TV Review: Time with Friends From College is a faint reflection of glory days

At least Friends From College has this down pat: The “gang’s all here” regression that occurs when any circle of old friends, close relatives, or old friends treated like close relatives reunites—and the alienating affect that can have on people from outside the circle. Old jokes are rehashed, old grudges dredged up, old songs played on the stereo, and since it’d take so much effort to fully catch an outsider up, the effort isn’t made. In the new Netflix comedy from husband-and-wife duo Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco, that big chill (if you will) is articulated early on by the significant others elbowed out of the series’ core group of Harvard alums. When author Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key) and attorney Lisa (Cobie Smulders) move to New York to reactivate the Voltron of pettiness and enabling that was their campus clique, Friends From College conveys, with a singular …

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