“The banal” can be a most interesting place – if you stop and take a look. Telling tales of the characters who pass through a single room of a typical American chain motel, the Duplass Brothers-produced anthology series Room 104 begins its 12-episode season Friday, July 28 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Check out the full Room 104 trailer below, along with a full episode list with plot descriptions!
Update: Check out the Room 104 key art in the gallery below.
From Mark and Jay Duplass, the show tells a different story each week, with the tone, the characters and the era changing every time. Ranging from comedy to drama to horror, each episode plays like a mini-movie, offering a new discovery from one week to the next, telling tales of everyday people striving for connection and meaning.
Episodes include: Episode #1: “Ralphie” Debut: FRIDAY, JULY 28 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT) Things go horribly awry when a babysitter (Melonie Diaz) arrives at Room 104 to watch an unusual boy named Ralph (Ethan Kent). Ross Partridge also stars. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.
Episode #2: “Pizza Boy” Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 4 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) A pizza delivery boy gets caught up in a couple’s twisted games. James Van Der Beek and Davie-Blue star. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Patrick Brice.
Episode #3: “The Knockadoo” Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 11 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) A woman (Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris) seeking salvation is visited by a cult priest (Orlando Jones) promising to help her transcend the ordinary world for another realm. Written by Carson Mell; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.
Episode #4: “I Knew You Weren’t Dead” Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 18 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) A visitor (Jay Duplass) in Room 104 seeks advice about his marital troubles from a long-lost friend. Will Tranfo and Frank Ashmore also star.
Episode #5: “The Internet” Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 25 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) In 1997, a son (Karan Soni) must teach his mother (Poorna Jagannathan) how to use the Internet over the phone after leaving behind an important document on his laptop. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Doug Emmett.
Episode #6: “Voyeurs” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 1 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) The past and present come face to face when a housekeeper (Dendrie Taylor) reconnects with her younger self (Sarah Hay). Written by Dayna Hanson; directed by Dayna Hanson.
Episode #7: “The Missionaries” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 8 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) Two young Mormon missionaries (Adam Foster, Nat Wolff) test the boundaries of their faith. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.
Episode #8: “Phoenix” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 15 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) In 1969, the sole survivor (Amy Landecker) of a plane crash is faced with a decision: go back to the life she had or seize the opportunity to start anew. Mae Whitman also stars. Story by Xan Aranda and Ross Partridge; teleplay by Ross Partridge; directed by Ross Partridge.
Episode #9: “Boris” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) When an aging Croatian tennis player (Konstantin Lavysh) reveals memories of his tortured past to a housekeeper (Veronica Falcon), an unlikely bond is formed. Biff Wiff also stars. Written by Ross Partridge; directed by Chad Hartigan.
Episode #10: “Red Tent” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) Two young men (Keir Gilchrist, Brian Hostenske) plotting to disrupt a political convention are interrupted by nerves… and an AC repairman (Hugo Armstrong). Written by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
Episode #11: “The Fight” Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 6 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) Two female Mixed Martial Arts fighters (Natalie Morgan, Keta Meggett) work together to score a bigger payday in an upcoming bout. Stephen Rannazzisi also stars. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.
Episode #12: “My Love” Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 13 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) An octogenarian couple (Philip Baker Hall, Ellen Geer) returns to Room 104 to relive their first night together. Jacqueline Wright also stars. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Marta Cunningham.
Actors featured in the 12 episodes of Room 104 include: Hugo Armstrong, Davie-Blue, Melonie Diaz, Jay Duplass, Veronica Falcon, Adam Foster, Ellen Geer, Keir Gilchrist, Philip Baker Hall, Sarah Hay, Poorna Jagannathan, Orlando Jones, Ethan & Gavin Kent, Amy Landecker, Konstantin Lavysh, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Keta Meggett, Natalie Morgan, Ross Partridge, Karan Soni, Dendrie Taylor, Tony Todd, Will Tranfo, James Van Der Beek, Mae Whitman and Nat Wolff.
Directors of the 12 episodes of Room 104 include: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, Patrick Brice, Marta Cunningham, Doug Emmett, Megan Griffiths, Dayna Hanson, Chad Hartigan, Ross Partridge, Sarah Adina Smith and So Yong Kim.
Writers of the 12 episodes of Room 104 include: Xan Aranda & Ross Partridge, Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, Mark Duplass, Dayna Hanson, Carson Mell and Ross Partridge.
Filmmaking brothers Jay and Mark Duplass (along with Steve Zissis) were creators of the HBO comedy series Togetherness. They are also executive producers of HBO’s adult animated comedy series Animals, which returns for its third season in 2018.
Jay and Mark Duplass have written, directed and/or produced more than 20 films, including Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Baghead and their 2005 Sundance Film Festival breakout hit, The Puffy Chair. Other films produced by the Duplass Brothers include the Independent Spirit Award-winning Safety Not Guaranteed and Tangerine.
Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass are the creators and executive producers of Room 104; executive producer, Xan Aranda; co-executive producer, Ross Partridge; producer, Sydney Fleischmann.