Netflix Releases ‘Friends From College’ to Unfriendly Reviews

Netflix‘s wide-ranging catalog of original series and films has gotten to the point where outlets are now writing “all time” lists ranking the best and worst in Netflix originals. The streaming service seems to be taking this critical and audience reception more seriously lately, going on a recent spree of cancellations which saw two of its most ambitious and expensive series get the axe due to disappointing reviews and ratings. To add to the growing list of disappointing original series, Netflix recently released what could likely be its next cancellation: Friends from College.

Friends from College generated some serious buzz when it was first announced thanks to the star-studded cast the series boasts which includes Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage, Cobie Smulders, and guest appearances from Seth Rogen and Kate McKinnon. The series follows a group of Harvard alumni who have remained friends into their adult lives. Each episode revolves around the various relationships among the group of friends and the misadventures they get into together while trying to rekindle their undergrad-era antics while well into their thirties.

Netflix released the eight-episode first season of Friends from College on July 14th to overwhelmingly underwhelming reviews. The Atlantic’s Sophie Gilbert writes that the series is “largely uncomfortable to watch” and “overestimates its audience’s tolerance for watching people screw up.” Vox, meanwhile, slams the series for its lack of overall character growth and nuance:

Friends From College is mostly limited to indulging its characters’ worst traits without offering any nuanced commentary to speak of. Worse, it can’t make up its mind on whether or not it has enough self-awareness to acknowledge that its characters are terrible humans, so everything ends up feeling random rather than logically motivated.

Friends from College currently has an approval rating of 23% on Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 4.6 out of 10. If you’re still curious, the first season is available to stream on Netflix now.

Brett Tingley

Brett Tingley

Brett lives at the foot of the ancient Appalachian mountains in Asheville, North Carolina and writes about technology, science, and culture.
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