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Here And Now centers on a multiracial family which consists of six very different people. From the outside, the family looks tight-knit, and matriarch Audrey Black (Holly Hunter, Saving Grace) tries her best to keep it that way. However, under the surface, things aren’t so smooth.

Audrey, a former therapist, is married to Greg Bishop (Tim Robbins, The Brink), a philosopher. Together they have four kids, one biological child, Kristen (Sosie Bacon, 13 Reasons Why), and three adopted kids, all from different countries. Ashley (Jerrika Hinton, Grey’s Anatomy) is from Liberia, Duc (Raymond Lee, Best Couple Ever!) from Vietnam, and Ramon (Daniel Zovatto, The Deleted) was born in Colombia.

While every one of the family members is dealing with their own problems and Audrey is trying to diagnose everyone and everything, Ramon is starting to experience strange things. Ramon is having weird coincidences and straight up hallucinations. With everyone already on edge due to their personal issues, Ramon’s weird behavior is putting a strain on the relationships within the family.

Despite the potential of the show, Here And Now isn’t able to captivate its viewers. The show is trying to do too many things at once. Here And now attempts to fully introduce each of the characters, along with backstory and personal issues, rather than slightly touching upon each character and taking time to develop the rest of the story. Contradictingly, all characters still feel one-dimensional.

Since there is so much focus on the characters one might call this show character-driven, but then again, the characters are very underdeveloped. Unfortunately the show isn’t doing much better in the story department. If you were hoping for a strong story, you’re out of luck. Storywise, little happened in this first episode. Everyone has been diagnosed with numerous mental disorders by Audrey, but other than that a clear plot is missing. Without an actual story to be spotted, Here And Now isn’t worth watching.

Here And Now airs on Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.

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