It's tough work that may help the viewer appreciate the miracle that occurs any time an indie movie actually makes sense, let alone transports audiences.
  9. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 2, 2014
    70
    Once The Chair gets beyond producers bloviating, it’s a more interesting series about the two newbie directors.
  10. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Sep 3, 2014
    60
    Despite its overly talky nature, those interested in how productions get off of the ground will be fascinated by the details, which The Chair doesn't miss one moment of (including many, many phone calls and Skype conversations). Others may find it overly tedious and return only to view the final products.
  11. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 5, 2014
    50
    When The Chair highlights the differences between its two stars, it is engaging and enlightening.... However, the show is significantly less interesting during some of the conversations that surround some of the decision-making.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 4, 2014
    50
    Moore’s explanation for the idea, frankly, is better than the execution.
  13. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 3, 2014
    50
    The more we get to see each concept, the more interesting The Chair could become. But strap yourself in for long, detailed meetings, mostly populated by people wearing knit caps, about stuff that either will make no sense to you or that you don't care about.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 22, 2015
    7
    Easily the best reality television show on air. Insightful and engaging look at directing and the grueling process experienced by these firstEasily the best reality television show on air. Insightful and engaging look at directing and the grueling process experienced by these first time directors. Full Review »