Friends With Better Lives: Are You Ready to Commit to CBS' New Sitcom?

Friends With Better LivesSix friends. Three relationships. One extremely awkward sexual encounter. Is CBS’ Friends With Better Lives, which premiered Monday at 9/8c, exactly what you need to fill that How I Met Your Mother-shaped hole in your heart?

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Let’s break FWBL down character-by-character, starting with Will (James Van Der Beek). The handsome doctor denied that his marriage was over until the end of the episode, when his soon-to-be ex-wife physically handed him the divorce papers. And we’ve got to ask: Is she crazy? We spent the entire half-hour scanning Will for even a single flaw and came up empty.

The new bachelor is now crashing with Bobby (Kevin Connolly) and Andi (Majandra Delfino), who fear their own marriage is stuck in a rut when they both forget their anniversary. And as they learned in the premiere, spontaneous oral sex is not a quick fix for wedded bliss, especially when you have an audience of… everyone you know.

Rounding out the show’s sextet is Jules (Brooklyn Decker), a gorgeous blonde who spontaneously gets engaged to her perfect-yet-eccentric new boyfriend Lowell (Rick Donald), and Kate (Zoe Lister-Jones), the grumpy cynic who will likely remain single until pigs fly over a frozen hell.

In my opinion, Kate is also the show’s weak link, as she’s essentially the human embodiment of a Cathy comic strip. Everything that came out of her mouth in the premiere was grumpy and negative, which didn’t gel with the show’s generally upbeat vibe. Frankly, I would have cut her out of my life a long time ago.

Despite its flaws, though, FWBL has all the makings of a successful CBS sitcom. And there’s no question why it premiered immediately following the How I Met Your Mother finale, though I have to wonder how many long-time HIMYM fans are too distraught to even consider adding a new romantic sitcom to their DVRs.

What’s your take on Friends With Better Lives? Cast your vote below, see pics from the premiere, then drop a comment with your review.


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  1. Mare says:

    No, I’m not ready to commit. I still need to process that HIMYM finale

  2. yankeesrj12 says:

    Not great. Not terrible. Very meh.

    • Shuayb says:

      I Agree. There was too much Zoe Lister Jones and her character was way too much like Lily from Whitney. She is great but way too much of her and too little of @VanderJames.
      Brooklynn Decker was fine, she is only good for comedy so that should be fine. The other two were perfectly fine.

      The Funniest and most original scene was the breast pump scene. Everything else was so done before. If they need to survive then they should come with less used gags.

  3. amanda says:

    I was pretty angry watching this because of the himym finale. I don’t think it was fair to the show so I will watch another episode.

  4. Laurie says:

    What was the deal with the breast pump? Who does that? Turned me off the show right away to see swirling “breastmilk” in bottles . Gross and stupid.

    • HDH68 says:

      Word! So tired of that kind of stuff on TV

    • Laurie says:

      I don’t have a problem with breast feeding , don’t get me wrong.

    • Stormy says:

      Nope. The show was just too coarse and vulgar to be funny. In the bin with 2 broke Girls.

    • Megan says:

      I only watched the first few minutes, but I did think the breast pumping was weird. I’m currently breastfeeding my 8 month old and I breastfeed in front of other people all the time. I’ve never pumped in front of anyone other than my husband and my mom, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable pumping in front of others without a cover. You can totally see everything while pumping. Also, I have the breast pump she was using, and it’s not really that quiet of a pump.

  5. sarah says:

    I thought this was better than the HIMYM finale…which was a major buzzkill. (Major Buzzkill)

  6. Kevin says:

    Zoe Lister Jones is in it, so… yes, I’m readdy to commit.

  7. Margo says:

    It’s not HIMYM, but I think FWBL has the potential to be a great comedy. I will be watching more of it.

  8. Tran 2.0 says:

    Friends with Better Lives won’t last that long. I always have a huge crush on hot & sexy women in the entertainment business especially if that person is…Brooklyn Decker (wolf whistle).

    • Patrick says:

      I hate Brooklyn Decker for religious reasons (actually sport/fan). But she was OK in this. The only bad part was the hippy-dippy fiancé, and too much old married couple ish from Connelly and Delfino.

      If this show’s “McClarens” is that living room, this will get old fast.

  9. J. Norman says:

    It has potential. It is almost always hard to get through a pilot. There is the unavoidable task of setting the premise and quickly introducing the characters.

    This one seems OK even if it does follow the CBS model of raunch for the sake of raunch.

    It may work. I’m not sold on the couple who just got engaged, but the others seem OK. The married couple can supply some stability to the others.

  10. Rob N. says:

    I was far too distracted by trying to process the end of HIMYM. I liked Kate, but otherwise I can’t remember a whole lot.

  11. Erin says:

    Can we scrap the boring couples and just focus on Will and Kate? I’d watch a sitcom about them.

  12. linda says:

    What’s the diff between this and fwb and every other show that tries to be friends and gets canceled. Himym somehow survived. Maybe because they tricked us.

  13. Hamza says:

    The pilot was hilarious! Lots of laughs. Hopefully it can continue to deliver those.

  14. Dan says:

    EXCITED to see MAJANDRA DELFINO from ROSWELL back on TV!!!!!!!!

    • Jj says:

      This! SO MUCH THIS! I want it to work just because of that!!!

      I actually think it has potential to be really funny. The first episode is already tough.
      And people were in a rage over HIMYM finale, so good thing it’s not back til the 14th.

  15. I was too upset about the HIMYM finale to watch, even though I had intended to. I’ll check it out later.

  16. rob says:

    Brutal. By comparison it made Entourage read like Shakespeare.

  17. Krista says:

    It has potential. It has a great cast, the writing was okay and it’s only the pilot so there is always room for improvement. But i think it should have aired next week. People are still sad about HIMYM ending to commit to another show.

  18. animegirl31 says:

    I liked the pilot, It was funny and I got who is who pretty quickly. Is it a bit coarse? yeah, a little bit, but I still laughed and I wasn’t offended. I liked Will (who knew Dawson Leery could grow up into being kind of charming?) and how he’s always fighting with Kate. Liked the married couple, too (so happy to see Majandra Delfino again!).

  19. Allyson says:

    Why would you air a new show and take a 2 week break? That doesn’t make sense to me.

  20. Nancy says:

    I didn’t watch it.

  21. Robert says:

    It has potential but I fear it will not be given the chance to grow.

  22. greysfan says:

    Yet again another average comedy hits our screens. For me in the past 2 years we have not really seen any decent comedy from any network be it cable or broadcast. Its been a pathetic couple of years in comedy.

  23. Shazam776 says:

    Nope. Nope. Nope. Who wrote, directed, greenliit and aired this poop?

  24. jc says:

    just bring back Happy Endings!!!!!! please

  25. Gave it 5 minutes, said “so this is a CBS comedy” & deleted. I don’t know what kind of magic is behind Big Bang & Friends, but this ain’t it.

  26. Bob Smith says:

    Of course HIMYM fans are afraid to commit after the finale. Which main character are the producers of the new show going to kill off?

  27. Jennifer says:

    I managed to get through roughly 5-10 minutes and had to stop. I miss James van der Beek from the B* in Apt 23! Bring back that show and get rid of this dreck. :p

  28. Ella says:

    I will never understand how shows like this get pilots on CBS and Happy Endings was cancelled. by ABC.

  29. Allyson says:

    I don’t think Dawson Leary could save this show even if he directed it. I don’t see this show having a long future.

  30. Tanya says:

    Liked it. Pilots are normally horrible so I have hope. Does anyone remember the Friends pilot? Horrible! I’ll give this one a chance.

  31. Joey Padron says:

    Like pilot, it was good and funny. cast is good. I’ll see next episode.

  32. Lori says:

    They’re going to have to do better than oral sex and short jokes to keep me tuning in.

  33. Saabgirlatx says:

    Don’t see the Cathy comic strip correlation whatsoever, but do agree that ZLJ’s character was the worst part of the show. Quite abrasive and while I tried to root for her I just kept thinking, well of course you are alone when you act like that. Unfortunately another show who’s message is you have to be with someone to be considered successful/happy. Sigh.

  34. Mary says:

    I am so tired of coarse and vulgar passing for humor. Isn’t there a single writer in Hollywood who can make a real joke anymore? It’s just pathetic.

  35. shadester says:

    i was pleasently surprised i liked it. Mostly because of Dawso. The last 2 characters mentioned can go i like the first 3 tho.

  36. Adam says:

    Friends with better lives is the funniest show on tv can’t believe it’s cancelled

  37. FWBL is finally the funniest show ever…right up there with Seinfeld and Big Bang! CBS you are just insane for not knowing this….don’t forget that most people DVR this stuff because when it’s that good…you want to be sure everyone gets a chance to watch it when they can. And we watch it more then once because it was just that good! Thanks for not knowing a good show when you have one. Time to change the channel!!!!!