|God Friended Me|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 30, 2018– present|
God Friended Me is an American comedy-drama series. It was ordered to series on May 11, 2018, and stars Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Javicia Leslie, Suraj Sharma, and Joe Morton. The series premiered on September 30, 2018, on CBS. On October 19, 2018, it was announced that the series had received a full season order from CBS.
God Friended Me is described as a humorous, uplifting series that explores questions of faith, existence and science. It centers on Miles (Hall), an atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is friended by God on Facebook. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. Cara (Violett Beane) is a leading writer at an online magazine. Under pressure for her next big story, her life takes an interesting turn when she meets Miles—thanks to God's friend suggestion.
God Friended Me uses Facebook frequently as a narrative device. The "Friended" in the title God Friended Me refers to the act of friending someone on social media, granting that person special privileges (on the service in question) with respect to oneself. On Facebook, for example, one's friends have the privilege of viewing and posting to one's timeline. In God Friended Me, this allows for God to contact Miles.
While the majority of Facebook's revenue is advertisement-derived, show creator Steven Lilien says that their conversations with Facebook have been limited to discussing "how much we can portray it". According to executive producer Bryan Wynbrandt, the "God" of the show will be active on Facebook outside the show, with liking pages and changing their profile picture given as examples of their possible online activities.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Marcos Siega||Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt||September 30, 2018[a]||T33.01002||10.14|
|Miles Finer is the son of a preacher, but now runs a podcast wherein he supports atheism. He receives a Facebook friend request from "God", which he thinks is a hoax. Curious, he follows up on God's first suggested friend and unwittingly saves a man's life. He meets his second suggested friend, Cara, and discovers the two have more in common than either one knew.|
|2||"The Good Samaritan"||Marcos Siega||Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt||October 7, 2018||T40.10102||8.37|
|As Miles prepares for his first national podcast about atheism, he gets another friend request from God that leads him to help a single mother connect with her autistic son. Cara gets closer to her estranged mother, while Ali convinces her father to support Miles and congratulate him on his podcast's success. Miles disagrees with his new producer, who wants a one-sided presentation about atheism. Miles instead wants his show to be more of an open conversation. Meanwhile, Rakesh is disappointed to see his new love interest on a date with another guy.|
|3||"Heavenly Taco Truck"||Kenneth Fink||Robert Hull||October 14, 2018||T40.10103||7.90|
|4||"Error Code 1.61"||Marcos Siega||Allison Moore||October 21, 2018||T40.10104||8.86|
|5||"Unfriended"||Erin Feeley||Safia M. Dirie||October 28, 2018||T40.10105||TBD|
|6||"A House Divided"||TBA||TBA||November 4, 2018||TBA||TBD|
|7||"The Prodigal Son"||TBA||TBA||November 11, 2018||TBA||TBD|
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 60% based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 6.38 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A sincere and thoughtful handling of spiritual themes helps God Friended Me overcome -- and even benefit from -- its earnest approach to a potentially off-putting premise." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 57 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|1||"Pilot"||September 30, 2018||1.3/5||10.14||N/A||2.01||N/A||12.15|
|2||"The Good Samaritan"||October 7, 2018||0.9/4||8.37||N/A||1.91||N/A||10.29|
|3||"Heavenly Taco Truck"||October 14, 2018||1.0/5||7.90||0.4||2.11||1.4||10.01|
|4||"Error Code 1.6"||October 21, 2018||1.2/5||8.86||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|