Difficult People: Season 1 (2015)



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


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Air date: Aug 5, 2015
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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…

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…

Billy and Julie are not supposed to be likable. They're both kind of awful, a la the Seinfeld gang, but often screamingly funny in their inappropriate commentary.

Aug 3, 2015 | 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…

Not too many [post-Seinfeld sitcoms] are willing to really, truly commit and create unpleasant characters that you ultimately like because they're funny and make an art out of going too far.

Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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