Friends with Better Lives

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  • TV-14
  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 7.0  (6,396)

Friends with Better Lives is a sitcom TV show from CBS that aired its first season in 2014. The show followed the lives of six friends who were in their 30s and trying to navigate their careers, relationships, and personal lives. The show revolves around the lives of six friends: Bobby (Kevin Connolly), a newly divorced therapist who is looking for love; Jules (Brooklyn Decker), a model who wants to settle down and start a family; Andi (Majandra Delfino), a pediatric surgeon who struggles to balance her work and family life; Lowell (Rick Donald), a lovable and naive Australian who is starting his own business; Will (James Van Der Beek), a sarcastic and selfish stay-at-home dad who hates his job; and Kate (Zoe Lister-Jones), a successful and competitive food critic who is also searching for love.

The show begins with Will and Jules, a married couple who are envious of their single friends' seemingly perfect lives. Will is a stay-at-home dad who is unhappy with his life, while Jules is a model who wants to have children. Bobby is recently divorced and looking for love, while Kate is a successful food critic who is searching for the perfect man. Andi is a pediatric surgeon who is struggling to balance her work and family life, while Lowell is a lovable Australian who is starting his own business.

Throughout the season, the characters deal with various challenges in their personal and professional lives. Will struggles with his job as a graphic designer and his envy towards his single friends, while Jules faces pressure from her family to start a family. Bobby navigates the dating scene, while Kate deals with competition among her coworkers. Andi struggles with her work-life balance, and Lowell faces challenges in starting his business.

The show explores the different personalities of each character and how they interact with each other. Will is sarcastic and selfish but also a devoted father to his daughter, while Jules is caring and thoughtful but also feels the pressure to have children. Bobby is charming and funny but also struggles with commitment, while Kate is ambitious and competitive but also vulnerable in matters of the heart. Andi is smart and driven but also feels guilty about not spending enough time with her family, while Lowell is goofy and charming but also naive about the challenges of starting a business.

The show's humor largely revolves around the characters' struggles and relationships with each other. There are many funny moments as the characters try to figure out their lives and navigate the challenges of work and relationships. The show also pokes fun at modern technology and social media, particularly in the dating scenes.

One of the show's strengths is its cast, particularly James Van Der Beek as Will. Van Der Beek's comedic timing and sarcastic delivery makes him a standout character, and his storyline as a stay-at-home dad struggling with his career and envy towards his single friends is relatable and well-executed. The rest of the cast also give strong performances, particularly Brooklyn Decker as Jules and Kevin Connolly as Bobby.

Unfortunately, despite the strong cast and writing, the show struggled with low ratings and was canceled after only one season. However, Friends with Better Lives remains an entertaining and endearing watch for those looking for a lighthearted sitcom about the struggles of young adulthood.

Friends with Better Lives is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on March 31, 2014.

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Imposters, The
13. Imposters, The
September 30, 2014
Bobby's gift idea for Andi doesn't resonate with the friends, so Kate intervenes. Unaware that Val rented out their old house, Will makes an unannounced visit, only to get trapped inside.
Lost and Hound, The
12. Lost and Hound, The
September 30, 2014
A missing check could throw Andi and Bobby's marital scorecard out of balance. Jules and Lowell adopt way too many dogs, and Will is determined to coin a corny catchphrase.
No More Mr. Nice Guy
11. No More Mr. Nice Guy
September 30, 2014
Out to prove she's not "un-setup-able," Kate persuades Lowell to fix her up with his friend. Andi decides to get more involved in the neighborhood, but Bobby's not on board with the idea.
10. Deceivers
September 30, 2014
Will signs up for online dating and challenges Kate to see who can find a better mate. Andi goes to extremes to get Charlie into a posh preschool, and Jules fills in as Kate's assistant.
9. Surprises
September 30, 2014
Concerned about their boring love life, Andi and Bobby try to spice things up. Meanwhile, Kate investigates Lowell's past relationships, and Will misinterprets signals from his ex.
Something New
8. Something New
May 26, 2014
Will gets very drunk and hooks up with a woman who he realizes is much older than he thought.
Cyrano de Trainer-Zac
7. Cyrano de Trainer-Zac
May 19, 2014
Kate goes on a date with Will's trainer, who fails to impress her. Will steps in and offers him some advice then takes credit for things going much better. Andi works to impress her good looking male nanny.
Yummy Mummy
6. Yummy Mummy
May 12, 2014
Kate is shocked when she learns she's dating a man with a daughter, until she finds out the daughter is old enough to go out with Will.
The Bicycle Thieves
5. The Bicycle Thieves
May 5, 2014
Lowell joins Bobby and Will for a wild night of indulgence while Kate wants Jules to have special treatment because of her looks. Andi feels insecure when she realizes Bobby has Playboy models for patients.
Pros and Cons
4. Pros and Cons
April 28, 2014
Jules auditions for a hair spray commercial. While Andy and Bobby try to kill a rodent that lives in the attic. In the meantime Kate accidently sleeps with a man whore.
Game Sext Match
3. Game Sext Match
April 21, 2014
Will tries to live more on the edge by sexting his new date.
Window Pain
2. Window Pain
April 14, 2014
Will has a hard time meeting women on his own so Kate takes him out on the town and acts as his wingman.
1. Pilot
March 31, 2014
In the series premiere, Jules' decision to marry Lowell after a whirlwind romance leads her friends to examine their own love lives. Meanwhile, Kate lets Will set her up on a blind date.
Where to Watch Friends with Better Lives
Friends with Better Lives is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Friends with Better Lives on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 31, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (6,396)