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'The Chair' on Netflix — everything you need to know about Sandra Oh's university comedy

Sandra Oh stars in Netflix comedy The Chair.
Sandra Oh stars in Netflix comedy The Chair. (Image credit: Netflix)

Sandra Oh is trying a spot of comedy in The Chair which will transport viewers into the hilarious high-pressured world of a failing university English department. Killing Eve’s Sandra plays the woman tasked with trying to save a real sinking ship.

Shooting for the comedy-drama, which comes from the creators Game of Thrones, began in February this year and also boasts Transparent star Jay Duplass and Holland Taylor from Two and a Half Men among the cast.

So here’s everything we know so far about the Netflix series The Chair

The Chair release date on Netflix

Filming wrapped on The Chair in Pittsburgh in April and the 6 half-hour episodes are all set to land on Netflix on  August 20 2021.  

What's the plot?

The Chair has been described as a "dramedy" and follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she navigates her new role as the chair of a failing English department at the prestigious Pembroke University. Ji-Yoon is faced with plenty of challenges and some high expectations, especially as she’s the first woman to head up the department and one of the few staff members of color at the university. But luckily she has witty, no-nonsense Professor Joan Hambling (Holland Taylor), who’s her close friend and confidante, to help her meet the dizzying demands of her new role.

The Chair cast — Sandra Oh as Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim

Sandra Oh, who’s also acting as executive producer of The Chair, plays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, Pembroke University’s new English Department Chair and the first woman and person of color in the role. 

Oh found fame and fans as Cristina Yan in the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy and has won two Golden Globes, both for Grey’s Anatomy and for her role as Eve Polastri in Killing Eve. She’s also set to star in the horror film Umma later this year, as well as the eagerly awaited final series of Killing Eve, which will air next year.

She also lent her voice to the Netflix animation Over The Moon, plus the animated series Invincible which arrived on Amazon Prime earlier this year.

Sandra Oh in The Chair on Netflix.

Sandra Oh plays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim in The Chair. (Image credit: Netflix)

Sandra Oh in Killing Eve.

The Chair star Sandra Oh with her Killing Eve co-stars. (Image credit: BBC)

The Chair cast — who else is starring

As well as Jay Duplass and Holland Taylor, other series regulars include Nana Mensah (Bonding), who plays Ji-Yoon’s close colleague Yaz McKay, Bob Balaban (The Politician) as set-in-his-ways Professor Elliot Rentz, as well as Everly Carganilla (from Netflix family drama Yes Day) as Ji-Yoon’s precocious young daughter.

Is there a trailer for The Chair on Netflix?

Yes, after a teaser trailer for The Chair dropped in late June, a new full-length trailer is now available. The new trailer reveals more of the plot, which sees Oh's character taking over the department as scandal hits involving a professor she appears to have a romantic history with. Let the craziness commence.