Strangers (2017 TV series)

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Strangers
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Genre
Created byMia Lidofsky
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Jesse Peretz
  • Mia Lidofsky
  • Michael B. Clark
  • Alex Turtletaub
  • Amy Emmerich (season 1)
  • Shannon Gibson (season 1)
  • Stone Roberts (season 1)
  • M. Blair Brown (season 2)
  • Neena Beber (season 2)
Producers
  • Sara Murphy (season 1)
  • Jason Baum (season 1)
  • David Bausch (season 2)
  • Ryan Cunningham (season 2)
Cinematography
  • Hillary Spera
  • Anne Etheridge
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time12–27 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original network Facebook Watch
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 4, 2017 (2017-09-04) 
August 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)
External links
Official website

Strangers is an American comedy-drama series created by Mia Lidofsky that premiered on September 4, 2017 on Facebook Watch. The series stars Zoë Chao and Meredith Hagner and is executive produced by Lidofsky, Jesse Peretz, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub, M. Blair Brown, and Neena Beber.

Contents

Premise

The first season follows "Isobel, a young woman living in Los Angeles who rents out her extra room on Airbnb. She finds herself in need of extra cash after boyfriend moves out when she cheats on him with a woman. As she struggles to make sense of her shifting sexuality, an eccentric cast of characters rotate through her house, bringing both inconveniences and unexpected wisdom." [1]

The second season follows Isobel as she "switches from host to renter when she moves across the country with her best friend, Cam. On the cusp of 30 and now living in NYC, it's Isobel's year to explore the many different paths to adulthood, starting with a new neighborhood each episode. As a woman living fully in the bi-sphere - bisexual, biracial, and now bi-coastal - Isobel is saying yes to life and asking the most difficult question: where do you belong when you’re in between everything?" [2]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 7September 4, 2017 (2017-09-04)October 9, 2017 (2017-10-09)
2 10June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24)August 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)

Season 1 (2017)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Honeymooners"Mia LidofskyMia Lidofsky, Chad Hartigan, & Zoë ChaoSeptember 4, 2017 (2017-09-04)
22"Tinder Hearts"Mia LidofskyMia Lidofsky & Jim StrouseSeptember 4, 2017 (2017-09-04)
33"Water Into Wine"Mia Lidofsky & Celia Rowlson-Hall Mia Lidofsky & Jim StrouseSeptember 11, 2017 (2017-09-11)
44"Couples Counseling"Mia LidofskyMia Lidofsky & Jim StrouseSeptember 18, 2017 (2017-09-18)
55"Hot Set"Celia Rowlson-HallMia Lidofsky & Jim StrouseSeptember 25, 2017 (2017-09-25)
66"Getaway"Mia LidofskyMia Lidofsky & Jim StrouseOctober 2, 2017 (2017-10-02)
77"Homeless"Mia LidofskyMia Lidofsky & Jim StrouseOctober 9, 2017 (2017-10-09)

Season 2 (2018)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
81"The Big (Gr)apple"Mia LidofskyEmma FletcherJune 24, 2018 (2018-06-24)
92"Open Mari(age)" Neena Beber & Mia LidofskyMia LidofskyJuly 1, 2018 (2018-07-01)
103"Maskulinity" Darnell Martin Sonia DenisJuly 8, 2018 (2018-07-08)
114"The Disappearance of Katia Romaine"Celia Rowlson-HallEmma FletcherJuly 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)
125"Big Little Chill"Celia Rowlson-HallHannah Bos & Paul ThureenJuly 22, 2018 (2018-07-22)
136"Smash the Plate-triarchy" Jesse Peretz Jenny ZhangJuly 29, 2018 (2018-07-29)
147"West Side Highway"Mia LidofskyHannah Bos & Paul ThureenAugust 5, 2018 (2018-08-05)
158"First Skate"Darnell MartinBrittani NicholsAugust 12, 2018 (2018-08-12)
169"Spun and Done"Jesse PeretzNeena BeberAugust 19, 2018 (2018-08-19)
1710"The Impossibility of Forever?"Mia LidofskyStory by: Mia Lidofsky & Katie O'Hanlon
Teleplay by: Katie O'Hanlon
August 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)

Production

Development

On May 2, 2016, Refinery29 announced during its Digital Content NewFronts presentation that they were producing the series in association with Beachside Productions. The series was expected to be written and directed by Mia Lidofsky and executive produced by Jesse Peretz. [3]

Following the series debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017, Lidofsky continued to try and figure out how to get the show launched and distributed. That spring, Facebook became aware of the series and soon acquired its already produced first season. [4] On June 26, 2017, it was announced that the series had been acquired by Facebook Watch and that it would premiere with the launch of the service in late 2017. [5]

On October 17, 2017, it was reported that Facebook had renewed the series for a second season consisting of ten episodes to premiere in 2018. The runtime of each episode was expected to expand from 15 minutes in length to a more standard TV half-hour (between 20 minutes and 25 minutes). [6] [7]

Filming

Principal photography for season two of the series was expected to begin in late March 2018. [4]

Release

Marketing

On January 20, 2017, a trailer for the first season was released. [8]

Premiere

On January 22, 2017, the series premiered its first three episodes at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. [9] On July 15, 2017, the series held its official west coast premiere at Outfest in Los Angeles, California where the entire series was screened as part of the film festival's centerpiece screening series. [10]

On June 26, 2018, the series held its second season premiere at The William Vale hotel in New York City, New York. [11] On July 19, 2018, the west coast premiere of the second season is scheduled to be held during Outfest in Los Angeles, California. The first two episodes of season two are set to be screened and will be followed with a question-and-answer session with the cast and crew. [2]

Reception

Strangers has been met with a positive reception from critics upon its release. Mashable critic Laura Prudom claimed that "if you haven't discovered Strangers yet, you're in for a treat." [12] The Knockturnal critic Ivan De Luce praised the show for exploring sexuality in a "fresh way" and that "Unlike other shows about youth, Strangers steers clear of characters who mope about the pointlessness of life, and instead focuses on the positive, namely the many relationships that help us through life’s struggles. As a result, Strangers exudes warmth." [13]

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