Alone Together (TV series)

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Alone Together
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GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
  • Esther Povitsky
  • Benji Aflalo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jason Zaro
  • Adrien Finkle
  • Joanne Toll
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)The Lonely Island
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkFreeform
Original releaseJanuary 10 (2018-01-10) –
August 29, 2018 (2018-08-29)
External links
Official website

Alone Together is an American comedy series created by and starring Benji Aflalo and Esther Povitsky. Eben Russell also co-created the series and executive produces alongside Aflalo and Povitsky. The series is also produced by The Lonely Island's Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.[1] It follows two platonic best friends who attempt to find a foothold in Los Angeles. It premiered on January 10, 2018 on Freeform.[2] The series' second season began airing on August 1, 2018.

On November 2, 2018, Freeform canceled the series after two seasons.[3]

Premise[edit]

Two millennial misfits strike up a platonic friendship in order to navigate life in vain and status-obsessed Los Angeles.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Esther Povitsky as Esther, a woman from the Midwest who is trying to make it as a comedian
  • Benji Aflalo as Benji, a trust fund kid from Beverly Hills who lives with his older brother

Recurring[edit]

  • Edgar Blackmon as Jeff, Esther's and Benji's mutual friend
  • Chris D'Elia as Dean, Benji's older brother
  • Ginger Gonzaga as Alia, Benji's older sister
  • Punam Patel as Tara, a friend from an acting class Esther previously took (season 2)

Production[edit]

While working at The Comedy Store, Aflalo, a comedy writer and stand-up, met another relatively new comedian, Esther Povitsky.[4] In 2015, Povitsky and Aflalo wrote, starred in, and self-produced the short film "Alone Together."

Development on the series was underway in April 2016.[5] A pilot was greenlit in July 2016,[6][7] and it was picked up to series by Freeform in December 2016.[8][9] Chris D'Elia, Ginger Gonzaga, Edgar Blackmon, Hayley Marie Norman, Kamilla Alnes, Jim O'Heir and Justine Lupe guest star in the series' pilot.[1]

The series was renewed for a second season by Freeform in October 2017, before the first season had even aired.[2] Season 2 premiered on August 1, 2018. All ten episodes were released for immediate streaming on Hulu. Season 2 guest stars included Carmen Electra, Nikki Glaser, Seth Morris, and Fran Drescher.[10]

Freeform cancelled the program on November 2, 2018 after two seasons.[11] Alone Together did not garner a large viewership, with an average of 268,000 viewers per episode after seven days of DVR.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [12]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [12]Prod.
code [12]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"[8]Daniel Gray Longino[8]Benji Aflalo & Esther Povitsky & Eben RussellJanuary 10, 2018 (2018-01-10)[2][n 1]10010.37[13]
22"Road Trip"Todd BiermannHunter CovingtonJanuary 17, 2018 (2018-01-17)10040.37[14]
33"Fertility"Betsy ThomasAmy HubbsJanuary 24, 2018 (2018-01-24)10030.24[15]
44"Pop Up"Kat CoiroSarah PetersJanuary 31, 2018 (2018-01-31)10050.21[16]
55"Dean Girls"Tamra DavisCaroline GoldfarbFebruary 7, 2018 (2018-02-07)10060.20[17]
66"Dinner Party"Lauren PalmigianoMason FlinkFebruary 14, 2018 (2018-02-14)10080.20[18]
77"The Big One"Kat CoiroEben RussellFebruary 28, 2018 (2018-02-28)10020.22[19]
88"Sleepover"Tamra DavisEsther PovitskyMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)10070.13[20]
99"Music Video"Amy York RubinEben Russell & Dan BaileyMarch 14, 2018 (2018-03-14)10100.15[21]
1010"Property Management"Tamra DavisBenji AflaloMarch 21, 2018 (2018-03-21)10090.18[22]

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [12][23]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [12]Prod.
code [12]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
111"Crypto"Ryan McFaulPaul MatherAugust 1, 2018 (2018-08-01)20010.21[24]
122"Pootie"Jay KarasAlex BlaggAugust 1, 2018 (2018-08-01)20050.14[24]
133"Nurse Esther"Tamra DavisAmy HubbsAugust 8, 2018 (2018-08-08)20040.14[25]
144"Murder House"Jay KarasEsther PovitskyAugust 8, 2018 (2018-08-08)20060.10[25]
155"Daypassers"Tamra DavisEben RussellAugust 15, 2018 (2018-08-15)20030.11[26]
166"A Drama Story"Ryan McFaulShelly GossmanAugust 15, 2018 (2018-08-15)20020.10[26]
177"Mom"Sam BaileyAli KinneyAugust 22, 2018 (2018-08-22)20080.20[27]
188"Dog Awards"Erin EhrlichCaroline GoldfarbAugust 22, 2018 (2018-08-22)20090.13[27]
199"Flashback"Erin EhrlichBenji AflaloAugust 29, 2018 (2018-08-29)20070.09[28]
2010"Big Bear"Sam BaileyDan Bailey & Sam ClarkeAugust 29, 2018 (2018-08-29)20100.06[28]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 62% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Esther Povistky and Benji Alflalo's awkward charms and convincingly platonic chemistry work, though Alone Together's lack of urgency keeps its nihilistic tenderness from truly jelling."[29] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score 60 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[30]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" January 10, 2018 0.2 0.37[13]
2 "Road Trip" January 17, 2018 0.2 0.37[14]
3 "Fertility" January 24, 2018 0.1 0.24[15]
4 "Pop Up" January 31, 2018 0.1 0.21[16]
5 "Dean Girls" February 7, 2018 0.1 0.20[17]
6 "Dinner Party" February 14, 2018 0.1 0.20[18]
7 "The Big One" February 28, 2018 0.1 0.22[19]
8 "Sleepover" March 7, 2018 0.1 0.13[20]
9 "Music Video" March 14, 2018 0.1 0.15[21]
10 "Property Management" March 21, 2018 0.1 0.18[21]

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Crypto" August 1, 2018 0.1 0.21[24]
2 "Pootie" August 1, 2018 0.1 0.14[24]
3 "Nurse Esther" August 8, 2018 0.1 0.14[25]
4 "Murder House" August 8, 2018 0.0 0.10[25]
5 "Daypassers" August 15, 2018 0.1 0.11[26]
6 "A Drama Story" August 15, 2018 0.1 0.10[26]
7 "Mom" August 22, 2018 0.1 0.20[27]
8 "Dog Awards" August 22, 2018 0.1 0.13[27]
9 "Flashback" August 29, 2018 0.1 0.09
10 "Big Bear" August 29, 2018 0.0 0.06

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The pilot was made available for streaming on Freeform Go a week before its official air date: "Meet Benji And Esther From Alone Together". Freeform. Retrieved January 3, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Elizabeth Wagmeister (December 15, 2016). "Freeform Greenlights The Lonely Island's Comedy 'Alone Together'". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Erik Pedersen (October 18, 2017). "The Lonely Island's 'Alone Together' Gets Season 2 Renewal Ahead Of January Premiere On Freeform". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (November 2, 2018). "'Alone Together' Canceled at Freeform". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Holbrook, Damian (January 31, 2018). "'Alone Together': Benji Aflalo and Esther Povitsky Take the Friendship Test". TV Insider. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Freeform Continues to Grow Its Programming Slate with New Series, Pilots, Returning Series and More" (Press release). Freeform. April 7, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2017 – via The Futon Critic.
  6. ^ Lesley Goldberg (July 5, 2016). "Lonely Island Comedy 'Alone Together' Gets Freeform Pilot Order". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Freeform Greenlights New Comedy Pilot "Alone Together" from the Team at The Lonely Island" (Press release). Freeform. July 5, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2017 – via The Futon Critic.
  8. ^ a b c Nellie Andreeva (December 15, 2016). "Freeform Gives Series Order To 'Alone Together' Comedy From The Lonely Island". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Freeform Picks Up New Scripted Comedy "Alone Together" to Series" (Press release). Freeform. December 15, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2017 – via The Futon Critic.
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