‘God Friended Me’ is an American comedy–drama series that airs on CBS. It first premiered on September 30, 2018. It has been created by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. Berlanti Productions, I Have an Idea! Entertainment, CBS Television Studios, and Warner Bros. Television are the production companies backing the project. Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt, Marcos Siega, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter are on board as the executive producers.
We all hope to have friends in high places. Imagine what it would be like if you befriended the almighty himself, and that too on social media. This is basically the plot of the series, which has quickly gained popularity among fans and has been critically praised for the thoughtful and sincere portrayal of spiritual themes.
God Friended Me Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘God Friended Me’ is led Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer. Violett Beane appears as Cara Bloom, Javicia Leslie as Ali Finer, Suraj Sharma as Rakesh Sehgal, and Joe Morton as Rev. Arthur Finer form the main cast.
All the main cast members are expected to return for season 2.
God Friended Me Plot: What is it about?
‘God Friended Me’ is a comedy series that sheds light on contradictions of faith, existence, and science. It introduces Miles, an outspoken atheist who has a change of heart when God friends him on Facebook. Before he realizes, he becomes an agent of God who helps random people and thereby, changes their destiny. One of those people he helps is Cara, who is a journalist working in an online magazine. She is desperate to find her next big story. This is when she meets Miles and gets more than what she hoped for. Together, along with Rakesh the hacker, they try and discern the identity of the person behind God’s account.
In the series, Facebook has a massive role in the plot. The interaction between God and Miles is done constantly through the social network. God uses features such as timeline and friend suggestions to guide Miles and lead him to the right people. In the age of social media, God working in mysterious ways seems to have an outlet in this series.
In season 2, the series will more likely focus on the identity behind the profile of God, and the ideological conundrum in Miles’ life, rather than the heaps of miracles it has been portraying in its initial season. In today’s world, people have ceased to believe in miracles, and the harsh reality of everyday life is enough to overpower any naive sense of amazement at the fact that God might be out there on Facebook helping us navigate our lives through his social media presence.
God Friended Me Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘God Friended Me’ Season 1 premiered on September 30, 2018. On January 29, 2019, the series was renewed by CBS for Season 2, as reported by Deadline. Kelly Kahl, the President of CBS Entertainment said, “We’re thrilled with how God Friended Me has performed on Sundays. It’s one of the top three new series on television, has improved its time period significantly, and continues a long tradition of prestige dramas for CBS on the night. Our amazing cast and producers have done a wonderful job of bringing this series to life each week with humorous and inspirational storylines. Viewers have clearly embraced our characters and the positive message the show delivers.”
‘God Friended Me’ Season 2 is all set to release on September 29, 2019.
Should you watch God Friended Me?
What stands out in the show, however, is how the friction between Miles and his father plays out, since his father is religious, and Miles’ atheism is tested when he is guided by an ambiguous force calling itself God. Perhaps the show tries to cater to a social media generation while keeping the tenets of faith within the narrative. However, it does not manage to do this too successfully, as the very generation it tries to cater to comes with a different guideline and idea of morality than the one that god or traditional religion could ever preach. In its dramatization and character portrayal as well, things are not too fleshed out, but the show truly shines when it embraces its own cheesiness and the ludicrousness of the prospect of God being on social media.
In a true postmodern fashion, where the object of the art, transcends the art itself to become an icon, the executive producer Bryan Wynbrandt, discussed the possibility of making God’s profile work outside of the show, to give it a life of its own. Trying to portray reality, the series, however, gets stuck in a loop of wish fulfillment as Miles’ atheism is eroded since he witnesses how commonplace miracles appear to be. The premise of the show is obviously not novel since viewers who have seen ‘Bruce Almighty’ are all too familiar with a character cursing God, and then meeting him, to become a believer. The show plays a little differently, since Miles challenges people’s faiths in his podcast, only to find his own lack of faith questioned as not only witnesses, but helps orchestrate miracles. If anything in the show is truly worth watching, it is the conundrum Miles goes through.
This is where the show’s crux lies, insofar as it tends towards a generation that does not really care whether Cara succeeds or not. In fact, it tries to appeal to a generation that does not really care for anything, very much, having hit upon the idea, consciously or unconsciously, that purpose and meaning are all ultimately ‘constructs’ that are created. To sell the idea of a God on social media, no less a platform of narcissism and voyeurism like Facebook seems like a bold move initially, but in hindsight, it is a move that is doomed to fail. However, perhaps as the show progresses, even this generation will see the comfort of ascribing to a superstructure like God, and believing in the miracles and tidy endings that this show delivers.
God Friended Me Trailer:
While we wait for the release date of season 2, check out the season 1 trailer to refresh your memories.
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