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'The Decameron' Trailer: Wine, Orgies, and the Black Plague

By Dustin Rowles | TV | June 10, 2024 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | June 10, 2024 |


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I don’t remember all the examples, but about five years ago, there was a weird Lord of the Flies trend in television — these closed societies where people had to fend for themselves. Yellowjackets was the only one to survive, but my favorite among them was The Society, a deliciously wicked Netflix series starring Kathryn Newton that was renewed but subsequently axed during the pandemic. Such a shame. It was like Mean Girls if the entire school had been stranded in a town they could not escape.

The Decameron is based on a 14th century short-story collection by Giovanni Boccaccio. But don’t let that dissuade you. It’s basically Lord of the Flies with rich people, a lot of wine and sex, and the Black Plague. The logline is as such:

In 1348, as the Black Death ravages Florence, a number of nobles and their servants retreat to the countryside Villa Santa. As they try to wait out the plague in the hills of Tuscany with wine and sex, the group eventually must fight for their survival.

It’s a dark comedy that will probably include a lot of sex and coughing blood. The cast includes Zosia Mamet, Saoirse-Monica Jackson (The Derry Girls), Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education), and for some reason, Tony Hale. Sure, why not?

Here’s the trailer, which gives away nothing except the tone of the series. I love.

The Decameron is coming to Netflix on July 25.