Taking work-life balance to a new level.

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A disturbing rebuttal to the “work-life balance” adages heard in every office; Severance is the latest psychological thriller from AppleTV+. Set at Lumon Industries, Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team of employees who have surgically divided their memories from work and real-life thanks to the severance procedure. When new employee Helly (Britt Lower) rejects her new life as an indentured office drone, the true nature of their work begins to get called into question. Their efforts to find out who they are and what it is they do from nine to five lead to a mystery full of thrilling reveals and plot twists.

Created by Dan Erickson and directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife Mcardle, Severance stars Adam Scott, Britt Lower, John Turturro, Zach Cherry, Patricia Arquette, and Christopher Walken.

  1. Episode 9 The We We Are
    Severance Season-Finale Recap: A Tale of 3 Innies The innies finally get to explore the real world in Severance’s explosive season finale.
  2. Episode 8 What’s for Dinner?
    Severance Recap: The Hour Is Yours The MDR crew plots to find out who they really are. But first, a weird waffle orgy.
  3. Episode 7 Defiant Jazz
    Severance Recap: Dance, Dance, Revolution Everyone is getting their hands dirty in the most suspenseful episode of Severance yet.
  4. Episode 6 Hide and Seek
    Severance Recap: Love in the Time of Severance Is Dylan right that love can transcend severance?
  5. Episode 5 The Grim Barbarity of Optics and Design
    Severance Recap: Inexplicable Goats The refiners explore Lumon’s bizarre depths and only find more questions.
  6. Episode 4 The You You Are
    Severance Recap: Eternal Sunshine of the Severed Mind This week’s episode sets up several potential story lines for (doomed) love in the severed world.
  7. Episode 3 In Perpetuity
    Severance Recap: Museum Madness Please fill out the official request for “TV recap interaction” before reading.
  8. Episode 2 Half Loop
    Severance Recap: Endless Toil Helly tries to make a great escape, and Mark calls in sick.
  9. Episode 1 Good News About Hell
    Severance Series-Premiere Recap: Who Are You? Apple TV+’s newest thriller is a disturbing rebuttal to the “work-life balance” adages heard in every office.

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