Difficult People

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  • TV-MA
  • 2015
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.1  (4,567)

Difficult People is a comedy television series that aired on Hulu from 2015 to 2017. The show, created by Julie Klausner, revolves around the lives of two best friends, Julie Kessler, played by Klausner herself, and Billy Epstein, played by Billy Eichner. Julie and Billy are both aspiring comedians living in New York City, struggling in their respective careers and personal lives. They share a cynical and sarcastic outlook on life, making them what some would call "difficult people." Throughout the series, they navigate their way through various social situations and try to make a name for themselves in the fiercely competitive world of entertainment.

The show is known for its dark humor and sharp wit as well as its biting commentary on popular culture and society at large. Julie and Billy are often depicted as outsiders and are unapologetic in their views and opinions, making for some hilarious and relatable moments.

The supporting cast includes some recognizable faces, such as James Urbaniak, who plays Arthur Tack, Julie's boyfriend who is also an aspiring director. Andrea Martin plays Marilyn Kessler, Julie's overbearing mother who often meddles in her daughter's life, while Cole Escola stars as Matthew, Billy's friend and occasional rival in the comedy world.

Throughout the series, Julie and Billy struggle with their personal relationships, both romantic and platonic. They also balance their careers with their ambitions, trying to make it big while facing frequent rejection and setbacks. They often get themselves into absurd situations, such as accidentally becoming drug dealers or staging a fake kidnapping.

Despite their often abrasive personalities, the show highlights the deep bond between Julie and Billy. Many of the episodes explore their friendship and their unwavering support for each other, even when everything else seems to be falling apart.

Difficult People was critically acclaimed for its smart writing and excellent comedic performances, with Klausner and Eichner receiving particular praise for their chemistry and comedic timing. The show also attracted a number of guest stars, including Joel McHale, Lucy Liu, and Tina Fey.

Overall, Difficult People is a darkly humorous show that offers a unique take on the comedy genre. Its characters are flawed, relatable, and frequently outrageous, making for an entertaining and often unpredictable viewing experience.

Difficult People is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (28 episodes). The series first aired on August 5, 2015.

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The Silkwood
10. The Silkwood
September 26, 2017
Billy moves to Los Angeles with Julie's help. Marilyn writes a best-selling memoir, also with Julie's help. Changes at the cafe include a new waiter, and eventually, new ownership. Arthur's office in Florida meets an untimely demise.
Sweet Tea
9. Sweet Tea
September 19, 2017
Julie considers trading her showbiz dreams for a life of happy crafting as Billy sickens of New York City. Arthur is over his job, and Marilyn experiences writer's block. Meanwhile a visit from Lola's sorority may hold the answer to all of their problems.
Criminal Minds
8. Criminal Minds
September 12, 2017
Julie Yes Ands her way into a corner with her former improv teammates and ends up being caught in a significant lie. Billy and Todd can't fall asleep in the same bed together. Meanwhile, Arthur uncovers a secret at work and Marilyn and Matthew bond.
Fuzz Buddies
7. Fuzz Buddies
September 5, 2017
Lifelong dreams come true when Julie gets hired to write on a TV show, Micky Dolenz answers Billy's childhood fan letter, and Marilyn throws herself a Bat Mitzvah.
Bernie and Blythe
6. Bernie and Blythe
August 29, 2017
Julie and Arthur stumble into sexual roleplay, while Billy worries he's been miscast as a supportive spouse at Todd's work parties. Meanwhile, Julie's dogs become social media stars without Julie's consent, and Marilyn re-unites with a former lover.
5. Cindarestylox
August 22, 2017
After cut-rate facial filler leaves Julie's face frozen into a smile, she savors the unexpected benefits. Billy has the opportunity to teach acting after running into his favorite school teacher, and Marilyn wants Julie to freeze her eggs .
4. Rabbitversary
August 15, 2017
Alone for the weekend, Julie hires a creepy handyman who overstays his welcome. Meanwhile, Billy feuds with a dickish advertising exec, and Marilyn gets a book deal.
Code Change
3. Code Change
August 8, 2017
Julie decides she has an addiction to her mother, and treats it by joining AA. Billy helps his sister-in-law Rucchel exorcise a Jewish demon from her basement. Arthur experiences frustration in the bedroom and at work, and takes both into his own hands.
Strike Rat
2. Strike Rat
August 8, 2017
Julie faces a moral dilemma when she gets cast in Woody Allen's new TV show; Billy and Marilyn scam their way through a government gay conversion therapy program. Matthew's ex-wife comes to town.
Passover Bump
1. Passover Bump
August 8, 2017
Having maxed out on antidepressants, Julie faces a family Passover Seder armed only with a meditation app. Meanwhile, Billy gets a gig as a warm-up comic for Larry Wilmore's new late-night talk show and Arthur heads to Florida for work.
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Difficult People is available for streaming on the Hulu Originals website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Difficult People on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 5, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (4,567)