|Based on||Free Agents by Chris Niel|
|Developed by||John Enbom|
|Theme music composer||Eli "Paperboy" Reed|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (4 aired online)|
|Camera setup||Videotape; Single-camera|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 14, 2011 –|
January 16, 2012
|Related shows||Free Agents (UK Original)|
Free Agents is an American sitcom television series that premiered on NBC September 14, 2011, in the 10:30 pm Eastern/9:30 pm Central time slot, before assuming its regular time slot on September 21, 2011, where it aired at 8:30 pm Eastern/7:30 pm Central on Wednesday nights. It is based on the British comedy series of the same name that was created by Chris Niel, who also serves as co-creator and producer on this version with John Enbom, Karey Burke, Todd Holland, and Kenton Allen for Big Talk Productions, Dark Toy Productions and Universal Television. This show was the last series to be produced by Universal Media Studios during the revival of Universal Television.
The series followed the lives of two public relations executives at an advertising firm in Portland, Oregon: Alex Taylor (Hank Azaria), who is recently divorced, and Helen Ryan (Kathryn Hahn), a woman trying to move on after the death of her fiancé. They discover that they seem to have an attraction for each other, and have a drunken one-night stand, but try to stay professional at work, where their friends will do anything to get them to re-enter the dating scene.
Cast and characters
- Hank Azaria as Alex Taylor
- Kathryn Hahn as Helen Ryan
- Mo Mandel as Dan Mackey
- Natasha Leggero as Emma Parker
- Al Madrigal as Gregg
- Joe Lo Truglio as Walter
- Anthony Head as Stephen Yates
Development and production
NBC took interest in this project after Executive Producer Todd Holland began developing the American adaptation with the UK's original writer Chris Niel and producers Nira Park, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice in September 2010. They also made changes to the workplace setting from talent agents in the British version to PR executives for American viewers, after NBC greenlit the pilot in February 2011.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Todd Holland||John Enbom||September 14, 2011||101||6.12|
|2||"What I Did for Work"||Peter Lauer||Ira Ungerleider||September 21, 2011||103||3.86|
|3||"Dr. Hu"||Todd Holland||Diane Ruggiero||September 28, 2011||102||3.07|
|4||"Rebranding"||Millicent Shelton||John Enbom||October 5, 2011||104||3.25|
|5||"Nice Guys Finish...At Some Point"||Michael Engler||Emily Cutler||January 16, 2012Hulu) (unaired on NBC)(on||105||TBA|
|6||"Are You There, Helen? It's Me, God"||Bryan Gordon||Alexa Junge||January 16, 2012Hulu) (unaired on NBC)(on||106||TBA|
|7||"The Kids Are Probably All Right"||Todd Holland||Jill Cargerman||January 16, 2012Hulu) (unaired on NBC)(on||107||TBA|
|8||"Sexin' the Raisin"||Kevin Dowling||Jon Silberman & Josh Silberman||January 16, 2012Hulu) (unaired on NBC)(on||108||TBA|
|No.||Title||Air date||18-49 rating||Viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||September 14, 2011||2.1||6.12|
|2||"What I Did For Work"||September 21, 2011||1.3||3.86|
|3||"Dr. Hu"||September 28, 2011||1.0||3.07|
|4||"Rebranding"||October 5, 2011||1.0||3.25|
Broadcast by TV Séries in Portugal 4 weeks after the US air date.
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- TV Ratings Wednesday: 'X Factor' No Idol; 'Modern Family' Premieres Big; 'Revenge' Gets Nice Start; 'CSI' > 'SVU', TV By the Numbers, September 22, 2011
- TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Suburgatory' Gets A Good Start; 'X Factor' Leads Fox Win, As Post-Premiere Declines Vary, TV By the Numbers, September 29, 2011
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