Go On (TV series)

Go On
Genre Sitcom
Created by Scott Silveri
Starring Matthew Perry
Laura Benanti
Julie White
Suzy Nakamura
Tyler James Williams
Brett Gelman
Sarah Baker
John Cho
Opening theme "Moves", by The New Pornographers (in the occasionally seen extended opening only).[1]
Composer(s) John Swihart
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Scott Silveri
Todd Holland (pilot)
Karey Burke
Cinematography Edward J. Pei
Editor(s) Daniel Gabbe
Pamela March
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 21–23 minutes
Production company(s) Silver & Gold Productions
Dark Toy Entertainment
Universal Television
Open 4 Business Productions
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release August 8, 2012 (2012-08-08) – April 11, 2013 (2013-04-11)
External links
Official website

Go On is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from August 8, 2012 to April 11, 2013. The series starred Matthew Perry as Ryan King, a sports talk radio host trying to move on from the death of his wife. Go On was created by Scott Silveri and was given a series order on April 20, 2012.[2] A preview episode aired following the Olympics coverage on August 8. The series premiered on September 11, 2012, in its normal Tuesday timeslot at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central after The Voice.[3]

On October 2, 2012, NBC ordered a full season of Go On, to contain 22 episodes.[2] On May 10, 2013, NBC announced that the show had been canceled.[4]

Cast and characters

Main cast

Recurring cast


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Todd HollandScott SilveriAugust 8, 2012 (2012-08-08)10116.10[10]
Ryan King is a sports talk radio host who thinks he is ready to get back to work after the death of his wife. Ryan reluctantly attends a grief support group his boss Steven insisted upon. Ryan's decision to come back to work early proves to be disastrous and he realizes that maybe group therapy is what he needs right now.
2"He Got Game, She Got Cats"Andy AckermanLesley Wake WebsterSeptember 11, 2012 (2012-09-11)1029.73[11]
Ryan encourages the group members to take action, starting with Sonia dumping her boyfriend Jason and getting another cat, "Fuzzy Jason," which triggers her cat-owning compulsion. George is devastated to learn his historic signed basketball is missing from its display case. And Ryan invades his personal assistant Carrie's personal time.
3"There's No 'Ryan' In Team"Todd HollandScott SilveriSeptember 18, 2012 (2012-09-18)1039.28[12]
Ryan upsets the group by ignoring them in front of his colleagues, though Steven sees he is making progress and encourages Ryan to socialize with the group, who all support Ryan for his 1:23 am flinch and a ceremony provided by his gardener.
4"Bench-Clearing Bawl"Jamie BabbitLiz BrixiusSeptember 25, 2012 (2012-09-25)1046.90[13]
Ryan has been trying to get into Jeremy Roenick's hockey games for years, but when Steven plays the dead-wife card to get an invitation Ryan doesn't know it is a sympathy gesture. Ryan agrees to help Anne by being her 'plus one' to a lesbian wedding. And Ryan has a breakdown after giving away Janie's sewing machine.
5"Do You Believe in Ghosts...Yes!"Michael EnglerMathew HarawitzOctober 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)1055.82[14]
Ryan hallucinates his dead wife Janie at home, prompting him to take better care of himself. Learning that Steven was dumped a month ago, Ryan determines to be his wingman but they have more fun just hanging out as friends. The group discover that Lauren has test anxiety and support her in taking the real estate agent exam.
6"Big League Chew"Millicent SheltonDennis McNicholasOctober 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)1066.65[15]
Ryan is in denial about his compulsive eating to deal with grief. Ryan tries to help Danny let go of the fantasy world he has created in his mind to escape to when reality is too difficult to confront.
7"Any Given Birthday"Kevin DowlingJon Pollack & Scott SilveriOctober 23, 2012 (2012-10-23)1076.12[16]
Ryan has never enjoyed his birthday even though Janie would often try to make them special for him. To try to help Ryan with his first birthday since the death of his wife Yolanda sets up a scavenger hunt based on Ryan's life for the group to participate in. Ryan agrees to let Sonia look after Steven who is recovering from a colonoscopy. Anne and Mr K discover a common passion for musicals.
8"Videogame, Set, Match"Todd HollandLesley Wake WebsterNovember 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)1086.09[17]
Ryan tries to take Owen under his wing but Owen's mother isn't certain Ryan is actually helping. Yolanda announces that she is ready to graduate from the group but changes her mind at the ceremony though she goes through with it because of the peer pressure to ensure Lauren doesn't see herself as a failure.
9"Dinner Takes All"Ken WhittinghamStory by: Liz Brixius
Teleplay by: Lesley Wake Webster
November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20)1106.20[18]
When Amy (Lauren Graham) pays a visit to her old college friends Ryan and Steven, the guys unexpectedly begin to compete for her affection. Meanwhile, Ryan invites the support group to the K-Bal offices for Thanksgiving, Lauren's qualifications are tested by Owen's mom and Anne's kids meet Ryan for the first time.
10"Back, Back, Back... It's Gone"Todd HollandDennis McNicholasNovember 27, 2012 (2012-11-27)1116.06[19]
When Ryan decides it's time to start dating again, Misty May-Treanor offers to help and invites him to play in a game of beach volleyball with her friends. Elsewhere, George outlives his doctors' predicted life expectancy for him and is ready to celebrate, and Danny develops feelings for Sonia.
11"The World Ain't Over 'Till It's Over"Kevin DowlingStory by: Seth Raab & Nicholas Darrow
Teleplay by: Mathew Harawitz
December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)1126.67[20]
When the group settles on a date for their holiday party, it happens to fall on what Mr. K believes will be the end of the world. Ryan invites Anne along on his annual trip to wine country with Steven and Lauren worries her boyfriend is ready to pop the question.
12"Win at All Costas"Michael LehmannStory by: Mathew Harawitz
Teleplay by: Seth Raab & Nicholas Darrow
January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)1094.29[21]
When Ryan is offered an audition with his idol Bob Costas, Mr K. finds a new purpose in life.
13"Gooooaaaallll Doll!"Todd HollandLesley Wake WebsterJanuary 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)1134.45[22]
Ryan decides to go back to dating. And get an unexpected competition with Shaun White by a woman Hannah (Nazanin Boniadi).
14"Comeback Player of the Year"Eric AppelJon Pollack & Scott SilveriJanuary 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)1143.97[23]
When Simone (Piper Perabo) - a former member of the group - returns seeking help, Ryan feels threatened and worried about his importance within the group.
15"Pass Interference"Jamie BabbitMathew Harawitz & Lesley Wake WebsterJanuary 29, 2013 (2013-01-29)1153.95[24]
After Ryan starts dating Simone, he is distracted by Janie's ghost who starts re-appearing during his & Simone's intimate moments. Meanwhile, the rest of the group decides to buy Lauren a wedding dress whilst relying on Owen to act as her body double.
16"Go Deep"Linda MendozaMathew Harawitz & Lesley Wake WebsterFebruary 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)1163.30[25]
Terrell Owens gets a temp job at K-Bal. Ryan, Simone & Mr. K go on a meditation retreat.
17"Ring and a Miss"Todd HollandBill Callahan & Dennis McNicholasFebruary 26, 2013 (2013-02-26)1173.17[26]
Ryan asks Simone to move in with him, although he finds it difficult to uphold her request to detach himself from his wedding ring.
18"Double Down"Michael LehmannSeth Raab & Nicholas DarrowMarch 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)1183.07[27]
Janie's life insurance check arrives. Ryan starts gambling again after Fausta takes him to a church bingo game. Ryan involves the rest of the group in his gambling addiction to the disapproval of Lauren. Anne dates a book store salesperson named Brittney (Annie Heise).
19"Go for the Gold Watch"Todd HollandStory by: Dennis McNicholas
Teleplay by: Bill Callahan & Mathew Harawitz
March 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)1192.87[28]
Ryan overtakes El Mandril in the ratings as the top radio show in LA but the success doesn't bring him happiness. Danny's divorce papers come through, and seeing an opportunity to help a friend as well as internal happiness, Ryan tries to pair Danny up with Sonia. Mr. K's compatibility algorithm for truesoulm8.com calculates that Lauren and Steven are a 99% match. Owen and Anne team up to find more about Mr. K's background and discover that he failed the read-through for the role of Wesley on Mr. Belvedere.
20"Matchup Problems"Beth McCarthy-MillerStory by: Bill Callahan
Teleplay by: Jon Pollack & Scott Silveri
March 26, 2013 (2013-03-26)1205.12[29]
Anne and Ryan compete for the affection of a widow, Talia (Courteney Cox). Yolanda goes on an Asian Christian Singles Cruise but isn't having much luck, so Lauren, via webcam, offers to be her wingman.
21"Fast Breakup"Eric AppelLesley Wake Webster & Matthew HarawitzApril 4, 2013 (2013-04-04)1212.45[30]
Discovering that Carrie has a crush on him, Ryan uses the K-BAL's mascot suit to avoid talking to her. The women of the group, along with Mr. K, throw Lauren a bachelorette party. Ryan tries to help Lauren break up with Wyatt but is swayed by Wyatt's charms and ends up singing with him and breaking bread. Carrie quits K-BAL in order to remove any conflict of a potential workplace relationship between herself and Ryan.
22"Urn-ed Run"Linda MendozaStory by: Bill Callahan
Teleplay by: Jon Pollack & Scott Silveri
April 11, 2013 (2013-04-11)1222.67[31]
Ryan spreads Janie's ashes at a bridge as Steven sings "I Got Shoes". Mr. K digs into it and reveals that Ryan actually spread pancake mix. The group admits that they have not progressed much in their respective issues and blame Lauren's ineffectiveness. Sonia and Yolanda take pity on Lauren and create a fake deceased patient to grieve over. Mr. K and Anne steal Janie's ashes, intending to scatter them at the bridge, but after a confrontation at a gas station the urn breaks. Ryan is upset by the location but Lauren helps him understand that Janie never wanted something perfect and extravagant, a callback to the flashbacks of Ryan & Janie's wedding, but something personal. In the end, Ryan ends up scattering the remains of Janie's ashes at a batting cage, where he took her to get away from the stress of the wedding.

    Development and production

    NBC ordered Go On to pilot in January 2012.[32] Matthew Perry was announced as the series' lead actor on March 1.[2][33] Creator Scott Silveri, who worked with Perry on Friends, claims he subconsciously wrote the part for him.

    On April 20, 2012, the pilot became the first of the 2012–13 American television season to gain a series order of thirteen episodes.[2] Go On aired its pilot on August 8, 2012, during the 2012 Summer Olympics, as a "sneak preview",[34] and was picked up for a full season of twenty-two episodes, on October 2, 2012.[2] Episode eight was originally scheduled for October 30, 2012 but was pre-empted by coverage of Hurricane Sandy.[35] The last two episodes were aired on Thursday unlike the other episodes which aired on Tuesday.[36]



    The series has received favorable reviews from critics. It holds a Metacritic score of 66/100, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[37] Verne Gay of Newsday gave the show a 5 star rating, noting, "The cast is good, even excellent. But Perry's the one who sells Go On."[38] David Hinckley of the New York Daily News described the show as "Maybe the best new sitcom of the fall."[39] Hank Stuever of the Washington Post praised the directing of the show, observing, "Go On moves quite breezily--much like an NBC-flavored take on premium cable dramadies such as The Big C and Enlightened. It's not as good as either of those, but it has the same happy-sad aura, with just a dash of Community-like absurdity to keep the speed limit up."[40]

    Several critics mentioned the show's resemblance to fellow NBC sitcom Community. Todd VanDerWerff of the The A.V Club said, "The show's weird similarities to Community distract".[41] Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix called the show "Community with Chandler Bing instead of the guy from The Soup."[42] James Poniewozik of Time described its premise as being "as much as possible like Community's without actually being Community".[43]


    Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
    (in millions)
    Date Premiere
    (in millions)
    Date Finale
    (in millions)
    Tuesday 9:00 pm (Episodes 1 – 20) Thursday 9:30 pm (Episodes 21 – 22)
    August 8, 2012
    April 11, 2013
    2.67[31] 2012–13 #74[44] 6.2[44]


    The series aired on Global in Canada, and was simulcast with the NBC airings.[45]


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