‘Darkness keeps it honest’
Cobie Smulders, Keegan Michael Key among Netflix’s ‘Friends’
Six friends from college find themselves reunited, picking up shared lives 20 years after graduation day. But along with the familiar camaraderie, they encounter new complications and conflicts.
Have the times passed them by? That’s the question asked and answered with amusement by “Friends From College,’’ a new eight-part comedy to be released Friday by Netflix.
The viewer-friendly cast includes Fred Savage, Nat Faxon, Annie Parisse and Jae Suh Park, plus Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother’’) and Keegan Michael Key (“Key & Peele’’) as now-wed friends from college Lisa and Ethan Turner.
“Yes, it’s a comedy, but it’s a DARK comedy,’’ says Smulders over a light-hearted lunch alongside Key. “These friends have a tight relationship, but there’s an ever-changing scenario they have to deal with on the fly.’’
“The darkness keeps it honest,’’ Key adds after warding off Smulders’ razzing for the excess pepper he has showered on his clam chowder.
At the heart of the story: Key, as a once-promising novelist, has been enjoying a friends-with-benefits connection since college with Parisse’s character, Samantha, who by now is likewise married as well as a mother. For years Ethan and Sam lived hundreds of miles apart, allowing only the rare hookup.