The new Netflix show, "Friends from College," explores marriage and friendship through the dysfunctional dynamics of a close-knit group of — appropriately enough — friends from college.
The series was created by real-life married couple Francesca Delbanco and Nick Stoller (director of "Neighbors," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"). Delbanco is a writer, Stoller directs, and they are both executive producers.
The two didn't exactly start out as friends from college — they met after graduating from Harvard, but they drew upon some of their own experiences to create the series. It's about a group of friends from Harvard who are now in their 40s, and not doing the best job of balancing their adult lives with their nostalgia for the past.
The actors playing the friends in the show include Keegan Michael Key, Fred Savage and Cobie Smulders. The characters they play, Delbanco admits, are not the best people.
"The characters are snobs, they are doing bad things, they are getting away with the bad things that they're doing, they're not necessarily being nice to each other or to the people in their lives who deserve kindness and compassion," Delbanco says. "It may be an acquired taste."
So was there a concern that the characters would be too unlikable?
"When I hear someone say the word 'unlikable,' I'm just like, No, I don't hear that word," Stoller says. "[The show] has to be 'relatable.' Some of my favorite movies at the center of them have technically unlikable characters, but they're super relatable ... so we hope that that is true of our show."
To hear John Horn's full interview with Francesca Delbanco and Nick Stoller, click the blue player above.