‘Casual’ is an American comedy-drama series that airs on Hulu and first premiered on October 7, 2015. The show has been created by Zander Lehmann, and while this is his most recognizable work, his first big break came during his work on ‘The Shannara Chronicles‘. Jason Reitman, famous for films like ‘Juno‘ and ‘Up in the Air’, is one of the co-executive producers, along with Helen Estabrook, famous for having produced ‘Whiplash‘.
The premise of ‘Casual’ is basically about a newly divorced mother, who along with her daughter, moves in to begin living with her brother. The series is heartfelt, and the degree of reality is apparent because Lehmann confessed that he based a lot of the show on his personal experiences with his younger sister. The siblings lived together for three years during the time their parents were getting divorced, and she also began dating his best friend back then. This relationship dynamic helped Lehmann in structuring the show.
The series has received praise from critics, who said, “Jason Reitman’s ‘Casual’ is a funny – albeit very specific – look at modern dating, sharpened by edgy dialogue and self-assured performances.”
Casual Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Casual’ is led by Michaela Watkins, who plays the part of Valerie, a successful therapist who divorces her husband after she finds him with a younger woman. Tommy Dewey appears as her younger brother Alex, who also happens to be the co-founder of Snooger, a popular dating site. Tara Lynne Barr plays Laura, Valerie’s teenage daughter while Nyasha Hatendi appears as Leon, a man Valerie has a one night stand with, and whom Alex befriends. Julie Berman of ‘General Hospital‘ fame is seen as Leia, Valerie’s assistant.
There are several recurring cast members who are either part of Valerie, Alex, or Laura’s lives. There are, of course, the parents, Valerie’s ex-husband, and some of her romantic interests. Laura has her share of loves as well, and there are people who work at Alex’s company. Overall, these characters help capture the comic essence of the show.