God Friended Me

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God Friended Me
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Genre
Created by
  • Steven Lilien
  • Bryan Wynbrandt
Starring
Composer(s)Michael Suby
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time42–45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 30, 2018 (2018-09-30) –
present (present)
External links
Website

God Friended Me is an American comedy-drama television series created by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. It stars Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie, Joe Morton and Erica Gimpel.[1] The series was ordered on May 11, 2018 and premiered on September 30, 2018 on CBS.[2] CBS renewed the series for a second season of 20 episodes[3] which premiered on September 29, 2019.[4]

Plot[edit]

The series chronicles the life of Miles Finer (Hall), an outspoken atheist and podcaster, who is sent a friend request on Facebook by an account named "God". This account suggests new friends to Miles, people in his hometown of New York City, who will require assistance. Initially skeptical, Miles decides to follow these suggestions to help people. His first suggestion had been a doctor who lost a patient and was on the verge of losing his girlfriend. While following up on his second suggestion, he meets and befriends Cara (Beane), a struggling magazine writer. Together with Cara and his hacker friend Rakesh (Sharma), Miles tries to find out who is behind the "God" account while still providing help to the account's continuing friend suggestions. Miles' atheist views sometimes causes friction with his father (Morton), who is the pastor of an Episcopal church in Harlem.

Use of Facebook[edit]

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.[5] In God Friended Me, this allows for God to contact Miles.

While the majority of Facebook's revenue is advertisement-derived,[6][7] show creator Steven Lilien says that their conversations with Facebook have been limited to discussing "how much we can portray it."[8] 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.[9]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Brandon Micheal Hall[1] as Miles Finer, a skeptical atheist who hosts a podcast about his atheism. Miles’ life is thrown into chaos when he is friended by God on Facebook, who then sends him friend suggestions. This sends him on journeys to change people's lives.
  • Violett Beane[1] as Cara Bloom, a journalist who is one of Miles' first friend suggestions. She becomes friends with Miles and Rakesh, helping them with God account cases. She and Miles start a romantic relationship, which is tested when a God account case comes between them.
  • Suraj Sharma[1] as Rakesh Singh, a hacker and friend of Miles
  • Joe Morton[1] as Rev. Arthur Finer, Miles' father who is the long-time pastor of Harlem Episcopal church
  • Javicia Leslie[1] as Ali Finer, Miles' sister
  • Erica Gimpel as Trish Allen, Arthur's girlfriend and later wife (season 2; recurring season 1)[10]

Recurring[edit]

  • Parminder Nagra as Pria Amar, a university associate of Henry Chase and Simon Hayes.
  • Rachel Bay Jones as Susan, Cara's estranged mother with whom she reconnects.
  • Shazi Raja as Jaya, Rakesh's girlfriend, later ex-girlfriend.
  • Francesca Ling as Parker
  • Malik Yoba as Terrance, Arthur's brother-in-law and Miles and Ali's maternal uncle.
  • Brent Sexton as Ray Nicolette, Miles' fourth friend suggestion. A widowed private investigator who takes in a foster child named Isaac after finding that his late wife shared a connection with him.
  • Kyle Harris as Eli, Cara's boyfriend in the first season.
  • Victoria Janicki as Nia, Miles' girlfriend in the first season.
  • Gaius Charles as Rev. Andrew Carver, one of Arthur's associates at Harlem Episcopal.
  • Adam Goldberg as Simon Hayes, a tech billionaire who was thought to be behind the God account.
  • Michel Gill as Wilson Hedges
  • Derek Luke as Henry Chase
  • Jessica Lu as Constance "Joy" Chen (guest season 1, recurring season 2), a lawyer who is friended by the God account at the end of season 1.
  • Susan Misner as Annie Keller (season 2)
  • Karine Vanasse as Audrey Grenelle (season 2)

Notable guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)April 14, 2019 (2019-04-14)
220September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)TBA

Season 1 (2018–19)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Marcos SiegaSteven Lilien & Bryan WynbrandtSeptember 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)[a]T33.0100210.14[12]
Miles Finer, the son of a priest, now runs a podcast ("The Millennial Prophet") about his atheism. He receives a Facebook friend request from "God." Although he suspects it is a hoax, he nevertheless follows up on the first suggested friend and saves the man's life when he tries to commit suicide by jumping in front of a subway train. He meets his second suggested friend, Cara, an online writer with 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 see her mother. When Cara finds out her mother has another daughter, she runs into the street in shock and is hit by a car. A doctor emerges from a taxi several cars back to save Cara's life; the doctor is the man Miles saved earlier in the subway.
22"The Good Samaritan"Marcos SiegaSteven Lilien & Bryan WynbrandtOctober 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)T40.101028.37[13]
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.
33"Heavenly Taco Truck"Kenneth FinkRobert HullOctober 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)T40.101037.90[14]
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.
44"Error Code 1.61"Marcos SiegaAllison MooreOctober 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)T40.101048.86[15]
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.
55"Unfriended"Erin FeeleySafia M. DirieOctober 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)T40.101056.94[16]
The God account sends Miles a friend recommendation for Rachel, but he 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 to call 911. Miles tells Rachel that her sister obviously loved her, and Rachel finds peace and strives to become sober. 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.
66"A House Divided"Louis MilitoStory by : Robert Hill
Teleplay by : Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt
November 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)T40.101067.40[17]
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.
77"The Prodigal Son"Marcos SiegaCarmen Pilar GoldenNovember 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)T40.101077.87[18]
Miles is forced to face uncomfortable truths about his family when the "God" account points him towards his Uncle Terrance. Also, Cara's father pays her a visit, and he discovers that she's reconnected with her mom who left them when she was a child.
88"Matthew 621"Holly DaleJessica GrangerNovember 18, 2018 (2018-11-18)T40.101087.51[19]
The God account suggests a new friend for Miles who is "a lawyer, 71, and as of a month ago, dead". Meanwhile, Arthur tries to sell his old saxophone.
99"King's Gambit"Tricia BrockRichard LoweNovember 25, 2018 (2018-11-25)T40.101098.09[20]
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.
1010"Coney Island Cyclone"Marcos SiegaRobert HullDecember 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)T40.101107.51[21]
The God account gives Miles a suggestion for a member of his father's church who's had a recent tragedy. Meanwhile Rakesh and Cara get another step closer to finding Falken, and Miles and his father reach a new place in their relationship.
1111"17 Years"Tamra DavisSteven Lilien & Bryan WynbrandtDecember 16, 2018 (2018-12-16)T40.101118.53[22]
A friend suggestion brings Miles to the man who killed his mother Ella 17 years before.
1212"Ready Player Two"Darren GrantStory by : Devanshi Patel
Teleplay by : Lara Azzopardi
January 6, 2019 (2019-01-06)T40.101127.16[23]
Miles received friend suggestion of a girl that was dropped off at Arthur's church.
1313"Miracle on 123rd Street"Marcos SiegaAndre EdmondsJanuary 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)T40.101138.25[24]
The God Account gives Miles 76 Friend Suggestions. Miles finds out that the 76 people are at risk for losing their apartment homes. Ali moves in with Miles and Rakesh finds some news at work.
1414"The Trouble with the Curve"Victor Nelli Jr.Safia M. DirieFebruary 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)T40.101147.19[25]
Miles finds his old high school baseball teammate Cal and gets a Friend Suggestion for a student that Cal is coaching.
1515"Two Guys, a Girl, and a Thai Food Place"Marcos SiegaJessica BallMarch 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)T40.101156.86[26]
Miles and Cara help a woman named Vivian who wakes up from a coma with no memory. Rakesh meets Simon Hayes and Arthur's mentorship starts badly.
1616"Scenes From an Italian Restaurant"Joe MortonStory by : Carmen Pilar Golden
Teleplay by : Robert Hull
March 10, 2019 (2019-03-10)T40.101166.63[27]
Miles and Cara help a sous chef open up a new restaurant and her dreams are falling apart. Ali and Miles are worried that the diocese sent Lester to replace Arthur. The episode ends with a passionate kiss between Miles and Cara who officially become a couple.
1717"The Dragon Slayer"Geoff ShotzStory by : Lara Azzopardi
Teleplay by : Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt
March 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)T40.101177.73[28]
Miles helps a homeless man find a job and gets him and his son a place to live. Miles also joins a podcast network that wants exclusive rights to the God Account story, but his career could be in jeopardy when Cara's boss gives her a conflicting assignment.
1818"Return to Sender"Joe MortonLydia Teffera & Sam LifshutzMarch 24, 2019 (2019-03-24)T40.101187.53[29]
A package delivered to Miles has a connection with a married couple mourning the loss of their daughter. Miles and Cara reunite with John Dove and Rakesh finds a connection between John Dove and Simon Hayes.
1919"The Road To Damascus"Kyra SedgwickRobert HullMarch 31, 2019 (2019-03-31)T40.101198.16[30]
Arthur and Miles go on a road trip to upstate New York to a camp that closed years ago. Pria delivers important news to Rakesh about Henry Chase, whose sister died in an accident at the camp. Simon Hayes's big announcement is ruined when Rakesh's well-meaning attempt to steal his code is foiled by Pria. Miles, Rakesh and Cara are shocked to discover Simon knows nothing about the God Account, especially after Miles gets Simon as his next friend suggestion.
2020"Que Sera Sera"Gregory SmithSteven Lilien & Bryan WynbrandtApril 14, 2019 (2019-04-14)T40.101206.92[31]
Miles, Cara and Rakesh finally meet Henry Chase. Simon, Henry and Pria team up again and invite Cara to join them and write their story. After discovering Henry isn’t “God,” Miles tells his dad he's OK with not knowing who’s behind the account. But the episode-ending twist reinvests Miles into the God Account's identity in a surprising way.
  1. ^ The pilot received an early digital release on August 31, 2018.[11]

Season 2 (2019–20)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [32]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
211"Joy"Victor Nelli Jr.Steven Lilien & Bryan WynbrandtSeptember 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)T40.102017.13[33]
The woman who got Miles as a friend suggestion turns out to be Joy, who came to New York after suddenly leaving the legal profession in Chicago. While Miles hasn't had any suggestions from the God account in weeks, Joy gets one for a soldier on leave who wants to return to Iraq despite having a heart condition that could kill him. In Paris, Simon helps Cara track down Annie, the woman who inspired her to be a journalist and whose friend suggestion five years ago helped Cara find her mom. But Cara learns that Annie blames Simon for ruining her career, and also that Annie never sent the friend suggestion to Cara. Meanwhile, Arthur is reluctant to leave the home he's known for years as Trish looks for a new place to live after they get married.
222"The Lady"Darren GrantRobert HullOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)T40.102026.41[34]
Joy gets another friend suggestion, this time for self-help guru Teddy Preston, whose off-stage life is quite different from the positive image he pushes in his seminars. In Paris, Simon and Annie help Cara investigate the Facebook hack that led her to reconnect with her mother. Meanwhile, Miles finally gets his own message from the God account to "follow the lady, follow your path". Deducing it's the Statue of Liberty, he goes there but finds nothing. He gets a call from Cara, who is standing near a replica statue in Paris. The two determine that the God account wants Miles to be in Paris. Elsewhere, Arthur is hurt when Ali tells him she is leaving Harlem Episcopal and has applied for membership at an LGBTQ-inclusive church.
233"From Paris with Love"Marcos SiegaSafia M. DirieOctober 13, 2019 (2019-10-13)T40.102036.89[35]
Miles is reunited with Cara in Paris, and the two continue to investigate the "follow the lady, follow your path" clue. This leaves Joy to work her first God account case without Miles' help, though she does get assistance from Rakesh. The two investigate Sarah, a parking enforcement officer who gave Joy a ticket. Together, they help Sarah find forgiveness when she blames herself for her gay brother being disowned by their parents. The brother now suffers from early-onset dementia. Miles and Cara find a painting in The Louvre by Audrey Grenelle that features a binary code pattern, which Miles plans to have Rakesh interpret when they return to New York. Miles tells Cara he loves her, but Cara says she can't respond because the last time she told someone "I love you," her mother left her. Miles fully accepts Cara's explanation, and assures her that he isn't going anywhere.
244"All Those Yesterdays"Kellie CyrusMatt WardOctober 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)T40.102046.26[36]
The God Account sends Joy a friend suggestion, the daughter whom she gave up for adoption and travelled to New York to check on. Her daughter, who plays on Cara's half-sister's soccer team, has been acting out because she has been unable to find out where she came from. The others urge caution and Joy gives her daughter some information about their family and its Hawaiian ancestry, without revealing that she is her mother. Joy then returns to Chicago for her disbarment hearing. Cara agrees to stay with her mother and returns to work at the magazine as a junior writer. Miles and Cara just miss Audrey Grenelle at an art gallery.
255"The Greater Good"Marcos SiegaLogan SlakterOctober 27, 2019 (2019-10-27)T40.102056.21[37]
Miles gets a friend suggestion for Bishop Thompson's daughter Claire. They discover that Claire, a nurse and recovering addict, has been stealing drugs from the hospital where she works. However, she has been using the drugs for a clinic that serves the uninsured. Bishop Thompson uses his influence to get the police to release Claire and organises for a church charity to fund a legal clinic. He resign as Bishop, when his actions are revealed, to help Clair manage the clinic. Jaya's parents think that she and Rakesh should get married and provide them with some grandchildren, now that he has been promoted to head of R&D. So they pretend he got fired and fake-breakup on Facebook to avoid getting engaged.
266"The Fighter"Rich NeweyKristi KorzecNovember 3, 2019 (2019-11-03)T40.102066.49[38]
Miles meets his next friend suggestion, Elena a social worker who worked with Ray's wife, at Ray's BBQ. Elena is bruised, but it is from her training for her first professional MMA bout. Miles and Cara learn that she was assaulted a couple of years ago, which is why she took up self-defence. Upon discovering that her assailant has been paroled, Miles, Cara and her young son rush stop her from fighting him. Elena confesses that she took up fighting because she was scared and has been neglecting her son. Cara writes an article about Elena but it fails to generate many hits. Trish is upset and leaves town when Arthur informs her that he has accepted the job as Bishop without talking with her. Ray and Sarah, the parking officer, track down Audrey Grenelle, the artist, through her parking tickets and Miles informs her that the code in her painting was meant for him.
277"Instant Karma"Marcos SiegaSteve HarperNovember 10, 2019 (2019-11-10)T40.102076.10[39]
Miles helps a lawyer whose firm, which he runs with his brother, is on the brink of folding. The lawyer is convinced he's been affected by bad karma ever since he found a $1 million lottery ticket and made plans to cash it himself rather than find the ticket's owner. The team also continues their attempts to decode Audrey Grenelle's painting, and eventually do so. The painting reveals a house in New Jersey which is the first place the God account ever sent Miles and Cara. Elsewhere, Arthur ruminates over Trish.
288"The Last Grenelle"Lionel ColemanCarmen Pilar GoldenNovember 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)T40.102087.15[40]
Miles and Cara find the house in New Jersey to be occupied by a new owner, Gideon, who knows all about the God account because he received friend requests from it long before Miles. Insisting that it's really God behind the account, Gideon said he was forced to choose between the account and starting a life with the woman he loves. He chose the latter, leaving one friend request five years ago that he never followed up on: Audrey Grenelle. Miles and Cara help Gideon close the book on his final friend request, while helping Audrey finally get past the family incident that changed her life. After a successful resolution, Gideon hints that Miles may be "the prophet" that the God account seeks, and if so, may be faced with a choice: continue his work with the account or have a life with Cara. Meanwhile, Arthur and Rakesh both come to a crossroads in their respective relationships.
299"Prophet & Loss"Barbara BrownRobert HullNovember 24, 2019 (2019-11-24)T40.102095.86[41]
Miles' next friend suggestion is Cara's stepfather, Paul Levine, whom he learns is on the brink of financial ruin with his investment company. To recover his clients' losses, Paul has resorted to insider trading and is seen consulting with the target of a story that Cara is working with her partner. Despite Cara asking him to stay out of it, Miles implores Paul to do the right thing. After almost fleeing to Canada, Paul instead takes a plea deal that will result in him spending one to two years in prison. Cara accuses Miles of putting the God account before her, much like Gideon suggested might happen. Elsewhere, Arthur finds his new agenda being blocked by Reverend Elias, a very conservative member of his board who cites Arthur's children and out-of-wedlock relationship with Trish as reasons he should step down. Surprisingly, it's Trish who gets Arthur to stand up for what he believes is best for the church. Also, Rakesh fails to win his supervisor's approval on a major project at work, and he seeks advice from Ali.
3010"High Anxiety"Charissa SanjarernsuithikulSteven Lilien & Bryan WynbrandtDecember 8, 2019 (2019-12-08)TBA6.81[42]
Miles and Rakesh help a new friend suggestion, a high-rise window washer named Miguel, who has sabotaged his platform in hopes that his "accidental" death will provide enough insurance money to continue the expensive care for his daughter Ava until she is able to get a new kidney. Despite wanting to walk away from the God account, Cara agrees to help when she learns a life is in danger, and she retrieves Miguel's wife to help talk him down. Miles insists that between his podcast and Cara's journalism outlets, they can raise the money to help Ava. However, Ava takes a turn for the worse and will need a kidney almost immediately, forcing Miles to come up with a creative solution. Miles had told Cara that Miguel will be his last friend suggestion, as he wants to choose her over the account. Seeing how Miles just effectively saved two lives, Cara insists she could never live with the thought that she prevented Miles from doing more good work, and she ends their relationship. Elsewhere, Arthur makes good on his promise to balance church duties with spending time with Trish, causing Trish to say she wants to marry him as soon as possible. Also, Joy returns to New York for a work assignment, and tells Miles and Rakesh she has some insight on the source of the God account.
3111"A New Hope"Marcos SiegaSafia M. DirieJanuary 5, 2020 (2020-01-05)TBA5.38[43]
Through her legal work, Joy reveals she discovered that many of the God account friend suggestions are clients of the same insurance company: New York Sun. Rakesh does some hacking and sees that everyone the group has helped was a client. He also discovers a back door and he and Miles locate the man hacking into the insurance company client profiles. The hacker reveals he was hired by a man named Alphonse Jeffries to create the back door. While Rakesh tracks down that lead, Miles and Joy help an elderly holocaust survivor named Abe (Judd Hirsch), who noticed his father's gold watch on a jewelry auction site and hopes it can lead him to answers about his long-lost sister, Rose. Soon after a successful resolution of that case, Miles learns that Alphonse and Arthur served in Vietnam together and, in fact, Arthur saved Alphonse's life. Having revealed that he and Trish are getting married that weekend, Arthur says he invited Alphonse to the wedding. Now convinced that Alphonse is the source of the God account, Miles tries to win back Cara. Cara agrees that their love is worth any risk, but she's also hiding a secret: she saw Ali at the hospital while her mother was applying for a nursing job, and Ali revealed she has been tested for cancer.
3212"BFF"Annabelle FrostSteven Lilien & Bryan WynbrandtJanuary 12, 2020 (2020-01-12)TBA6.19[44]
While preparing to confront Alphonse Jeffries at Arthur's wedding, Miles receives a friend suggestion that turns out to be Trish's daughter, Julia (Amber Stevens West). Julia and her husband, whom she has known since they were childhood best friends, are now going through a divorce. Miles learns that Julia is also hiding a big secret from her estranged husband. Rakesh and Joy are finally able to corner Jeffries, and he agrees to lunch with them. When Jeffries is a no-show for lunch, Miles tracks him down. He tells Jeffries he knows he's behind the God account, but Jeffries denies it. Miles then asks Jeffries why he would hire a hacker to create a back door for the New York Sun client information, and Jeffries replies he didn't hire anyone. Miles, Rakesh and Joy then race to the apartment where they previously met the hacker, and find it completely cleaned out except for one item: a Queen of Hearts playing card. Meanwhile, Ali learns that the lump in her breast tested positive for cancer.
3313"The Princess and the Hacker"[32]TBATBAFebruary 16, 2020 (2020-02-16)TBATBD

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 61% based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 6.36 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."[45] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 57 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[46]

In his review of the show's pilot episode, Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe wrote that "Based on the title alone, I was fully prepared to despise this show", but declared that "the premiere holds some promise as a thoughtful feel-good drama."[47] Michael Starr of the New York Post wrote that "While 'God Friended Me' does sometimes stray into saccharine-sweet, 'Touched By An Angel'-type territory [...] it doesn't overstay its welcome and seems to know when to dial it back and inject some levity into the proceedings."[48] Steve Greene of IndieWire gave the show a grade of "C", writing that "It's anchored by a likable cast, and works from an admirably high-concept premise, but for now the result is an overstuffed hodgepodge of exaggerated emotions and familiar swings at family drama."[49]

Vinnie Mancuso of Collider gave the show a rating of three stars, calling Hall's performance as Miles "endlessly likable" but writing that the show is "heavy on the hamminess, rooted in religion and old-fashioned morality, and misunderstands the lifestyle of your average human under the age of 35 on every fundamental level".[50] Hemant Mehta of Patheos wrote that God Friended Me is "not a bad show", but criticized the show for presenting Miles' atheism as being a result of his mother's death.[51] Mehta wrote that "In short, he's an atheist because he went through something traumatic [...] it bears no resemblance to why so many atheists today don't believe in God."[51]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" September 30, 2018 1.3/5 10.14[12] N/A 2.01 N/A 12.15[52]
2 "The Good Samaritan" October 7, 2018 0.9/4 8.37[13] N/A 1.91 N/A 10.29[53]
3 "Heavenly Taco Truck" October 14, 2018 1.0/5 7.90[14] 0.4 2.11 1.4 10.01[54]
4 "Error Code 1.61" October 21, 2018 1.2/5 8.86[15] 0.4 1.95 1.6 10.82[55]
5 "Unfriended" October 28, 2018 0.7/3 6.94[16] 0.3 1.95 1.0 8.90[56]
6 "A House Divided" November 4, 2018 0.8/3 7.40[17] 0.3 1.91 1.1 9.32[57]
7 "The Prodigal Son" November 11, 2018 1.0/5 7.87[18] 0.4 1.97 1.4 9.85[58]
8 "Matthew 621" November 18, 2018 0.8/3 7.51[19] 0.3 1.88 1.1 9.39[59]
9 "King's Gambit" November 25, 2018 1.0/5 8.09[20] 0.3 1.89 1.3 9.99[60]
10 "Coney Island Cyclone" December 9, 2018 0.8/3 7.51[21] N/A 1.85 N/A 9.37[61]
11 "17 Years" December 16, 2018 1.1/4 8.53[22] 0.3 1.80 1.4 10.34[62]
12 "Ready Player Two" January 6, 2019 0.9/4 7.16[23] 0.2 1.97 1.1 9.14[63]
13 "Miracle on 123rd Street" January 13, 2019 0.9/4 8.25[24] N/A 1.67 N/A 9.92[64]
14 "The Trouble with the Curve" February 17, 2019 0.6/3 7.19[25] 0.4 1.81 1.0 9.01[65]
15 "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Thai Food Place" March 3, 2019 0.7/3 6.86[26] 0.2 1.76 0.9 8.63[66]
16 "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" March 10, 2019 0.6/3 6.63[27] 0.3 1.83 0.9 8.46[67]
17 "The Dragon Slayer" March 17, 2019 0.8/4 7.73[28] 0.2 1.53 1.0 9.26[68]
18 "Return to Sender" March 24, 2019 0.9/4 7.53[29] 0.2 1.60 1.1 9.13[69]
19 "The Road To Damascus" March 31, 2019 1.1/4 8.16[30] 0.2 1.62 1.3 9.79[70]
20 "Que Sera Sera" April 14, 2019 0.6/3 6.92[31] 0.3 1.62 0.9 8.55[71]

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Joy" September 29, 2019 0.9/4 7.13[33] 0.2 1.87 1.1 9.00[72]
2 "The Lady" October 6, 2019 0.7/3 6.41[34] 0.2 1.50 0.9 7.91[73]
3 "From Paris with Love" October 13, 2019 0.9/4 6.89[35] 0.2 1.54 1.1 8.44[74]
4 "All Those Yesterdays" October 20, 2019 0.6/3 6.26[36] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "The Greater Good" October 27, 2019 0.8/3 6.21[37] N/A 1.44 N/A 7.66[75]
6 "The Fighter" November 3, 2019 0.7/3 6.49[38] 0.2 1.53 0.9 8.02[76]
7 "Instant Karma" November 10, 2019 0.6/3 6.10[39] 0.2 1.45 0.8 7.56[77]
8 "The Last Grenelle" November 17, 2019 0.8/4 7.15[40] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Prophet & Loss" November 24, 2019 0.6/2 5.86[41] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "High Anxiety" December 8, 2019 0.9/4 6.81[42] N/A 1.41 N/A 8.23[78]
11 "A New Hope" January 5, 2020 0.4/2 5.38[43] TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 "BFF" January 12, 2020 0.8/3 6.19[44] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Broadcast[edit]

God Friended Me premiered in the United States and Canada on September 30, 2018.[79][80] The series premiered in Australia on November 5, 2018.[81]

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