'Satisfaction' review: USA's provacative new drama sizzles

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satisfaction-usa-premiere-review.jpgWhat if you had everything that you were told a person needed to be happy in this world and still felt empty inside?

USA network's new provocative drama "Satisfaction" explores the very concept that many viewers may have struggled with themselves and just might not be ready to admit. "Satisfaction" centers around investment banker, Neil Truman (Matt Passmore, "The Glades") and his wife Grace (Stephanie Szostak, "The Devil Wears Prada"), who are struggling with the boredom of upper middle class living. 

Neil has a beautiful wife and teenage daughter, yet feels almost nothing. This attitude carries over into work life where, tired and bored with his mundane day to day, Neil has an outburst at the office he is sure he will get fired for. Worse yet, the higher ups don't take him seriously and he keeps his gig. 

Finally Neil decides to take matters into his own hands and start living. This then, depending on your outlook on life, leads to a meltdown or eureka moment for Neil on a delayed business flight, which results in a surprise trip home that changes his life forever and a brings about a new unconventional line of work.

Ladies, don't worry, just when you are starting to wonder how much more of Neil's breakdown you are going to have to endure, the pilot switches to Grace's perspective and it turns out she isn't thrilled with her marriage and job-life, or lack thereof, either.

We see Grace was actually the one who realized she had "built this prison" of book clubs, spin classes and keeping up with the Joneses' all by herself, and she is the only one who can get herself out of it first. One night when she persuades the other Stepford wives to ditch the books and go clubbing instead, she meets someone who satisfies some long neglected needs in her life, thus forever impacting it as well.

The series, written by Sean Jablonski ("Nip Tuck," "Suits"), deals directly with how a longtime couple can keep their relationship from going stale. "Satisfaction" offers some unique answers to the problem that will no doubt keep viewers guessing.

We have no idea what the future holds, but if the series holds up to the pilot, "Satisfaction" is an exciting and way more than satisfying journey worth taking.

"Satisfaction" premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.
Photo/Video credit: NBC/Universal, USA