Trying: Season 1

Trying: Season 1

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Apple+/BBC original feel-good series about "growing up, settling down and finding someone to love," focusing on a British couple struggling to have a baby. Stars Rafe Spall, Esther Smith and Imelda Staunton. More

How are Jason (Spall) and Nikkie (Smith) going to fill the next 50 years if they can’t start a family? After ruling out every other option, Nikki and Jason decide to adopt and are confronted by a world of bewildering new challenges. With their dysfunctional friends, screwball family and chaotic lives, they need to convince an adoption that they’re ready to be parents.

2020UKApple Studios, BBC



Nikki and Jason

When they learn that another round of IVF would be... More too expensive and unlikely to work, Nikki and Jason explore adoption.


The Ex-Girlfriend

Jason gets in touch with an ex before social services... More interviews her.


Tickets for a Queue

Nikki and Jason go to a picnic with other potential... More adopters - and get intimidated by the quality of their competition.


Rainbow Castle People

After a wild night out, Nikki and Jason are faced... More with potentially disastrous consequences the next morning.


Someone Else's Kids

Deciding that they need more hands-on experience looking after kids,... More Nikki and Jason agree to babysit their friends' children for a day.


Show Me the Love

Jason starts getting cold feet about the process after a... More mandatory training session.


Good Old Family Map

Nikki grows paranoid about Jason after reading a suspicious text.


We Know the Way Out

Season finale. Despite the added irritation of a new roommate,... More it's time for Nikki and Jason to face the adoption panel.

Trying: Season 1 | Reviews

86%22 reviews

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

An attempt to mine comedy from the child adoption process that is intermittently funny and goofily charming – but doesn’t ultimately convince.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The genuinely loving, intimate banter between Nikki and Jason in their quieter moments too is one of the series’ greatest strengths.

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The fun of “Trying” is in getting to see, bit by bit, this couple realizing that they're good enough, not just as potential parents.

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The first four episodes of this opening season definitely have their charms... the back half is really where “Trying” settles into a groove.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Inspired by — and an inverse of — the charmingly vulgar parenting comedy Catastrophe, about strangers who fall into a relationship after accidental insemination, this London-set sadcom invites us into the lives of an unmarried working-class couple who decide to pursue adoption after an expensive and futile round of IVF.

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Trying: Season 1 | Release Details

Trying: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Apple TV+.