Television

Every Chair in The Chair, Ranked

Sandra Oh as Dr. Kim in The Chair, sitting in a chair.
No. 93. Eliza Morse/Netflix

I have to confess that when I found out The Chair was about the chair of an academic department and not a chair that you sit in, I was a little disappointed. Isn’t it about time that chairs (again, the sitting kind) got a prestige television show of their own?

As a small protest against the show’s insistence on focusing on higher education at the expense of any substantive discussion of furniture, I decided that when I watched, the least I could do was pay extra attention to the chairs of The Chair. Here, then, is a list of all the chairs in The Chair, which I have helpfully ranked from worst to best.

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421–356.

Elliot at the front of a college classroom with old chairs in it.
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357–318 (the student chairs) and 317 (chair at the front of the class).

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Joan teaching from a podium in a well-lit college classroom with rows of gray plastic chairs in it.
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316–287 (estimated number of chairs seen at the airport).

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Bill and his daughter hugging in an airport.
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286.

Joan standing at an IT desk talking to two men.
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285.

Bookshelves in a college library in front of a desk where Elliot sits at a computer.
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284.

Bill's lawyer sitting behind a desk in an office.
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283–224.

Elliot and Yaz stand in an old-looking college classroom with paintings in the front and many rows of wooden chairs.
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223–212.

Bill's disciplinary meeting.
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211, 210, and 209.

Dr. Kim visits Joan's shabby new office.
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208.

A female student sits on a chair in Bill's office.
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207 and 206.

Joan going undercover in the library.
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205.

Bill sits on a chair in his office with one leg, injured, up on his desk.
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204–184.

The back of Dr. Kim's head as she looks at a college classroom with about a dozen students in it.
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183.

Bill bends down to pick something up in front of his front door, next to a chair piled with clothes and other stuff.
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182–181 (the two chairs in front of the desk). 180 (the gray chair behind the desk).

A door opens into an office in a college building, where Joan sits in a chair in front of a desk.
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179 and 178.

Dr. Kim sits on a tall chair in front of a kitchen counter in a dark house.
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177.

Bill standing in front of a chair covered in coats.
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176.

Dr. Kim and Bill put on their coats at a party in the room where everyone left their coats.
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175–166.

Bill drinks at an airport bar.
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165–159.

Yaz in a college classroom, with a section of chairs cordoned off behind her.
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158.

Elliot looks at a computer while sitting at a desk with lots of papers and folders on it.
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157.

Ju Ju colors while laying on the rug in a living room and her grandfather sits in a chair.
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156–116 (estimated number of chairs in this classroom shown).

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A teaching assistant and students sit in wooden seats in a college classroom.
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115.

Dr. Kim sitting behind a desk in a grand-looking office, right before her chair breaks.
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114 and 113.

Chairs in David Duchovny's living room in The Chair.
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112–97 (estimated number of bowling alley chairs shown).

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Dr. Kim sits on a plastic seat at a bowling alley.
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96.

A living room with a rocking chair and a piano in it.
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95 and 94.

Bill stands in front of his lawyer's desk.
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93.

Dr. Kim sits in a chair in front of a bookshelf.
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92.

Ju Ju's therapist.
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91-89 (the dining room chairs in the background) and 88 (the comfy chair in the foreground).

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Ju Ju sits on a big chair and her grandfather stands a few feet away.
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87.

Dr. Kim sits in a chair in a fancy-looking office.
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86.

The dean of Pembroke sits at a desk.
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85.

David Duchovny's living room in The Chair.
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84–79 (the chairs at the table) and 78 (the cute little white chair).

Ju Ju stands up holding a book in front of the dining room.
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77, 76, and 75 (the fancy chairs in the background, not the chairs at the table).

Bill's lawyer at a conference table with some fancy chairs behind her.
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74–45 (estimated number of these chairs shown at a party).

Bill sits with other men at a table at a party.
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44–34 (both styles of boardroom chairs are of equal quality).

The English department meeting in an office.
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33.

Dr. Kim stands at the front of a grand-looking college classroom with bookshelves and a blackboard behind her.
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32.

Dr. Kim with her hair wrapped in a towel, sitting on her bed.
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31.

Pembroke's dean sits in a leather chair at a desk.
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30, 29, and 28.

Inside David Duchovny's house in The Chair.
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27–24.

The dean and Dr. Kim sit at his dining room table.
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23–20.

Bill talks to the college's communications expert in the dean's office.
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19–17 (left) and 16 (right).

Dr. Kim walks into David Duchovny's pool area on The Chair.
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15.

Joan when she becomes department chair.
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14, 13, and 12.

David Duchovny's beautiful indoor pool in The Chair.
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11.

Bill asleep on the floor and Ju Ju asleep in bed in her bedroom.
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10.

Someone sitting on a crate in front of a desk because the chair is broken.
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9.

Dr. Kim and Ju Ju in a child therapist's office.
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8 and 7.

Green leather chairs in front of the desk in Dr. Kim's office.
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6 (right) and 5 (the green one on the left).

Elliot talks to a sleeping colleague sitting in an armchair.
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4, 3, and 2.

A snow-covered lawn at Pembroke, with a couple chairs on it.
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1.

The traditional chair for a dol ceremony.
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