Hulu’s new comedy series Catch-22 is a WWII satire limited series directed by George Clooney and they’ve just released a new trailer. The show will star Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, and Clooney as well.
It’s based on the novel of the same name written by Joseph Heller.
It does seem like Catch-22 is something we haven’t really seen with the WWII material in a long time. Potentially could be taking cues tonally from recent shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the classic war comedy series like M.A.S.H. and McHale’s Navy. To me, it reminded me most of the WWI Brit-Com series Blackadder Goes Forth, which starred Catch-22 cast member Hugh Laurie.
Christopher Abbott is Yossarian, a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive”. His odds of success at such a simple aim keep getting worse because Colonel Cathcart (Kyle Chandler) keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly. More than the retreating Germans, the real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. The pinnacle of this is Catch-22, a military by-law which states that if you fly your missions, you’re crazy, and don’t have to fly them; all you have to do is ask. But if you as not to, then you’re sane, and so you have to fly them. George Clooney stars as the barking mad, parade-obsessed Scheisskopf. Hugh Laurie is the mellow, slightly checked-out Major de Coverley. Clooney directs the six-episode series, along with Grant Heslov and Ellen Kuras.
Catch-22 is set to premiere on May 17th.