Let’s start with the basics: Nine Perfect Strangers is based on the namesake book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. It follows a group of—you guessed it—nine strangers, who are each on a different journey. Although they all hail from diverse backgrounds, they have one thing in common: They’re signed up to attend a wellness retreat at Tranquillium House.
The first episode introduces viewers to the guests, who are somewhat skeptical about the private facility. First, there’s Frances (Melissa McCarthy), a romance novelist who is on the verge of getting dropped by her publisher. Then there’s a married couple, Heather (Asher Keddie) and Napoleon (Michael Shannon), who brought along their 20-year-old daughter, Zoe (Grace Van Patten).
There’s also a former football star named Tony (Bobby Cannavale), a divorce lawyer named Lars (Luke Evans) and a single mother named Carmel (Regina Hall). Oh, and how could I forget about the materialistic couple, Jessica (Samara Weaving) and Ben (Melvin Gregg)?
However, the real scene-stealer is Masha (Nicole Kidman), the breathtaking Russian woman who runs the Tranquillum House. Her goal is to change the lives of her new subjects…but at what cost?