Airdate: The OA

Netflix has made a late announcement for The OA, launching today.

The series centres on Prairie Johnson, a woman who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years. Blind when she disappeared, she now has her eyesight restored.

The Netflix original series The OA, which launches this Friday, is from visionaries Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice, The East), who created and wrote the eight chapter, mind-bending odyssey together. The show begins with a missing blind girl in her twenties, Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), who comes home to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk about her seven years missing with the FBI or her parents.

Other cast members include Emory Cohen (Brooklyn, The Place Beyond the Pines), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead, Junebug), Phyllis Smith (The Office), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Fury, Dig), Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact, Silent Hill), Patrick Gibson (The Tudors), Brendan Meyer (Mr. Young, The Guest) and newcomers Ian Alexander and Brandon Perea.

Marling stars in the series and Batmanglij directs all episodes. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg from Plan B (Oscar winning producers of 12 Years a Slave) and Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content (True Detective, The Knick) are executive producers of the series, along with Marling and Batmanglij. The OA is a Netflix production.


  1. Having watched a few episodes of OA and can understand if viewers get distracted in episode one, the low res look and hand held camera style looks budget but this changes as she tells her story in the episodes second half. Characters are complex and the story is threatening, I suspect the depressing claustrophobic darkness of most scenes will make it difficult for some viewers to finish the story.

  2. I watched the first episode, certainly different to most shows airing right now. Reviews are mixed to positive on Metacritic. Interested in seeing where it goes from here. This is definitely a mystery themed series. Much more of an arthouse series than ‘Stranger Things’.

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