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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Difficult People is not an openly metaphorical show, but its foundation is particularly refreshing.
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.
Difficult People is the most biting, true, and above all, funny series to debut in years.
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.
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.
Produced by Amy Poehler, it has the edge of her other production, Broad City and lots of brash, unexpected laughs. Really worth seeking out.
Audience Reviews for Difficult People: Season 1
Oct 13, 2017Season 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, 2016I 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, 2016Hilarious 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, 2016A 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, 2016Everyone is very angry in this show, but in a funny way. It's not bad. It's not great but it's not bad.
Sep 26, 2015Interesting remarks and pop culture references. Still, a bit too negative and loud for my taste.
Sep 23, 2015I love this show lots of humor filled with snarky one liners
Aug 21, 2015I definitely want to love this show, Billy Eichner was great on Parks and Rec. So far, the show is underwhelming. It is not anywhere near as funny as it should, or seemingly could be. There's not really anything wrong with any of the actors, but honestly the writing sucks.
Aug 18, 2015More like "Difficult to Watch". There's so much name-dropping in this show, it gave me a headache. If I wanted to watch two people bicker all day, I'd visit my parents.
Aug 16, 2015This is incredibly disappointing. I was very excited to see this show; especially as the very talented Amy Poehler has a hand in it. I watched 3 epsidoes before definitively coming to the conclusion....that this is AWFUL. The leads are not funny. The characters are all horrendous. I am not sure how Amy Poehler was conned into producing this! Don't waste your time, watch Broad City instead for some real comedy and great writing.