What is La Brea on NBC about?

LA Brea -- Pictured: "La Brea" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBC)
LA Brea -- Pictured: "La Brea" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBC) /

La Brea is one of two new television dramas that made their debut on NBC this fall. But, unlike Ordinary Joe which splits a man’s life into three different paths, La Brea brings a topsy-turvy bend to NBC’s fall TV line-up.

On a network primarily known for its procedurals, this sci-fi mystery sticks out in a big way. It’s NBC’s second crack at landing a successful genre series after last year’s Debris failed to be a big draw for the channel despite being well-received by critics.

La Brea looks to be a show fans of Manifest–another cancelled NBC genre show that’s now become a Netflix original series in its finale season–would enjoy. The premises aren’t in anyway analogous but, going off the trailer, the shows hit similar beats.

There’s a separated family, visions that slowly reveal what’s happening, a mystery at the center of the plot, and a disparate group of people who must rely on each other to figure out what’s happening and decide what to do next.

However, instead of a plane full of passengers mysteriously reappearing after disappearing for five years, it’s a sink hole that throws life out of whack for La Brea‘s characters. The supernatural isn’t quite at play in their show but time travel might be given the sink hole leads to a time when gigantic fauna were common place on Earth.

If this sounds like a show for you, new episodes air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Next day streaming is available on Peacock.

The official synopsis of La Brea and the season trailer is as follows:

La Brea synopsis

The official synopsis via NBC:

"An epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive. Meanwhile, the rest of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened. In the search for answers, one family torn apart by this disaster will have to unlock the secrets of this inexplicable event to find a way back to each other."

La Brea trailer

Watch the season trailer for the series below:

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