Netflix’s ‘Friends from College’ Mixes Perverse Cocktail of IVF Treatments and Adultery

NewsBusters | 7/17/2017 | Staff
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Note: This review contains season spoilers.

Netflix debuted its new comedy Friends from College on Friday, July 14th. The eight half hour episodes revolve around a group of six friends that were Harvard classmates and are now struggling to come to terms with turning 40.

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Trying desperately to put the "fun" in dysfunctional, the main story deals with married couple Lisa (Cobie Smulders) and Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key) who move back to New York and take up with their circle of longtime friends from college – just like old times except it is 20 years later. Ethan and Sam (Annie Parisse) have continued with their college affair all these years – she sees him when she is in his city on business. That’s especially awkward now with Ethan and his wife moving back to New York City. Ethan and Lisa crash at their actress friend Marianne’s apartment (Jae Suh Park) until they find a place to live. Max is the friend in publishing who is helping Ethan write his next best-seller and Nick is the perennial Peter Pan-type of single guy.

If this was supposed to be a modern day version of The Big Chill, it misses the mark. Sadly, none of these people are what anyone would consider good people. Mostly the show features the life of Ethan – he and Lisa are trying IVF treatments after being unable to get pregnant but he continues on with his longtime affair with Sam. He is trying to write his next bestseller but Max convinces him to move to Young Adult literature instead of adult fiction. He is in full-blown midlife crisis mode.

Plot - Points - Episode - Connecticut - House

The plot points are all over the top. In episode two, “Connecticut House,” Lisa, a corporate lawyer, goes to work for a company being run by a group of men who are unbelievably...
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