Unstable Season 1 Review – An entertaining workplace dramedy

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 4/5


Unstable is a Netflix workplace dramedy that is premised on a poorly functioning but fulfilling relationship between Ellis Dragon, who is a bright, well-respected and somewhat narcissistic biotech capitalist, and his child Jackson.

The death of Ellis’ partner Katie sends the CEO of Dragon Biotech into a meltdown. The closest friend Ellis seems to have, Anna Bennet, Dragon’s CFO, decides to invite Jackson to LA after discovering that some company board members wish to have Ellis removed.

The comedy show has elements that border on sci-fi, but at its core this is a series concerning loss, psychological well-being, as well as the bond between a father and son. The dad Ellis, who runs a cutting-edge biological research unit, is strange and self-absorbed in nature, whereas the child Jackson is socially awkward.

In the workplace comedy, Ellis Dragon and Jackson Dragon are portrayed by Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe, who are father and son in reality, adding a slightly meta feel to proceedings. Additionally, it’s reported that Rob Lowe’s cherished son’s frequent trolling of him served as inspiration for the show which is quite interesting.

Truthfully, many may envision a binge-worthy and uneventful comedy series with a few funny moments that could lead to a good time. However, we end up with a hilarious, well-written comedy show that’s thoroughly entertaining.

The central protagonist of the show is unstable, as the title suggests. His instability will unquestionably cause the audience to chuckle. In addition, the supporting cast members are quirky and highly entertaining in their own unique ways, which enhances the plot with humor and depth.

Despite dealing with serious mental health issues like grief, the show is lighthearted and enjoyable to watch. Even though the show’s storyline isn’t particularly interesting, its humorous edge will keep you watching. Additionally, the show has a lot of similarities to The Office. This is a workplace comedy; the central protagonist is similar to Michael but brighter, and the supporting cast is eccentric as well.

The plot involving Jackson and Ruby is quite a strange inclusion. Even for a show like this that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Jackson kissing her best friend Luna and Ruby encouraging that when they just recently broke up, is a little too lighthearted and easygoing.

The season ends with a bang, both literally and figuratively. Most of the loose threads are tied by the time this season is over but there’s definitely scope for more to follow.

Rob and John Owen Lowe, who play the main characters, do an excellent job in their roles. In addition, watching Sian Clifford, Rachel Marsch, and Aaron Branch is an actual treat.

Overall, Unstable is totally worth the time, owing to its short 20 minute long episodes that are both fun and easy to binge. The series includes both dramatic and comedic elements, along with everything in between. Although the plotline isn’t particularly noteworthy, the humor and the engaging characters make up for it. This is a must-watch if you’re looking for a light comedy.

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  • Verdict - 7.5/10

1 thought on “Unstable Season 1 Review – An entertaining workplace dramedy”

  1. So cheating and Falling out of love is most common themes in every drama whether it’s a serious or silly drama.

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