Making his first foray into television at 75 years old, Schwarzenegger stars in Netflix's FUBAR as a CIA man who is on the brink of retirement but called back into the field for one last mission.


It's a return to the action movie capers that launched the actor to fame and turned him into one of the biggest household names back in the '80s and '90s.

“I said, ‘It has to be something where I can use all my aspects and talents,’” Schwarzenegger told The Hollywood Reporter of signing on. “‘It has to be fun. It has to be action-packed. It has to be sweet. And we shouldn’t try to get around my age — let’s play my age.’”

Alongside Schwarzenegger, FUBAR – which takes its name from the military acronym – also features Monica Barbaro (Chicago Justice, Top Gun: Maverick), Milan Carter (Dolemite is My Name), Fortune Feimster (The Mindy Project) and more.

While we wait for news on a potential second season, read on for everything you need to know about FUBAR.

FUBAR release date

FUBAR landed on Netflix on Thursday 25th May 2023.

The new series consists of eight episodes, which blend action, drama and comedy for a total binge-watch of a series.

Who stars in FUBAR alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Monica Barbaro and Arnold Schwarzenegger in FUBAR
Monica Barbaro as Emma Brunner and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Luke Brunner in FUBAR. Amanda Matlovich/Netflix

Schwarzenegger lends his acting talents to FUBAR, which marks his first major TV series role. But, of course, the longstanding icon has been known for a multitude of roles over the years, including – but not limited to – The Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, Collateral Damage and The Expendables.

He leads the cast as nearly-retired Luke Brunner who is forced to team up with his daughter as CIA partners, despite only just learning that they're each operatives and have been keeping it a secret for years. Starring as his daughter Emma is Monica Barbaro, who has had leading roles in UnREAL, Chicago Justice and The Good Cop.

The full cast list for FUBAR is as follows.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Luke Brunner
  • Monica Barbaro as Emma Brunner
  • Jay Baruchel as Carter
  • Aparna Brielle as Tina
  • Andy Buckley as Donnie
  • Milan Carter as Barry
  • Fortune Feimster as Ruth 'Roo'
  • Barbara Eve Harris as Dot
  • Gabriel Luna as Boro
  • Fabiana Udenio as Tally Brunner
  • Travis Van Winkle as Aldon
  • Devon Bostick as Oscar
  • David Chinchilla as Cain Khan
  • Rachel Lynch as Romi
  • Stephanie Sy as Sandy
  • Scott Thompson as Dr Louis Pfeffer
  • Adam Pally as The Great Dane

FUBAR plot

The drama centres on Luke and Emma as they learn that the other is actually working as a CIA operative after years of keeping their jobs a secret. Luke is on the verge of retirement when he discovers the family secret but is forced to go back into the field for one last job, meaning he'll have to partner up with his daughter.

What could possibly go wrong? Well, with the natural father-daughter dynamic rearing its head at the most inconvenient of times, the pair have to learn to work together while also navigating those universal family dynamics that viewers will be able to relate to. All set against a global backdrop of spies, subterfuge and humour, FUBAR is both action-packed and hilarious.

FUBAR trailer

There most certainly is! In it, we get a sense of the chaos to come as we see Schwarzenegger delivering punches to enemies, and Barbaro's Emma having to navigate having her father on the field with her.

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Watch the trailer below.

FUBAR comes to Netflix on Thursday 25th May 2023. Sign up for Netflix from £4.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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