Please Like Me

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Please Like Me
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Please Like Me title card
Genre Comedy
Drama
Created by Josh Thomas
Written by Josh Thomas
Directed by Matthew Saville
Starring

Josh Thomas
Debra Lawrance

David Roberts
Thomas Ward
Wade Briggs
Caitlin Stasey
Nikita Leigh-Pritchard
Renee Lim
Judi Farr
Theme music composer Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes
Opening theme I'll Be Fine
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Todd Abbott
Debbie Lee
Josh Thomas
Kevin Whyte
Producer(s) Todd Abbott
Editor(s) Chris Branagan
Location(s) Melbourne, Australia
Cinematography Katie Milwright[1]
Running time 28 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) Josh and John Productions
Broadcast
Original channel ABC2
Pivot
Original run 28 February 2013 (2013-02-28) – present
External links
Official website

Please Like Me is an Australian television comedy drama series starring Josh Thomas. The series premiered on 28 February 2013 on ABC2 in Australia. The show explores realistic issues with humorous tones and the executive producer Todd Abbott originally pitched the show as a drama rather than a situation-comedy series. The show later aired on the United States network Pivot, who then helped to develop the show from second season onwards. On 12 July 2014, it was announced that Please Like Me had been renewed for a third season. The show has attracted praise from critics and has garnered three awards and numerous nominations.

Background[edit]

Please Like Me is written by Josh Thomas, who also plays the main character Josh. It is produced by Todd Abbott and all episodes were directed by Matthew Saville.[2] Thomas and Abott developed the series together for four years. They held a series of consultation meetings with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Abbott was careful to pitch the series as a drama rather than a sitcom. It portrays a set of circumstances that could happen to a young person but has humorous themes.[2] Thomas envisioned an original show, something he had not seen on television before. The actor, also a known comedian in Australia, wanted honesty in the script and wrote the comedy as so. He also wanted the actors to not intentionally react to the scripted jokes.[2]

In January 2013, The West Australian reported that Please Like Me would air on ABC2.[3] The show was originally meant to air on ABC1, but it was decided that the show would be better suited to the digital channel ABC2. The broadcaster stated that the show is aimed at a younger demographic more appropriate for ABC2, while ABC1 caters to all ages. The move was criticised because it was believed to be the result of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation viewing the show's content as "too gay" for their primary channel.[4] The series begins with Josh realising that he is gay and his mother attempting suicide with an overdose of Panadol.[2]

In September 2013, ABC1 started running the series on Wednesday nights (10pm), six months after its original ABC2 run.

It was announced in July 2013 that the series would air in the United States as part of the launch programming of Pivot, a new digital cable and satellite television channel which released the first episode of the series online prior to its screening on the channel.[5] It will also offer the series as part of its video on demand service.[5] Pivot also launched a social media website "pleaselikeme.org" for viewers to share personal experiences about breaking stigma and fear of being unliked, in relation to the series.[6]

On 26 July 2013, it was announced that both ABC and Pivot had commissioned a second season of the show consisting of ten episodes.[7] The season debuted in its American territory first from 8 August 2014.[8] Producers also added a host of new regular characters to the cast.[9] On 12 July 2014, it was announced that the networking partnership had renewed Please Like Me for a third series also comprising ten episodes.[10]

Cast[edit]

Actor Character Seasons Ref
Thomas, JoshJosh Thomas , JoshJosh 1-2 (16 episodes) [11]
Stasey, CaitlinCaitlin Stasey , ClaireClaire 1-2 (10 episodes) [12]
Ward, ThomasThomas Ward , TomTom 1-2 (15 episodes) [13]
Briggs, WadeWade Briggs , GeoffreyGeoffrey 1-2 (7 episodes) [14]
Leigh-Pritchard, NikitaNikita Leigh-Pritchard , NiamhNiamh 1-2 (9 episodes) [15]
Roberts, DavidDavid Roberts (Dad), AlanAlan (Dad) 1-2 (14 episodes) [16]
Lawrance, DebraDebra Lawrance (Mum), RoseRose (Mum) 1-2 (16 episodes) [17]
Lim, ReneeRenee Lim , MaeMae 1-2 (11 episodes) [18]
Farr, JudiJudi Farr Peg, AuntyAunty Peg 1 (4 episodes) [19]
S. Gilbert, AndrewAndrew S. Gilbert , RodRod 1 (3 episodes) [20]
Cottier, CharlesCharles Cottier , PatrickPatrick 2 (8 episodes) [21]
Drysdale, DeniseDenise Drysdale , GingerGinger 2 (5 episodes) [9]
Gadsby, HannahHannah Gadsby , HannahHannah 2 (8 episodes) [9]
Joyce, KeeganKeegan Joyce , ArnoldArnold 2 (8 episodes) [9]
Charlotte Nicdao (it) , JennyJenny 2 (5 episodes) [9]
Franklin, BobBob Franklin , StuartStuart 2 (6 episodes) [9]

Episodes[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 4 Region 2
1 6 28 February 2013 (2013-02-28) 28 March 2013 (2013-03-28) 4 April 2013 (2013-04-04)[22] TBA
2 10 12 August 2014 (2014-08-12) 14 October 2014 (2014-10-14) 30 October 2014 (2014-10-30)[23] TBA
3 10[10] 2015 (2015) TBA TBA TBA

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Anthony D. Langford from AfterElton.com said that he "absolutely loved this charming series. It’s funny and sweet and has plenty of heart." He also praised Thomas' portrayal of Josh and wished that US broadcasters could emulate the show's format.[24] He later said that he would miss the show and hoped a second season would be commissioned. He added that he did not want to say goodbye to Josh's world.[25] Andrew Mast from praised Brigg's "naturalistic performances" and the inclusion of accomplished actress Farr. But he criticised Saville's direction of the show and Ward's acting abilities. He concluded that Thomas' writing was good and comedic, but the on-screen delivery did not meet his expectations.[26] David Knox from TV Tonight praised the performances of many cast members. He opined that the dynamic between Josh and his parents created a "very rich comedic terrain" for the show. He added that Please Like Me displays "a confidence that delivers laughs, pathos and insight".[27]

Colin Vickery and Darren Devlyn News.com.au said that it "has a sweetness that sets it apart from other boundary-pushing comedies".[4] Giles Hardie from The Age praised the show for "breaking new ground" and not making stereotypes of gay characters. He viewed the comedy as being genuine without feeling like a sitcom. He noted that coming out and attempted suicide are given humour without the gags. Hardie concluded that Josh, his family and friends were "incredibly well" played.[28] His colleague Scott Ellis believed that Please Like Me was an important show and the type of material the ABC should be investing more in. He also branded it "gentle" and insightful when covering "tough ground".[28] Fellow critic Craig Mathieson also agreed that the show's darker moments are some of the most humorous and compared it to US show Louie.[2] Please Like Me received an invitation to screen at the Series Mania Television Festival in Paris.[29] Please Like Me received an International Emmy nomination.[30]

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Katie Milwright - Director Of Photography". katiemilwright.com. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Mathieson, Craig (21 February 2013). "Thomas the frank engine". The Age. (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hit Parade". The West Australian (Perth: Seven West Media). 26 January 2013. p. 370. 
  4. ^ a b Vickery, Colin; Devlyn, Darren (27 February 2013). "Is Josh Thomas's show too gay for ABC1?". News.com.au. (News Limited). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Knox, David (12 July 2013). "Josh Thomas comedy picked up by new US cable channel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Join the Conversation". Please Like Me. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Pivot Greenlights Second Season of Josh Thomas' Scripted Comedy "Please Like Me" In Advance of August 1st Debut". Pivot.tv. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  8. ^ "Please Like Me on Pivot". Pivot.com. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f Bulbeck, Pip (17 February 2014). "GLAAD-Nominated Aussie Comedy 'Please Like Me' to Get Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Josh Thomas comedy Please Like Me breaks new ground in US". The Age. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Josh". ABC Online. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Claire". ABC Online. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tom". ABC Online. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Geoffrey". ABC Online. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "News". Catherine Poulton Management. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Alan (Dad)". ABC Online. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Rose (Mum)". ABC Online. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "About the Show". ABC Online. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Aunty Peg". ABC Online. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Please Like Me - All You Can Eat". ABC Online. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "'Please Like Me': Josh Thomas teases season 2 -- LISTEN!". ABC Online. (Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "Please Like Me: Series 1". Ezy DVD. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Please Like Me: Season 2 (DVD)". Ezy DVD. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  24. ^ Langford, Anthony D. (6 March 2013). "Langford on Soaps: Is It The End For Christian And Ollie on "Forbidden Love?"". AfterElton.com. (Logo TV). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  25. ^ Langford, Anthony D. (27 March 2013). "Langford on Soaps: Brendan Goes Out With A Bang and A Whimper on "Hollyaoks"". AfterElton.com. (Logo TV). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  26. ^ Mast, Andrew (6 March 2013). "The TV Set: It's Hard To Like Josh Thomas". Music.com.au. (Street Press Australia Pty). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  27. ^ Knox, David (25 February 2013). "Please Like Me". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  28. ^ a b Hardie, Giles; Ellis, Scott (21 February 2013). "Please Like Me". The Age. (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  29. ^ Knox, David (22 February 2013). "Please Like Me, Puberty Blues selected for French TV festival". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  30. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/josh-thomas-finds-please-like-me-stronghold-overseas-with-international-emmy-nomination-20141014-115yxw.html
  31. ^ Knox, David (30 January 2014). "AACTA Awards 2014: winners". TV Tonight. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  32. ^ "Please Like Me". GLAAD. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  33. ^ "Please Like Me". Australian Directors Guild. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  34. ^ Visentin, Lisa (18 June 2014). "Josh Thomas' show Please Like Me nominated for Rose d'Or". The Sydney Morning Herald. (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  35. ^ "Please Like Me". TV Tonight. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  36. ^ "Please Like Me". Australian Writers' Guild. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  37. ^ Bodey, Michael (14 October 2014). "ABC2 comedy Please Like Me nominated for Emmy". The Australian. News Corp Australia (News Corp). Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  38. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2014/11/australian-editors-guild-awards-2014-nominees.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2014 AACTA Television Awards[31] Best Television Comedy Series Please Like Me Won
Best Performance in a Television Comedy Josh Thomas Nominated
Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy Matthew Saville Nominated
GLAAD Media Awards[32] Outstanding Comedy Series Please Like Me Nominated
Australian Directors Guild Awards[33] Best Direction: TV Comedy Matthew Saville Won
Rose d'Or[34] Sitcom Please Like Me Nominated
Logie Awards[35] Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program Please Like Me Nominated
Australian Writers' Guild Awards[36] Best Writing in a Comedy: Situation or Narrative Josh Thomas, Liz Doran and Thomas Ward Won
International Emmy Award[37] Best Comedy Series Pending
Australian Screen Editors Awards[38] Best Editing in a Television Comedy Julie-Anne De Ruvo Pending