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, and the second season premiered on July 12, 2016.
|Created by||Julie Klausner|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||18 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–30 minutes|
|Original release||August 5, 2015– present|
- 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.
- Derrick Baskin as Nate, co-owner with his wife Denise of the cafe where Billy works
- Gabourey Sidibe as Denise, co-owner with her husband Nate of the cafe where Billy works
- Shakina Nayfack as Lola, a co-worker at the cafe where Billy works
- Tracee Chimo as Gaby, Arthur's boss
- Fred Armisen as Garry Epstein, Billy's brother
- Jackie Hoffman as Rachel Epstein, Garry's wife
- John Cho as Todd, Billy's boyfriend.
- Martin Short as himself
- Nate Corddry as Brian Walsh, Julie's high school crush
- Kate McKinnon as Abra Cadouglas, a former alcoholic turned magician
- John Benjamin Hickey as Fred, a date of Billy's who turns out to be a "participator"
- Maria Thayer as Nicole, a psychology student who Marilyn idolizes
- Kathy Najimy as Carol Donato, a friend of Marilyn's
- Amy Sedaris as Rita, a salesperson at a sporting goods store
- Malina Weissman as Renee Epstein
- Ana Gasteyer as a woman with damaged eyebrows who Julie and Billy meet at a diner
- Seth Meyers as a conman who hooks up with Billy
- Kathie Lee Gifford as herself
- Esther Povitsky as Cissy Donato, a millennial nuisance
- Debbie Harry as a mysterious woman
- Tina Fey as herself
- Sandra Bernhard as Lilith Feigenbaum
- John Mulaney as Cecil Jellford, a date of Billy's who turns out to be an old-timey
- Nathan Lane as himself
- Austin Pendleton as the director of a children's TV series
- Nyle DiMarco as Doug, Billy's deaf date
- John Early as Mickey, Doug's interpreter
- Lin-Manuel Miranda as himself
- Luann de Lesseps as herself
- Sonja Morgan as herself
- Kate Pierson as herself
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. 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. In November 2014, Hulu had acquired the series, with a straight-to-series order. In March 2015, Gabourey Sidibe and Cole Escola were cast in recurring roles.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||August 5, 2015||September 16, 2015|
|2||10||July 12, 2016||September 6, 2016|
Season 1 (2015)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Library Water"||Andrew Fleming & Jeffrey Walker||Julie Klausner||August 5, 2015|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|9||1||"Unplugged"||Jeffrey Walker||Julie Klausner||July 12, 2016|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Julie writes a personal essay about 9/11 that is optioned for a movie; Billy helps with preparations for Matthew's wedding.|
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." On Metacritic, the first season holds a rating of 76 out of 100, based on 12 critics' reviews, implying "generally favorable reviews".
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