Friends From College Netflix

Friends From College: Cobie Smulders, Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage to Star in New Netflix Comedy Series

Netflix has amassed a veritable sitcom dream team for its latest series.

The streaming giant has handed an eight-episode order to Friends From College, a half-hour comedy starring — hold onto your hats! — How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders, Key & Peele‘s Keegan-Michael Key, The Grinder‘s Fred Savage and Ben and Kate‘s Nat Faxon. Rounding out the insane ensemble is Annie Parisse (Person of Interest, The Following) and relative newcomer Jae Suh Park (The Mindy Project).

And the show’s pedigree’s nothing to sniff at either: The project hails from Nick Stoller (The Grinder, The Carmichael Show, as well as The Neighbors film franchise), who will exec produce and write the series with Francesca Delbanco. Stoller will also direct all eight episodes.

Friends From College — which marks Smulders’ first significant TV gig since How I Met Your Mother ended two years ago — centers on a group of friends who went to Harvard together and are now facing down their forties and experiencing a range of success, or lack thereof, both professionally and domestically. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another, Netflix calls the series a “comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.”

Production will begin this fall in New York.

“Nick is a comedic mastermind,” raved Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of Original Content, in a statement. “With Friends from College, he and Francesca have created a world that is both moving and very, very funny. We are thrilled to be working with them and this incredible cast, and look forward to audiences around the world laughing with and at these relatable characters.”

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15 Comments
  1. Phillip says:

    Great cast!! Can’t wait!

  2. Danadee says:

    I was hoping for a grinder save but I guess this is the next best thing. Love having Fred savage back on tv!

  3. Eric says:

    That’s a heck of a cast. Looking forward to it.

  4. Katie says:

    This show – and cast – sounds pretty good and I’m glad to see Cobie back on tv. One thing though: Cobie Smulders is 34 years old. She might have skewed a few years older during HIMYM but she’s not approaching 40 in any actual way. Is she playing a former child prodigy? Is she somebody’s somewhat younger wife? If not, could we not cast ladies who are 6 to 11 years younger than the dudes and pretend they’re all the same age?

  5. Tony Lang says:

    Very nice, but I’m more immediately interested in knowing if Key will remain a regular on Playing House; he’s been so busy lately, I fear Officer Mark won’t end up with emma after all…

    • Spence says:

      That was my first thought as well! This show looks great, but where’s my Playing House news??

    • Bella says:

      Me, too! I would think that the schedules would work out okay so he can do both, as they’re both more limited in their episodes than regular network series are.

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Great cast they got for this new show. Looking forward to check it out when it premieres next year!

  7. HAP says:

    Keegan is a VERY busy guy. I assume he’ll be back on the 3rd season of Playing House, as well.

  8. Kelly says:

    Does this mean Fred Savage won’t be co-hosting with Kelly? :^( Maybe he can do both? Because he would be what would make that show watchable. If they choose Anderson Cooper, I’m not watching anymore.

  9. dsrbroadway says:

    Fred Savage doing a show in NYC? Methinks this is edging him closer to the Live! co-host chair. This is only a an eight episode order, which will leave plenty of time in his mornings!

  10. Sima says:

    So is Keegan Micheal Key out for Season 3 Playing House? Loved that show last two summers, renewed for Season 3.. butwhere is it?

    anyhoo- this show sounds amazing. cant wait!