Easy (TV series)

Created by Joe Swanberg
Composer(s) Dan Romer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Chicago
Cinematography Eon Mora
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Netflix
  • Sparrow Grass
Original network Netflix
Original release
  • September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)

(Worldwide) – present

Easy is a comedy-drama anthology series written, directed, edited and produced by Joe Swanberg.[1] It consists of eight half-hour episodes.[2] The series is set in Chicago.[3] The first season was released on Netflix on September 22, 2016.[4]



In March 2016, it was announced Netflix had ordered a season of eight episodes, with Joe Swanberg writing and directing the series, with Michael Chernus, Marc Maron, Elizabeth Reaser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Johnson, Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Jane Adams, Hannibal Buress, Kiersey Clemons, Orlando Bloom, and Malin Åkerman starring.[5]


No. in
Title Starring Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Fucking Study"[6]Michael Chernus and Elizabeth ReaserJoe SwanbergJoe Swanberg22 September 2016 (2016-09-22)
2"Vegan Cinderella"[6]Kiersey Clemons, Jacqueline Toboni, and Jaz SinclairJoe SwanbergJoe Swanberg22 September 2016 (2016-09-22)
3"Brewery Brothers"[6]Evan Jonigkeit, Aya Cash, Dave Franco, and Zazie BeetzJoe SwanbergJoe Swanberg22 September 2016 (2016-09-22)
4"Controlada"[6]Aislinn Derbez, Raúl Castillo, and Mauricio OchmannJoe SwanbergJoe Swanberg22 September 2016 (2016-09-22)
5"Art and Life"[6]Marc Maron and Emily RatajkowskiJoe SwanbergJoe Swanberg22 September 2016 (2016-09-22)
6"Utopia"[6]Orlando Bloom, Malin Åkerman, and Kate MicucciJoe SwanbergJoe Swanberg22 September 2016 (2016-09-22)
7"Chemistry Read"[6]Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jane Adams, Michael Chernus, and Jake JohnsonJoe SwanbergJoe Swanberg22 September 2016 (2016-09-22)
8"Hop Dreams"[6]Hannibal Buress, Dave Franco, Zazie Beetz, Aya Cash, and Evan JonigkeitJoe SwanbergJoe Swanberg22 September 2016 (2016-09-22)


The first season of Easy received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 92% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.[7] On Metacritic, the season holds a rating of 74 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]


  1. Ariana Bacle. "Drinking Buddies filmmaker Joe Swanberg gets his own Netflix series". EW.
  2. Lesley Goldberg. "Mumblecore Master Joe Swanberg Sets Star-Studded Comedic Anthology Series at Netflix". Hollywood Reporter.
  3. Metz, Nina (September 22, 2016). "The TV Show that Joe Swanberg Wants to Do for the Rest of His Life". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  4. Petski, Denise (July 27, 2016). "'Black Mirror', 'One Day At A Time' & More Get Premiere Dates On Netflix – TCA". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  5. Andreeva, Nellie (March 14, 2016). "Netflix Sets Joe Swanberg Anthology Series 'Easy'". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Ben Travers (22 September 2016). "'Easy' Review: Grading Every Episode of Joe Swanberg's Profound New Netflix Series". IndieWire. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  7. "Easy: Season 1 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  8. "Easy: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
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