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Everything to Know About NBC's New Drama, The Irrational

Get ready to do a deep dive into human decision-making when The Irrational premieres this fall. 

By Jessica White
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A brand new drama is coming to NBC this fall called The Irrational, starring Jesse L. Martin. 

The Irrational has an intriguing premise. What is the art of rationality, and how do our preconceived notions dictate our decision-making? These are just some of the questions The Irrational tackles head-on, and we can't wait to see how the action unfolds. 

Below, read everything you need to know about The Irrational, including premiere dates and cast information. 

What is The Irrational about?

Here's an official description for the show:  "Alec Mercer is a world-renowned leader in behavioral science who lends his expertise to an array of high-stakes cases involving governments, law enforcement, and corporations with his unique and unexpected approach to understanding human behavior." 

Alec Baker (Jesse L. Martin), Phoebe (Molly Kunz), and Owen (Arash Demaxi) in a scene from The Irrational.

The NBC drama is based on Dan Ariely’s novel Predictably Irrational, which challenges readers' assumptions about making decisions based on rationality. Sounds like we have yet another binge-worthy cerebral drama on the horizon!  

When does The Irrational premiere?

A release date has yet to be announced for The Irrational, but check back here for updates. We do know the show will premiere some time in the fall. 

The Irrational cast

The Irrational will feature a stacked cast of talented performers, including Jesse L. Martin, Maahra Hill, Travina Springer, Molly Kunz, and Arash DeMaxi. 

Split image of Jesse L. Martin, Maahra Hill, and Travina Springer

Martin is an accomplished actor of both stage and film. He originated the role of Tom Collins in Rent on Broadway and later reprised the part in the 2005 film adaptation. Martin's appeared in dozens of iconic projects, including The Flash, The Cake Eaters, and Smash.

Split image of Molly Kunz and Arash Demaxi

Martin also starred in Law & Order as Detective Edward Green, a dedicated cop who put away dozens of bad guys throughout Seasons 10-18 of the flagship series. He was featured in 198 episodes and even guest-starred in two exciting episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. All of this is to say: Martin has experience with NBC nail-biters, so we know he's going to be an epic force for The Irrational.

Where to watch The Irrational

Check back here for updates about The Irrational's premiere date, because you won't want to miss it. Episodes will air this fall, Mondays at 10/9c on NBC after The Voice and stream the next day on Peacock. 

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