Friends with Better Lives

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Friends with Better Lives
FWBL promo logo.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Dana Klein
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2
Executive producer(s)
  • Dana Klein
  • Aaron Kaplan
  • David Hemingson
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Kapital Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
Liscolade Productions
Distributor 20th Television
Original channel CBS
Original run March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) – present
External links
Official website

Friends with Better Lives is an American comedy series created by Dana Klein. The multi-camera series premiered on CBS on March 31, 2014, as part of the 2013–14 American television season.[1]


The series follows the lives of six friends, all of whom are at different stages of their lives and thinking that each other has it better. Will (James Van Der Beek) is a newly-single bachelor pining for his ex-wife; Jules (Brooklyn Decker) and Lowell (Rick Donald) are newly engaged; Kate (Zoe Lister-Jones) is a successful career woman who does not have the best luck with dating; and Andi (Majandra Delfino) and Bobby (Kevin Connolly) are a happily married couple pining for their younger fun days.


Production and development[edit]

In September 2012, Friends with Better Lives first appeared as part of the CBS development slate.[2] On January 22, 2013, CBS placed a pilot order.[3] The pilot was written by Dana Klein and directed by James Burrows.

Casting announcements began in February 2013, with James Van Der Beek first cast in the role of Will Stokes, a gynaecologist who returns to the bachelor life after learning of his wife's infidelity.[4] Brooklyn Decker was the next actor cast, in the series regular role of Jules Talley, a former model and aspiring actress who recently became engaged to Lowell.[5] Rick Donald then joined the series as Lowell Peddit, a spiritual, self-righteous environmentalist who is recently engaged to Jules.[6] Shortly after, Kevin Connolly and Majandra Delfino signed onto the series regular roles of Bobby and Andi Lutz, a happily married couple with two kids, who miss their young partying days.[7] Zoe Lister-Jones was the last actor cast in the series regular role of Kate McLean, the Chief Operating Officer of a thriving social media company who doesn't have the best of luck when it comes to dating.[8]

On May 12, 2013, CBS placed a series order on Friends with Better Lives, set to premiere as part of the 2013–14 American television season.[9]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13[10] March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) TBA TBA TBA TBA


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" James Burrows Dana Klein March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) 101 7.63[11]
When Jules meets the man of her dreams and decides to marry, her friends re-examine their own love lives; Kate lets Will arrange a blind date for her. 
2 "Window Pain" Todd Holland Adam Chase April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) 102 5.69[12]
Kate takes a romantically challenged Will to a bar and helps him pick up ladies. Meanwhile, Andi's pregnancy hormones wreak havoc with her senses. 
3 "Game Sext Match"[10] Fred Savage Justin Nowell April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21) 103
Will sends flirtatious text messages to his new love interest. Meanwhile, Kate realizes that Jules and Andi are planning Jules' wedding without her. 
4 "Pros and Cons"[10] Fred Savage Kate VanDevender April 28, 2014 (2014-04-28) 104[13]
Kate inadvertently becomes involved with a male escort. Meanwhile, a rat is loose in Bobby and Andi's attic; and Will blames Lowell for stealing his jacket. 

Future episodes without a scheduled air date[edit]

Prod. code Title
103[14] "Deceivers"[14]
109[15] "Something New"[15]
110[16] "No More Mr Nice Guy"[16]
111[17] "The Lost and Hound"[17]
112[18] "Imposters"[18]
TBA "Bicycle Thieves"[19]
TBA "Surprises"[20]


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 19, 2013). "CBS Sets Finale Date For ‘How I Met Your Mother’ To Be Followed By ‘Friends With Better Lives’ Debut, ‘Broke Girls’ Moves To 8". Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Development Update: Friday, September 21". The Futon Critic. September 21, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 22, 2013). "‘Beverly Hills Cop’, ‘Backstrom’ & Dana Klein Comedy Get Pilot Orders At CBS". Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (February 22, 2013). "James Van Der Beek joins CBS' 'Friends With Better Lives' after 'Apt. 23' cancellation". Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ Luoma, Sarah (March 4, 2013). "Brooklyn Decker joins CBS comedy pilot 'Friends with Better Lives'". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Development Update: Monday, March 4". The Futon Critic. March 4, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kevin Connolly Joins 'Friends With Better Lives' Alongside James Van Der Beek, And More Pilot News". The Huffington Post. March 6, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 22, 2013). "Zoe Lister Jones To Star In CBS Pilot ‘Friends With Better Lives’". Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 12, 2013). "CBS Adds James Van Der Beek Comedy 'Friends With Better Lives'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Shows A-Z - friends with better lives on cbs". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 1, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' & 'Dancing With The Stars' Adjusted Up; 'Friends With Better Lives' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 15, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: '2 Broke Girls' & 'The Voice' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ Reg. #PAu003699912 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  14. ^ a b Reg. #PAu003691418 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  15. ^ a b Reg. #PAu003705927 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  16. ^ a b Reg. #PAu003703239 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  17. ^ a b Reg. #PAu003706082 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  18. ^ a b Reg. #PAu003706071 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  19. ^ Reg. #PAu003694880 at U.S. Copyright Records database.
  20. ^ Reg. #PAu003690942 at U.S. Copyright Records database.

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