Are you ready to meet your new favorite father-son duo?
The new Netflix original comedy series Unstable stars the talented Rob Lowe and his real-life son, John Owen Lowe, as they take on the roles of father-and-son duo Ellis and Jackson Dragon.
This new series promises to be an exciting blend of comedy and drama as it explores the complexities of the father-son relationship.
Rob Lowe’s height is now believed to be around 5 feet 10 inches (177.8 cm), which is slightly taller than the average height for men in the United States (around 5 feet 9 inches or 175.3 cm). His son, John Owen Lowe, stands at 5 feet 8 inches (172.7 cm), which is slightly below average height for men in the United States.
Unstable is a new workplace comedy television series starring real-life father and son Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe (Credit: Netflix)
Rob Lowe once discussed his height in an interview with the Huffington Post. According to him, he stands at 5-foot-11 and three-quarters, and he takes pride in not rounding it down to just 5-foot-11. He sees the extra three-quarters of an inch as significant, almost like a child claiming to be “6 and a half” instead of just 6. He believes that being close to 6 feet tall separates “the men from the boys,” as height can often be associated with masculinity.
Rob Lowe was born on March 17, 1964, while his son John Owen Lowe was born on November 6, 1995. John Owen Lowe’s mother is Sheryl Berkoff, who has been married to Rob Lowe since 1991. Rob Lowe was 31 when his son John Owen Lowe was born.
The line between reality and fiction is blurred as the Lowes bring their father-son dynamic to the table. While their on-screen personas may be tumultuous, their real-life connection is quite different, adding an extra layer of depth and authenticity to their performances.
Get ready to laugh and cry with this hilarious and heartfelt new series.
What Is Unstable About?
Unstable is a new comedy series in a cutting-edge biotech research company, where we meet Ellis Dragon, played by Rob Lowe. Ellis is a successful biotech engineer and entrepreneur who has always been extravagant.
However, as he embarks on a path to self-discovery, things start to go wrong, leaving his staff in shock. Ellis begins to crash and burn, and the company risks falling apart.
In an attempt to save the company and his father, the introverted Jackson Dragon, played by John Owen Lowe, is enlisted to pick up the pieces.
John Owen Lowe as Jackson Dragon and Rob Lowe as Ellis Dragon in the new workplace comedy series Unstable (Credit: Netflix)
The father-son duo has a tumultuous relationship, but they must put their differences aside to save the company and their family’s legacy.
Unstable consists of eight episodes, each with a half-hour comedy format, which will be released simultaneously on March 30th, allowing viewers to binge-watch this hilarious and heartwarming series in one sitting.
Who Made Unstable?
The highly anticipated Netflix comedy series Unstable is not only starring Rob and John Lowe, but they are also the show’s executive producers.
Alongside the father-son duo is Better off Ted’s Victor Fresco, co-executive producing the series. Victor is no stranger to Netflix, having served as executive producer of the Drew Barrymore-starring horror comedy series Santa Clarita Diet from 2017 to 2019.
Rob Lowe as Ellis Dragon and John Owen Lowe as Jackson Dragon in the new workplace comedy series Unstable (Credit: John P. Fleenor / Netflix)
The idea for Unstable originated from the real-life relationship between Rob and John, which gained viral attention from the lighthearted banter they exchanged on social media.
Their amusing and heartwarming interactions inspired the concept for the show, which delves into the complex relationships between fathers and sons.
Rob Lowe Returns to Comedy as Ellis Dragon
Rob Lowe is back on the small screen, returning to comedy in his role as Ellis Dragon in the Netflix series Unstable.
Ellis is a brilliant biotech scientist who has struggled to cope since his wife passed away. His son, Jackson, steps in to help him regain focus when his eccentric behavior risks his innovation.
Rob Lowe as Ellis Dragon in the new workplace comedy series Unstable (Credit: Netflix)
The 59-year-old actor’s performance as Ellis Dragon has been compared to his legendary portrayal of the chirpy and germaphobic Chris Traeger in the beloved NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
Rob has had a successful career in film and television, first gaining notoriety in the 1980s as a part of the iconic Brat Pack. He has since starred in classic movies such as The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire, and About Last Night.
Rob Lowe attending the premiere of Unstable in Los Angeles, California on March 24, 2023 (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
In recent years, Rob has also appeared in several movie and television shows, including Beyond the Candelabra, The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters, and the famous Netflix original film Dog Gone.
He is currently starring in the hit Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star, a spin-off of the original 9-1-1, produced by The Politician’s Ryan Murphy, Scream Queens’ Brad Falchuk, and American Horror Story’s Tim Minear.
John Owen Lowe Joins His Dad as Jackson Dragon
John Owen Lowe is stepping into the spotlight in his first leading role in a television series, Unstable. In the show, John plays Jackson Dragon, the talented flutist son of Ellis.
Jackson is a pragmatic individual who has previously stayed away from the family business but returns to help his father navigate through an emotional breakdown.
John Owen Lowe as Jackson Dragon in the new workplace comedy series Unstable (Credit: John P. Fleenor / Netflix)
It is not the first time John has acted alongside his father, as they previously appeared together in the Fox sitcom The Grinder from 2015 to 2016.
The 28-year-old actor appeared opposite his father in the independent film Grace Point and the Netflix Christmas film Holiday in the Wild in 2019.
John Owen Lowe attending the premiere of Unstable in Los Angeles, California on March 24, 2023 (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
John has also collaborated with his father on writing projects for his current show, the procedural series 9-1-1: Lone Star, where Rob executive produces and stars.
What the Lowes Say About Working on Unstable
In the first teaser of the show, released on February 3, Rob and John made fun of their relationship and how it inspired the series.
John joked that his father’s ego, if not restrained, would be “honestly dangerous” and said that he had to spend considerable time in his adolescence trying to keep him “humble.”
While John deems his father’s role as a “narcissist,” Rob says, “Ellis Dragon is trying to find meaning in his life, but the board of his company are worried about him.”
Real-life son-and-father duo John Owen Lowe and Rob Lowe at the premiere of Unstable in Los Angeles, California on March 24, 2023 (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
According to John, the show is “about a father-son dynamic that’s really relatable, but under a really specific lens, which is a father who likes being the center of attention and a son who feels the exact opposite.”
Although there are many jokes in the series, John claimed that the sarcastic ones exchanged between the two characters on and off-screen are genuine.
John explained to Variety during the Hollywood premiere, “It’s not a bit, I swear to god it’s not a bit, and it’s really important to me that you know that. I see it at home, and I think to myself, ‘OK, this has crossed a threshold. People think this is a bit.’ I’ve been doing this since social media wasn’t a thing.”
The rest of the ensemble claimed that both sides traded harmless pranks throughout the season. However, according to Rob, everything was good fun.
The actor said, “I love a good joke, even if it’s at my expense. When I was roasted on Comedy Central, it was a highlight, and it was mean. I love a good give and take, and he has a very good facility for it.”
John Owen Lowe and Rob Lowe at the Los Angeles premiere of Unstable (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
His son teased, “It’s how I show love, and it’s how I keep him humble.”
Ultimately, John claims that the two of them have found working on the show to be “therapeutic,” saying, “We get to hug and say ‘I love you’ in this show, and we don’t get to do that a lot in real life. We have a great relationship, my dad and I, but we’re like best friends. So getting to play a father and son is like adding in that missing puzzle piece. He’s a great dad.”
As a dad, Rob added, “It was a very proud moment because I got to marvel at his facility for writing, which he’s had since he was in grade school, and his ability to jump into the comedy world against heavyweights like Fred Armisen and hold his own.”
The proud father continued, “As an actor, and particularly as a co-producer, creator with him, being able to have somebody who thinks like me, has the same wants and needs as I do, it’s like having a second brain on the set. That’s super helpful to have in a partner.”
The Supporting Cast of Unstable
One prominent supporting cast member is Sian Clifford, who plays Anna Bennet, Dragon’s chief financial officer. Anna is portrayed as a strong, forceful, and intelligent character who has kept Dragon afloat during Ellis’ emotional collapse.
Sian Clifford is a 40-year-old British actress widely recognized for her work in the Amazon Prime Video original series Fleabag, for which she received nominations for both the Emmy Award and the BAFTA TV Award for Best Female Comedy Performance.
She has a height of 5 feet 7 inches (170.2 cm). This puts her slightly above the average height for women in the UK, which is around 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm).
Sian Clifford attending the Los Angeles premiere of Unstable (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
Aaron Branch plays the role of Malcolm, a childhood friend of Jackson, who was recently promoted from Ellis’ assistant to project manager of the Red Lab.
His previous work in the sitcoms Kenan and Millennials showcased his comedic timing and acting skills.
Aaron Branch at the Los Angeles premiere of Unstable (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
Emma Ferreira’s character Ruby is an enthusiastic and pleasant scientist who works in Dragon’s Red Lab. She is often seen collaborating with her work wife and socially awkward best friend, Luna, played by Rachel Marsh, who is also a biotech prodigy.
Unstable is Emma’s first television appearance after guesting on an episode of the Canadian medical drama Transplant. Meanwhile, Rachel appeared in episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles, iCarly, and Head of the Class.
Emma Ferreira’s impressive height of 6 feet (183 cm) is significantly above average for women. The average height for women in Canada is around 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm).
Rachel Marsh attending the Los Angeles premiere of Unstable (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
Fred Armisen, who measures 5 feet 8 ¼ inches (173.4 cm), plays the role of Leslie, Ellis’ board-appointed mental health specialist, who is also going through a recent divorce.
Tom Allen at the Los Angeles premiere of Unstable (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
Tom Allen and John Parr play the role of twins, who are dimwitted tech brothers on the Dragon board and are attempting to oust Ellis.
Tom and John are best known as the comedic duo Chad and JT in the Netflix prank comedy series Chad and JT Go Deep.