Friends from College

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Friends from College
Friends for College logo.jpg
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)Michael Andrews
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Francesca Delbanco
  • Nicholas Stoller
CinematographyJohn Guleserian
Editor(s)
  • Shawn Paper
  • Jonathan Schwartz
  • Hugh Ross
  • Michael A. Webber
Running time26–34 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Stoller Global Solutions
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14) –
January 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)

Friends from College is an American comedy television series created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller.[1] The series was greenlit for Netflix as an original on March 11, 2016. The first season consists of eight half-hour episodes, and premiered on Netflix on July 14, 2017.[2][3] On August 21, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of eight episodes, which was released on January 11, 2019.[4][5] The series was canceled on February 18, 2019.[6]

Plot[edit]

The series irreverently depicts the tragicomic misadventures of a close-knit group of Harvard alumni in their 40s as they navigate their ambitious yet clumsy and romantically intertwined lives in New York City.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Billy Eichner as Dr. Felix Forzenheim, Max's fiancé[8]
  • Greg Germann as Jon Spurling, Sam's wealthy husband[9]
  • Sarah Chalke as Merill Morgan (season 2), a former Harvard classmate who begins dating Nick
  • Zack Robidas as Charlie (season 2), Lisa's new boyfriend

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
18July 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
28January 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Welcome to New York"Nicholas StollerFrancesca Delbanco and Nicholas StollerJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
22"Connecticut House"Nicholas StollerRon WeinerJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
33"All-Nighter"Nicholas StollerAndrew GurlandJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
44"Mission Impossible"Nicholas StollerFrancesca Delbanco and Nicholas StollerJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
55"Party Bus"Nicholas StollerJustin NowellJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
66"Second Wedding"Nicholas StollerColleen McGuinnessJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
77"Grand Cayman"Nicholas StollerRon WeinerJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
88"A Night of Surprises"Nicholas StollerFrancesca Delbanco and Nicholas StollerJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"The Engagement Party"Nicholas StollerFrancesca Delbanco and Nicholas StollerJanuary 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)
102"Storage Unit"Nicholas StollerAndrew GurlandJanuary 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)
113"Out All Night"Nicholas StollerGuy Endore-KaiserJanuary 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)
124"The Bachelor Party"Andrew GurlandJustin NowellJanuary 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)
135"Old Habits"Andrew GurlandIan EdwardsJanuary 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)
146"Free Fall"Nicholas StollerAlexandra RushfieldJanuary 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)
157"Fireworks"Francesca DelbancoFrancesca Delbanco and Nicholas StollerJanuary 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)
168"The Wedding"Nicholas StollerFrancesca Delbanco and Nicholas StollerJanuary 11, 2019 (2019-01-11)

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 24% based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 4.78/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Even a cast of talented comedic actors can't keep Friends from College from being anything but underwhelming."[13] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly gave the first season a C− rating, writing that the series wastes the talents of its cast members.[15] Tim Dowling of The Guardian writes, "Each character may be unpleasant in his or her own right, but the sheer charmlessness of the group is hard to overstate. If they were sitting at a table near you, you’d leave the restaurant."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (August 22, 2016). "Netflix Orders 'Friends From College' Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders". Variety. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  2. ^ White, James (August 22, 2016). "Cobie Smulders, Keegan-Michael Key and more join Friends From College". Empire. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "Exclusive photos: Eclectic cast makes Netflix's 'Friends from College'". USA Today. May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 21, 2017). "Friends From College' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (2018-10-26). "'Friends From College' Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 18, 2019). "Friends From College Cancelled After 2 Seasons at Netflix". TVLine.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Andreeva, Nellie (August 22, 2016). "Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders & Fred Savage Lead Cast of Nick Stoller Netflix Series 'Friends From College'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (October 27, 2016). "Billy Eichner Joins Netflix Comedy 'Friends From College' As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  9. ^ Gilbert, Sophie (July 16, 2017). "Friends From College Is a Tragedy of Arrested Development". Atlantic.com. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d Surette, Tim (July 14, 2017). "Friends From College Isn't Good, but Four of Its Guest Stars Are Great". TVguide.com. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "Friends from College". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  12. ^ "'Friends From College' is a waste of the cast's talent — and the audience's time". Mic.com. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  13. ^ "Friends from College: Season 1 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Friends from College: Season 1 reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  15. ^ Jensen, Jeff (July 12, 2017). "Netflix's Friends From College squanders its excellent cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Dowling, Tim. "Friends from College review – an ensemble piece populated entirely by terrible people". The Guardian. Retrieved July 15, 2017.

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