Free Agents (U.S. TV series)

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Free Agents
Free Agents NBC.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Chris Niel
John Enbom
Starring Hank Azaria
Kathryn Hahn
Mo Mandel
Natasha Leggero
Joe Lo Truglio
Anthony Head
Al Madrigal
Theme music composer Eli "Paperboy" Reed
Composer(s) Kurt Farquhar
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Chris Niel
John Enbom
Karey Burke
Todd Holland
Kenton Allen
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Very Small Realm
Dark Toy Entertainment
Big Talk Productions
Universal Media Studios (pilot)
Universal Television (since episode 2)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 14 – October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05)
Related shows Free Agents (UK Original)
External links
Official website

Free Agents is an American re-make of a British workplace sitcom that premiered on NBC September 14, 2011, in the 10:30 pm Eastern/9:30 pm Central time slot, before assuming its regular time slot on September 21, 2011, where it aired at 8:30 pm Eastern/7:30 pm Central on Wednesday nights.[1] It is based on the British comedy series of the same name that was created by Chris Niel, who also serves as co-creator and producer on this version with John Enbom, Karey Burke, Todd Holland, and Kenton Allen for Big Talk Productions, Dark Toy Productions and Universal Television.[2] This show was the last series to be produced by Universal Media Studios during the revival of Universal Television.

NBC canceled Free Agents on October 6, 2011 after four episodes were broadcast.[3] The remaining four episodes produced were later released via Hulu on January 16, 2012.


The series followed the lives of two public relations executives at an advertising firm in Portland, Oregon: Alex Taylor (Hank Azaria), who is recently divorced, and Helen Ryan (Kathryn Hahn), a woman trying to move on after the death of her fiancé. They discover that they seem to have an attraction for each other, and have a drunken one-night stand, but try to stay professional at work, where their friends will do anything to get them to re-enter the dating scene.

Cast and characters[edit]

Development and production[edit]

NBC took interest in this project after Executive Producer Todd Holland began developing the American adaptation with the UK's original writer Chris Niel and producers Nira Park, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice in September 2010.[4] They also made changes to the workplace setting from talent agents in the British version to PR executives for American viewers, after NBC greenlit the pilot in February 2011.[5]

Actor Anthony Head was the only cast member who had ties to both shows, in which he played Stephen, the boss in the UK and US adaptations.[6]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Todd Holland John Enbom September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14) 101 6.12[7]
2 "What I Did for Work" Peter Lauer Ira Ungerleider September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) 103 3.86[8]
3 "Dr. Hu" Todd Holland Diane Ruggiero September 28, 2011 (2011-09-28) 102 3.07[9]
4 "Rebranding" Millicent Shelton John Enbom October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05) 104 3.25
5 "Nice Guys Finish...At Some Point" Michael Engler Emily Cutler January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) (on Hulu) 105 TBA
6 "Are You There, Helen? It's Me, God" Bryan Gordon Alexa Junge January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) (on Hulu) 106 TBA
7 "The Kids Are Probably All Right" Todd Holland Jill Cargerman January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) (on Hulu) 107 TBA
8 "Sexin' the Raisin" Kevin Dowling Jon Silberman & Josh Silberman January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) (on Hulu) 108 TBA


No. Title Air date 18-49 rating Viewers
1 "Pilot" September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14) 2.1 6.12
2 "What I Did For Work" September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) 1.3 3.86
3 "Dr. Hu" September 28, 2011 (2011-09-28) 1.0 3.07
4 "Rebranding" October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05) 1.0 3.25

International broadcasts[edit]

The series was simulcast in Canada by CTV2.[10]

Broadcast by TV Séries in Portugal 4 weeks after the US air date.


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