“Friends with Better Lives” is unquestionably the best new show on television. Unfortunately, CBS, which owns the rights to the show, has given FWBL a minimal chance of succeeding by choosing to begin airing episodes in late March and April. That is a shame because there are a fair number of creative and unique shows such as FWBL that are regularly cancelled at the expense of stale programming that is templative to say the least. What viewers will come to realize is the cast of “Friends with Better Lives” is what gives the program that extra oomph.
The Cast of “Friends with Better Lives”
Brooklyn Decker (the newly engaged Jules) is both comical and is incredibly cute. Her on air fiancé is Aussie Rick Donald. If for nothing else, the man’s accent is reason enough to watch the show. He sounds positively infuriating at times and like the sanest person alive moments afterward. Kevin Connolly (the married Bobby) knows how to contribute from his days starring on “Entourage.” Majandra Delfino (Bobby’s pregnant wife Andi) is a talented actress that has been bounced around TV for a while before finding a home. James Van Der Beek (the freshly divorced and socially clueless Will) is still our Dawson, but he is now older and hotter and funnier. He deserves the newfound spotlight. Rounding out the cast of “Friends With Better Lives” is Zoe Lister Jones (the serial dater Kate). Her character embodies the New York Jewish zeitgeist that makes for relentless innuendo-based comedy.
“Friends with Better Lives” on CBS
CBS is no stranger to hosting television’s best comedy shows. “Friends with Better Lives” seems to have a compelling premise to fall back on and as aforesaid, the cadre of actors could not have better chemistry together. Basically, six thirty-somethings are best friends, but they each find themselves envious of one another. Bobby feels as though his unencumbered friend and fellow physician Will has a golden opportunity as a divorcee. Will envies Bobby’s family bliss. Kate is incredibly shallow but she finds Andi’s marriage to be a beacon. Jules is totally in love but she seems to have no idea why! Andi wonders if being single and socially alive is better than being a pregnant woman with the crushing weight of parental responsibilities. Ultimately, there is true friendship but some flirtation with jealousy along the way.
Why Watch the Show?
If you do not at least check out the show you will be missing out on a dozen laughs. Networks are also fickle and “Friends with Better Lives” really needs your support if it is to be picked up for next fall. The comeback of James Van Der Beek may be enough for some, but the allure of finding a great new show on television that is not pigeonholed as so many other situational comedies are might be even more compelling. Check out “Friends with Better Lives” because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain as a TV viewer.