1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Friends From College' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix is keeping its friends together.
The streaming giant has renewed Friends From College for a second season. Like the first season, the sophomore run will consist of eight episodes.
The ensemble comedy — produced in-house at Netflix — revolves around a group of friends from Harvard. Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage and Jae Suh Park star in the exploration of friendship, romance and balancing adult life with nostalgia from the past.
Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and Francesca Delbanco co-created the series and executive produce. Stoller also directs and Delbanco serves as a writer on the show, which was inspired by the duo's time at Harvard.
Friends From College launched July 14 to lackluster reviews — it has a 24 percent rating among critics and 72 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a 44 critical score and 5.2 among users on Metacritic. The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg questioned in his review whether the show was a "dreadfully unfunny comedy or [an] ambitious anti-comedy."
Helping matters is the fact that the show is produced in-house at Netflix, which, like broadcast and cable networks, continues to make a push to own its content. (Netflix, like fellow streamers Amazon and Hulu, does not release viewership figures.)
Friends From College joins recently renewed dramas Ozark and GLOW as well as a new Chuck Lorre comedy starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, among many more, at the streaming giant.