Despite the title Friends From College, not all friendships are destined to last forever and some of them are absolutely put to the test in this new Netflix comedy series that debuts July 14th.
IMDB describes the show as follows: "A group of friends from Harvard, played by Keegan-Michael Key (Ethan), Cobie Smulders (Lisa), Annie Parisse (Sam), Nat Faxon (Nick), Fred Savage (Max), and Jae Suh Park (Marianne), are facing down their forties. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another, Friends from College is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past."
What follows is a breakdown of the six main characters and the actors who play them, with a handy guide to where you know them from.
Keegan-Michael Key (Ethan)
Ethan is a literary author who has acquired quite a bit of critical, but he is in desperate need of a blockbuster. Trying to help him achieve that is his agent, Max (Fred Savage), who is pressuring him to write YA novel that he believes can go huge and bring Ethan to even greater success. being a "serious" writer, getting Ethan into that creative place isn't easy. Actor Keegan-Michael Key who plays him, has a long history of providing his voice to such television shows as SuperMansion, Samurai Jack and Bob's Burgers. He was also one of the stars of the series Playing House, and has appeared in numerous films, including Tomorrowland, Why Him? and Win It All.
Cobie Smulders (Lisa)
Lisa is a corporate attorney who is married to Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key), unaware that he's having an affair with Sam (Annie Parisse), which has been going on for the past 20 years. No stranger to TV romance problems, actress Cobie Smulders is best know known as Robin Scherbatsky in the long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Although she's amassed a lot of credits over the years, beyond Robin she's recognized as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in Marvel's two Avengers films, as well as *Captain America: The Winter Soldier and three episodes of the *Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show.
Annie Parisse (Sam)
Sam is a married successful business woman, with a so-called "problem child", For the past two decades she's been in an affair with Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key). The secret of the affair has been kept by the fact that Sam lives in New York and Ethan in Chicago, but that's about to be shot to hell as Lisa, having gotten a new job, needs for she and Ethan to move to the Big Apple. Insofar as Annie is concerned, she's probably most recognizable for her regular stints on the original Law & Order, seven episodes of Rubicon, 14 episodes of serial killer drama The Following, and eight episodes each of Vinyl and Person Of Interest.
Nat Faxon (Nick)
Nick is a pretty superficial guy living off of a trust fun, but is definitely seen as a magnet when it comes to the ladies. The only problem is that these "ladies," for the most part, fall into the barely legal category. Nat Faxon is another actor known primarily for his voice work, with credits ranging from TripTank to SuperMansion, Dogs In The Park, Family Guy and Blaze And The Monster Machine. He also co-starred in the live action series Married.
Fred Savage (Max)
Max is a literary agent who represents Ethan and is the one behind trying to force him to write a YA novel, believing that it will bring him an entirely different kind of success. The character is payed by Fred Savage, and while we're reluctant to stereotype the poor guy, he played Kevin Arnold back in the late 1980s in one of the most beloved television series of all time, The Wonder Years. He went on to star in shows like Working, Crumbs and, most recently, The Grinder. He's also amassed an amazing list of directorial and producing credits.
Jae Suh Park (Marianne)
Marianne has people problems, which explains why she can connect with her rabbit better than she can other people. Which must be a serious problem given that she wants to become an avant-garde artist. Actress Jae Suh Park, on the other hands, apparently enjoys interacting with others, and has appeared on a wide variety of TV shows to prove it. Her most steady gig was on the 2011 series Sex Teenagers.