God Friended Me
|God Friended Me|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 30, 2018– present|
God Friended Me is an American comedy-drama series. It was ordered to series on May 11, 2018, and stars Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Javicia Leslie, Suraj Sharma, and Joe Morton. The series premiered on September 30, 2018, on CBS. On October 19, 2018, it was announced that the series had received a full season order from CBS.
The series chronicles the life of Miles (Hall), an outspoken atheist, who is sent a friend request on Facebook by someone calling themself "God". This account sends Miles suggestions for new friends, people in Miles' hometown of New York City, that will require assistance. Initially skeptical, Miles decides to follow these suggestions to help people. During his first such request, he meets and befriends Cara (Beane), a struggling writer. Together with Cara and his hacker friend Rakesh (Sharma), Miles also tries to find out who is behind the "God" account.
Use of Facebook
God Friended Me uses Facebook frequently as a narrative device. The "Friended" in the title God Friended Me refers to the act of friending someone on social media, granting that person special privileges (on the service in question) with respect to oneself. On Facebook, for example, one's friends have the privilege of viewing and posting to one's timeline. In God Friended Me, this allows for God to contact Miles.
While the majority of Facebook's revenue is advertisement-derived, show creator Steven Lilien says that their conversations with Facebook have been limited to discussing "how much we can portray it". According to executive producer Bryan Wynbrandt, the "God" of the show will be active on Facebook outside the show, with liking pages and changing their profile picture given as examples of their possible online activities.
- Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer
- Violett Beane as Cara Bloom
- Suraj Sharma as Rakesh Sehgal
- Javicia Leslie as Ali Finer
- Joe Morton as Rev. Arthur Finer
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Marcos Siega||Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt||September 30, 2018[a]||T33.01002||10.14|
|Miles Finer is the son of a priest, but now runs a podcast about his atheism. He receives a Facebook friend request from "God", which he thinks is a hoax. Curious, he follows up on the God account's first suggested friend and saves the man's life when he tries to commit suicide jumping in front of the subway. He meets his second suggested friend, Cara, an online writer with a recent case of writer's block. When Miles's computer malfunctions at his home, Cara sees her long-missing mother in a picture of Miles with his family at the hospital. Miles convinces Cara to meet with her mother, and when she finds out that her mother has another daughter, she runs into the street in shock and is hit by a car. From a taxi several cars back emerges a doctor to save Cara's life, and it is the man Miles saved earlier in the subway.|
|2||"The Good Samaritan"||Marcos Siega||Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt||October 7, 2018||T40.10102||8.37|
|As Miles prepares for his first national podcast about atheism, he gets another friend request from the God account that leads him to help a single mother connect with her autistic son. Cara gets closer to her estranged mother, while Ali convinces her father to support Miles and congratulate him on his podcast's success. Miles disagrees with his new producer, who wants a one-sided presentation about atheism. Miles instead wants his show to be more of an open conversation. Due to the change in tone, Miles's podcast loses over half its audience. Meanwhile, Rakesh is disappointed to see his new love interest Jaya on a date with another guy, but it turns out the date had been scheduled before Jaya met Rakesh, and she is only interested in dating him.|
|3||"Heavenly Taco Truck"||Kenneth Fink||Robert Hull||October 14, 2018||T40.10103||7.90|
|The God account sends Miles a place recommendation for a taco truck instead of a friend suggestion. While Miles is there, a boy steals his wallet. Miles and Cara hire Ray, an ex-police officer and private investigator, to find the boy. It turns out the boy is Isaac, living on his own, his mother absent, and that Ray's deceased wife was Isaac's social worker. Both Isaac and Ray are lost without her, and in the end Ray takes in Isaac as a foster child.|
|4||"Error Code 1.61"||Marcos Siega||Allison Moore||October 21, 2018||T40.10104||8.86|
|Miles is excited that Rakesh is close to cracking the God account's firewall when all the computers at their work crash with an error code of 1.61, which is an approximation of the Fibonacci ratio. This leads Miles, Cara, Rakesh and Jaya to the Hayden Planetarium looking for answers. Miles and Cara find Fliss, a woman from a small town who is in New York looking for her lost love based on a list of locations he gave her when they were at camp together. Rakesh and Jaya find Beaker, a staff member at the Planetarium who is looking for a lost star using software that Rakesh recognizes as being associated with the God account. It turns out that Beaker is Fliss's lost love. He's gay, so they won't be romantic, but Fliss decides she will move to New York anyway to restart her life and be Beaker's friend. At the same time, Arthur takes his damaged saxophone to a repair shop to fix and donate. It was damaged in the car accident that killed Miles's mother, and Arthur hasn't played since. Miles retrieves the repaired saxophone and he and Ali tell their father that their mother wouldn't want him to stop playing.|
|5||"Unfriended"||Erin Feeley||Safia M. Dirie||October 28, 2018||T40.10105||6.94|
|The God account sends Miles a friend recommendation for Rachel, but decides to do nothing about it, and the God account disappears. Prodded by Rakesh and Cara, Miles investigates and learns that Rachel is an alcoholic artist whose sister died in a car accident they were in several weeks earlier. They were fighting at the time, and Rachel believes nothing can fix the fact that her sister hated her at the moment of her death. Miles finds the man credited with pulling Rachel from the car before it exploded, and learns that the man was just a bystander; in fact, Rachel's sister pulled her from the car, and died going back for her cell phone. Miles tells Rachel that her sister obviously loved her, and Rachel finds peace. Meanwhile, Rakesh finds out Jaya has a medical fellowship that will take her away from New York for up to a year. He reacts badly at first, but on Ali's advice, throws Jaya a congratulations party and tells her he is happy for her. After talking with his father, Miles comes to terms with the idea that he might have a calling to do good in the world, and the God account reappears. He sends it a friend request, and it accepts.|
|6||"A House Divided"||Louis Milito||Teleplay by: Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt|
Story by: Robert Hull
|November 4, 2018||T40.10106||7.40|
|As he is hailing a cab, Miles gets a friend suggestion for Hasan, who turns out to be the cab driver. Later, Miles learns that Hasan's daughter Tara has fallen in love with David, a devout Jew she is planning to marry without Hasan's (or David's parents) knowledge or consent. Hasan confronts Tara and David (and Miles) at the courthouse just before their marriage. Miles tries to reason with Hasan, but fails, and Tara reluctantly leaves with her father. At a loss, Miles consults with his father, who explains how a child losing faith can feel to a parent like losing them altogether. Meanwhile, Rakesh breaks the God account's encryption with Cara's help, and they learn about a particular train leaving Grand Central Station later that night. Hasan confronts Miles at his uncle's 25th wedding anniversary party because Tara has run away. Miles realizes that the train isn't the location of whoever is behind the God account, but of David and Tara. Miles reasons with Hasan using what his father said, and at the train station Hasan reconciles with Tara. At the end, Miles learns that Hasan was the driver of the cab the doctor got out of to save Cara's life in episode 1.|
|7||"The Prodigal Son"||Marcos Siega||Carmen Pilar Golden||November 11, 2018||T40.10107||7.87|
|8||"Matthew 621"||Holly Dale||Jessica Granger||November 18, 2018||T40.10108||7.51|
|What starts off as a simple day of talking a pregnant woman through a panic attack on an elevator turns into one of the toughest days since the God account came into Miles' life. After all, how do you help somebody who is "a lawyer, 71, and as of a month ago, dead"? Miles must figure out how to do just that. Meanwhile, Arthur tries to sell his old saxophone - can his family help him rekindle his love for the instrument and save one of his last links to his deceased wife?|
|9||"King's Gambit"||Tricia Brock||Richard Lowe||November 25, 2018||T40.10109||8.09|
|Rather than a person, the God account sends Miles a fan page of a chess legend who vanished 10 years ago. Miles must find out what happened to the man behind the legend with the help of a private investigator, hired by the legend's last opponent before he vanished, who Miles had helped out in a previous episode. Meanwhile Arthur is having problems with the God account, feeling Miles is using it as fodder for ratings on his podcast.|
|10||"Coney Island Cyclone"||Marcos Siega||Robert Hull||December 9, 2018||TBA||7.51|
|11||"17 Years"||Tamra Davis||Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt||December 16, 2018||TBA||TBD|
|12||"Ready Player Two"||Darren Grant||Teleplay by: Lara Azzopardi|
Story by: Devanshi Patel
|January 6, 2019||TBA||TBD|
- The pilot received an early digital release on August 31, 2018.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 60% based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 6.38 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A sincere and thoughtful handling of spiritual themes helps God Friended Me overcome -- and even benefit from -- its earnest approach to a potentially off-putting premise." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 57 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|1||"Pilot"||September 30, 2018||1.3/5||10.14||N/A||2.01||N/A||12.15|
|2||"The Good Samaritan"||October 7, 2018||0.9/4||8.37||N/A||1.91||N/A||10.29|
|3||"Heavenly Taco Truck"||October 14, 2018||1.0/5||7.90||0.4||2.11||1.4||10.01|
|4||"Error Code 1.61"||October 21, 2018||1.2/5||8.86||0.4||1.95||1.6||10.82|
|5||"Unfriended"||October 28, 2018||0.7/3||6.94||0.3||1.95||1.0||8.90|
|6||"A House Divided"||November 4, 2018||0.8/3||7.40||0.3||1.91||1.1||9.32|
|7||"The Prodigal Son"||November 11, 2018||1.0/5||7.87||0.4||1.97||1.4||9.85|
|8||"Matthew 621"||November 18, 2018||0.8/3||7.51||0.3||1.88||1.1||9.39|
|9||"King's Gambit"||November 25, 2018||1.0/5||8.09||0.3||1.89||1.3||9.99|
|10||"Coney Island Cyclone"||December 9, 2018||0.8/3||7.51||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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