Jonathan Franzen

Old pals graduate to midlife crises in Netflix's 'Friends From College'

Old pals graduate to midlife crises in Netflix's 'Friends From College'

Into every generation a moment is born when its members realize that they are no longer young — no longer the Young People — and that they will grow old and die, etc. Some of them will be inspired to make movies and TV shows from this dark, hilarious realization: epics of midlife crisis, looking back, looking ahead.

"The Big Chill" most famously marked that passage for baby boomers, back in 1983. Now a new passel of performers — barely out of rompers when that film was released — have been assembled for "Friends From College," whose eight episodes premiere Friday on Netflix.

Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon and Jae...

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