‘Catch-22': Everyone Tries to Get Out of World War II in George Clooney’s Hulu Limited Series (Video)

TCA 2019: Streamer will release all six episodes at once this spring

Last Updated: February 11, 2019 @ 8:13 PM

Hulu released the first look at George Clooney’s adaptation of Joseph Heller’s seminal war novel, “Catch-22” and it looks like everyone is trying to get sent home from World War II.

The streamer also announced that it will premiere all six episodes on Friday, May 17. You can watch the trailer above.

Though Hulu released the entire second of “Marvel’s Runaways” at once, the streamer has traditionally shied away from the binge-viewing model. Hulu is also dropping the first 3 episodes of the third season of “Handmaid’s Tale” at once.

Based on Heller’s novel, “Catch-22” is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. If Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of real and immediate danger is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

Along with Clooney and Abbott, the cast includes Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, Giancarlo Giannini, Daniel David Stewart, Rafi Gavron, Austin Stowell, Graham Patrick Martin, Gerran Howell, Jon Rudnitsky, Kevin J. O’Connor, Pico Alexander, Tessa Ferrer, Lewis Pullman, Josh Bolt, Jay Paulson, Julie Ann Emery and Grant Heslov.

“Catch-22” is executive produced by Clooney and Heslov on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown and Steve Golin on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies and David Michôd are co-writers and executive producers for the series. The six-part limited series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content is directed by Clooney, Heslov and Ellen Kuras, who also serves as producer. Each directed two episodes.

Here are the 2019 premiere dates Hulu unveiled Monday at TCA:

“Shrill” – Wednesday, March 15

“The Act” – Wednesday, March 20

“Into the Dark: I’m Just F—ing With You” – Friday, April 5

“Ramy” – Friday, April 19

“Into the Dark: All That We Destroy” – Friday, May 3

“Ask Dr. Ruth” – Friday, May 10 (20+ market theatrical release on Friday, May 3)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 3 – Wednesday, June 5

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