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When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year, there’s something you could consider watching, to lighten up your mood. No! We’re not talking about friends here, rather ‘Friends from College’. An American series that is becoming popular day by day. This series was originally made to air on Netflix, which it did, but Netflix cancelled the deal during the end of the second season. The series has been created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller and it features Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Jae Suh Park and Cobie Smulders in prominent roles. 

Show details

TV Series: Friends from college
Genre: Comedy
Created by:  Francesca Delbanco

Nicholas Stoller

Starring : Keegan-Michael Key

Fred Savage

Annie Parisse

Nat Faxon

Jae Suh Park

Cobie Smulders

Place Of Origin: United States
Composer: Michael Andrews
Original language: English

Friends From College Season 3 release date

More about the show

‘Friends from college’ is a series that belongs to the comedy genre and originated in the United States. The background score of the show has been given by Michael Andrews and it premiered on July 14, 2017. Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller have been it’s executive producers and the show was also produced by the company, ‘Stoller Global Solutions’.The cinematography for the show was done by John Guleserian and it was edited by Shawn Paper, Jonathan Schwartz, Hugh Ross, Michael A. Webber. It was officially distributed by Netflix.

Cast and crew

Keegan-Michael Key played the character of Ethan Turner who was a writer by profession and Lisa’s husband. The character of Lisa was played by Cobie Smulders. Lisa was a hedge fund lawyer by profession. Annie Parisse featured as Samantha AKA Sam Delmonico. She was an interior designer by profession and was the love interest of Ethan. Nat Faxon played the character of Nick Ames, who has a trust fund, is unemployed and is a party animal.

Fred Savage played the character of Max Adler, who is a literary agent by profession and is gay by sexuality. Fred Savage now has a daughter, Lily Aerin Savage. Jae Suh Park played the character of Marianne. She is a yoga instructor by profession and wants to become an actress. Billy Eichner played the character of  Dr. Felix Forzenheim who is the fiancé of Max. Jon Spurling was played by Greg Germann. He is very rich and also the husband of Sam.

Sarah Chalke played the character of Merrill Morgan. The character was introduced in the second season of the series. She had been a classmate to Nick in Harvard and the two started dating each other later. Zack Robidas played the character of Charlie. This character was also introduced in the second season of the series and became the love interest of Lisa. Ike Barinholtz, Billy Magnussen, Kate McKinnon, Seth Rogen and Chris Elliott also played important roles in the series.

Story and plot

The show revolves around the lives of some Harvard University alumni. These middle-aged people with their careers and friendships and not so sorted love lives go through different situations. There is a lot of situational comedy in the show.  

The series starts with Max throwing an engagement party and everybody is invited. The group goes through a lot of awkward moments. In the second episode, Lisa and Ethan try remembering the good old days and share a common sense of nostalgia. Max starts influencing Ethan and advises him to get into dating and discover himself. In the fourth episode, Max is expecting a grand bachelor’s party that is fun and cool. However, at the end he is left disappointed.

Lisa and Charlie try to reconcile their terms and Nick invites his friends to his house. The plot of the story goes on to show how relationships and equations keep changing with time and what must stay constant are the efforts.


The series has had 2 seasons and both the seasons had 8 episodes each. The first episode of the first season was named “Welcome to New York” and it aired July 14, 2017. The second episode was named “Connecticut House” and the third one was “All-Nighter”. The fourth episode was named “Mission Impossible”, the fifth episode was “Party Bus”, the sixth episode was “Second Wedding”, the seventh one was “Grand Cayman”, the eighth one was named “A Night of Surprises”.

The first episode of the second season was premiered on January 11, 2019 and was named “The Engagement Party”, the second episode was named “Storage Unit”, the third episode was “Out All Night”, the fourth episode was “The Bachelor Party”, the fifth episode was “Old Habits”, the sixth episode was “Free Fall”, the seventh episode was “Fireworks” and the eighth episode was “The Wedding”.

Is the show worth watching?

The show was liked by the audience and it was called a one time watch. Talking about its reviews from critics, it received a 24% rating from “Rotten tomatoes” The website said “Even a cast of talented comedic actors can’t keep Friends from College from being anything but underwhelming.” 

Entertainment Weekly wrote, “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.” 

If you’re expecting anything near to the classic “FRIENDS” from this show, you would be terribly disappointed. However, if you’re seeking a light hearted comedy show, just for the sake of watching it, this one isn’t a bad option.

On the other hand, fans of the show like Zack Michelson wrote, “Friends From College is heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and even sometimes laugh-out-loud hilarious. Brilliantly directed by the man who brought us the equally endearing Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement, this Netflix original series is one of the most genuine expressions of human tragedy in current television programming. Friends From College is bolstered by its strong lead and supporting cast, with especially strong work from its lead Keegan-Michael Key who has never been so touching, and the perfectly-cast Fred Savage in a magnificent return to regular comedy.”