And while it certainly grab viewers’ attention with its weekly puzzles that need solving, producer-director Jesse Warn believes that this season’s 10 episodes have something special to offer. It delves deeply into the intricacies of human character, potentially setting it apart from the numerous procedural shows currently dominating network television.
“It honestly is a show where each week you feel like you get smarter when you watch it. You continue to learn and get these little tidbits about human behavior, and you get to see human experiments, different puzzles, and set-ups and learn real reasons why people might behave a certain way, despite the factual evidence,” Warn explains.
“And in that sense, I feel the show is of course a who-dun-it, but it’s more so a why-dun-it. Why are people doing this? Why are people behaving the way they behave? I think that’s a really nice point of difference for our show.”
Crafted by Arika Lisanne Mittman and drawing inspiration from Dan Ariely’s bestselling nonfiction work, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, The Irrational introduces us to Alec Mercer (Jesse L. Martin).
Alec Mercer is a distinguished professor of behavioral science who offers his unique insights to authorities when tackling a wide range of high-stakes cases. These cases can involve governments, corporations, and ordinary individuals, occasionally even gaining widespread attention.
Catch The Irrational on NBC every Monday at 10/9c, and you can stream episodes on Peacock the following day.