The Rehearsal (HBO)

I saw some people mention this in one of the rolled up threads, but this show needs its own discussion.

The setup: Nathan Fielder (Nathan For You) helps people prepare for difficult situations by creating elaborate sets and hiring actors so they can rehearse the situation before doing it for real. The sheer amount of money they put into practicing these things is kind of unbelievable, and Nathan’s awkward directness at times leads to some very interesting things. Starting in episode 2 it takes a very strange turn, but I’ll avoid spoilers in this first post. Highly recommended, but put up your cringe-shields. I rank this slightly worse than Curb Your Enthusiasm as far as viewer discomfort watching this play out.


I love this show, as well as Nathan for you.

Comment I highly agree with :

Nathan Fielder is the only person who understands how to use an HBO budget.

Here is my fan theory:

The entire season is a rehearsal for the real show.

I haven’t watched NFY yet, but now I really want to. I also get the sense that there is ‘more’ to this premise that we don’t know about yet.

I just watched the first couple of episodes of NFY. This is even more cringy than Rehearsal!

I loved Nathan for You and The Rehearsal is amazing so far. I like how the premise has already grown in the first few episodes.

@Vesper Because I always connect it to Nathan for You in my head, have you seen the Comedy Central show from the same period Review with Forrest MacNeil? It is a fully scripted show that feels similar to Nathan’s style while being very different. One of my favorite shows of all time.

I have not- I will check that out as well!

Yes, I will heartily second, and third and fourth and fifth review. I will give it as many seconds as pancakes that are eaten.

Nathan 4 you is such a good watch. Let me know when you get finished with Finding Frances.

Also, if you find parts of the rehearsal uncomfortable, get prepared for “Smokers Allowed” with probably one of my favorite moments of TV comedy of all time.


Omg, the newest episode gets so crazy.

The Fielder Method.

I love love loved episode 1. So much so I had to watch it again with my wife, who enjoyed it significantly less than I did but still got laughs. Such an inventive and absurd idea for a TV show.

Looking forward to seeing more episodes.

That was quite… something haha. I never would have expected the first episode of this show to be the most structured and straightforward one.

Man, I really loved in episode 3 when Nathan creates a disputed inheritance scenario exactly like the one the guy is rehearsing for. My guess is that he found out it was all a ruse and decided to leave the show, but that was a really emotional send-off speech he gave.

That was amazing. The sheer logistics involved in shooting this show are mind-boggling.

I believe that the unscripted participants are not “in on the joke”, for no reason other than I want it to be true, but the show’s direction is intentionally making that distinction meaningless. The teenage son storyline is fascinating.

If it’s like NFY, they sort of write the show from both ends, changing the concept and Nathan’s narration based on what they’re able to get from unscripted encounters. Brilliant approach, in my opinion, because it gives us as much real stuff as possible for a show with a budget/schedule/audience demands.

Thanks to the rehearsal I started watching Nathan for you and as expected it is incredible.

Just started this episode during a workout and had to stop the exercise as I couldn’t stop laughing:

If you thought that Judge Anthony Filosa answering Nathan’s weird legal questions was fun, get ready for him to be the guy Nathan always goes to with legal questions for the rest of the series.

That may not be wise.