‘Physical’ Review: Rose Byrne Shines in Lycra for Apple TV Aerobics Drama

‘Physical’ Review: Rose Byrne Shines in Lycra for Apple TV Aerobics Drama
The 1980s are a decade that’s been mythologized and romanticized to death, usually by men. That alone sets Annie Weisman’s “Physical” apart, and it is more than enough to recommend watching it. But what Weisman’s story does isn’t just examine the way women were spending a decade usually boiled down to big hair and cocaine — although that’s well-represented in the series. It also looks at how the oft-perceived frivolous things women were doing in the era often led to more power than anyone could realize.

Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne) is an ’80s woman trying to have it all: perfect home, perfect husband, and perfect body. Unfortunately, all three are in various states of falling apart, or at least they are by Sheila’s standards. Her husband, Danny (Rory Scovel) has just lost his job as a professor and has aspirations to join local government. But that takes money,
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