God Friended Me

God Friended Me
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by
  • Steven Lilien
  • Bryan Wynbrandt
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30) – present (present)
External links
Website

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.[1] The series premiered on September 30, 2018, on CBS.[2] On October 19, 2018, it was announced that the series had received a full season order from CBS.[3]

Plot[]

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.[4]

Use of Facebook[]

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.[5] On Facebook, for example, one's friends have the privilege of viewing and posting to one's timeline.[6] In God Friended Me, this allows for God to contact Miles.[4]

While the majority of Facebook's revenue is advertisement-derived,[7][8] show creator Steven Lilien says that their conversations with Facebook have been limited to discussing "how much we can portray it".[9] 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.[10]

Cast[]

Episodes[]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [12]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Marcos SiegaSteven Lilien & Bryan WynbrandtSeptember 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)[a]T33.0100210.14[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 SiegaSteven Lilien & Bryan WynbrandtOctober 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)T40.101028.37[15]
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 FinkRobert HullOctober 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)T40.101037.90[16]
4"Error Code 1.61"Marcos SiegaAllison MooreOctober 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)T40.101048.86[17]
5"Unfriended"[18]Erin FeeleySafia M. DirieOctober 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)T40.10105TBD
6"A House Divided"[12]TBATBANovember 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)TBATBD
7"The Prodigal Son"[12]TBATBANovember 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)TBATBD
  1. ^ The pilot received an early digital release on August 31, 2018.[13]

Reception[]

Critical response[]

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."[19] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 57 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[20]

Ratings[]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" September 30, 2018 1.3/5 10.14[14] N/A 2.01 N/A 12.15[21]
2 "The Good Samaritan" October 7, 2018 0.9/4 8.37[15] N/A 1.91 N/A 10.29[22]
3 "Heavenly Taco Truck" October 14, 2018 1.0/5 7.90[16] 0.4 2.11 1.4 10.01[23]
4 "Error Code 1.6" October 21, 2018 1.2/5 8.86[17] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Andreeva, Nellie (May 11, 2018). "'Magnum P.I.', 'God Friended Me' & 'The Red Line' Dramas Get CBS Series Orders". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Nemetz, Dave (July 9, 2018). "CBS Fall Premiere Dates: Big Bang, Magnum P.I., Murphy Brown and More". TV Line. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 19, 2018). "God Friended Me, Neighborhood, Magnum Snag Full-Season Orders". TVLine. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "'God Friended Me': Violett Beane to Star in CBS Comedic Drama Pilot About Faith". February 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Palfrey & Gasser 2010, p. 25.
  6. ^ Drucker, Gumpert & Cohen 2010, p. 73.
  7. ^ Jolie O'Dell 203 (January 17, 2011). "Facebook's Ad Revenue Hit $1.86B for 2010". Mashable.com. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  8. ^ Womack, Brian (September 20, 2011). "Facebook Revenue Will Reach $4.27 Billion, EMarketer Says". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  9. ^ Lisa de Moraes (August 5, 2018). "'God Friended Me' Is No 'Highway to Heaven' EPs Insist". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Tim Surette (August 5, 2018). "God Friended Me Won't Just Be About One God". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Kyle Harris Joins New CBS Pilot GOD FRIENDED ME". Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b c "God Friended Me - Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  13. ^ "Special Preview of "God Friended Me" to Be Available on Multiple Digital Platforms Beginning Friday, August 31". The Futon Critic. August 30, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 2, 2018). "'Sunday Night Football' adjusts up, 'The Simpsons,' 'Bob's Burgers,' and more adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 9, 2018). "'Bob's Burgers' and 'Sunday Night Football' adjust up, 'Family Guy' adjusts down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 16, 2018). "'DWTS: Juniors' and 'Family Guy' adjust up, 'Alec Baldwin Show' and 'God Friended Me' adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 23, 2018). "'The Simpsons' and 'Bob's Burgers' adjust up, 'Madam Secretary' and 'Alec Baldwin Show' adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  18. ^ "(#GFM105) "Unfriended"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  19. ^ "God Friended Me: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "God Friended Me Season 1: (2018)". Metacritic. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  21. ^ Pucci, Douglas (October 10, 2018). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Manifest' is Most-Watched NBC Drama Series Premiere in 19 Years". Programming Insider. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  22. ^ Pucci, Douglas (October 16, 2018). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: Long-running Stalwarts 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Modern Family' Lead All Network Comedies in Adults 18-49 Gains". Programming Insider. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  23. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 23, 2018). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Oct. 8: 'Manifest' Doubles In Week 3". Variety. Retrieved October 23, 2018.

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