Togetherness was created by multi-hyphenate filmmaking brothers Jay and Mark Duplass along with Steve Zissis. All three co-write the series, with the Duplass brothers serving as co-directors. If that weren't enough hats to wear, both Mark Duplass and Zissis are part of the regular cast. Duplass plays Brett Pierson, a foley artist based in L.A. who lives with his family, including wife Michelle (Melanie Lynskey, nominated for a Critic's Choice Award for her work here). Brett and Michelle are still adjusting, sometimes awkwardly, to life as parents. Zissis plays Brett's best bud Alex, a perpetually struggling actor.
The biggest "name" actor in the series is Amanda Peet, who plays Michelle's unlucky-in-love sister Tina. Fans of Peet take note: she's excellent, and her interactions with Alex are among the best moments of the season. Togetherness thrives on the subtleties of the relationships between these four characters. It's funny, but never uproariously so. It's observational style is mildly insightful, but always in a quiet way.
As for HBO's Blu-ray presentation, it can be summed up by saying the 1080p transfer is typically excellent. Images are sharp and the overall the show does a nice job of looking naturalistic. Also, as one might expect from a recent mainstream release, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mixes that accompanies each episode are suitably easy on the ears. The score is composed by Michael Andrews, no stranger to soundtrack work (he's perhaps best known his inventive cover of "Mad World" for Donnie Darko), and his music is one of the more prominent components of the generally uneventful soundtrack.
The two-disc set contains several special features. "Inside the Episode" shows up on each disc, offering standard behind-the-scenes looks at each of the season one episodes. The content isn't terribly revealing, but at a total of just over 20 minutes (both discs combined) it's worth a quick look for the show's fans. Each disc also has a few minutes of deleted scenes. "Amanda and Steve" (disc two) is a five minute interview featuring Amanda Peet and Steve Zissis.