Single by 30

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  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (541)

Single by 30 is a romantic comedy-drama series produced by YouTube Red in 2016, directed by Philip Wang and Wesley Chan. The show follows two childhood friends, Peter (Harry Shum Jr.) and Joanna (Kina Grannis) who made a pact to get married at their 30th birthday if they were still single. With their 30th birthday approaching and their own romantic relationships failing, they decide to rekindle their friendship and make good on their promise to each other. The series explores the complexities of modern relationships and the struggle to balance careers and personal lives.

Harry Shum Jr. plays the role of Peter, a successful video game designer who is trying to get over his ex-girlfriend. Peter is a handsome, charming, and well-mannered young man with a passion for his work. Despite his achievements, he feels lonely and unfulfilled without a partner by his side. Kina Grannis plays the role of Joanna, a struggling wedding photographer who is still trying to find her place in the world. Joanna is a free spirit who values her independence but also desires the emotional connection that comes with a long-term relationship.

The chemistry between Peter and Joanna is undeniable, and their shared history makes their interactions all the more meaningful. However, as they start spending more time together, they begin to realize that getting married just to fulfill a promise might not be the best idea. As they navigate their way through their own insecurities and personal issues, they must also consider the impact that a decision to get married would have on their families and friends.

Alongside the main characters, Single by 30 also features a strong supporting cast of family members and friends. Hillary Anne Matthews plays the role of Sasha, Joanna's best friend and a therapist who offers advice and support when needed. Sasha is also dealing with her own relationship problems, which serve as a contrast to the dynamic between Peter and Joanna.

The show tackles a variety of themes that are relevant to modern dating and relationships. It explores the pressure to settle down and conform to societal expectations, the challenge of balancing career aspirations with personal relationships, and the issue of communication breakdowns and misunderstandings. It is a show that is entertaining, engaging, and thought-provoking, without ever taking itself too seriously.

The series is also notable for its focus on Asian-American characters and themes, which is a refreshing change from the typical Hollywood narratives. It shows the cultural intricacies of growing up Asian-American, which is rarely seen in mainstream media. The show's creators have described it as a "love letter to Asian-American culture," and it is clear that this aspect of the series is given careful consideration.

In terms of production values, Single by 30 is impressive. The cinematography is stunning, with each scene beautifully shot and edited. The soundtrack is also suitably diverse and eclectic, featuring a range of genres and artists. The show's commitment to quality production values adds to its overall appeal, making it a series that is both engaging and visually pleasing to watch.

In conclusion, Single by 30 is a well-crafted and engaging romantic comedy-drama series that explores modern dating and relationships in a thoughtful and entertaining way. With its relatable characters, strong scripts, and engaging performances, it is a series that is sure to appeal to a wide range of viewers. With just eight episodes, it is also easily bingeable, making it the perfect choice for a weekend watch.

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Single at 30
8. Single at 30
October 5, 2016
Joanna's 30th birthday is fast approaching. Mark tries to infuse some drama back into the relationship with Chloe while Peter looks to make a major life change.
Moving In and Moving On
7. Moving In and Moving On
September 28, 2016
Peter and Joanna pause when it comes time to define their relationship. Mark and Chloe move in together and immediately wonder if they made a huge mistake.
First, First Date
6. First, First Date
September 21, 2016
To combat her cold feet, Joanna and Peter go on a "first date." Mark has to meet Lisa, who has never approved of any of Chloe's boyfriends.
All My Life
5. All My Life
September 14, 2016
At her ex's wedding, Joanna has an epiphany about Peter, while he takes full advantage of his status as "the single guy at a wedding."
Never Have I Ever
4. Never Have I Ever
September 7, 2016
Joanna reconnects with an ex as Peter tries to impress Sarah's friends. Mark and Chloe attempt to take their relationship to the next level, by going on an "official" date.
Hold the Phone!
3. Hold the Phone!
August 31, 2016
Peter and Joanna revisit their college years when they see Grace's first DJ set at a frat party. Mark and Chloe take their mind games to the next level.
Dot Dot Dot
2. Dot Dot Dot
August 24, 2016
Joanna attempts to spice up her love life by trying out a dating app while Peter tries to meet girls IRL. Getting mixed results, they decide to swipe for each other and set up blind dates.
Too Fast, Too Thirteous
1. Too Fast, Too Thirteous
August 24, 2016
During their Senior year of high school, Peter and Joanna made a pact to get married if they were still single by 30. After losing touch for 12 years, Joanna re-enters Peter's life coincidentally at his 30th birthday party. Confronted with the unsettled reality of their lives, they decide to reinstate the pact to help each other improve their dating lives.
  • Premiere Date
    August 24, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (541)