It might sound like a familiar premise: A close-knit group of friends (who met while attending Harvard) are closer than ever now that they all live in New York City, navigating the ups and downs of life, work and romance.
"Friends from College" stars Keegan-Michael Key as Ethan Turner, Cobie Smulders as Lisa Turner, Annie Parisse as Sam, Nat Faxon as Nick, Jaee Suh Park as Marriane and Fred Savage as Max.
The show, created by Nicholas Stoller and his wife, Francesca Delbanco, premiered on Netflix with eight half-hour episodes on July 14.
And similar to other shows centered on a group of friends, there's plenty of drama.
A pending book deal between Ethan and Max, a failed in vitro fertilization trial between Ethan and Lisa and a night fueled by drugs seems to be nothing compared to the 20-year-long affair between two of the friends.
"Friends from College" is just emotional enough to see certain characters in a different light, and it's just funny enough to almost let their questionable behavior slide. Key and Savage bring both boyish charm and big laughs to scenes, even if it's accidental and probably unscripted (like Key's never-ending Barack Obama impression that leaves Savage in stitches).
This show also includes a guest-starring role from "Saturday Night Live's" Kate McKinnon, who steals every scene she's in.
The last three episodes, titled "Second Wedding," "Grand Cayman" and "A Night of Surprises," bring the emotional struggles of Ethan, Sam, Nick and Lisa to the forefront — all without discounting the struggles of anyone else in the background. This new series has everything, including a fun '90s-themed soundtrack.
But it's missing one thing: a real finale or closure of any kind. There's a lot that didn't get uncovered and that didn't quite hit the mark the way the viewer wants. There's plenty of room for improvement for a second season.