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Difficult People is an American comedy series created by Julie Klausner. Klausner stars alongside Billy Eichner as two struggling and jaded comedians living in New York City; the duo seemingly hate everyone but each other. The series premiered on Hulu on August 5, 2015,[1] and the second season premiered on July 12, 2016.[2][3]

Difficult People
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Genre Comedy
Created by Julie Klausner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 27 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Tony Hernandez
  • Amy Poehler
  • Scott King
  • Julie Klausner
  • Dave Becky
Producer(s) Ryan McCormick
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22–30 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network Hulu
Original release August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05) – present
External links

On October 17, 2016, Hulu renewed the series for a 10-episode third season, which premiered on August 8, 2017.[4][5]




  • Julie Klausner as Julie Kessler, an aspiring comedian.
  • Billy Eichner as Billy Epstein, Julie's best friend and fellow aspiring comedian.
  • James Urbaniak as Arthur Tack, Julie's boyfriend.
  • Andrea Martin as Marilyn Kessler, Julie's mother.
  • Cole Escola as Matthew (season 2-, recurring season 1), Billy's co-worker, whom he despises.
  • Shakina Nayfack as Lola (season 3-, recurring season 2), a co-worker at the cafe where Billy works


Guest starsEdit


In May 2014, it was announced that Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner would star in a pilot for USA Network, with Klausner penning the script and Andrew Fleming directing. Amy Poehler would executive produce under Universal Cable Productions, with Dave Becky also executive producing under his 3 Arts banner, and Michele Armor of Marobru also executive producing.[7] That same month it was announced that Rachel Dratch, Andrea Martin, James Urbaniak, and Tracee Chimo had all been cast in the series, with Martin portraying Klausner's mother.[8] In November 2014, Hulu had acquired the series, with a straight-to-series order.[9] In March 2015, Gabourey Sidibe and Cole Escola were cast in recurring roles.[10]

In March 2017, John Cho joined the cast of the series.[11]


Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05) September 16, 2015 (2015-09-16)
2 10 July 12, 2016 (2016-07-12) September 6, 2016 (2016-09-06)
3 10 August 8, 2017 (2017-08-08) TBA

Season 1 (2015)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 1 "Library Water" Andrew Fleming & Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)
Billy and Julie come up with an entrepreneurial scheme to sell bottled library water-fountain water and Julie gets in trouble for a controversial tweet.
2 2 "Devil's Three Way" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)
Julie seeks out an old high-school crush and brings him to bed with her and Arthur. Meanwhile, Billy finds a father figure in Denise's husband, Nate.
3 3 "Pledge Week" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 12, 2015 (2015-08-12)
Billy hits it off with a new man, only to find out he is a "participator". Meanwhile, Julie's home-life crumbles as Arthur cracks under the pressure of the PBS pledge drive.
4 4 "The Courage of a Soldier" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 19, 2015 (2015-08-19)
Billy visits his very Jewish brother for Yom Kippur dinner and Julie attempts to befriend a veteran to prove to Marilyn's surrogate daughter that she is charitable.
5 5 "The Children's Menu" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26)
While Billy's boss is out of town, Billy and Julie overhaul the café menu with children's cuisine at adult prices.
6 6 "Even Later" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner September 2, 2015 (2015-09-02)
Billy and Julie prepare a portfolio for a writing job, but find it easier to procrastinate than write.
7 7 "Premium Membership" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)
Billy and Julie decide to create their own podcast, but it proves more difficult than anticipated; Billy has some unexpected fun at the indoor dog park.
8 8 "Difficult Christmas" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner September 16, 2015 (2015-09-16)
Julie and Billy book a gig at The Cutting Room, but Billy's newfound obligation to family threatens to compromise their big break.

Season 2 (2016)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original release date
9 1 "Unplugged" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner July 12, 2016 (2016-07-12)
Julie tries to fit in with a group of powerful TV writers as Billy attempts to get used to being his rich boyfriend's (John Mulaney) kept man; Marilyn creates a video will.
10 2 "Kessler Epstein Foundation" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner July 12, 2016 (2016-07-12)
Billy and Julie try to create their own version of the ice bucket challenge in hopes of becoming famous.
11 3 "Italian Pinata" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner July 19, 2016 (2016-07-19)
Mistaken perceptions about heritage and sexual orientation leads to Julie and Billy living double lives in New Jersey.
12 4 "Blade Stallion" Neil Daly Julie Klausner & Scott King July 26, 2016 (2016-07-26)
Time alone become elusive after Julie is caught watching porn and Billy's brother (Fred Armisen) moves in with him.
13 5 "Patches" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 2, 2016 (2016-08-02)
Problems at Billy's apartment lead to him staying with Marilyn; a misunderstanding results in Julie landing a part on a TV show.
14 6 "36 Candles" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 9, 2016 (2016-08-09)
As her birthday gets closer, Julie discovers that she enjoys her mom's company when they are drinking; Billy tries to date a guy he met through an app.
15 7 "Carter" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 16, 2016 (2016-08-16)
Inspired by the success of Hamilton, Billy and Julie want to write and star in their own historical musical.
16 8 "Hashtag Cats" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 23, 2016 (2016-08-23)
Billy and Julie gain their first famous fan, who tries to help them sell a sketch show to a TV network.
17 9 "Cedar Cove" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 30, 2016 (2016-08-30)
When Julie gets sick and Billy is cast in a children's TV show, they jeopardize their chance at becoming fashion elites.
18 10 "High Alert" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner September 6, 2016 (2016-09-06)
Julie writes a personal essay about 9/11 that is optioned for a movie; Billy helps with preparations for Matthew's wedding.

Season 3 (2017)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original release date
19 1 "Passover Bump" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 8, 2017 (2017-08-08)
Julie and Billy get community service after disrupting the CBS live presentation of Bazinga in the Park with George. Julie gets a new meditation app when she is denied antidepressants to survive her family's Passover seder. Billy gets a job as a warmup comic for Larry Wilmore's new show.
20 2 "Strike Rat" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 8, 2017 (2017-08-08)
Julie gets cast in Woody Allen's new Amazon TV series. Billy and Marilyn get involved in Mike Pence's gay conversion program. Matthew's ex-wife (Vanessa Williams) visits.
21 3 "Code Change" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 8, 2017 (2017-08-08)
Julie decides she has an addiction to her mother, and treats it by joining AA. Billy helps his sister-in-law Rachel exorcise a Jewish demon from her basement. Arthur experiences frustration in the bedroom and at work, and takes both into his own hands.
22 4 "Rabbitversary" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 15, 2017 (2017-08-15)
Alone for the weekend, Julie hires a creepy handyman (Chris Elliott) who overstays his welcome. Meanwhile, Billy feuds with an advertising exec (John Cho), and Marilyn gets a book deal from a patient's mother (Lucy Liu).
23 5 "Cindarestylox" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)
Julie gets a sketchy Botox treatment that freezes her face in a smile. She's amazed by how much better people treat her and attempts to exploit that.
24 6 "Bernie and Blythe" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)
Julie and Arthur stumble into sexual roleplay, while Billy worries he’s been miscast as a supportive spouse at Todd’s work parties. Meanwhile, Julie’s dogs become social media stars without Julie’s consent, and Marilyn re-unites with a former lover (John Turturro) from her free-spirited youth.
25 7 "Fuzz Buddies" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05)
Lifelong dreams come true when Julie gets hired to write on a TV show, Micky Dolenz answers Billy’s childhood fan letter, and Marilyn throws herself a Bat Mitzvah.
26 8 "Criminal Minds" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King September 12, 2017 (2017-09-12)
Julie “Yes And’s” her way into a corner with her former improv teammates and ends up being caught in a significant lie. Billy and Todd can’t fall asleep in the same bed together. Meanwhile, Arthur uncovers a secret at work, and Marilyn and Matthew bond.
27 9 "Sweet Tea" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King September 19, 2017 (2017-09-19)
Julie considers trading her showbiz dreams for a life of happy crafting as Billy sickens of New York City. Arthur is over his job, and Marilyn experiences writer’s block. Meanwhile a visit from Lola’s sorority may hold the answer to all of their problems.
28 10 "TBA" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)


Difficult People has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, gave the first season an 85% approval rating and an average rating of 8 out of 10, sampled from reviews from 20 critics. The site's consensus reads, "Difficult People makes the unlikable likable with mean-spirited, unhappy characters who still can't help but amuse."[12] On Metacritic, the first season holds a rating of 76 out of 100, based on 12 critics' reviews, implying "generally favorable reviews".[13]


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