If Girls and How I Met Your Mother had a lovechild, it would be Friends From College. We love it but we are curious to see how the longevity of the plot will play out.
We honestly binged the whole thing last night. ALL THE EPISODES IN ONE SITTING. So you know we are ready to sing praise to this new Netflix Original. It was so easy to binge because there are only 8 episodes in the season. Each episode is only 30 minutes long, so it will not take you long to finish the whole season.
The show is about exactly what it says, friends who met in college and remained friends into adulthood. We all have those friends we love and have known forever but sometimes they do not bring out our best selves. That is kind of the plot of the show in a nutshell.
The show can get quite dramatic at times with two of the main characters having an affair and pretending to be just friends when they are married to other people. Don’t worry, that is told to you in the first 5 minutes of the pilot episode so it is not a spoiler. It is actually the focus or main plot line of the entire first season. And we like the little twists and turns throughout the season too.
Overall the comedy is very specific but spot on. We are not a big fan of Keegan Michael Key and generally do not find humor in his comedy. He’s more like an annoying gnat that you keep swatting away but it comes back every time. Then the gnat attracts this venomous spider and it bites you and the poison just keeps infecting your body. Then your body starts to shut down so you have no choice but to deal with the infection and go to the doctor. And the doctor gives you the medicine so you take it and feel better but you will always remember how awful that was.
BUT we actually enjoyed most of his performance in Friends From College. We do not deny that Keegan Michael Key is talented and can be funny, he is just not our cup of tea. ever. But we will not deny that if you are a fan than this show will be one of your instant favorites. HE delivers a solid performance and the rest of the cast is just flawless.
Favorite character alert: Lisa Turner aka Cobie Smulders, who played Robin on How I Met Your Mother. She is obviously the sympathy character vote but also she just shines so bright with this cast and the brilliant writing. Basically our favorite role she has has since the How I Met Your Mother days.
We recommend this show if you like adult comedies. Some similar movies and shows would be Girls, Love or anything Judd Apatow or involving middle age crisis and relationship drama. We love the raw blunt nature of the writing mixed with real life drama that is relateable to a wide audience.
This show will have you laughing and crying and fully captivated to the very end. We recommend it but are very interested to see what direction the show takes with season 2. Basically they could definitely step up their drama game for the next season.
3/5 stars for this show and a 10/10 rating for binge worthy success
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