Brie Larson’s a Cooking Phenom in First “Lessons in Chemistry” Trailer

“I like to cook. It’s just chemistry.”

This is how Elizabeth Zott (Brie Larson) looks at her skill in the kitchen, not as a chore or a duty or even an art form, but as, well, a lesson in chemistry. Elizabeth is a lab tech, a talented one, who is on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough when she’s summarily fired. The problem for Elizabeth is this is the 1950s, and young women are not the types of people her male bosses want, or think they need, achieving scientific success. With her dreams dashed, Elizabeth is left to try to piece together a way to do what she loves, science, while keeping a roof over her head. That’s when she receives a very strange offer—does she want to host a cooking show?

Lessons in Chemistry tracks Elizabeth’s journey from budding scientist to initially reluctant host of “Supper at Six,” where she teaches a country of maligned, overworked housewives about more than just how to create the perfect soufflé. Elizabeth’s stealth mission is to school all the women watching, and eventually, the men, too, in lessons on science and on the perils of devaluing half of society based on their gender.

In her first TV role in a decade, Larson is joined by Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick) as her former colleague (and potential romantic partner) Calvin Evans, one man who values her intellect and sees her as an equal. They’re joined by Aja Naomi KingStephanie KoenigKevin Sussman, Patrick Walker, and Thomas Mann. Seven-time Emmy nominee Lee Eisenberg serves as showrunner.

The series is based on Bonnie Garmus’s novel of the same name. Check out the trailer below. Lessons in Chemistry arrives on Apple TV+ on October 13.

Here’s the official synopsis from Apple TV+:

Set in the early 1950s, “Lessons in Chemistry” follows Elizabeth Zott (played by Larson), whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a patriarchal society. When Elizabeth finds herself fired from her lab, she accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives — and the men who are suddenly listening — a lot more than recipes.

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Featured image: Episode 8. Brie Larson in “Lessons in Chemistry,” premiering October 13, 2023 on Apple TV+.


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