The best TV scenes of 2017

Television provides so many units in which to appreciate the medium’s annual output. A series can leap to the forefront on the strengths of a single great season; if it’s running as part of the traditional broadcast calendar, those accolades might have two halves of separate seasons. Try as streaming services and…

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Friends From College doesn’t know how to say goodbye, but says it anyway because it’s the season finale

So we reach the end of the line for Season 1 of Friends From College, a cringe-comedy soap disguised as a bold experiment in unlikable but fascinating characters. Though I’ve communicated my displeasure of the soapier elements of the show – particularly its late-season tendency to ascribe any and all character…

Friends From College introduces even more friends from college, including Seth Rogen, in its wedding episode

Here’s a small way that sitcoms have changed over the last couple of decades: It used to be that a “wedding episode” of a comedy would tend to involve a regular character on the show getting married. I’m sure the move away from this didn’t literally begin with Seinfeld, but that show’s explorations of social minutiae…

When Friends from College tries to drink away its sadness, only Billy Eichner really wins

It didn’t work. That’s the abrupt end to the intense build-up of the fourth episode of Friends From College, in which Ethan and Lisa dashed around New York in desperate hope of completing their IVF treatment properly. Lisa took her final shot, Ethan produced a sperm sample, and Lisa’s surgery was moved around, and… it…

A desperate round of IVF makes for the best Friends From College episode so far

Friends From College has spent so much time getting into the particulars of Ethan and Sam’s affair, and of Ethan’s flailing literary career, that before “Mission Impossible,” Ethan and Lisa’s quest to have a baby after years of trying wasn’t really at the forefront of the show. There were references to expensive IVF…

Friends From College neglects some of its friend group right off the bat

The first episode of Netflix’s Friends From College begins with a man and a woman engaging in some semi-explicit sexual slapstick that wouldn’t be out of place in co-creator Nicholas Stoller’s movies for producer Judd Apatow. In comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek, The Five-Year Engagement,…

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