It’s not easy being the first woman of color to chair a university’s English department.
And it’s even harder when you’re brought in to helm what’s essentially a ticking time bomb of scandal. Or when the subject of that scandal is your co-worker and close friend whom you maybe have a crush on.
Luckily, Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) isn’t afraid of things getting a little messy.
Check out the trailer for the new Netflix comedy series The Chair below:
The Chair follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Oh) as she navigates her new role as the Chair of the English department at prestigious Pembroke University. Ji-Yoon faces 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. The older staff fear change, while new blood, like professor Yasmin McKay (Nana Mensah), agitate for it. Ji-Yoon tries to juggle her new administrative responsibilities —clashing with close co-workers who were confidants before she became the boss— with motherhood to her young daughter Ju Ju (Everly Carginilla) and caretaking for her father Habi (Ji Yong Lee).
Simultaneously she’s struggling to discern if her platonic relationship with beloved English professor Bill Dobson (Jay Duplass) is becoming something more… and if it even should. When Bill is captured on video making a controversial gesture the student body erupts into a call for accountability. Ji-Yoon’s ride gets even wilder as work, romance, drama and comedy collide in this layered, multi-faceted tale also starring Holland Taylor, Bob Balaban, and David Morse.
The trailer for the series features new song “Oh!” by Los Angeles punk band The Linda Lindas.
The Chair arrives on Netflix Friday, August 20.