Casual: Season 1 (2015)

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Jason Reitman's Casual is a funny -- albeit very specific -- look at modern dating, sharpened by edgy dialogue and self-assured performances.

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Critic Ratings: 37

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User Ratings: 299

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Air date: Oct 7, 2015

Newly-divorced Valerie and her teenage daughter, Laura, move in with Valerie's younger brother, Alex. A committed bachelor and casual dater, Alex sets Valerie up via his popular dating website.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2015

Alex hangs out with Valerie's new friend, Leon. Valerie parties with a group of 20-somethings. Laura gets in over her head at a house party.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2015

Valerie decides to make a major move, but financial realities get in the way. Alex adopts a new friend. Laura fantasizes about an older man.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2015

Valerie breaks Alex's rules on casual sex. Alex is interviewed about his dating website. Laura takes things up a notch with an older man.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2015

Valerie and Alex's mother shows up unannounced. Valerie receives sound advice from an unlikely source. Laura and Michael share a moment.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2015

Alex's secret leads to a pleasant surprise. Laura bonds with Michael after things spin out of control at school. Valerie opens up with her ex-husband.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2015

Alex, Emmy, and Leon get adventurous. Laura is devastated by news involving her mother, Valerie.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2015

Laura invites several unwelcome guests to Alex's house for Thanksgiving dinner they'll all never forget.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2015

Tensions run high at Dawn and Charles' rehearsal dinner. Laura attends an art exhibition. A discovery shocks Alex to his core.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2015

Alex leans on Leon for emotional support. Laura contemplates a new life. Valerie, Alex, and Emmy reach an impasse.

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Tv Season Info

Valerie (Michaela Watkins) is a recently divorced therapist with a 16-year old daughter, Laura (Tara Lynne Barr). Together, they move in with Alex (Tommy Dewey), Valerie's brother, a longtime bachelor and creator of a popular dating site. Now, all three lean on each other as they navigate difficult relationships, tricky social circles, and the struggles of everyday life.

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Critic Reviews for Casual Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (23)

"Casual" slowly reveals unique characters searching for connection when the rhythms of modern life often alienate us.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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Casual ventures into relatively unexplored territory and finds some fresh laughs and insights along the way. But it winds up in an unpleasant place.

Oct 13, 2015 | Full Review…
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But in the writing and in the performances, there's bottomless compassion for this family and its awkward efforts at healing itself.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…
NPR
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In general, there's a solid cast on display here.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Casual also seems to be a mandate for the cast and creative crew behind this laid-back but thoughtful and well-observed comedy about love and family in the modern age.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Casual falls into the more indie-dramedy category of television than anything else, so viewers looking for a neatly packaged, shiny family comedy can look elsewhere. But those seeking a bolder, fresher take can direct themselves to Casual.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…

The smart, wry, bittersweet storytelling are a great vehicle to follow the characters as they try to find love and acceptance when human defense mechanisms and technology stand in the way.

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

If Casual continues on its current track of sharp writing and believable characters, it's one to watch.

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's smart and funny and nuanced. But it also feels like it's been done before, and, without some sort of novelty, the stellar performances will be wasted on an "also ran" show.

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Yes, there's a lot of snark, and sometimes things get a bit too cute and contrived, but there is actually a great heart at the core of Casual - and a very good story about people looking for love and acceptance...

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Casual, which takes a far lighter, snarkier, and often funnier tone than Transparent, never quite rises to the latter show's brilliance. But taken on its own merits, Casual is very, very good.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Beyond genetic markers, the three core members of the show's central clan are united by their extremely comfortable attitude towards sex and equally extreme discomfort in their own skin.

Oct 16, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Casual: Season 1

  • May 24, 2020
    Characters are not likable, or loveable. Very self absorbed, and joyless. Not great combo during a pandemic, hard pass. 😳
  • Feb 15, 2018
    Honestly, who watches and likes this garbage?? Annoying people, with conversations real people do not have, having sex multiple times in a 20 minute episode. Just throwing in lots of swearing and vulgar topics of conversation does not make it "real". People who enjoy this mindless drivel really need to get a life.
  • Aug 14, 2017
    LOVE this show , just watch it ! And be patient ??
  • Nov 30, 2016
    At far as the current crop of TV sex comedies go, Casual is not as transgressive as Transparent, or as relentlessly hilarious as You're the Worst, but it's thoroughly solid, and has a great trio of leads.
  • Jul 21, 2016
    This show is so insipid. I can't believe it has such high ratings. Spoiled, irritating people crippled by upper middle class people problems. The daughter is insufferable. So is the uncle/brother.
  • Jul 16, 2016
    Funny and drama, love it!
  • Jul 05, 2016
    Hilarious TV show!!! If you like "When Harry met Sally" kind of humour this is your show!!
  • Jun 24, 2016
    I understand making your characters unlikeable, but I didn't find them interesting. I was intrigued by the newness of it for the first couple episodes, but didn't make it past 5.
  • Jun 21, 2016
    A breezier younger cousin to the more ambitious, insightful, and emotionally resonant portrayals of financially comfortable Southern Californians (Six Feet Under, Transparent), Casual showcases the talents of Tommy Dewey and the wonderful Michaela Watkins as a slightly screwed up brother and sister pair trying to raise a teenage girl and cope with all manner of dating and social problems. While the territory the show covers is familiar, the script is often clever and original enough to keep viewers streaming.
  • Feb 03, 2016
    Passive aggressive x aspbergers x SoCal = Casual. I don't think New Yorkers will fully appreciate this; at some point you just want to smack these guys on the head and tell them to get on with it already. But for LA, Reitman hits the exact right tone of cringeworthy subtext that traps these characters in their heads, their fears, their doubts and makes them all their own worst enemies. Can only see this getting better. And season one, although not perfect, was pretty damn good.

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