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Room 104 is an American television anthology series created by Jay and Mark Duplass.[1] The series, ordered by and airing on HBO, debuted on July 28, 2017.[2] On August 24, 2017, the series was renewed for a second season.[3] The 12-episode second season will premiere on November 9, 2018.[4]

Room 104
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Genre
Created by
Composer(s) Julian Wass
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mark Duplass
  • Jay Duplass
  • Mel Eslyn
  • Sydney Fleischmann
  • Xan Aranda
Running time 21–29 minutes
Production company(s) HBO Entertainment
Duplass Brothers Productions
Distributor HBO Enterprises
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network HBO
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28) – present
External links
Website

Contents

PremiseEdit

The series is set in a single room of an American motel located in New York,[5] exploring characters who pass through it in each episode. Each episode is a different genre with some episodes more comical in nature and some more dramatic and some with horror and crime themes.

ReceptionEdit

Room 104 has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, it has a score of 65 out of 100 based on 22 reviews.[6] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 87% approval rating with an average score of 6.85 out of 10 based on 38 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Room 104 uses its anthology structure to its advantage, telling a series of short, eclectic stories that hit their marks more often than they miss."[7]

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28)October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
212[8]November 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)[8]December 15, 2018 (2018-12-15)[8]

Season 1 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Ralphie"Sarah Adina SmithMark DuplassJuly 28, 2017 (2017-07-28)0.249[9]
Meg (Melonie Diaz) is hired by a man (Ross Partridge) to babysit his pre-teen son Ralph (Ethan Kent) for one night in Room 104. She is initially amused when Ralph warns her that "Ralphie", a bad boy, is locked in the bathroom. When Ralphie attacks Ralph and her, she fights Ralphie off and strangles him. Ralph's father comes back, and Meg is strangling Ralph. She realizes that Ralphie was in her imagination.
22"Pizza Boy"Patrick BriceMark DuplassAugust 4, 2017 (2017-08-04)0.426[10]
A pizza deliverer (Clark Duke) becomes involved in a couple's (James Van Der Beek and Davie-Blue) argument. It later is revealed that the 'couple' are actors and the events were an audition. The 'pizza boy' hires them.
33"The Knockandoo"Sarah Adina SmithCarson MellAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)0.438[11]
A spiritually-hungry woman (Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris) is visited by a cult priest (Orlando Jones). She remembers that when she was a child, a boy showed her his penis and she hit it with a rock. The priest puts a rod into her nose. Also starring Tony Todd and Jenny Leonhardt.
44"I Knew You Weren't Dead"So Yong KimMark DuplassAugust 18, 2017 (2017-08-18)0.305[12]
A 42-year-old guest (Jay Duplass) whose wife wants to split up with him seeks advice from an the ghost of his college best friend (Will Tranfo) who accidentally drowned in his early twenties. The ghost later appears as an old, obese man Frank Ashmore). The guest realizes that he has to accept his friend's death and stop feeling guilty for not saving his life.
55"The Internet"Doug EmmettMark DuplassAugust 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)0.393[12]
In 1997, a young Indian man (Karan Soni) desperately tries to teach his mother (Poorna Jagannathan–never seen on screen), over the phone, how to use his laptop to send a copy of the novel he has been writing. She accidentally deletes his novel, so he tells her to take it to a computer shop so that the staff can try to retrieve it. She tells him that he was adopted - and that he was born to her 19-year-old Pakistani neighbor.
66"Voyeurs"Dayna HansonDayna HansonSeptember 1, 2017 (2017-09-01)0.240[12]
An episode told through interpretive dance, with very little dialogue. A middle-aged maid and former call girl (Dendrie Taylor) reconnects with her younger self (Sarah Hay).
77"The Missionaries"Megan GriffithsMark DuplassSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)0.366[13]
Two Mormons (Adam Foster and Nat Wolff) test their faith and their attraction to each other.
88"Phoenix"Ross PartridgeStory by : Xan Aranda and Ross Partridge
Teleplay by : Ross Partridge
September 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)0.375[14]
In 1969, the sole survivor (Amy Landecker) of a plane crash contemplates whether to go back to her old life with her husband and children in Phoenix, or to start over. Also starring Mae Whitman.
99"Boris"Chad HartiganRoss PartridgeSeptember 22, 2017 (2017-09-22)0.333[15]
An alcoholic Croatian retired tennis player (Konstantin Lavysh) forms a bond with a housekeeper (Veronica Falcon) when he reveals memories of his tortured past growing up in war torn Croatia during the early 1990s while she in turn reveals her status as an undocumented immigrant.
1010"Red Tent"Anna Boden & Ryan FleckAnna Boden & Ryan FleckSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)0.343[16]
A young man (Keir Gilchrist) planning to detonate an explosive at a political convention is interrupted by an air conditioning repairman (Hugo Armstrong), causing him to reconsider his plan. It is loosely implied that the repairman might be an FBI agent sent to stop the assassination attempt.
1111"The Fight"Megan GriffithsMark DuplassOctober 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)0.307[17]
Two female MMA fighters (Natalie Morgan and Keta Meggett) work together to earn a bigger payout for an upcoming match.
1212"My Love"Marta CunninghamMark DuplassOctober 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)0.225[18]
An elderly couple (Philip Baker Hall and Ellen Geer) relive their first night together.

Season 2 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [19]Directed by [19]Written by [19]Original air date [19]U.S. viewers
(millions)
131"FOMO"Ross PartridgeMark DuplassNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)TBD
142"Mr. Mulvahill"Ross PartridgeMark DuplassNovember 10, 2018 (2018-11-10)TBD
153"Swipe Right"Liza JohnsonLiza JohnsonNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)TBD
164"Hungry"Patrick BriceMark DuplassNovember 17, 2018 (2018-11-17)TBD
175"Woman in the Wall"Gaby HoffmannEsti GiordaniNovember 23, 2018 (2018-11-23)TBD
186"Arnold"Julian WassMark Duplass & Julian WassNovember 24, 2018 (2018-11-24)TBD
197"The Man and the Baby and the Man"Josephine DeckerStory by : Josephine Decker
Teleplay by : Josephine Decker & Onur Tukel
November 30, 2018 (2018-11-30)TBD
208"A Nightmare"Jonah MarkowitzMark DuplassDecember 1, 2018 (2018-12-01)TBD
219"The Return"So Yong KimMark DuplassDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)TBD
2210"Artificial"Natalie MoralesMark DuplassDecember 8, 2018 (2018-12-08)TBD
2311"Shark"Mark DuplassMark DuplassDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)TBD
2412"Josie & Me"Lila NeugebauerLauren BuddDecember 15, 2018 (2018-12-15)TBD

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Greene, Steve (October 1, 2018). "'Room 104' First Trailer: Mahershala Ali Headlines All-Star Indie Cast and Directors for Season 2". IndieWire. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
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