The Chair

10 Best Episodes of The Chair

At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 06, 2023.

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The Chair - S1E2

#6 - The Faculty Party (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Tired of the lack of diversity in Pembroke’s staff, Ji-Yoon makes a bold decision during a faculty soiree. A video from Bill's lecture causes a stir.

The episode was rated 7.10 from 231 votes.

The Chair - S1E4

#5 - Don't Kill Bill (Season 1 - Episode 4)


Pressure mounts for Ji-Yoon to turn the department around after Bill's suspension. The hiring of a new professor undermines Yaz's chance at tenure.

The episode was rated 7.16 from 198 votes.

The Chair - S1E1

#4 - Brilliant Mistake (Season 1 - Episode 1)

With the department facing budget cuts and low enrollment, Ji-Yoon vows to make some changes as chair while one professor struggles to keep it together.

The episode was rated 7.17 from 270 votes.

The Chair - S1E3

#3 - The Town Hall (Season 1 - Episode 3)


Bill hosts a town hall with the students that quickly takes a turn. Joan starts a fire. A dinner with the dean puts Ji-Yoon in an awkward position.

The episode was rated 7.17 from 220 votes.

The Chair - S1E6

#2 - The Chair (Season 1 - Episode 6)

As his hearing approaches, Bill's academic future comes into question. Ji-Yoon's revelation puts the board on the spot and shakes up the department.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 203 votes.

The Chair - S1E5

#1 - The Last Bus in Town (Season 1 - Episode 5)


Ji-Yoon visits Pembroke's new lecturer as Bill joins in on a Korean tradition. The tenured professors band together, and Yaz receives an enticing offer.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 203 votes.

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