Garmus’ novel, published last April by Doubleday, follows Elizabeth Zott, a chemist in the early 1960s who becomes the host of a popular cooking television show called Supper at Six. The book was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, with a reviewer writing, “A more adorable plea for rationalism and gender equality would be hard to find.”
The series stars Brie Larson (Room) as Elizabeth, with other characters portrayed by Caryn West (PEN15), Ashley Monique Clark (The Hughleys), Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick), Debbie Pollack (UnCorked), and Aja Naomi King (How To Get Away With Murder). The showrunner is Lee Eisenberg (The Office). Eisenberg, Larson, and Jason Bateman are among the show’s executive producers.
Apple released a trailer for the series last month. Set to Mildred Bailey’s song “Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam!),” it opens with a shot of Larson in a cafeteria, and then cuts to a scene of her in a laboratory. The trailer ends with Larson facing a television camera, saying, “Welcome, viewers. My name is Elizabeth Zott, and this is Supper at Six.” Ecstatic members of the studio audience give her a standing ovation.
Following the premiere, the series will release new episodes every Friday, before ending on Nov. 24.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.