Social Distance

  • 31 Oct - 06 Nov, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

Social Distance is a remote-produced anthology – created by Hilary Weisman Graham, where we see people trying to handle the early days of the coronavirus crisis in funny and dramatic ways. It’s the latest in a wave of remotely-produced shows. The first episode is about Ike (Mike Colter); the Zoom meeting at the beginning of the episode is an AA meeting and is holed up in quarantine by him, because his girlfriend recently broke up with him. It’s been a rough go of it for the barbershop owner; his business is closed, he’s living alone, and he just doesn’t know what to do with himself. Finally, he calls his sponsor Gene (Steven Weber), who tells Ike to make the most of the time. Ike builds a following by taking Instagram pics of him and his “bae” – his potted fern – which helps him until things come crashing down. Social Distance takes a somewhat different approach. Each episode features a new set of actors telling a new story. Where Social Distance differs a bit is that it shows all of the tools we use to stay connected. But what we appreciated was the sophisticated nature of the humour we saw in each 16-22 minute episode.