‘Friends from College‘ is an original Netflix comedy series which deals with the lives of six people who have been friends since their days together at Harvard University. At present, all of them are in their 40s, but are still in complicated relationships which are mostly intertwined among each other. The six main characters are Lisa and Ethan Turner, Samantha Delmonico, Nick Ames, Max Adler, and Marianne. Ethan is a well-regarded writer, but he always struggles with financial difficulties. Lisa, Sam’s wife, is an investment lawyer, while Samantha is an interior designer living in Manhattan. Interestingly, Sam and Ethan have had something romantic going on between them since they were at Harvard. Nick lives off a trust fund, and is always busy partying despite being in his 40s. Finally, Max is a literary agent and Marianne a yoga instructor.
The show has unfortunately been canceled by Netflix after two seasons. Throughout its run, the series never managed to garner a positive reaction from critics who have constantly pointed out the lack of charm in any of the characters. Some have even pointed out that the characters of the show are so unpleasant that “if they were sitting at a table near you, you’d leave the restaurant”. However, there are many shows, similar in tone and style to this one, that are unique in their own ways. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Friends from College’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Friends from College’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
9. Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (2016)
Jay Lacopo created this sitcom which was canceled by Fox after one season. The show stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cooper Barrett, a guy who lives with his friends, Barry and Neal. We follow the three characters as they navigate through life and Cooper begins to realize that he is getting too old to lead as hedonistic a life as he has been leading. Other important characters are Kelly Bishop, a girl who is Cooper’s neighbour and for whom he has a soft corner, and Josh and Leslie Barrett, Cooper’s brother and sister-in-law, respectively. The show mostly garnered mixed reviews from critics.
8. Weird Loners (2015)
This Fox series, created by Michael J. Weithorn, is a story about four people whose lives suddenly clash with each other and they form an unlikely friendship. There are four main characters in this series — Eric Lewandowski, a man who has always lived with his parents until very recently when his father passed away; Stosh Lewandowski is his cousin who moves in with Eric to give him company because this is the first time in his life that Eric is all on his own. Moreover, Stosh has his own problems, as he has lost his job after flirting with his boss’ wife. Their neighbor is a girl called Caryn Goldfarb, who invites another girl called Zara to stay with her. As per his nature, Stosh begins flirting with Caryn as soon as he sees her. Eric and Zara also become friends after Eric purchases one of her artworks. Though the series received mixed to positive reviews, it was canceled after the first season.