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Two friends are on an unconventional journey to self-discovery in Netflix’s comedy series BONDiNG

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Bonding, or BONDiNG, is the upcoming Netflix Original comedy series created, written, and directed by Rightor Doyle, who’s better known as an actor and currently appears in HBO’s breakout hit Barry.

It stars Zoe Levin (Palo Alto, Red Band Society) as a graduate student in New York City who makes her living as a dominatrix. However in order to grow her business she needs an assistant she can trust implicitly, and so drafts her unwilling, but cash-deprived, gay best friend Pete (Brendan Scannell – Heathers) to help her.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

Chains, whips and hilarious quips! For grad student/dominatrix Tiff (Zoe Levin) and her cash-strapped gay best friend Pete (Brendan Scannell), S&M is a business, not a pleasure. Well, maybe there’s a little pleasure. Their professional relationship redefines their friendship, but more importantly helps them find themselves.

While there’s nothing particularly NSFW in what you’re about to see, I’m going to go ahead and give the warning anyway simply because the subject matter might be a touch risqué for some work environments. That said, let’s take a look:

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Yes, Zoe Levin does look really good in leather, but while you’re going to see her dressed that way quite often, this show isn’t about titillation. It’s about two people learning to let go of their preconceived notions around sexuality, thrown off (or on) some shackles both literally and metaphorically, and discover themselves – albeit in a non-conventional way.

I’ll definitely watch this because it looks different and awkwardly funny, but I have a sneaky suspicion that it’ll be a bit tame and won’t really push that many boundaries – and that I assume that is deliberate in order to avoid the aforementioned titillation overwhelming the actual message of the show. Levin and Scannell both look like they’re delivering good performances, and clocking in at only seven episodes the series won’t have time to exhaust its premise or overstay its welcome.

What do you think?

BONDiNG is available on Netflix right now, as it premiered yesterday on 24 April. It also stars Kevin Kane, Micah Stock, Stephanie Styles, Theo Stockman, D’Arcy Carden, and Eric Berryman.

Last Updated: April 25, 2019

16 Comments

  1. Pass

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  2. Kromas

    April 25, 2019 at 10:30

    Binged this show last night cause I had no power. Some parts pushed the envelope for me a bit but the underlying story between the two main characters were written really well.

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    • RinceThis

      April 25, 2019 at 10:30

      Worth watching?

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      • Kromas

        April 25, 2019 at 10:39

        I am going to say yes unless you are really not comfortable with your sexuality …. or birthday songs.

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        • RinceThis

          April 25, 2019 at 12:48

          I’m not a prude by any means so will give it a shot! Thanks!

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      April 25, 2019 at 10:39

      Cool that’s good to know. I was going to give it a bash this weekend cos I’m kinda in between shows.

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      • Kromas

        April 25, 2019 at 10:39

        Watched love death and robots yet?

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          April 25, 2019 at 10:46

          Yeah, finished it about a week or so ago. It was pretty cool for the most part, there were only a couple of the shorts I didn’t really enjoy. How’d you find it?

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          • Kromas

            April 25, 2019 at 10:46

            I loved it because it was out there and rather unique. It is the reason I gravitate towards anime more than normal shows. But yeah some of them missed the mark a bit.

  3. RinceThis

    April 25, 2019 at 11:11

    Cool. Will binge it this weekend and get a video review up.

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  4. Dresden

    April 25, 2019 at 11:21

    bOnDiNg

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