Conversations with Friends

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  • TV-MA
  • 2022
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (8,990)

Conversations with Friends is a drama series based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Sally Rooney. The show premiered on Hulu in May 2022 and consists of 12 episodes. It centers around two Dublin college students, Frances and Bobbi, and the relationships that ensue when they meet a married couple, Melissa and Nick.

Frances and Bobbi have been best friends and ex-girlfriends since school. Together they performed spoken word poetry, but now pursue their own creative endeavors, Bobbi with acting and Frances with writing. Though no longer a couple, they remain intimate in their friendship. After one of their performances they are approached by Melissa, a writer and photographer married to the handsome actor Nick. Though Melissa is instantly drawn to Bobbi, Nick's attraction to Frances soon causes complications.

Despite being newlywed, Nick and Melissa's relationship appears strained, while Frances and Bobbi's easy rapport seems enviable. As Melissa mentors Bobbi and Nick secretly starts an affair with Frances, the two couples become intertwined in complex and emotionally fraught ways. Frances finds herself falling for Nick but unsure how to navigate her first real romantic relationship. Meanwhile, Bobbi struggles with her own feelings and ambitions amidst new opportunities presented by Melissa.

Conversations with Friends explores the messiness of love, desire, and human connection through the introspective character of Frances. A cerebral and reserved young woman, her journey of self-discovery drives the narrative as she tries to reconcile her feelings for Nick with her dependence on Bobbi's friendship. Voiceover narration provides insight into her innermost thoughts and insecurities.

With a modest pace mirroring everyday life, the show revels in intimate conversations between the four characters. Their witty banter and thoughtful discussions reveal as much about themselves as their conflicted romantic and sexual relationships. The quiet coastal setting of Dublin complements the introspective tone.

Anchored by nuanced performances, Conversations with Friends examines the complexity of modern relationships with emotional authenticity. Frances, Bobbi, Melissa, and Nick may not make the best decisions, but they each search for purpose and meaning through their connections to each other.

Conversations with Friends is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on May 15, 2022.

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Episode 12
12. Episode 12
May 15, 2022
Lonely and low, Frances struggles to concentrate in college. When she receives a hard copy of the magazine with her story in it, she calls Melissa and asks her outright why she shared Frances' story with Bobbi. Melissa can't believe that Frances feels that she's the victim, and challenges her. Although combative at the start, Frances begins to engage with Melissa's perspective, and realises that she needs to take responsibility for the hurt she's caused. She begins the process of rebuilding and repairing her relationships - but the question of her and Nick remains.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
May 15, 2022
Out for a drink, Frances and Nick are enjoying each other's company openly and publicly. They find themselves talking about Nick's depression last year; something that has been alluded to, but Frances didn't know the details of. They both admit that things haven't always been straightforward between them but that they are making each other happy now. The next day, Frances is told the results of her abdominal scan. The diagnosis unsettles her - and she decides to keep the news to herself while she processes it. Unaware of her news, Nick reveals that he and Melissa have started sleeping together again which upsets Frances further. A few days later at Nick's birthday party, Frances tries to act cool but can't contain her anger and confusion at how fast things have gone wrong. The next morning Bobbi returns to their flat and reveals that Melissa has shown her Frances' short story. Bobbi is furious with both the content of the story and Frances' dishonesty. Hurt by Frances too many times, she ends the friendship. Frances is devastated. When Nick reaches out, it becomes clear their future together is shaky.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
May 15, 2022
Melissa emails Frances suggesting they talk. Nervous but determined, Frances goes to meet her. Melissa is interrogative but also vulnerable to Frances, and surprisingly admits that things are better between her and Nick - and accepts that Frances is a reason for that, so therefore she'd like to find a way to make it all work. Frances and Bobbi go to Nick and Melissa's for an awkward dinner which leaves Frances feeling a little unsure of everything. Frances meets Nick for dinner where she shares the exciting news that her story is going to be published in a literary magazine. She admits that Bobbi doesn't know about the story or that it's about her - but that she'll tell her eventually. The next morning, Frances gets a concerning voicemail from her dad. She calls her mom and has a stressful afternoon waiting for an update; Paula eventually confirms that Dennis is safe but is clearly worried for him. Bobbi and Frances meet up with friends, Bobbi is aggressive towards Philip's girlfriend. Later, Bobbi explains that her behaviour is a result of her parents' divorce. Bobbi explains how hard she is finding things and difficult it is to deal with. Frances comforts her - and a flash of their old attraction emerges.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
May 15, 2022
Frances reads over her short story - about Bobbi, and their relationship. She seems like she's exorcised something - though she's still feeling low. Later, when her bank card is declined, she realises that her dad hasn't been putting money in her account - she calls him but there's no answer. An unexpected invite from Valerie leads Frances to impulsively share her short story with her. That night, Frances is again in deep pain and vomits. The next day, a visibly ill Frances collapses on the way to meet Bobbi, who takes her home and cares for her. Vulnerable, Frances admits to Bobbi that she and Nick aren't speaking. Seeing how upset Frances is, Bobbi calls Nick and invites him over. When he arrives, he and Frances speak honestly, and he makes a startling announcement.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
May 15, 2022
Frances and Bobbi attend Melissa's book launch where Frances is overcome with jealousy as she watches Nick and Melissa together. She tries to use Bobbi to make Nick jealous, and when Bobbi sharply reprimands her, Frances leaves, shocked. Later, Bobbi brings a woman home. Feelings lost and self-destructive Frances joins a dating app. Frances apologises to Bobbi but continues to ignore Nick's texts before going on a Tinder date. Bobbi accepts her apology but still acts a little combative, accidently forcing Frances to reveal her affair to a mutual friend who is more judgemental than Frances expected. Bobbi is understanding - but worries that Frances is losing herself. At Nick's, Frances bluntly tells him that she slept with someone from Tinder. Nick is hurt by Frances' behaviour, and they fight. Frances leaves Nick distraught. Back at home, Frances starts writing furiously.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
May 15, 2022
Frances and Nick reconnect and agree to see each other when he returns from Croatia. Bobbi reveals that she is looking for a place to rent as she is struggling at home with her parent's impending divorce; Frances suggests that she can move into her spare room. On her first night in the flat, Bobbi and Frances warm up to each other again and life seems to be returning to some sort of normality. Frances starts back at college and when Nick arrives home, they start seeing each other again, with Bobbi's blessing. But when Frances and Bobbi bump into Melissa in town, Bobbi is hit with the reality of lying to Melissa and shares her discomfort with Frances. Frances is torn by the secrecy of her relationship with Nick, and when he makes a radical suggestion, she is both excited and scared for the future.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
May 15, 2022
Bobbi gives Frances the silent treatment as they travel back from the airport before Frances departs for Mayo. At her mother's house, Frances brushes off texts from Nick, feeling drained and unwell, and worried about Bobbi. Later, she starts bleeding heavily and is in a lot of pain. Paula is worried that it could be a miscarriage and takes her to hospital. The doctors run tests and rule out a miscarriage but keep her in overnight to monitor her. She tries to call Nick from the hospital but is unable to tell him what's happening; Nick is confused by the call. After she is released, she receives a series of angry messages from Bobbi. Unsure how to reply, Frances looks over old correspondence between them, trying to find comfort in them. She visits her father but finds him wandering around town drunk and his house is in worse condition than last time. Back in Dublin, she meets with Bobbi to reconcile - and, at home, reaches out again to Nick.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
May 15, 2022
Melissa's agent, Valerie, who owns the villa, is coming for a visit and Melissa is in full prep mode. Frances joins Nick to set the table for breakfast; they're flirty and easy going - but Frances is thrown when Nick admits he still loves Melissa. Their conversation is cut short when Melissa joins, assigning tasks for the big dinner that night. Bobbi apologises to Frances for the previous night, and jokes that Frances could totally hook up with Nick. Later, while grocery shopping, Nick also apologises to Frances for being so blunt at breakfast - but it's rushed, and she's left still trying to process things. Valerie arrives; it becomes clear that she's a big personality and the energy of the group shifts tangibly around her. When Valerie and Melissa speak casually and, to Frances's mind, unkindly, about Nick's mental health, Frances becomes frustrated and leaves the table in a huff to be on her own. Bobbi joins to calm her down, and they both feel their friendship is back on track. Back at the villa, Valerie has gone to bed and Frances has an awkward conversation with Melissa that compounds her complex feelings about the affair. Later, Frances confides to Nick that she hadn't really considered the repercussions of their actions - but both will be forced to reckon with them sooner than they think.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
May 15, 2022
Frances and Bobbi arrive at Melissa and Nick's idyllic villa in Croatia where they're introduced to their friends Derek and Evelyn. As the group lounge by the sea Bobbi notices Frances staring at Nick and teases her again for having a crush, but Frances brushes it off. Nick takes Bobbi and Frances sightseeing, and they stop at a cove where Bobbi goes for a swim. Alone for the first time, Nick apologises to Frances for how he handled things and admits that it's good to see her. That night, unable to sleep, Frances wanders downstairs and bumps into Nick - confirming the chemistry is still strong between them. When Frances ditches Bobbi in favour of hanging around the villa (and Nick) for the day, Bobbi is hurt - and as the group play a drinking game late that night, Bobbi turns her teasing to Nick, which mortifies Frances. But a late-night visit from Nick proves that the two can't stay away from each other.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
May 15, 2022
Back in Dublin, Frances and Nick meet to discuss the kiss. Their attraction deepens and they begin an affair. Things become more complicated when Nick leaves for the summer.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
May 15, 2022
At Melissa's birthday party, Frances finds herself alone with Nick. They can't resist the attraction between them and kiss. Frances agonises over what this all might mean.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
May 15, 2022
In the summer before their final year in college, Frances and her best friend, Bobbi, meet an impressive writer, Melissa. Frances finds herself drawn to Melissa's husband, Nick.
Where to Watch Conversations with Friends
Conversations with Friends is available for streaming on the Hulu website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Conversations with Friends on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 15, 2022
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (8,990)