'God Friended Me': Interesting Things About the Series
God Friended Me is a different kind of series that debuted on CBS on September 30. 2018. It is different because it is categorized as a comedy-drama. However, the storyline is very serious.
Co-producers Bryan Wynbrandt, 41, and Steven Lilien, 40, have been friends since they graduated from college over 20 years ago.
Seven years ago, Wynbrandt got a friend suggestion from someone on Facebook. He did not know the person. He wondered what would happen if God would send friend requests just to connect people so they could help each other. That was the inspiration for God Friended Me.
There is a mystery as to whether someone is sending the request pretending to be God. Throughout each episode, the suggested friend connects not only on the social media site but in real life in New York City with a real problem that needs to be solved.
CBS liked the idea for the series so much that the network ordered a full season of the show. The ratings have been impressive with an average of 8.5 million viewers for each of its first seven episodes that have already aired. Viewers have become attached to the series because the endings are always positive.
About the Main Characters
God Friended Me is a humorous drama about outspoken atheist Miles Finer, played by Brandon Micheal Hall. In the series, his father is a priest. In real life, he was raised by his mother who is a single parent and a preacher.
Hall studied drama and graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City in 2015. He began his acting career in 2016, just two years ago. That explains why he doesn't have many credits as an actor.
Cara Bloom is a journalist, played by Violette Beane. She was the second friend Miles was summoned to help. She was so thankful that she teamed up with Miles to help him find out who is behind the God account.
Rakesh Sehgal, played by Suraj Sharma, is a co-worker and friend of Miles who is also helping him get to the bottom of the friend suggestions on Facebook that is said to be coming from God whose profile photo is a cloud and his only like is nature.
Even though the series does not have an A-List cast, there is a familiar face. The only well-known actor is the Rev. Arthur Finer, played by Joe Moton. The 71-year-old actor played Olivia Pope's father on 76 episodes of Scandal from 2013 until it went off the air on April 19, 2018. Moton is a veteran actor whose career spans four decades since 1970.
Miles' life turned upside down after he started receiving friend suggestions on Facebook from God. At first, Miles thought it was a prank. Then he, Cara and Rakesh run around New York trying to find the source of the God Facebook account.
In the series, Miles stopped believing in God after his mother died of cancer. Now he speaks out about being an atheist on a podcast. He calls himself the Millenium Prophet.
In every one of the seven episodes that have aired so far, Miles has received friend requests that led him to help them. The beauty of the series is that viewers do not know what help the friends need or how Miles can help them until the end of the episodes. Therefore, each episode is a new case.
Once when Miles refused to accept a request, God unfriended him. Bad things began to happen to Miles until he friended God and began getting requests again.
"God Friended Me"
Problem and Solution
Dr. John Dove
Miles saved doctor from jumping in front of a train to commit suicide.
Cara was hit by car and was saved by doctor who attempted suicide earlier.
Mother couldn't connect with autistic son.
Miles helped autistic son connect with mother.
Not a person but a Taco truck
Boy steals Miles' wallet which connects him with a man who takes him in to keep him out of foster care.
Woman looks for friend she hadn't seen in 20 years.
Miles and his team connect the two friends.
Rachel was friend that Miles declined to accept.
Miles eventually helps Rachel deal with sister's death.
Muslim cab driver
Miles helps cab driver accept daughter's wish to marry a Jewish man.
Uncle Terrance (Only friend suggestion Miles knows)
Miles helps keep his uncle out of jail for embezzlement and from getting a divorce.
What Producers Want Viewers to Know
There are several things producers what viewers to know about the series that is getting a lot of attention.
- The show does not promote atheism. Miles is a self-proclaimed atheist. On the other hand, his father is a longtime Episcopalian priest. If one faith or lack of faith was promoted, then the other would be also. However, there is no promotion on either part.
- Even though the setting is the Episcopalian church, that particular church is not being promoted or frown upon. It is the setting because of the openness of the church to embrace social issues more than some of the other faiths.
- Real social issues are addressed only to start conversations among viewers. For instance, Miles' sister has a female partner. While that lifestyle is not promoted, the producers show how her minister father handled the news.
- Facebook gets its revenue from advertisements. The social media platform is seen throughout God Friended Me, but not in a way to advertise the social media site.
Should You Watch "God Friended Me"?
The producers know their series is not for everyone, but they advise people to watch at least one episode before mocking the show.
The acting from the main characters is believable even though getting a friend suggestion from God is farfetched.
The series airs on CBS at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights.