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Will tries to be more adventurous by sexting with his new date, and Kate catches Jules and Andi planning Jules' wedding without her.

Episode Title: Game Sext Match
Airs: 2014-04-21 at 08:30 pm
  • Neil Genzlinger

    [A] wretched new sitcom.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Friends With Better Lives is just one witless, thudding, sex-obsessed crack after another.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Friends With Better Lives isn’t better than that show or any other half-hour comedy that’s come along in the past five years or so.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    One thing I'll say for these friends: They could all use better writing.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The humor is decidedly caustic and surprisingly smutty. This might work as a cable comedy, where they could be explicit. On a network, it just seems insolently self-satisfied.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    Better Lives lacks the ensemble chemistry and clever writing of “HIMYM,” and seems content to rely on a non-stop barrage of sophomoric sex jokes and double entendres.

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    It's about several friends at various relationship stages--long married, single and looking, single and finding, on the verge of divorcing--who envy each other for reasons that will probably elude most viewers because the characters are too self-involved and uninteresting.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    There is a professional, even a grim efficiency to the jokes.... There are breast jokes, genital jokes, a long oral sex joke, an alcoholic-sorority-girl-defecating-in-a-closet joke. A few hit, many miss.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    If you like your comedy slathered in crude, this sitcom is catnip. Everyone else will wonder if CBS stopped making shows with recognizable human beings when “Everybody Loves Raymond” went off the air.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    After respectively stealing scenes on a very good single-camera sitcom and a mediocre live-audience one, both actors [James Van Der Beek and Zoe Lister Jones] come ready to play in the ensemble setup, and that’ll be a huge factor in Friends With Better Lives’ ability to improve on a so-so pilot.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It’s amiably crude and fairly funny, too, but the show will leave some viewers clutching their pearls with jokes tied to masturbation, testicles, defecation, the scent of private parts and oral sex--all in its first episode.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Friends With Better Lives seems to be betting that we, like the characters themselves, won’t need much beyond each other. That could work. Especially if they tell an occasional joke that’s not about sex.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    If even a few good performances lock into your vision, you perk up. In this new comedy about friends in various stages of relationship envy and regret, there are two: James Van Der Beek and Zoe Lister-Jones. [7 Apr 2014, p.45]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The cast feels solid, and likable, jelling swiftly.... Then comes that final distasteful sex gag. Let's pray it's just pilot-itis.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Despite the attractive cast, these “Friends” are a mostly nondescript bunch, so much so it wouldn’t be a shock to find that those who initially tune in after the “How I Met Your Mother” finale ultimately decide that this life experience is best left as a one-night stand.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    For now it’s pretty much something you wouldn’t wish on your best friends.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The pilot is rough, with much of the humor dealing with sex and male genitalia, which seems like something you would find in a Seth McFarlane show.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Darren Franich

    It has exactly three things going for it: Zoe Lister-Jones, Rick Donald, and the assumption that their next respective projects will be more entertaining than this. [18/25 Apr 2014, p.102]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review