Sandra Oh is an actress with one eclectic career. Of course, she’s probably best known for her roles in the series “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Killing Eve,” but over the years, she’s done everything from comedies to dramas to animated features and superhero TV series (you really should watch “Invincible” on Amazon Prime Video, by the way). And now, the actress is signed on to star in a new Netflix series, “The Chair,” which shows Oh’s comedic abilities.
As seen in the trailer for “The Chair,” the series follows Oh as she played Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, a new Chair of the English Department at a prestigious university. Of course, since this is a comedy, it’s not all paperwork and college lessons. Instead, Dr. Kim has to deal with the fact that she is the first female Chair, surrounded by significantly older, white male colleagues, in a department that is seemingly the source of intense scrutiny and controversy. And let’s just say, she’s not really all that cut out for the mess she walks into, which leads to some seriously comedic situations. Hey, a situational comedy? They really should come up with a better term for that, huh?
Joining Oh in the cast are Jay Duplass, Nana Mensah, Ji Yong Lee, Everly Carginilla, Holland Taylor, Bob Balaban, and David Morse. “The Chair” is written, produced, and showrun by Amanda Peet.
“The Chair” debuts on Netflix on August 20. You can watch the new trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
The Chair follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she navigates her new role as the Chair of the English Department at prestigious Pembroke University. Ji-Yoon is faced with a unique set of challenges as the first woman to chair the department, and as one of the few staff members of color at the university.