Six Reasons To Celebrate 'BFF Day' With NBC's Best Friends Forever
Stephen Schneider, Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Luka Jones and Dajia Owens of NBC's 'Best Friends Forever' -- NBC
Calling all comedy fans - listen up! After airing only four episodes of "Best Friends Forever," NBC gave the heartwarming new series the dreaded premature axe.
Penned and performed with love by writer/actresses Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, the sitcom (directed and executive produced by Fred Savage) follows 30-something Jessica Black (St. Clair) as she scrambles to cope with an unexpected divorce by moving back in with her best friend Lennon White (Parham) and Lennon's boyfriend Joe, (Luka Jones).
With its quick-witted banter and comedic chemistry reminiscent of Ethel and Lucy, "Best Friends Forever" garnered a loyal (and very vocal!) fan base during its unfortunately brief run, immediately spawning a #SAVEBFF Twitter campaign upon news of its cancellation.
Here's where you come in, my beloved comedy connoisseurs: At 8 PM on Friday, affectionately dubbed "BFF Day" by the fans, not only will you get the chance to watch the final two unaired episodes, you can join in the effort to spark a ratings jump that will either a) cause NBC to give the show another chance, or B) catch the eye of another genius network who will jump in and demand more of Jessica and Lennon's brilliance (e.g., how TBS swooped in to save "Cougar Town" after ABC pulled the plug).
For those of you who missed the first four shows (watch them on HULU now!), here are six (of roughly 752) reasons why "BFF" deserves to stay.
1) The Best Friend Factor
As real life best friends, comedy goddesses Jessica and Lennon - both alumni of the famed Upright Citizens Brigade - perfectly capture the chemistry/inside-jokiness/painfully honest bond forged only by true, time-tested friendship. It's that loving, hard-earned comfort where you can freely thrust a piece of gum into your BFF's face while muttering, "Trust me," or casually say, "Honey boo boo child, let me introduce you to a thing called facial hair bleach," without the fear of any hard feelings.
By now, Jess and Lenn may have grown slightly weary of hearing, "OMG, your show is literally just like watching me and my best friend!!!" but I'm going say it again anyway, girls, so prepare yourselves.
My BFF happened to have early access to the pilot and first few episodes of this show. For months prior to "BFF's" April debut, my ears were constantly bombarded with, "I literally CANNOT WAIT for you to see this show. It's us! I DIE. You will love it."
And, no shock here, my BFF was right - it's literally like someone installed a creepy cam on my beloved best friend and I during any one of our roughly 42 daily (and of course, hilarious) conversations. Trust me, "Best Friends Forever" will have you wondering if you and your bestie were secretly creepy-cam'd too - in a good way!
2) The Writing
Exhibit A: After an ill-timed lockout from their Brooklyn apartment in episode 3, Lennon gets stuck hanging precariously from a rusted fire escape, while Jessica watches from the street below, horrified.
Forced to run (literally) to the local firehouse for help, the newly single and emotionally fragile Jessica -- clad in a hoodie and "Harvey Rothman's bar mitzvah boxers" (ouch, not anyone's best look, much less sexy fireman bait) pleads with the still-dangling Lennon to help her make the outfit "better."