Netflix is bringing back its original comedy Friends From College for a second season. The show is created and executive produced by husband and wife duo Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and Francesca Delbanco and loosely inspired by their relationship and time at Harvard. Stoller also directed the series and wrote some of the episodes alongside Delbanco.
Friends From College is about a group of friends that includes Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage, and Jae Suh Park who attended Harvard together. The show finds them all living in New York City as almost 40-something adults trying to balance their careers, love lives, and children — all while trying to stay as close as they were in college. Along the way they face secret affairs, class reunions, and a hilariously disastrous Long Island wine tasting adventure with a standout performance from Billy Eichner.
According to an official press release from Netflix, Friends From College will return for another eight-episode second season. This comes as a bit of a surprise due to the fact that the show had mostly negative reviews centering around its unlikable characters and over-the-top plot lines. However, Netflix seems determined to continue making original programming. Friends From College joins Glow and Ozark as new series recently renewed for a second season.
Friends From College boasts an impressive ensemble cast. The fact that many of the characters are unlikable is relatable — who doesn’t have an annoying friend (or two) from their past? This is what leads to a few of the show’s funnier parts. And while the show may be a comedy, there are also serious moments anchored by a strong performance from Smulders as she and her husband (played by Key) struggle with infertility.
While Friends From College may not be its strongest series to date, Netflix has found success with many other original comedies. Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Master of None won an Emmy for comedy writing, while Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and BoJack Horseman continue to be fan favorites. There is also future Netflix original content to look forward to such as the true-crime satire American Vandal and the animated series Big Mouth from Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg.
Netflix’s ability to continue producing original content without the strongest reviews (or ratings) is what makes their model special. They have the power to give shows a second chance that may not have survived (or been put into production in the first place) on a traditional network. With the recent acquisition of talent like Shonda Rhimes, Mark Millar’s comic book publishing company Millarworld, and the rights to new films what feels like almost daily, the company continues to try and win the content wars with sheer volume.
Friends From College season 2 does not yet have a release date.
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