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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.