A group of friends from Harvard are facing down their forties. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another. "Friends from College" is a comedic exploration of ...
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A group of friends from Harvard are facing down their forties. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another. "Friends from College" is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past. Written by
I made an account simply to write a review on this show. My girlfriend had been watching this show and a sat midway through. I enjoyed what, in my mind, was the concept of the show. College friends approaching their 40s who could give varying perspectives as life has become more stable. I thought it would be a show that would present turning 40 in modern times: feeling youthful while approaching the midpoint of life. Careers have stabilized; the college ideal of a dream job may not have been realized; compromises made in life to achieve financial stability and long-term relationship success; perhaps struggle to maintain a career or relationship in a sensitive part of someone's life. There are glimpses, but what we get is dramatic garbage with characters who are terrible, but not still somehow incredibly likable (like in Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Felix is the only redeemable aspect of these series. Felix is the only one with a moral compass and genuinely interesting to watch. He's direct, sincere, and a tad socially awkward. He makes a sincere effort to compromise with Max and deal with Max's dysfunctional friends. The subplot really needs to be fleshed out, as this could add some dimension to Max's character where he juggles between his sane, invested boyfriend, and his long time friends who brings him down to their dysfunction.
We spend too much time with what is clearly supposed to be the main draw of the show: Two married friends, Ethan and Sam, having an affair for 20 years on their spouses. They dominate the show and are completely unlikable. The plot is so contrived and cliché. However, that's not the worst part of the show. Most episodes are frustratingly stressful. This is a drama with some comedic relief, and nothing more.
The era of sitcoms with bad people doing funny, but stupid things has ran its course. Why not move to a coming of age comedy where friends are supportive, no contrived love plots that drag on forever, and a more comedic take of common life obstacles faced by people at 40 who exhibit the more youthful spirit of modern adults?
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