Friends from College
|Friends from College|
|Directed by||Nicholas Stoller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||28–34 minutes|
|Original release||July 14, 2017– present|
Friends from College is a Netflix original comedy television series created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller. The first season consists of eight half-hour episodes, and premiered on Netflix on July 14, 2017. On August 21, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of eight episodes, that is set to debut on January 11, 2019.
The series irreverently depicts the tragicomic misadventures of a close-knit group of Harvard alumni as they navigate their ambitious yet clumsy and romantically intertwined lives in New York City.
Cast and characters
- Keegan-Michael Key as Ethan Turner, Lisa's husband, a respected but financially struggling writer
- Cobie Smulders as Lisa Turner, a hedge fund lawyer
- Annie Parisse as Samantha "Sam" Delmonico, a Manhattan interior designer with whom Ethan has been having an on-and-off affair since college
- Nat Faxon as Nick, an unemployed, aging party boy with a trust fund
- Fred Savage as Max Adler, a gay literary agent
- Jae Suh Park as Marianne, a hippie yoga instructor
- Billy Eichner as Dr. Felix Forzenheim, Max's partner
- Greg Germann as Jon Delmonico, Sam's wealthy husband
- Ike Barinholtz as Degrasso, an obnoxious finance dude
- Billy Magnussen as Sean, Shawna's attractive kept man
- Kate McKinnon as Shawna, an eccentric YA author
- Seth Rogen as Paul "Party Dog" Dobkin, who went to Harvard with the rest of the gang and was Ethan's rival/frenemy during their college days
- Chris Elliott as the Mentalist
Season 1 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Welcome to New York"||Nicholas Stoller||Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller||July 14, 2017|
|2||2||"Connecticut House"||Nicholas Stoller||Nicholas Stoller and Ron Weiner||July 14, 2017|
|3||3||"All-Nighter"||Nicholas Stoller||Nicholas Stoller and Andrew Gurland||July 14, 2017|
|4||4||"Mission Impossible"||Nicholas Stoller||Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller||July 14, 2017|
|5||5||"Party Bus"||Nicholas Stoller||Justin Nowell||July 14, 2017|
|6||6||"Second Wedding"||Nicholas Stoller||Colleen McGuinness||July 14, 2017|
|7||7||"Grand Cayman"||Nicholas Stoller||Ron Weiner||July 14, 2017|
|8||8||"A Night of Surprises"||Nicholas Stoller||Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller||July 14, 2017|
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 23% based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 4.77/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Even a cast of talented comedic actors can't keep Friends from College from being anything but underwhelming." On Metacritic, the series has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly gave the first season a C− rating, writing that the series wastes the talents of its cast members. 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."
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