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Difficult People 

TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Series (2015– )
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Life is really tough for Julie and Billy, two 30-something aspiring comics living and working in New York City. While their friends and acquaintances move on to find success and love, they ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
Julie Klausner ...  Julie Kessler 28 episodes, 2015-2017
Billy Eichner ...  Billy Epstein 28 episodes, 2015-2017
James Urbaniak ...  Arthur Tack 28 episodes, 2015-2017
Andrea Martin ...  Marilyn Kessler 26 episodes, 2015-2017
Cole Escola ...  Matthew 25 episodes, 2015-2017
Derrick Baskin ...  Nate 18 episodes, 2015-2017
Shakina Nayfack ...  Lola 16 episodes, 2016-2017
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Denise 12 episodes, 2015-2017


Life is really tough for Julie and Billy, two 30-something aspiring comics living and working in New York City. While their friends and acquaintances move on to find success and love, they continue to struggle with careers and relationships, getting more bitter by the day. Written by Anon

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They mean well. (Season 1) See more »










Release Date:

5 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сложные люди See more »

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Jax Media See more »
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16:9 HD
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The pilot was made for USA Network, but then shopped around until Hulu bought it and gave it a full season. See more »

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Not for the slow-witted or pop culturally illiterate
26 August 2016 | by ekebySee all my reviews

This is a show for a very narrow demographic. The range of pop culture put downs is vast. It's hard to imagine anyone but gay, full-time couch potatoes understanding all of it. I come close to that category, but I'm old. Younger versions of me will probably get more of it. And, you've got to be quick to even take it all in. The show may be just a so-so framework for a barrage of rat-a-tat-tat jokes, but oh, what jokes!

The lines are tossed off so fast and are so all-over-the-place topically they barely register. If you waste time laughing, you'll miss the next joke. Not many shows can work in a line like "If I've learned anything, it's that there are limits to even what Viola Davis can make plausible." Now, for me, that's funny. And it's funny because it's true. But I can easily understand that a lot of people would be baffled. Not only do you have to know who Viola Davis is, you have to have seen enough of her work to know that she's been in some real turkeys.

I especially like some of the side players, truly original characters we haven't seen before. E.g., the transgender server who's a 911 conspiracy theory nut. When she says to a co-worker, "I wish you'd been on Flight 93," it's stunning. I'm not sure what my reaction was. Did I laugh because it was funny, or was I just astonished by the anything-is-fair-game attitude? I don't know, and frankly, I don't care. I was entertained, and in the broadest sense of the word.

You may hate the characters, and you may not like their constantly snarky attitude. But you have to admire how they can simultaneously celebrate and fearlessly skewer the values American pop culture has engendered in us all.

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