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Difficult People is an American dark comedy web television 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 Dark comedy
Created by Julie Klausner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 28 (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 22–29 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network Hulu
Original release August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05) – September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)
External links

On October 17, 2016, Hulu renewed the series for a 10-episode third season, which premiered on August 8, 2017.[4][5] On November 14, 2017, Hulu canceled the series after three seasons.[6]


Cast and charactersEdit


  • 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 Ellis Ross (season 2-3, 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




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) September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)

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 about Blue Ivy and R. Kelly.
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 "The Silkwood" Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)
Billy moves to Los Angeles with Julie's help. Marilyn writes a best-selling memoir, also with Julie's help. Changes at the cafe include a new waiter, and eventually, new ownership. Arthur's office in Florida meets an untimely demise.


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]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lockett, Dee (June 30, 2015). "Difficult People Teaser: Don't Invite Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner to Your Funeral". Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "'Difficult People' Renewed By Hulu For Season 2". Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ Pederson, Erik (April 4, 2016). "Hulu Makes Summer Dates With 'Casual', 'Difficult People' & 'East Los High'". Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (October 17, 2016). "'Difficult People' Renewed For Season 3 By Hulu". Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ Pederson, Erik (March 27, 2017). "Hulu Sets Summer Bows For 'Difficult People' Season 3, Trio Of Documentaries". Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (15 November 2017). "'Difficult People' Canceled at Hulu After Three Seasons". Variety. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 6, 2014). "Billy Eichner to Star in USA Comedy From Amy Poehler (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ Evans, Bradford (May 22, 2014). "Rachel Dratch, Andrea Martin, and James Urbaniak Join Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner's USA Pilot". Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "Billy Eichner Comedy From Amy Poehler Ordered Straight to Series at Hulu". Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ Bierly, Mandi (March 24, 2015). "Gabourey Sidibe Talks Joining Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner in Their Hulu Comedy Difficult People and Life Inside Empire". Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (March 22, 2017). "'Difficult People': John Cho Set To Recur In Season 3 Of Hulu Series". Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Difficult People Season 1 (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Difficult People: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 

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