You Me Apocalypse Series Premiere Recap

You, Me and the Apocalypse: Is NBC's New Comedy the Be-All, End-All?

It’s a rough state of affairs when news of the Earth’s impending destruction isn’t the worst thing that happens to you in a given day, yet that’s where the members of You, Me and the Apocalypse‘s doomsday bunch are at the outset of NBC’s new comedy.

In a moment, we’ll want to know what you thought of the premiere of the series (which has already aired in the United Kingdom). But first, a brief recap:

The hour opens just as a giant asteroid is about to make impact with our planet in what the American president calls a “extinction-level event.” In a bunker buried deep in the ground, we meet Jamie (Matthew Baynton, the UK’s Gavin and Stacey), who is baffled that he wound up there with a bunch of strangers.

And just like that, a title card informs us, we’re back to 34 days before the end of the world. We find out that Jamie is a British bank manager whose wife went missing soon after their honeymoon; she’s been gone for seven years, but his anguish over her disappearance continues. The cops are watching him, and when they arrest him for hundreds of counts of robbery, it becomes clear they think he’s White Horse, the leader of a group of cyberterrorists known as Deus Ex Machina.

Jamie is not White Horse, but he sure looks like him. And when a surveillance photo proves that not only is Jamie’s wife alive (!), but she’s been palling around with his doppelganger (!!), his mother reluctantly admits that he could have a twin, because he was adopted and she doesn’t know anything about his birth family.

Meanwhile, in New Mexico, new inmate Rhonda (Jenna Fischer, The Office) tries to avoid trouble — and Leanne (Megan Mullally, Will & Grace), the swastika-tattooed white supremacist who keeps trying to befriend her — on her first day in prison. Rhonda is covering for her 14-year-old son, who hacked into both the White House and the Pentagon but didn’t steal or leak any information.

Across the ocean, young nun Sister Celine (Gaia Scodellaro) has a job interview as researcher for Father Jude, the Vatican’s devil’s advocate (Rob Lowe, Parks and Recreation); the office exists as “quality control” for canonization, he explains. After a rough interview, Celine runs from his office crying, but returns to dump a flower vase over his head and assert how good she would’ve been in the position.

Just then,  news of impending doom breaks. As the world grapples with the idea that everything will end in 34 days, the core characters take action. Sister Celine agrees to help Father Jude protect the scared citizens from charlatans who’d prey on their fears. Jamie decides to search for his wife on his own. And when White Horse takes control of the New Mexico prison, Rhonda busts out — only to be picked up by Jamie’s twin, with a persistent Leanna along for the ride, as well.

Flash forward to the bunker: Many of the people we’ve met during the hour are there with Jamie. “We’re hardly the A-Team,” he notes, but they may be all that’s left of humanity when the asteroid hits.

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the premiere? Grade the episode below, then hit the comments to expand on your thoughts!


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  1. George says:

    WAY too many commercials…I won’t waste my time watching it again.

  2. I love it. I literally just want to binge this show in one day. Its going to be hard waiting week to week. Great plot, Great Characters! Its going to be a fun ride!

  3. Tennisnsun says:

    Loved it because it was so different even though a tad hard to follow at this time. Hated seeing Rob Lowe smoking like a chimney. I have always loved his work but that smoking bit did not look like acting. He appears to be so fit and still handsome but I could smell the gross smoke billowing across my living room. ICK!

  4. it was far less comedic than you are led to believe in promos.

  5. smartysenior says:

    I thought this was completely new, refreshing, original, fun, intriguing and I can’t wait to watch more episodes. But then I loved Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me too. I’m a real fan of creative new concepts because I truly loath all these reboots they’re doing now and who needs another cop show. But mostly I love pure entertainment and brand new plot ideas. I hope this one catches on.

    • Joey says:

      I completely agree, Bryan Fuller is a pure genius. It still kills me that Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, & most recently Hannibal were cancelled so early. The writing/casting/scriptwriting/cinematography etc were all perfection. At least Fuller is currently working on an adaption of American Gods, & he’s extremely excited about it so I know it will be yet another phenomenal show.

  6. Peter Maizitis says:

    Originally released in the UK on 30 September 2015 and first premiered in the US on 28 January 2016 … my review: “Instantly addicting”.

  7. Jake says:

    Totally agree and I still was waiting for Karen Walker every time I saw Megan Mullally. I am not a Jenna Fischer fan, she annoys me, but I will watch for Megan and Rob and the sister…

  8. tvjunkie says:

    The least funny comedy and in absolutely nothing funny at all that I’ve seen in quite a while. Even the very dry New Girl elicits a laugh once in a while, but this show’s pilot was a complete dud.

  9. Jean DeLaura says:

    Excellent , but I want to watch again because I was interrupted a few times during show. I was disappointed that it was not on NBC watch on demand yet . Very unique premise for a show. Looking forward to next episode.

  10. Tim says:

    Loved it! Totally addicting and brought a smile to my face.

  11. Emmet Poerter says:

    So… White Horse faked the comet; the world isn’t going to end; the question is why…