Trying. Image shows from L to R: Nikki Newman (Esther Smith), Jason Ross (Rafe Spall)


  • TV sitcom
  • Apple TV+
  • 2020 - 2022
  • 24 episodes (3 series)

Comedy about a young couple planning to adopt a baby. Stars Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Imelda Staunton, Darren Boyd, Phil Davis and more.

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Comedies in the running for Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2021

Bloods, Brassic, Motherland, Starstruck, Trying and We Are Lady Parts are amongst the nominees for the Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2021.

British Comedy Guide, 8th September 2021

Trying review

Not even directing from a far-off bedroom could keep this Apple TV+ comedy from chronicling a roller-coaster adoption journey with care and attention.

Steve Greene, IndieWire, 2nd July 2021

All of life can be found in a good sitcom

Highbrow dramas and earnest documentaries are often held up as mirrors but shrewd historians know to look at comedy.

Libby Purves, The Times, 31st May 2021

Trying, Apple TV+ review

Esther Smith triumphs anew in adoption-centred comedy-drama.

Matt Wolf, The Arts Desk, 21st May 2021

Backstage with... stars of parenting comedy Trying

An interview with Rafe Spall and Esther Smith.

Claire Gregory, Sky News, 21st May 2021

Trying Series 2 review

With Esther Smith and Rafe Spall back in delightful form, it would be hard to find a better pair to build a heartwarming comedy around.

Steve Greene, IndieWire, 21st May 2021

Trying 2 review

In an era of TV/streaming shows celebrating diversity, Andy Wolton's programme feels like something of a throwback to a Richard Curtis-style period when London was populated entirely by white people, i.e. never.

Dan Meier, The Upcoming, 17th May 2021

Rafe Spall, Esther Smith still 'Trying'

Jason Ross and Nikki Newman are back for Season 2 of Trying - and all is right in their world. Well, almost.

Michael Starr, The New York Post, 11th May 2021

Trying to return to Apple TV+ for Series 3

Trying, the Apple TV+ comedy series starring Rafe Spall and Esther Smith as a couple planning to adopt a baby, is to return for a third series. Meanwhile, the second series will be available to stream from 14th May.

British Comedy Guide, 24th March 2021

I Talk Telly Awards 2020 nominations

After Life, Friday Night Dinner, Gavin & Stacey, Ghosts, Home, Inside No. 9, Man Like Mobeen and This Country are amongst the nominees for the I Talk Telly Awards 2020.

British Comedy Guide, 8th November 2020

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