Easy (TV series)

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Easy
Easy (TV series) intertitle.png
Intertitle from the premiere episode
Genre
Created by Joe Swanberg
Written by Joe Swanberg
Directed by Joe Swanberg
Starring
Composer(s) Dan Romer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Chicago
Cinematography Eon Mora
Editor(s) Joe Swanberg
Running time 26–32 minutes
Production company(s) Sparrow Grass
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22) – present

Easy is an American comedy-drama anthology series written, directed, edited and produced by Joe Swanberg.[1] It consists of sixteen half-hour episodes.[2] The series is set in Chicago.[3] The first season was released on Netflix on September 22, 2016.[4]

In April 2017, Swanberg revealed the series had been renewed for a second season,[5] which was released on December 1, 2017.[6]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In March 2016, it was announced Netflix had ordered a season of eight episodes, with Joe Swanberg writing and directing the series, with Michael Chernus, Marc Maron, Elizabeth Reaser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Johnson, Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Jane Adams, Hannibal Buress, Kiersey Clemons, Orlando Bloom, and Malin Åkerman starring.[7]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Fucking Study"[8]Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergSeptember 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)

Andi and Kyle have been married 15 years where the passion between them has long run out. Kyle is a stay-at-home dad, raising their two children with Andi being the one working full-time. At a social gathering, a friend tells Andi and Kyle that the sex life of a couple can be heightened if both play more gender-specific roles in their lives. With Hallowe'en approaching, Andi decides to experiment by buying appropriate gender-traditional costumes, testing this hypothesis.

Starring: Michael Chernus as Kyle and Elizabeth Reaser as Andi
22"Vegan Cinderella"[8]Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergSeptember 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)

Chase and Jo hook up after meeting at a concert and start dating. Jo's activism about conscious consumption, veganism, and environmental impact pressures Chase into doing things she doesn't really want to, like going vegan or riding a bicycle. This leads to deception and lies as Chase seems to want to live up to Jo's standards of responsible living.

Starring: Kiersey Clemons, Jacqueline Toboni as Jo, Jaz Sinclair
33"Brewery Brothers"[8]Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergSeptember 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)
Starring: Evan Jonigkeit, Aya Cash as Sherri, Dave Franco as Jeff, Zazie Beetz as Noelle
44"Controlada"[8]Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergSeptember 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)
Starring: Aislinn Derbez as Gabi, Raúl Castillo as Bernie, Mauricio Ochmann as Martin
55"Art and Life"[8]Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergSeptember 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)
Starring: Marc Maron as Jacob Malco, Emily Ratajkowski as Allison Lizowska
66"Utopia"[8]Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergSeptember 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)
Starring: Orlando Bloom, Malin Åkerman as Lucy, Kate Micucci as Annie
77"Chemistry Read"[8]Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergSeptember 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Sophie, Jane Adams as Annabelle Jones, Michael Chernus as Kyle, Jake Johnson as Andrew
88"Hop Dreams"[8]Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergSeptember 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)
Starring: Hannibal Buress as Jason, Dave Franco, Zazie Beetz as Noelle, Aya Cash as Sherri, Evan Jonigkeit as Matt

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
91"Package Thief"Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
Neighbors in an affluent community take matters into their own hands when they spy a baseball-capped thief stealing packages off their doorsteps.
102"Open Marriage"Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
After talking it through in therapy, married parents Andi and Kyle explore an open relationship. On night one, they each test the waters.
113"Side Hustle"Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
A stand-up comedian who drives a cab and a sex-positive feminist writer hustle to make a living while chasing their creative dreams.
124"Spent Grain"Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
While the brewery brothers - now dads - grapple with growing pains, their wives launch their own business selling organic dog treats.
135"Conjugality"Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
Jacob tries to reconnect with his estranged ex-wife when he releases a new edition of his first graphic novel, which chronicled his infidelity.
146"Prodigal Daughter"Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
A teenager turns the tables on her wealthy parents when they force her to go to church every week as punishment.
157"Lady Cha Cha"Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
A budding burlesque dancer challenges her girlfriend's double standards about art, sex and feminism.
168"Baby Steps"Joe SwanbergJoe SwanbergDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
Burned by a recent breakup, a woman finds joy baby-sitting for a friend in need and contemplates a new kind of domestic arrangement.

Reception[edit]

The first season of Easy received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 94% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 7.72/10.[9] On Metacritic, the season holds a rating of 74 out of 100, based on nine critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ariana Bacle. "Drinking Buddies filmmaker Joe Swanberg gets his own Netflix series". EW. 
  2. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Mumblecore Master Joe Swanberg Sets Star-Studded Comedic Anthology Series at Netflix". Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ Metz, Nina (September 22, 2016). "The TV Show that Joe Swanberg Wants to Do for the Rest of His Life". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (July 27, 2016). "'Black Mirror', 'One Day At A Time' & More Get Premiere Dates On Netflix – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (April 7, 2017). "Joe Swanberg Talks 'Win It All,' 'Easy' & His Fruitful Creative Collaboration With Jake Johnson". The Playlist. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Goldberg, Lesley (October 5, 2017). "Netflix Anthology 'Easy' Sets New and Returning Cast for Season 2 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 14, 2016). "Netflix Sets Joe Swanberg Anthology Series 'Easy'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Ben Travers (22 September 2016). "'Easy' Review: Grading Every Episode of Joe Swanberg's Profound New Netflix Series". IndieWire. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Easy: Season 1 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Easy: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 

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