Best Friends Forever (TV series)
|Best Friends Forever|
|Created by||Lennon Parham
Jessica St. Clair
Jessica St. Clair
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Executive producer(s)||Jessica St. Clair
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Universal Television
American Work, Inc.
Parham St. Clair Productions
Open 4 Business Productions
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original run||April 4 – June 1, 2012|
Best Friends Forever is an American television comedy series that ran on NBC from April 4, to June 1, 2012. The series aired during the 2011–2012 NBC primetime season as a mid-season replacement and was created by real-life best friends Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. The pilot episode was made available early through Hulu and NBC.com on March 21, 2012. NBC officially canceled the series on May 11, 2012.
When Jessica's (Jessica St. Clair) husband files for divorce, she flies across the country to seek comfort and move back in with her best friend Lennon (Lennon Parham). However, Lennon's boyfriend Joe (Luka Jones) has recently moved in and has a hard time fitting into Lennon and Jessica's close friendship.
Cast and characters
- Lennon Parham as Lennon White, Jessica's best friend and old roommate, living in New York City.
- Jessica St. Clair as Jessica Black, Lennon's best friend who moves back in with Lennon and her boyfriend after getting recently divorced.
- Luka Jones as Joe Foley, Lennon's live-in boyfriend.
- Stephen Schneider as Rav Stark, Jessica's old friend, who has unresolved feelings for Jessica.
- Daija Owens as Queenetta Carpenter, Jessica and Lennon's precocious nine-year-old neighbor.
Development and production
NBC placed a pilot order on February 7, 2011. The series was created by Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair with the pilot directed by Fred Savage. The series is executive produced by Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Scot Armstrong, Alexa Junge, Fred Savage and Ravi Nandan and the production company's Universal Media Studios and American Work.
NBC ordered the pilot to series on May 13, 2011 as a midseason entry in the 2011–12 United States network television schedule. Six episodes will be produced for the first season. Adam Pally originally played the role of Joe, Parham's boyfriend, in the pilot, however with ABC renewing Pally's other show Happy Endings, the role was recast. On August 12, 2011, Luka Jones was cast in the role of Joe, replacing Pally.
On April 27, 2012, it was announced that NBC has pulled the series off their schedule "indefinitely", leaving two of the six filmed episodes left unaired. Parham stated a desire to post the remaining episodes online. However on May 1, 2012 NBC announced that they would air the remaining episodes on Friday June 1, 2012.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||6||April 4, 2012||June 1, 2012||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Pilot"||Fred Savage||Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair||April 4, 2012||3.94|
|After being served divorce papers, Jessica moves back to Brooklyn to live with her best friend Lennon. However, things aren't quite as they used to be due to Lennon's live-in boyfriend, Joe. Meanwhile, since moving back to the city, Jessica decides to re-connect with her old friend, Rav, however, her return isn't met with positivity by the girls' neighbor, Queenetta.|
|2||"The Butt Dial"||Fred Savage||Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair||April 11, 2012||2.78|
|Jessica accidentally butt-dials her ex-husband, Peter, on their anniversary, which doesn't have the best of outcomes. So in an attempt get her mind off the whole ordeal, Lennon and Joe, convince Rav to allow Jessica to work at the bar, that is until Peter shows up.|
|3||"Put a Pin in It"||Fred Savage||Donick Cary & Anthony King||April 18, 2012||2.83|
|In an attempt to please Joe's mother (Mimi Kennedy), Lennon attempts to give Joe's father (J. K. Simmons) the perfect gift for his retirement party. Jessica receives her belongings from her divorce.|
|4||"Single and Lovin' It"||Fred Savage||Alexa Junge & Anthony King||April 25, 2012||2.65|
|Jessica's old crush (Ryan Hansen) messages her on Facebook, so in an attempt to get back into the dating scene, she takes dating advice from Rav. Lennon and Joe have a hard time trying to get intimate, since Jessica moved back in.|
|5||"Hey Nonny Nonny"||Fred Savage||John Blickstead & Trey Kollmer||June 1, 2012||2.14|
|Jessica is forced to share her best friend helping duties when Lennon's former dance partner Ken, arrives to help Lennon plan the open house for her dance studio. Meanwhile, Joe begins to question Ken's sexuality.|
|6||"Fatal Blow Out"||Fred Savage||Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair||June 1, 2012||1.76|
|Joe, Lennon, Jessica and Rav head to Atlantic City for a gaming convention to debut Joe's videogame. The ladies quickly realize that in order for Joe to win Fan Favorite, they will need to cater to the nerds. Meanwhile, an unexpected encounter between Jessica and Rav has them questioning their true feelings for each other.|
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