Synopsis: An insightful, poignant, and sometimes hilarious portrait of what it means to be a woman today. Featuring a unique blend of magical realism, familiar domestic and professional scenarios, and futuristic worlds.

Format: Eight anthology episodes, all out now on Apple TV+

Cast: Alison Brie, Nicole Kidman, Betty Giplin, Merritt Wever, Cynthia Erivo, Fivel Stewart, Issa Rae, Meera Syal, Jake Johnson, Hugh Dancy, Daniel Dae Kim, Kara Hayward, Judy Davis, Justin Kirk, Bernard White, Griffin Matthews, Simon Baker, Julie White, Christopher Lowell, Alfred Molina, Riki Lindhome, P.J Byrne, Lauren E. Banks, Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas

Directors: So Yong Kim (episodes 3 & 8) , Anya Adams (episode 4), Liz Flahive (episode 6), Kim Gehrig (episode 2), Rashida Jones (episode 7), Channing Godfrey Peoples (episode 1), Quyen Tran (episode 5)
Writers: Cecelia Ahern(based on the book by), Liz Flahive (created by, episodes 1-8), Carly Mensch (created by, episodes 1-8), Halley Feiffer (episode 5), Janine Nabers (episode 1), Vera Santamaria (episode 7)

Streaming on Apple TV+ now, Roar is a brand new feminist anthology series from the executive producers behind Netflix’s wrestling drama, GLOW (cancelled all-too early) and based upon the book by Cecelia Ahern. There are thirty short stories in that book and eight episodes here, so there is plenty of room for me. 

The first season stars Alison Brie as a girl who solves her murder, Nicole Kidman as a woman who eats photographs and Betty Gilpin as a trophy wife who sits on a shelf. The title of each episode tells you exactly what the story is going about, and the metaphors aren’t figurative; they’re literal. 

Like any anthology series, I expected a few episodes to be bigger hits than others, but overall I was pretty impressed with what’s here. I don’t think there’s a bad episode amongst the bunch, although the premiere, “The Woman Who Dissapeard”, doesn’t start things on the best foot. Its ending will leave many confused, even if I think the point of that episode is obvious about halfway into the story. Still, it’s followed up by “The Women Who Ate Photographs,” which is my favourite of the series, even if there are some Australian biases on show here. 

I decided to rank each episode as I went, so I’ll give my quick thoughts on each below in that order.