|Created by||Francesca Delbanco|
|Music by||Michael Andrews|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||27–32 minutes|
|Original network||Apple TV+|
|Original release||May 24, 2023 –|
Platonic is an American comedy television series created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller that premiered on Apple TV+ on May 24, 2023.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Pilot"||Nicholas Stoller||Francesca Delbanco & Nicholas Stoller||May 24, 2023|
|While looking on social media, Sylvia sees that her old friend Will is getting a divorce. They were previously close, but had not spoken after Sylvia told Will that she did not like his wife, Audrey. Will and Sylvia meet for coffee, and Sylvia pretends she does not know about his divorce. Will invites her to attend a party at his bar, which she attends with her friend Katie. Will confronts Audrey, who has shown up at his bar, and Sylvia takes him to grab another drink. They reminisce about their former friendship, but Will becomes angry when he realizes that Sylvia knew about his divorce. They angrily leave, but end up texting each other when they get home and make plans to meet again.|
|2||"Gandalf the Lizard"||Nicholas Stoller||Ron Weiner||May 24, 2023|
|Sylvia and Charlie discuss moving to a new house, and Sylvia books an appointment to see a house with her realtor. Will calls to say she left her credit card at his bar, and he brings it to her house. After he helps her fix her toilet, she asks him to come to the house showing. He arrives, pretending to be a contractor, but tells Sylvia that she should not buy the house, which is a former senior assisted-living facility. Sylvia convinces Will to drive to Audrey's house to retrieve some of his stuff. She crawls in through the dog door, but they are confronted by Audrey. They leave, but Sylvia steals Will's pet bearded dragon, Gandalf. Sylvia agrees to take care of Gandalf and brings him to her children as a new pet, despite Charlie's protests, but she does not tell them he belonged to Will and the children name him "Jessipa."|
|3||"Partner's Retreat"||Nicholas Stoller||Guy Endore-Kaiser||May 24, 2023|
|Sylvia and Charlie go to a work event for partners in Charlie's firm. Sylvia, having traded her law career to spend time with her children, feels inadequate. Sylvia meets with Will, who encourages her to assert herself. They get drunk at a cheesy, Johnny Rockets-like chain restaurant which Sylvia loves, and she suggests Will market Lucky Penny's beer to the chain. When Charlies's boss reintroduces himself to her, Sylvia threatens to eat his speech if he can't remember her name, which she does when he cannot. Charlie is embarrassed, but Sylvia and Will laugh about the incident.|
|4||"Divorce Party"||Francesca Delbanco||Brittany Miller||May 31, 2023|
|After attending a party for her divorced friend, Sylvia throws a similar party for Will. They get very drunk, and Will convinces her to do cocaine with his friends. However, the coke is laced with ketamine, causing Sylvia to panic. They end up at Will's apartment. Sylvia returns home to an unhappy Charlie, and Will texts a girl that he previously hooked up with.|
|5||"My Wife's Boyfriend"||Francesca Delbanco||Andrew Gurland||June 7, 2023|
|Will continues to see Peyton, and they make things official. Charlie and his work friends begin referring to Will as his "wife's boyfriend." Charlie attempts to bond further with Will by taking him to a baseball game. They get drunk and have a great time, and Will tells Charlie about his relationship with Peyton. They later go back to Lucky Penny, and invite Sylvia along. Everyone has a fun time until it slips that Will has a girlfriend and Sylvia grills him for not telling her about his relationship. As the argument escalates, Will gets a piece of glass in his hand and must go to the ER. Later, at their respective homes, Will affirms his affection for Peyton and Charlie confesses to Sylvia that he is jealous of the time she spends with Will.|
|6||"The Big Two Six"||Francesca Delbanco||Justin Nowell||June 14, 2023|
|Sylvia gets a job at Kurt Friedken's law firm. She also meets Peyton, and Will presses Sylvia to admit she does like her. However, when she learns that Peyton is a babysitter, she hires Peyton to babysit her children while she's at work. Sylvia accidentally sends mixed signals to Peyton about Will's intentions, and Peyton overreacts. Later, Peyton throws her twenty-sixth birthday party at Lucky Penny and Will suddenly feels awkward dating her. He breaks up with her and she insults him.|
|7||"Let the River Run"||Nicholas Stoller||Francesca Delbanco||June 21, 2023|
|Sylvia begins her job at the law firm. Charlie's colleagues express doubt that Sylvia, who is in her early forties, can keep up with the demands of associate-level law work. Indeed, she finds herself struggling with the workflow and quickly alienates her young colleagues with various social faux-pas. While working late, she falls asleep, accidentally damaging a portrait of Kurt. Will uses his ex-wife Audrey's connections with an eccentric artist to repair the painting. While waiting for the painting, Will and Sylvia go to Lucky Penny. There, will learns that his partners at Lucky Penny have created a hard kombucha called "Da Booch" without him, that Peyton now works at Lucky Penny and that Andy has been dating Sylvia's friend Katie. They retrieve the painting, upon which the painter has drawn a penis. Sylvia attempts to feign ignorance the next day, but security footage reveals her part in the incident and she is fired instantly.|
|8||"San Diego"||Nicholas Stoller||Francesca Delbanco||June 28, 2023|
This episode's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. (July 2023) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)Sylvia avoids telling Charlie she was fired for several days, hanging out at Lucky Penny with Will instead. She finally tells Charlie, whose words of support do not make her feel comforted. She goes on a trip to San Diego with Will, Katie and the Lucky Penny team to meet with Johnny Rev, the owner of the establishment that is offering to carry Lucky Penny's beer. The partners are hesitant to let Will talk business, but he impresses Johnny Rev with his business acumen. However, Johnny Rev tries to kiss Sylvia; when she rebuffs him, he scolds and humiliates her. His behaviour becomes increasingly belligerent until Will stands up for Sylvia, getting the group kicked out of the house and squashing the deal. Andy proposes to Katie. Back at his office, Charlie discovers through their shared photo app that Sylvia had been hanging out at Lucky Penny in the week after being fired, and Vanessa discovers through social media stalking that Gandalf the lizard originally belonged to Will, which Sylvia had concealed from her family.
|9||"Slumber Party"||Nicholas Stoller||Francesca Delbanco||July 4, 2023|
This episode's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. (July 2023) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)While working late, Charlie gets drunk with another longtime partner, Vanessa. They begin dancing and eventually dry-hump before awkwardly parting. Charlie confesses the incident to Sylvia, who is hurt. Sylvia has Will over and the two get high, play video games and watch YouTube videos all night. He suggests Sylvia renovate their aging garage. Will tries to talk to his partners about cutting him into the "Da Booch" business. He comes over to help survey the garage but quickly discovers that it's profoundly damaged. A panic ensues and the garage collapses. Charlie confronts Will and Sylvia, and Will angrily tells Sylvia to deal with her own issues. Charlie confesses his own jealousy at not being the most important man in her life, and promises the incident with Vanessa had nothing to do with her. They agree to move forward. At the bar, Will is confronted by his business partners and a lawyer, who want him to sell his share of the business and leave. Will vows to not leave.
|10||"When Will Met Sylvia"||Nicholas Stoller||Francesca Delbanco||July 12, 2023|
|Sylvia and Charlie, having reconciled, purchase a new home. They throw a housewarming party, which Will attends. He and Sylvia think they see a UFO, but Will causes a scene and he and Sylvia argue. Andy and Katie ask Sylvia to plan their wedding. She is contacted by someone investigating accusations against Johnny Rev for inappropriate behaviour. Sylvia informs Will that Johnny Rev has been ousted and his VP Jenna, who had taken a liking to Will, is now CEO of the company. She convinces him to go to San Diego and talk about a potential job. Will is offered the job and reluctantly realizes he will have to move to San Diego. A year later, Sylvia is a successful event planner and has planned a beautiful wedding for Katie and Andy. Will arrives with Jenna, and he reveals that they are now engaged. He and Sylvia reminisce about the importance of their friendship and how it helped them through a difficult time.|
On October 15, 2020, Apple TV+ gave the production a series order consisting of 10 half-hour long episodes. The series is created by Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco who also serve as executive producers alongside Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, and Conor Welch; Stoller also directed the series. Stoller Global Solutions and Sony Pictures Television are producing the series.
Upon series order announcement, Byrne and Rogen were also cast in undisclosed starring roles. On May 5, 2022, Luke Macfarlane, Tre Hale, Carla Gallo, and Andrew Lopez joined the main cast. On June 29, 2022, Alisha Wainwright, Guy Branum, Janet Varney, Emily Kimball, and Vinny Thomas were cast in recurring roles.
Filming began by May 2022, with production taking place in Los Angeles.
Platonic was released on Apple TV+ on May 24, with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest releasing on a weekly basis until July 12.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with an average rating of 7.5/10, based on 50 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Even with bold swings and romance off the table, the rambunctious rapport between Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen makes Platonic an ideal relationship comedy." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 75 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times gave the series 3.5 out of 4 stars and described as "clever, funny, insightful and immediately addictive..." Cindy White of The A.V. Club gave the series a B+ and said, "Platonic doesn't break any molds, but it's nice to see another example of a breezy comedy that's not afraid to let its characters be human and even unlikable at times.