Difficult People: Season 1 (2015)

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Difficult People makes the unlikable likable with mean-spirited, unhappy characters who still can't help but amuse.

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Critic Ratings: 24

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User Ratings: 357

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 5, 2015
2
Air date: Aug 5, 2015
3
Air date: Aug 12, 2015
4
Air date: Aug 19, 2015
5
Air date: Aug 26, 2015
6
Air date: Sep 2, 2015
7
Air date: Sep 9, 2015
8
Air date: Sep 16, 2015

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Critic Reviews for Difficult People Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

Difficult People... raises an important philosophical question: Can you enjoy a sitcom if you loathe its lead characters? I think not.

Aug 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Klausner makes for an effective foil, grounding the series with a furtive belief in her character's comedy that's both totally oblivious and oddly innocent, as well as giving unthinking support for Billy.

Aug 6, 2015 | Full Review…
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Klausner and Eichner don't laugh at each others' jokes, but that's because they're fully committed to the bit. The world is their stage, and they refuse to break.

Aug 6, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The charm of Difficult People is that it refuses to deal in charm. Though witty and observant, albeit in a relentlessly negative way, Julie and Billy are clueless.

Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Yes, they are self-absorbed, hypercritical people who you would and should hate. But the reason the show works is that, very subtly, it's mocking them.

Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Difficult People is not an openly metaphorical show, but its foundation is particularly refreshing.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

It's as if Seinfeld and Will & Grace had a Hulu sitcom baby and raised it on a steady diet of pop culture, Wendy Williams and Parks & Recreation reruns.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Difficult People is the most biting, true, and above all, funny series to debut in years.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

As difficult as these main characters can be to anyone that isn't them, the show is infused with a lot of heart... Eichner and Klausner are clearly having a ball with Difficult People, and so will you.

Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

What the show captures perfectly are the kind of people who are so immersed in inside-information about entertainment that their own ideas for projects are impossibly obscure -- they'll never appeal to a broad audience.

Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Produced by Amy Poehler, it has the edge of her other production, Broad City and lots of brash, unexpected laughs. Really worth seeking out.

Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Even though Billy and Julie's cynicism borders on aggressive and off-putting, it's these rare glimpses of their humanity that make Difficult People a refreshing 22-minute watch.

Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Difficult People: Season 1

  • Oct 13, 2017
    Season 1 of Difficult People is one of my favorite things ever. It only takes 4ish hours to power through the 8 episodes and I find myself watching it over and over again! Julie and Billy are life!
  • Sep 23, 2016
    I can relate to these characters. I can't stand people and their self righteous, pretentious b.s. and just like them I simply cannot stand kids. This show is perfect for anyone who despises modern humanity!
  • Sep 18, 2016
    Hilarious irreverent and funny. Lots of NYC insider jokes....yes Billy and Julie are kind of awful but so is everyone else in their universe except Julie's boyfriend Arthur... Each episode involves numerous mishaps on their quest to be famous-which never quite work out. The are Lucy and Ricky in the modern age.
  • Sep 03, 2016
    A fairly hilarious debut season that gets by with assured footing and zingy-writing. Following in the tradition of previous sit-coms that made deplorable characters lovable (i.e. Seinfeld, Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner shine as playing asshole versions of themselves, while successfully touching both on the frustrations of being a New Yorker, as well as those of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. The mean-spitedness rarely gets grating, and the humor is fast and funny throughout the eight episodes. One of the most underrated comedies on TV, as it's arguably a more mature and organic Broad City.
  • Mar 25, 2016
    Everyone is very angry in this show, but in a funny way. It's not bad. It's not great but it's not bad.
  • Jan 25, 2016
    This is a review of the pilot episode as posted on The Qtv Review (http://wp.me/p6yEUF-F): If you think R. Kelly is gross, current baby names are ridiculous, saying things like "fleek” makes you unacceptable, hypnosis is a cure-all, and nothing matters more than you, your best friend, and your conversations about Susan Sarandon et al.... then you might love Difficult People as much as I do. That is all.
  • Sep 26, 2015
    Interesting remarks and pop culture references. Still, a bit too negative and loud for my taste.
  • Sep 23, 2015
    I love this show lots of humor filled with snarky one liners
  • Aug 24, 2015
    I couldn't get all he way through the pilot episode. Sorry, but if I wanted to see annoying people behaving poorly I'd watch reality TV and I hate reality TV
  • Aug 24, 2015
    Hilarious and fresh. Warning: witty humor may not be appropriate for all audiences. Oversensitive, politically correct, do gooders and culture warriors need not watch.

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