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Friends With Benefits (TV series)

This article is about the 2011 sitcom. For the 2007 telenovela, see Friends with Benefits (telenovela).

Friends with Benefits
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Genre Comedy
Created by
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup single-camera
Running time 21 minutes
Production companies Imagine Television
Big Kid Pictures
Pickle Films
20th Century Fox Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run – September 9, 2011 (2011-09-09)
External links
Website

Friends with Benefits is an American romantic sitcom created by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber that aired on NBC from August 5 to September 9, 2011. It was originally set to air on as a midseason replacement during the 2010–11 television season, but was ultimately delayed until summer.[1] The series ended after twelve episodes aired with the thirteenth being only available on iTunes, Amazon.com and Netflix.

Plot

The series follows a group of friends living in Chicago. It involves a very close friendship between two of the friends, who are each looking for the perfect mate, and the others who question their relationship, but at the same time, have their own romantic problems to deal with.

Cast

  • Ryan Hansen as Ben Lewis, a guy who is in no rush to find the right girl for him. He has been sleeping with his friend, Sara.
  • Danneel Ackles as Sara Maxwell, a doctor and Ben's hookup buddy. Unlike Ben, she is desperate to find the right guy.
  • Jessica Lucas as Riley Elliot, a bartender and Sara's roommate. She is very laidback and tends to date a lot of men.
  • Zach Cregger as Aaron Greenway, a rich, nerdy engineer who wants to meet women but at the same time can't find enough potential.
  • Andre Holland as Julian 'Fitz' Fitzgerald, Aaron's roommate. He really enjoys meeting women and hanging out with his friends.

Production and development

Friends with Benefits was originally developed for ABC with a script order given by the network in September 2009. However, the network did not green-light a pilot for the potential series, allowing NBC to pick up the project.[2] For the pilot episode, Fran Kranz was originally cast as Aaron,[3][4] and Ian Reed Kesler portrayed Hoon (another version of Fitz).[3][4] The series was officially picked up on May 16, 2010.[5]

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "Pilot" David DobkinScott Neustadter & Michael H. WeberAugust 5, 2011 (2011-08-05)2.34[6]
Ben searches for a date to his sister's wedding. 
2 "The Benefit of the Mute Button" Michael Patrick JannClaudia LonowAugust 5, 2011 (2011-08-05)1.96[6]
Ben and Sara hit pause to pursue their respective love interests. 
3 "The Benefit of the Unspoken Dynamic" Fred SavageDaley HaggarAugust 12, 2011 (2011-08-12)1.92[7]
Aaron goes on a bender to cure his heartbreak. Anneliese van der Pol guest stars. 
4 "The Benefit of Forgetting" Jay ChandrasekharOwen EllicksonAugust 12, 2011 (2011-08-12)1.75[7]
Ben reaps the benefits of dating a girl with amnesia. 
5 "The Benefit of the Right Track" Joanna KernsIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerAugust 19, 2011 (2011-08-19)1.98[8]
Sara starts a "booty call" relationship with a paramedic without knowing it. Ben finds himself stuck in a serious relationship. 
6 "The Benefit of Keeping Your Ego in Check" Tricia BrockBrian Keith EtheridgeAugust 19, 2011 (2011-08-19)1.54[8]
Sara goes on a date with a nerdy guy. Ben is accused of sexual harassment. 
7 "The Benefit of Mardi Gras" David RogersGene HongAugust 26, 2011 (2011-08-26)2.58[9]
The whole gang has a wild Mardi Gras. Sara fights with her pregnant sister for a family ring. Aaron thinks that he slept with Riley. 
8 "The Benefit of Mentors" Rob GreenbergValerie BreimanAugust 26, 2011 (2011-08-26)1.99[9]
Aaron learns that his high school mentee is a porn star. Riley dates a doctor that Sara admires. 
9 "The Benefit of Being Shallow" Reginald HudlinValerie BreimanSeptember 2, 2011 (2011-09-02)1.97[10]
Sara dates a blind guy. Fitz is dating the daughter of Aaron's fling. 
10 "The Benefit of Avoiding the Mindbanger" John PutchIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerSeptember 2, 2011 (2011-09-02)1.76[10]
Ben tries to help Sara to end a bad relationship with an intervention, but he ends up in a similar situation. Rebecca Mader guest stars. 
11 "The Benefit of Putting in the Work" Eyal GordinDaley HaggarSeptember 9, 2011 (2011-09-09)2.28[11]
Ben decides to start a business and asks Aaron for help. Sara dates a journalist with a small problem. 
12 "The Benefit of Friends" Ira UngerleiderOwen EllicksonSeptember 9, 2011 (2011-09-09)1.90[11]
Riley falls in love for the first time. Ben realizes that he has feelings for Sara. 
13 "The Benefit of Full Disclosure"[12] Fred SavageIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerOnly available on itunes, Netflix and Amazon.comN/A
Sara and Ben go on a double date. 

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

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