Here and Now focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his therapist wife, their three adopted children from Liberia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness? Or something else? The series is a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on the people today.
As Audrey Bayer puts the finishing touches on her husband Greg's 60th birthday party--a milestone Greg is loath to celebrate--cracks begin to emerge in their progressive, multiracial family. Ramone, the couple's Colombian-born son who's just starting a relationship with a barista named Henry, is having unexplained, recurring encounters with the numbers '11:11.' Duc, adopted from Vietnam, enjoys the fruits of a lucrative career as a 'motivational architect,' but his celibacy troubles Audrey. Liberian-born Ashley, a successful fashion-industry exec, is finding more and more reasons to shake up her marriage with her husband Malcolm. And Kristen, the couple's youngest child at 17, chafes at her banal life, especially when compared to those of her more exotic siblings. After a troubling incident at the birthday party, Audrey and Greg take Ramon to a therapist, Dr. Farid Shokrani, who has an unlikely and unexplainable connection to the young man.
Rocked by a disturbing revelation, Ramon escapes into the past. Farid looks for meaning in a translation, while Kristen takes comfort in the music of the Torah. Audrey finds that an old college friend, Steven Benjamin, is receptive to her Empathy Initiative pitch. Greg works out with Duc and Michael, and submits a foreword to Duc's soon-to-be-published self-help book.