Platonic (TV series)

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Platonic
GenreComedy
Created byFrancesca Delbanco
&
Nicholas Stoller
Showrunners
  • Francesca Delbanco
  • Nicholas Stoller
Starring
Music byMichael Andrews
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
  • Conor Welch
  • Rose Byrne
  • Seth Rogen
  • Francesca Delbanco
  • Nicholas Stoller
Producers
  • O'Shea Read
  • Werner Walian
CinematographyJohn Guleserian
Editors
  • Hugh Ross
  • Shawn Paper
Running time27–32 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseMay 24, 2023 (2023-05-24) –
present (present)

Platonic is an American comedy television series created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller that premiered on Apple TV+ on May 24, 2023.[1][2] In December 2023, the series was renewed for a second season.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Rose Byrne as Sylvia,[4] a stay-at-home mom of three and wife who reconnects with her former best friend, Will
  • Seth Rogen as Will,[4] Sylvia's former best friend who is recently divorced
  • Luke Macfarlane as Charlie, Sylvia's husband who is a lawyer
  • Tre Hale as Andy, Will's friend and business partner
  • Andrew Lopez as Reggie, the main investor of Will's brewery and the stepbrother of his ex-wife, Audrey
  • Carla Gallo as Katie, Sylvia's best friend who is also a mother

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
1"Pilot"Nicholas StollerFrancesca Delbanco & Nicholas StollerMay 24, 2023 (2023-05-24)
While looking on social media, Sylvia sees that her old friend Will is getting a divorce. They were previously close, but had not spoken after Sylvia told Will that she did not like his wife, Audrey. Will and Sylvia meet for coffee, and Sylvia pretends not knowing about his divorce. Will invites her to attend a party at his bar, which she attends with her friend Katie. Will confronts Audrey, who has shown up at his bar, and Sylvia takes him to grab another drink. They reminisce about their former friendship, but Will becomes angry when he realizes that Sylvia knew about his divorce. They angrily leave, but end up texting each other when they get home and make plans to meet again.
2"Gandalf the Lizard"Nicholas StollerRon WeinerMay 24, 2023 (2023-05-24)
Sylvia and Charlie discuss moving to a new house, and Sylvia books an appointment to see a house with her realtor. Will calls to say she left her credit card at his bar, and he brings it to her house. After he helps her fix her toilet, she asks him to come to the house showing. He arrives, pretending to be a contractor, but tells Sylvia that she should not buy the house, which is a former senior assisted-living facility. Sylvia convinces Will to drive to Audrey's house to retrieve some of his stuff. She crawls in through the dog door, but they are confronted by Audrey. They leave, but Sylvia steals Will's pet bearded dragon, Gandalf. Sylvia agrees to take care of Gandalf and brings him to her children as a new pet, despite Charlie's protests, but she does not tell them he belonged to Will and the children name him "Jessipa."
3"Partner's Retreat"Nicholas StollerGuy Endore-KaiserMay 24, 2023 (2023-05-24)
Sylvia and Charlie go to a work event in Charlie's firm, where he was recently made a partner. Sylvia, having traded her law career to spend time with her children, feels inadequate. Sylvia meets with Will, who encourages her to assert herself. They get drunk at a cheesy, Johnny Rockets-like chain restaurant which Sylvia loves, and she suggests Will market Lucky Penny's beer to the chain. When Charlie's boss reintroduces himself to her, Sylvia threatens to eat his speech if he can't remember her name, which she does when he cannot. Charlie is embarrassed, but Sylvia and Will laugh about the incident.
4"Divorce Party"Francesca DelbancoBrittany MillerMay 31, 2023 (2023-05-31)
After attending a party for her divorced friend, Sylvia throws a similar party for Will. They get very drunk, and Will convinces her to do cocaine with his friends. However, the coke is laced with ketamine, causing Sylvia to panic. They end up at Will's apartment. Sylvia returns home to an unhappy Charlie, and Will texts a girl that he previously hooked up with.
5"My Wife's Boyfriend"Francesca DelbancoAndrew GurlandJune 7, 2023 (2023-06-07)
Will continues to see Peyton, and they make things official. Charlie and his work friends begin referring to Will as his "wife's boyfriend." Charlie attempts to bond further with Will by taking him to a Dodgers game. They get drunk and have a great time, and Will tells Charlie about his relationship with Peyton. They later go back to Lucky Penny, and invite Sylvia along. Everyone has a fun time until it slips that Will has a girlfriend and Sylvia grills him for not telling her about his relationship. As the argument escalates, Will gets a piece of glass in his hand and must go to the ER. Later, at their respective homes, Will affirms his affection for Peyton and Charlie confesses to Sylvia that he is jealous of the time she spends with Will.
6"The Big Two Six"Francesca DelbancoJustin NowellJune 14, 2023 (2023-06-14)
Sylvia gets a job at Kurt Friedken's law firm. She also meets Peyton, and Will presses Sylvia about what she thinks about her. However, when Sylvia learns that Peyton is a babysitter, she hires Peyton to babysit her children while she's at her new job. Sylvia accidentally sends mixed signals to Peyton about Will's intentions, and Peyton overreacts. Later, Will decides to throw Peyton her twenty-sixth birthday party at Lucky Penny, but suddenly feels awkward dating her after watching her do a group dance with her friends. He breaks up with her when they go back to her home.
7"Let the River Run"Nicholas StollerFrancesca DelbancoJune 21, 2023 (2023-06-21)
Sylvia begins her job at the law firm. Charlie's colleagues express doubt that Sylvia, who is in her early forties, can keep up with the demands of associate-level law work. Indeed, she finds herself struggling with the workflow and quickly alienates her young colleagues with various social faux-pas. While working late, she falls asleep, accidentally damaging a portrait of Kurt. Will uses his ex-wife Audrey's connections with an eccentric artist to repair the painting. While waiting for the painting, Will and Sylvia go to Lucky Penny. There, Will learns that his partners at Lucky Penny have created a hard kombucha called "Da Booch" without him, and that Peyton now works at Lucky Penny and that Andy has been dating Sylvia's friend Katie. They retrieve the painting, upon which the painter has drawn a penis. Sylvia attempts to feign ignorance the next day, but security footage reveals her part in the incident and she is fired.
8"San Diego"Nicholas StollerFrancesca DelbancoJune 28, 2023 (2023-06-28)
Sylvia avoids telling Charlie she was fired for several days, hanging out at Lucky Penny with Will instead. She finally tells Charlie, whose words of support do not make her feel comforted. She goes on a trip to San Diego with Will, Katie and the Lucky Penny team to meet with Johnny Rev, the owner of the establishment that is offering to carry Lucky Penny's beer. The partners are hesitant to let Will talk business, but he impresses Johnny Rev with his business acumen. However, Johnny Rev tries to kiss Sylvia; when she rebuffs him, he scolds and humiliates her. His behaviour becomes increasingly belligerent until Will stands up for Sylvia, getting the group kicked out of the house and squashing the deal. Andy proposes to Katie. Back at his office, Charlie discovers through their shared photo app that Sylvia had been hanging out at Lucky Penny in the week after being fired, and Vanessa discovers through social media stalking that Gandalf the lizard originally belonged to Will, which Sylvia had concealed from her family.
9"Slumber Party"Nicholas StollerFrancesca DelbancoJuly 4, 2023 (2023-07-04)
While working late, Charlie gets drunk with Vanessa, another partner. They begin dancing and eventually dry-hump before awkwardly parting. Charlie confesses the incident to Sylvia, who is hurt. Sylvia has Will over and the two get high, play video games and watch YouTube videos all night. He suggests Sylvia renovate their aging garage. Will tries to talk to his partners about cutting him into the "Da Booch" business. He comes over to help survey the garage but quickly discovers that it's damaged. A panic ensues involving a raccoon, and the garage partially collapses. Upon leaving, Will angrily tells Sylvia to deal with her issues with Charlie. Charlie confesses his own jealousy to Sylvia, at not being the most important man in her life, and promises the incident with Vanessa had nothing to do with her. They agree to move forward. At the bar, Will is confronted by his business partners and a lawyer, who want him to sell his share of the business and leave. Will vows to not leave.
10"When Will Met Sylvia"Nicholas StollerFrancesca DelbancoJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12)
Sylvia and Charlie, having reconciled, purchase a new home. They throw a housewarming party, which Will attends. He and Sylvia think they see a UFO, but Will causes a scene and he and Sylvia argue. Andy and Katie ask Sylvia to plan their wedding. She is contacted by someone investigating accusations against Johnny Rev for inappropriate behaviour. Sylvia informs Will that Johnny Rev has been ousted and his VP Jenna, who had taken a liking to Will, is now CEO of the company. She convinces him to go to San Diego and talk about a potential job. Will is offered the job and reluctantly realizes he will have to move to San Diego. A year later, Sylvia is a successful event planner and has planned a beautiful wedding for Katie and Andy. Will arrives with Jenna, and he reveals that they are now engaged. He and Sylvia reminisce about the importance of their friendship and how it helped them through a difficult time.

Production[edit]

Promotional poster

Development[edit]

On October 15, 2020, Apple TV+ gave the production a series order consisting of 10 half-hour long episodes.[1] The series is created and showran by Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco who also serve as executive producers alongside Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, and Conor Welch. Stoller also directed the series.[6][7] Stoller Global Solutions and Sony Pictures Television are producing the series.[6][8] On December 14, 2023, Apple TV+ renewed the series for a second season.[3]

Casting[edit]

Upon series order announcement, Byrne and Rogen were also cast in undisclosed starring roles.[9] On May 5, 2022, Luke Macfarlane, Tre Hale, Carla Gallo, and Andrew Lopez joined the main cast.[4] On June 29, 2022, Alisha Wainwright, Guy Branum, Janet Varney, Emily Kimball, and Vinny Thomas were cast in recurring roles.[10]

Filming[edit]

Filming began by May 2022, with production taking place in Los Angeles.[11]

Release[edit]

Platonic was released on Apple TV+ on May 24, with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest releasing on a weekly basis until July 12.[2]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 93% approval rating with an average rating of 7.6/10, based on 55 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Even with bold swings and romance off the table, the rambunctious rapport between Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen makes Platonic an ideal relationship comedy."[12] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 75 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times gave the series 3.5 out of 4 stars and described as "clever, funny, insightful and immediately addictive..."[14] Cindy White of The A.V. Club gave the series a B+ and said, "Platonic doesn't break any molds, but it's nice to see another example of a breezy comedy that's not afraid to let its characters be human and even unlikable at times.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 27, 2020). "Rose Byrne & Seth Rogen To Star In 'Platonic' Apple TV+ Comedy Series From Nick Stoller, Francesca Delbanco & Sony TV". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 27, 2020. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Schwartz, Ryan (March 23, 2023). "Neighbors Reunion: Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne Are Strictly Platonic in New Apple Comedy — Get Premiere Date". TVLine. Archived from the original on March 23, 2023. Retrieved March 23, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Schwartz, Ryan (December 14, 2023). "Platonic Renewed for Season 2 at Apple". TVLine. Archived from the original on December 14, 2023. Retrieved December 14, 2023.
  4. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (May 5, 2022). "'Platonic': Luke Macfarlane, Tre Hale, Carla Gallo Among New Cast For Apple Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 5, 2022. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  5. ^ "Shows A-Z – platonic on apple tv plus". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 3, 2023.
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (July 15, 2021). "Nick Stoller Re-Ups Sony Pictures TV Overall Deal, Teams With Emerald Fennell For 'Sweetness' Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 17, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Porter, Rick (October 27, 2020). "Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne to Star in Apple Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 27, 2020. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (October 27, 2020). "Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne to Star in Platonic Comedy Ordered at Apple TV+". TVLine. Archived from the original on October 27, 2020. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 27, 2020). "Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne Reteam With 'Neighbors' Director for Apple Comedy Series 'Platonic'". Variety. Archived from the original on October 27, 2020. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (June 29, 2022). "'Platonic': Alisha Wainwright, Guy Branum Among Five Set To Recur In Apple Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 29, 2022. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  11. ^ People Staff (May 11, 2022). "Kate Middleton Visits St. John's Primary School in Glasgow, Plus Tom Hiddleston, Ashlee Simpson Ross and More". People. Archived from the original on May 12, 2022. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
  12. ^ "Platonic: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  13. ^ "Platonic: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
  14. ^ Reoper, Richard (May 22, 2023). "Tag along with best buds Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne on funny show 'Platonic'". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on May 27, 2023. Retrieved May 27, 2023.
  15. ^ White, Cindy (May 19, 2023). "Platonic review: A coming-of-middle-age comedy about the friends we can't quit". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on May 27, 2023. Retrieved May 27, 2023.

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