George Clooney Makes an Explosive Return to TV in Catch-22

This is a (mostly) spoiler-free review of Hulu’s Catch-22 miniseries. The series premieres on Friday, May 17, 2019.

George Clooney makes a successful return to television with Hulu’s satisfying 6-episode adaptation of Joseph Heller’s seminal novel, Catch-22. The former ER leading man directs two out of six episodes, effectively capturing Heller’s satirical tale about a group of B-25 Bombardiers who fly dozens of missions over Nazi-controlled Italy during World War II. Clooney also does some fine on-screen work as a hot-headed general named Scheisskopf, but it’s Christopher Abbott’s (It Comes at Night) Captain Yossarian who steals the show.

Catch-22 opens with Yossarian walking naked through a smokey field with a haunted expression on his face. The weary soldier suddenly lets out a harrowing scream as if to say… “Enough!” And that’s where our story begins. The series is a thought-provoking examination of war, bureaucratic stupidity, love, camaraderie, and death. Yossarian acts as the audience’s eyes and ears into a maddening world that feels both fantastical and authentic.

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