ⓘ The Kominsky Method is an American comedy web television series, created by Chuck Lorre, that premiered on November 16, 2018, on Netflix. The series stars Micha ..

The Kominsky Method

ⓘ The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method is an American comedy web television series, created by Chuck Lorre, that premiered on November 16, 2018, on Netflix. The series stars Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, and Nancy Travis and follows an aging acting coach who, years earlier, had a brief moment of success as an actor. On January 17, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which premiered on October 25, 2019.


1.1. Cast and characters Main

  • Nancy Travis as Lisa, a recent divorcee who decides to take acting lessons from Sandy.
  • Sarah Baker as Mindy, Sandys daughter who runs his acting studio with him.
  • Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, a once successful actor who now works as a revered acting coach in Hollywood.
  • Alan Arkin as Norman Newlander, Sandys agent and friend.

1.2. Cast and characters Recurring

  • Paul Reiser as Martin Schneider, Mindys boyfriend season 2
  • Danny DeVito as Dr. Wexler, a urologist whom Sandy consults regarding his frequent urination season 1
  • Ashleigh LaThrop as Breana, a student in Kominskys acting class
  • Melissa Tang as Margaret, a student in Kominskys acting class
  • Susan Sullivan as Eileen, Normans wife to whom hes been married for 46 years
  • Ann-Margret as Diane, Normans friend season 1
  • Lisa Edelstein as Phoebe, Normans estranged daughter who struggles with pill addiction
  • Jane Seymour as Madelyn, a rekindled flame from Normans past season 2
  • Cedric Begley as Mathew, Lisas son season 1
  • Casey Brown as Lane, a student in Kominskys acting class
  • Emily Osment as Theresa, a student in Kominskys acting class
  • Anoush NeVart as Rosamie, Normans housekeeper season 1
  • Jenna Lyng Adams as Darshani, a student in Kominskys acting class
  • Graham Rogers as Jude, a student in Kominskys acting class
  • Ramon Hilario as Alex the Waiter

2.1. Production Development

On August 14, 2017, it was announced that Netflix was finalizing a series order for the production for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was set to be written by Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, and David Javerbaum. Lorre was also set to direct the first episode and executive produce alongside Michael Douglas. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions. On July 29, 2018, it was announced during the Television Critics Associations annual summer press tour that the series was to premiere on November 16, 2018. On January 17, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season consisting of eight episodes. The second season was released on October 25, 2019.


2.2. Production Casting

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin had been cast in the lead roles of Sandy Kominsky and Norman, respectively. In January 2018, it was announced that Nancy Travis and Sarah Baker had been cast in main roles and that Susan Sullivan, Emily Osment, Graham Rogers, Ashleigh LaThrop, Jenna Lyng Adams, Melissa Tang, Casey Brown, and Lisa Edelstein would appear in a recurring capacity.

On February 7, 2019, it was announced that Jane Seymour, Jacqueline Bisset and Paul Reiser had been cast in recurring roles for season two.


3. Reception

Critical response

The series has been met with a positive critical response upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 89%. The websites critical consensus reads, "Full of humor and heart, The Kominsky Method paints a surprisingly poignant – if a little paint-by-numbers – portrait of life and aging, elevated by two top-notch performances by acting legends Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 68 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."


4. Home media

The first season was released to general retailers on November 19, 2019 in Region 1, with a Blu-ray version made available exclusively through the Warner Archive Collection.

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