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Friends with Benefits

Friends with BenefitsNetwork: NBC
Episodes: 13 but only 12 aired (half-hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: August 5, 2011 — September 9, 2011
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Ryan Hansen, Danneel Harris, Zach Cregger, Andre Holland and Jessica Lucas.

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TV show description:
This sitcom follows a group of five men and women in their twenties as they try to figure out the confusing and sometimes rewarding world of dating. Though their lives may get hectic, they’re never too busy to be supportive to a member of the group. In fact, that companionship often extends into a more intimate setting — the bedroom.

Ben Lewis (Ryan Hansen) is on the hunt for the perfect woman who meets his impossible set of high standards. His best friend is Sara Maxwell (Danneel Harris), a busy young doctor. She’s just looking for a nice, compatible man to settle down with and raise a family. Ben and Sara have fallen into the habit of turning to each other for moral and physical support as they wait for Mr. and Ms. Right to arrive. Could the person of their dreams be closer than either one realizes?

Their friend Aaron Greenway (Zach Cregger) is a successful tech genius, a romantic at heart, and isn’t quite sure what to make of Ben and Sara’s complicated friendship. But then, he and smooth ladykiller Julian “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Andre Holland) and gorgeous, free-spirited Riley Elliott (Jessica Lucas), are all usually too distracted by their own dating trials and tribulations.

Series Finale

Episode 13 — The Benefit of Full Disclosure
Sara and Ben agree to go on a double date with other people, an attractive tennis couple Lucas and Tazzi (Justin Bruening and Azita Ghanizada). They later find out that, like them, the couple are sleeping together. They also find out that Lucas and Tazzi only go out on dates with other people to mock them later. Sara and Ben go out on a second double date with them so that they can turn the tables and reject Lucas and Tazzi.

Fitz and Aaron come up with a plan to get rid of Riley’s new guy, Clay (John Forest), who believes in being absolutely honest about everything. It backfires and Riley still likes the guy. In the process, Aaron mistakenly tells Fitz that Sara and Ben are sleeping together. Fitz goes to the restaurant and ruins Sara and Ben’s plan at the last minute.

Aaron comes clean to Riley about his feelings for her. She acknowledges that Clay is only for right now. She’s not ready for a serious relationship yet, like one that she would have with Aaron. In the final moments of the show Riley breaks up with Clay after he’s a little too honest for her.
This episode was directed by The Wonder Years vet Fred Savage.
First aired: released online only.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

oscar September 16, 2013 at 4:47 am

Revivan… Otro más q se topo con esto en netflix, está genial, q vuelvan


Anonymous August 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

Had this showed aired during the regular season it would have been successful. Great show. Bring it back!


Michelle January 5, 2013 at 2:31 am

Found this show n netflix! Really sad that there isnt a second season!!! This is an amazing hilerarious show!


Anonymous October 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Same here, make more please, I’m hooked!


Coffeemarc November 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

And….another Netflix find. Oh my God, this show is great! And NBC put it on…..Friday evenings? Let me see….the night the target audience is…not at home to watch tv? Really?
This show would have been gold for CBS on Monday nights. Figures…NBC had a truly great sitcom and gave it a terrible timeslot. Argh – what a waste…


Anonymous April 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Anyone who wants to try and bring it back, NBC takes opinions, suggestions, and comments about all of their shows. If you want more Friends with Benefits tell them here: … lets get a second season!


Sean November 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I too just found this on Netflix. Great show! I must have more, tell me what I gotta do to get more? The show is hilarious and has great messages about the crazy world of relationships. Aaron cracked me up consistently. Riley & Sara are both breathtakingly gorgeous! The entire cast made the show engaging and flow. So wish I could have more, and Vodka!


Gina October 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

I discovered this show on netflix… it is great! I wish they would have ended it properly or continued the show. I thought they had some great characters! My favorite was Aaron, the genius! He was sweet and hilarious! loved it… disappointed it is over.


Laura July 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

How can they leave us hanging like this? End it all of the sudden. They should have at least had a proper ending with closure. Hope a channel sponsors it!! Great show!


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