Netflix today announced the premiere date for the upcoming series The Decameron, a soapy dark comedy that examines the all-too-timely theme of class struggles in the season of a pandemic in the year 1348. Created by Kathleen Jordan (Teenage Bounty Hunters, American Princess), who was very loosely inspired by the 14-century story collection The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, the eight-episode series will premiere July 25th.

The Decameron stars Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Zosia Mamet (Girls, The Flight Attendant), Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Derry Girls, The Fash), Amar Chadha-Patel (Dashcam, The Wheel of Time), Leila Farzad (I Hate Suzie, The Marvels), Lou Gala (Julia, Secrets d’histoire), Karan Gill (I May Destroy You, Cobra), Douggie McMeekin (Harlots, Chernobyl), Jessica Plummer (The Girl Before, EastEnders), and Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education, Emma).

(L-R) Zosia Mamet as Pampinea and Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Misia in Episode 102 of The Decameron. Photo by: Giulia Parmigiani/Netflix

The synopsis reads, “In the year 1348, the Black Death strikes hard in the city of Florence, and a handful of nobles retreat with their servants to a grand villa to wait out the plague with a lavish holiday. But as social rules wear thin, a scramble for survival ensues, brought to life by a cast of characters both cunning and outrageous.”

Executive producers are Jenji Kohan (Teenage Bounty Hunters, Orange is the New Black), Blake McCormick (Mad Men, Teenage Bounty Hunters), Tara Herrmann (Orange Is the New Black, Glow) for Tilted Productions, and Michael Uppendahl (Fargo, American Crime Story). Uppendahl will direct episodes 1, 2, 7, and 8.

(L-R): Lou Gala as Neifile, Douggie McMeekin as Tindaro, Tanya Reynolds as Licisca, Amar Chadha-Patel as Dioneo, and Tony Hale as Sirisco in Episode 103 of The Decameron. Photo by: Netflix
(L-R): Karan Gill as Panfilo, Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Misia, Douggie McMeekin as Tindaro, and Tony Hale as Sirisco in Episode 108 of The Decameron. Photo by: Giulia Parmigiani/Netflix

Netflix also dropped a teaser video for the upcoming series depicting “a wine-soaked sex romp set in the Italian countryside”:


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