‘What/If’ Season 1: Everything We Know So Far

Jacob Robinson What's on Netflix Avatar

What/If Netflix Promotional Poster

What/If – Netflix

Hopefully, you haven’t had burn out from all the Netflix Originals that have arrived in May, as there’s an excellent title on the way that’ll be going straight on your watch list! Starring the ever wonderful Renée Zellweger, it may come as a shock as she stars in one of her darkest roles yet. Gone is the loveable and endearing Bridget Jones and in her place is the lying, deceitful shrew Anne Montgomery. Here’s everything we know so far on What/If including the Netflix release, date, plot, cast, and trailer.

What/If is an upcoming Netflix Original Thriller anthology created by Mike Kelley. Kelley’s previous work as a television writer included the creation of Revenge and Swingtown. Netflix has begun to dive further into their anthology titles, with such programs like Black Mirror and The Haunting, both of which are fantastic in their own regard. What/If will be the 9th Netflix Original anthology series on the streaming service in the US. Legendary director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) is serving as one of five executive producers on the series.

What is the plot of What/If?

When two newlyweds strike up a deal with a notoriously shrewd businesswoman, their lives begin to cascade out of control. As the ripple effect of their decision takes hold, events transpire changing the lives of not just themselves but of everyone around them. What are you willing to sacrifice?

Who is in the cast of What/If?

The following cast members have been confirmed to star in What/If:

Role Cast Member Where have I seen/heard them before?
Anne Renée  Zellweger Chicago | Cold Mountain | Bridget Jones’s DIary
Dr. Ian Harris Dave Annable What’s Your Number? | Brothers & Sisters | Little Black Book
Marcos Juan Castano The Wild Wedding | Shades of Blue | The OA
Sean Blake Jenner The Edge of Seventeen | Everbody Wants Some!! | Glee
Lisa Jane Levy Evil Dead (2013) | Suburgatory | Don’t Breathe
Todd Keith Powers Before I Fall | Straight Outta Compton | Faking It
Angela Samantha Marie Ware Glee | Barry | Bull
Foster Louis Herthum Westworld | Longmire | True Blood
Avery Saamar Usmani Reign | Killjoys | Assassin’s Creed Origins
Lionel John Clarence Stewart Alex Wesley | Luke Cage | The Good Fight
Miles Monique Kim High Expectations | The Office | Sync

Did you know?

This is the first main role in a TV Series for actress Renée  Zellweger. The last time Zellweger appeared on television was in when the actress provided her voice for an episode of King of the Hill.

One of Renée Zellweger’s most notable roles is the much beloved Bridget Jones (pictured) in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Copyright – Miramax Films

When did production take place?

The series was in pre-production from August 2018 until the 10th of January when principal photography began. Filming took place from January and would have concluded sometime in March or April.

Filming took place in California and was handled by Atlas Entertainment.

Are there images/stills for What/If?

Certainly! Check them out below:


How many episodes will What/If Season 1 air?

The first season of What/If will have 10 episodes. This is the norm for Netflix Originals, with many of their titles adhering to this unwritten rule.

What is the episode run times for What/If?

According to sources such as IMDb, each episode will be roughly an hour long.

Do we have a trailer for What/If Season 1?

Yes! The trailer only dropped on May 13th, and with under 2 weeks left until release, it’s a good job they did!

When is the release date for What/If Season 1?

What/If Season 1 will be available to stream from Friday 24th of May.

Will What/If be available in my region?

There’s no need to worry, What/If is a global original, therefore, the series will be available in every region.

But what time can I stream What/If from?

Depending on where you live will dictate what time What/If is available in your region. The closer you are to the Pacific Standard Time the earlier you can stream the series from. So if you live in Countries such as Australia and New Zealand, new titles aren’t available until the evening.

Here’s the timetable you’ll need to know what time What/If will be available in your region:

Time Zone Time available to stream
Pacific Standard Time 12:00 AM
Mountain Standard Time 1:00 AM
Central Standard Time 2:00 AM
Eastern Standard Time 3:00 AM
British Summer Time 8:00 AM
Central European Time 9:00 AM
Eastern European Time 10:00 AM
India Standard Time 12:30 PM
Japan Standard Time 16:00 PM
Australian Eastern Time 18:00 PM
New Zealand Day Light Time 20:00 PM

Will there be a second season of What/If?

It’s hard to say as there are some details that contradict each other.

In the trailer, the series is acknowledged as a ‘Limited Series,’ which usually means there is only one season. Even on the official wiki page for the Original, it’s listed as a ‘Mini-Series,’ which is effectively the same as a limited series.

What contradicts the above is the fact the series has been listed as an Anthology. Which leaves us with the question of “how can a limited series be an anthology when it only produces one season?”. Sadly we don’t know the answer to that question!

Perhaps each season may be given a different title but just acknowledged as being part of the anthology. Either way, the information given is definitely contradictory.

Are you looking forward to the release of What/If? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by

Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.