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‘Easy’ Season 2 Review: Grading Every Episode of Joe Swanberg’s Intimate and Exciting Netflix Series

Joe Swanberg is back! After a fairly under-the-radar Season 1 release in September 2016, Season 2 got the similar low-key marketing treatment before dropping the first day of December.

But don’t take the lack of buzz as a lack of import. Season 1 asked a lot of valuable questions while delivering a beautiful and unique realization of modern Chicago. The anthology approach, with each episode functioning as a standalone short, helped cover a lot of cultural ground, and Season 2 continues that pattern in interesting ways.

While the episodes can certainly stand on their own, many bring back characters from Season 1. Context from earlier episodes isn’t prescient, but it does help, and just like last year, some stories are better than others.

To that end, IndieWire has reviewed each episode individually below and ranked them by their assigned grades. The season overall is strong; arguably stronger than the first, as Swanberg continues to perfect his approach to the medium. For TV fans, it’s intriguing to see how he plays with beginnings and endings; how he continues to tell some stories almost with the assumption there will be more in the future, while others end with the emphasis of a movie.

Swanberg’s further exploration evidently leads to greater success, so we’re already hoping for a Season 3. Until then, here are a few thoughts on the fascinating stories from these eight new episodes.

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Easy” Season 2. If you need a refresher on Season 1, our full review is here.]

8. “Baby Steps” (Episode 8)

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Starring: Kate Micucci, Megan Ferguson

The last episode of Season 1 gets off to a rocky start when Danny Masterson walks in the door, but it levels out nicely, essentially ending with a message that men are unnecessary annoyances, even in families. That’s great, and overall “Baby Steps” is an observant examination of loneliness, recuperation, and satisfaction, even if it’s a little too complacent to be affecting.

Annie (Kate Micucci) returns after her Season 1 introduction in Episode 6, “Utopia,” but her former threesome partners Malin Ackerman and Orlando Bloom are long gone. Now she’s facing a break-up (Masterson plays the boyfriend moving out of town), a job that forces her to constantly confront her delayed future plans (she wants a family), and a tricky balancing of healing and hiding through work.

Annie wants a kid, and she gets to pretend like she has one when she’s babysitting. Plus, she doesn’t have to deal with the problems associated with a relationship. Her boss, played by Megan Ferguson, is going through something much worse than Annie’s breakup, and how the two bond at episode’s end is a touching empathetic note, if not a particularly telling one. It’s nice that Annie is taking note of where she’s at, what she’s doing, and what she wants, but the episode is unclear about whether or not her choices are as innocent as they seem. Perhaps she’s using this family as a distraction from the difficulties of dating, or maybe it’s just the right situation for her right now. The latter is implied by the title, but any impact is deadened by a lack of strong choices.

Grade: C+

7. “Spent Grain” (Episode 4)

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Starring: Dave Franco, Zazie Beetz, Evan Jonigkeit, Aya Cash

Here’s where “Easy” Season 2 — and Joe Swanberg’s transition to TV — hit a bit of a speed bump. Brothers Jeff (Dave Franco) and Matt (Evan Jonigkeit), along with their wives Noelle (Zazie Beetz) and Sherri (Aya Cash), took up two full episodes in the first season, and those two episodes were top tier entries. This takes a bit of a step back, mainly because it feels like the start of something without a definitive ending. (There’s no second episode in Season 2.)

Picking up 10 years after the brothers started a brewery business together, the episode finds the two families even bigger than before. Both couples have kids. Both are living well and contemplating expansion. Jeff and Matt want to keep growing the brewery, but in different ways, while Noelle and Sherri are going into business themselves. A rift over how to make a mark in the Chicago beer world splits up the brothers, leaving Jeff all but abandoning his brother, and the women resolve not to operate like their incommunicative husbands.

If the ending was just a pause before Season 3 continued the story, fine. “Spent Grain” would still be a bit of a transitionary episode, but that’s OK when you’re telling an ongoing serialized story. Swanberg isn’t exactly doing that. Yes, stories from Season 1 continued in Season 2, but the other episodes found a more satisfying stopping point than this. They were still short films, or anthology episodes, or whatever we want to call self-contained narrative arcs. “Spent Grain” starts out like that before leaving Jeff and Matt’s relationship in tatters and Noelle and Sherri about to start something worth watching. Audiences need to see what happens next, and not just in the next 10 years, but immediately after all these big decisions.

(Or maybe I just desperately want to see Aya Cash kick some ass, and do not enjoy watching the otherwise awesome Dave Franco whine about artisanal beer.)

Grade: B-

6. “Conjugality” (Episode 5)

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Starring: Marc Maron, Jane Adams, Kate Berlant, Michaela Watkins

A simple but entertaining dissection of real and fake relationships, “Conjugality” finds author Jacob Malco (Marc Maron) beginning a publicity tour for the 20th anniversary of his breakout novel. More than willing to honestly shill for his work but utterly unwilling to engage with his publicist’s (Kate Berlant) crass ideas, Jacob has a choice to make: use his ex (upon which the book is based) to sell more copies, or respect the privacy of his alienated former girlfriend, Karen (Michaela Watkins).

Jacob being Jacob, he tries to thread the needle. After being not so stealthily conned into meeting with Karen, he’s sucked into a discussion of their past and what seems like an honest interest in rekindling their romance. But after the book’s publicity soars because the two are seen together, he trades his morals for another shot at fame.

Because obvious answers are so painfully present to the audience, “Conjugality” runs the risk of being a frustrating half-hour spent with a frustrating man. But Maron’s charming performance holds it together, along with another endearing turn from the always-welcome Michaela Watkins. Moreover, Swanberg does a nice job of framing Jacob as better than his baseless PR reps and Karen as better than him. You feel for Jacob even when he’s making the wrong choices, and that lends just enough pathos to make the episode as lightly satiric as it wants to be.

Grade: B

5. “Side Hustle” (Episode 3)

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Starring: Karley Sciortino, Odinaka Ezeokoli, Jane Adams

Karley Sciortino plays Sally, a writer who focuses mainly on relationships and sexuality in her work. Odinaka Ezeokoli plays Odinaka, a stand-up comedian who jokes about cultural disparity. His side gig is driving, be it for Uber or as a tour guide, and her side gig is prostitution.

Both characters provide a wide window into the city of Chicago. Karley meets some strange men with some strange requests. Her job never gets dangerous, but she does explain to a friend how she protects herself from violent johns. Odinaka sees even more people, albeit more briefly, as he drives them from destination to destination. Their conversations feed his sets just as her sexual escapades feed her writing.

Eventually, the two meet when he gives her a ride, and later their two friend groups come together randomly at a stand-up gig. But “Side Hustle isn’t a meet-cute or “Crash”-like story of connectivity. Swanberg blends the professions enough to show how their common goals blend together across jobs and emphasizes a perspective shift in general: We’re all just out there hustling for something. People just go about it differently.

Grade: B

4. “Package Thief” (Episode 1)

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Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Timothy Simons, Joe Lo Truglio, Lawrence Michael Levine

The funniest of the new episodes is also one of the few focusing on a new set of characters, which works out perfectly because it’s all about how a group dynamic can affect individual relationships. The happy residents of the “best” Chicago neighborhood are torn asunder when packages start going missing. They find out someone is stealing them, and the neighbors have to gather together to decide what to do.

Group plans turn to group texts, mass communication turns to mass confusion, and frustrations mount as the best intentions go ever-so-slightly awry. Swanberg frames the episode like a horror movie, but a funny horror movie. You know nothing is going to go wrong, but they don’t, and Swanberg pushes buttons both ways. Banal security camera footage gets paired with a “Psycho”-esque score of high strings, juxtaposing the easily excited suburbanites’ various overreactions with the underlying tension felt between neighbors, partners, and everyone else.

The cast thrives creating humorous archetypes everyone can recognize, with Joe Lo Truglio, Timothy Simons, and Aubrey Plaza all putting their best feet forward. (Lo Truglio makes the most of some great lines, Simons is a hilarious fast-talking worried dad, and Plaza’s sly, questioning looks at her neighbors are priceless.) Simple but effective, “Package Thief” starts the season off right.

(Bonus points, by the way, for two big background touches. First, for following up on last year’s best episode by giving us a glimpse of Gugu Mbatha-Raw in a TV show Plaza’s character is watching. Second, to whoever put Old Style beer — a local staple — in the actors’ hands. What a great touch.)

Grade: B+

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10 Best Episodes Of Easy, According To IMDb

Netflix's Easy was an anthology series dealing with relationships, but which episodes received the most love on IMDb?

Netflix's 2016 mumblecore comedy-drama anthology Easywent on to span 3 seasons (25 episodes), all written, and directed by Joe Swanberg. It takes place in Chicago, with the characters exploring their sexuality through humorous and unusual situations as well as complicated interpersonal relationships that are all but "easy."

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Along with that, the cast of Easy is littered with famous actors, including Orlando Bloom, Dave Franco, Emily Ratajkowski, and Aubrey Plaza. But, despite the show's surprising quality and authenticity, driven by the emotional storytelling and skillful character improvisation, Easy ended too quickly. This underrated Netflix gem has lately had an average IMDb rating of 6.8. Despite this, the show's highest-rated episodes are definitely worth a watch, with heaps of positive critic reviews a testament to their quality.

10 Blank Pages (6,8)

Professor Jacob (Marc Maron) spends the majority of "Blank Pages" visibly exasperated about the publication of an upcoming graphic novel written by one of his former students, Beth (Melanie Lynskey), about their relationship. He tries to find comfort in his best friend Annabelle (Jane Adams) whom, after sleeping with her, he completely takes for granted, with the novel and his career still on his mind.

But, the key moment for Jacob comes later, during his conversation with Beth in a coffee shop. After reading her "controversial" novel, he finally sees her perspective on the issue: She put her trust in him and all the promises he didn't intend to keep, and he abandoned her as soon as they shared the bed. This is when Jacob arrives at the realization that he's been treating the women in his life horribly, and starts to turn things around with Annabelle, as the importance of paying attention to the woman's perspective becomes the episode's key message.

9 Spontaneous Combustion (7)

"Spontaneous Combustion" follows a former lesbian couple, Jo (Jacqueline Toboni) and Chase (Kiersey Clemons), and their amicable break-up after Chase asserted she didn't want a serious commitment until she discovers who she is as a person. Hurt, Jo's tries to preoccupy herself with her film editor career, while Chase parties and meets gains many new "acquaintances."

Despite allowing Chase to move on with her life and trying to do the same herself, Jo generously jumps to Chase's aid and offers her the opportunity to crash at her place, again bringing Chase into her life. Worse so, considering Jo's just started a healthy relationship with another woman. The episode revolves around the premise that the key to every healthy relationship is mutual understanding and freedom of choice.

8 Side Hustle (7,1)

Now, while Od gets his comedy inspiration from the quirky customers he drives in his Uber, Sally gets her writing ideas from all her customers' unusual intimate requests. Through these two characters' perspectives, Swanberg deftly offers a powerful insight into the cultural differences, relationships, and sexualities of the citizens of Chicago, as well as the interesting lifestyles of the protagonists.

7 She's Back (7,3)

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Drew replies by calling her desires "fantasy," adding "it was impossible to get over you," before leaving her faster than she was able to catch up to him. He's gone... and "she's back," providing viewers with a tragic ending to a love story, yet no closure for Sophie herself.

6 Open Marriage (7,3)

Andi (Elizabeth Reaser) and Kyle (Michael Chernus) are a married couple who decide to test former's idea of trying an open relationship - something Kyle requires quite a bit of getting used to. Still, both of them find joy in this new idea, with Andi meeting a mysterious stranger, and Kyle developing a crush on his work colleague Amy (Lindsay Burdge).

Besides this, it seems that their marriage profits from the decisions, given that the episode ends with the two in bed with smiles on their faces and promises of love on their lips. Highlighted by the episode is the importance of respecting your partner and doing what makes both of you happy, despite what any social convention says.

5 Art And Life (7,4)

The already-mentioned Jacob - a graphic novelist and professor - is sleeping with a much younger fan (Emily Ratajkowski). However, finding out that she's been using him for her own "art," Jacob feels discontent. Ironic, considering he's been using his "flings" as an inspiration for his own artistic expression. Seems like Jacob got a taste of his own medicine.

Besides, "Art and Life's" main theme is millennial culture, which is frowned upon and berated by Jacob, who even goes as far as to call all millennials talentless. Of course, he later realizes the level of his hypocrisy and serves as an instrument Swanberg uses to provide viewers with the message that using modern technology or expressions doesn't render millennials "selfish" or "talentless," with the ill perception merely resulting from the wide generation gap.

4 Utopia (7,5)

"Utopia" is the episode that brought a bit of comedic relief and fun in the otherwise gloomy and serious first season. Tom (Orlando Bloom) and Lucy (Malin Akerman) have just discovered the Tinder app, and are keen on experimenting with a threesome.

Surprisingly, the offer comes from Annie (Kate Micucci), a teacher in the kindergarten their child attends. The whole threesome shebang ends in Lucy and Tom - still a happy couple - in bed. Happily tucked in is also Annie, now swiping Tinder in her own apartment with excitement and mirth at the thought of her next fling.

3 Yes (7,5)

Dating can be a really hard and tedious thing, especially if you're over 30, like Annie from our last story. So, Annie one day decides to say "Yes" to anyone who asks her out. She figures there's no time for her to be picky. Although she ends up with the guy who's been right there in front of her nose the whole time (Lucas from work, played by John Gallagher Jr.), the lovable Annie definitely earned that cliche happy ending.

All in all, this great episode comes to two conclusions: Dating is not as easy as it may seem and the things you want most are sometimes right in front of you.

2 Prodigal Daughter (7,9)

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On the first day Grace arrived, the same church coincidentally studied a scripture which essentially stated that rich people won't go to heaven. Being a resentful teenager, Grace decides to spend her college savings (all $48,000 of it) on a massive donation to the church. As her deeply religious family was also deep in cash, Grace's act of resentment also served to show their parents' hypocrisy. However, she regretted the decision when all that money went into the construction of a marble altar and not to the poor as she'd hoped. The story is extremely interesting and the roles well-cast, with Judy Greer playing the mother and Peter Gwinn the father. Definitely worth a watch!

1 Swipe Left (8,1)

This time it's Kyle who's dealing with the open marriage better than Andi, having recently acquired strong feelings for his co-worker Amy. On the other hand, Andi is going through stressful times in her relationship with a married man and begins to regret her decision.

The best moments of this episode have to be the last 10 minutes, filled with a deeply emotional conversation between Andi and Kyle at a bar. Kyle explains that he's committed to their marriage, but a real tear-jerker is Andi's heartfelt confession about how tragic the whole situation is for her and how much she needs to be loved by Kyle.

The episode concludes on a hopeful note as the two lovers are depicted leaving the bar together, declaring their love for each other. "Swipe Left" is the highest-rated episode of Easy for a reason; it's a heartwarming story that will surely make you cling to your screen.

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‘Easy’ Review: Grading Every Episode of Joe Swanberg’s Profound New Netflix Series

Always with a soft touch for the nuances of love in its many forms, Joe Swanberg’s filmmaking career is dotted with contemplative explorations of how individuals find happiness through each other. So it makes sense his first foray into serialized television — as a creator, writer and director of all episodes — combines the best of both worlds, films and love, all told within his favorite city. From a lovingly-captured Chicago, “Easy” functions as a series of short films, 25-30 minutes apiece, with each episode tracking a new couple’s singular journey.

A favorite among the independent film community, Swanberg has gathered a consummate group of actors with various degrees of experience to give life to each of his stories. Orlando Bloom and Malin Akerman, for instance, only appear in one episode, while Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Michael Chernus and a few others pop up a few times. Yet very little crossover occurs until the later episodes, and while there is a definitive tone to the overall experience — as well as an ingrained appreciation for the blue collar aesthetics of Chicago —  it seems fitting to judge each entry on its own basis before passing judgment on the eight-episode whole.

So, without further ado, the episodes of “Easy” ranked from good to great: [very limited, plot summary-like spoilers below]

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“Art and Life” (Episode 5)

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Starring: Mark Maron, Emily Ratajkowski

In a rather predictable turn of events, Mark Maron’s Jacob, a graphic novelist who uses his personal experiences with women for artistic inspiration, sleeps with a young fan (Emily Ratajkowski) and is later mortified when she uses him as a subject of her own art. While there’s a divisive argument to be had over the artistic value of models taking selfies, Swanberg seems more enamored with Jacob’s ignorance to and forgiveness of his own moral bankruptcy. Not only does he ignore complaints fielded from the women he’s hurt through his books, but he seems a little too oblivious to the parallels between what he does and what’s done to him for any kind of empathetic investment in his plight to carry weight. We don’t have to like Jacob to learn from him, but there’s also not a lot to learn.

Grade: C+

“Vegan Cinderella” (Episode 2)

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Starring: Kiersey Clemons, Jacqueline Toboni, Jaz Sinclair

A simple story about how people try to change for their partners, “Vegan Cinderella” is a frustratingly unpleasant take on young love — seriously, the word “like” is said so many times Kiersey Clemons’ character becomes a surprisingly aggressive condemnation of millennials — and it gets a little redundant during the middle section. But the episode still makes its point clearly, effectively and with a few spots of fun in between — not to mention an ending I, for one, didn’t see coming.

Grade: B-

“The Fucking Study” (Episode 1)

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Starring: Michael Chernus, Elizabeth Reaser

A subtly devastating and emphatically discouraging assessment of how gender stereotypes can adversely affect even the most open-minded couples, “The Fucking Study” presents its thesis with a level of contention absent from the ending — which could have been great, if the discussion in between sounded more like, “We have a long way to go” than “Give up hope, all who enter here.” Kyle (Chernus) is a stay-at-home dad who worries his wife isn’t as attracted to him now that he’s taken over the gender normative role of a housewife. Annie (Reaser) adamantly disagrees, and the couple explores various options to disprove the theory (first proposed by a friend citing an unnamed study). By the end, you, too, may want to cite reasons that could disprove the infuriating study, but upon second thought, you may realize that that very response is exactly what Swanberg was aiming for.

Grade: B

“Controlada” (Episode 4)

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Starring: Aislinn Derbez, Raul Castillo, Mauricio Ochmann

Continuing the theme of oppressed instinctual attraction, “Controlada” uses silence, implication and body language to paint a portrait of a woman torn between two sides of herself. Of course, because we’re dealing with romantic relationships in “Easy,” her polar opposite desires are embodied by two men of far less complexity than Gabi (Aislinn Derbez). Bernardo (Raul Castillo) is her husband; a discipline, fixed-in-his-ways individual who represents security. She seems happy with him until Martin (Mauricio Ochmann) comes to town. A former flame who burned out after too many random departures, Martin is an unpredictable and passionate man who’s always up for a good time and always confused when others aren’t.

Gabi’s journey may be tough to watch at times — her inner turmoil is exhibited in a forceful physical encounter that could be misinterpreted if the scene wasn’t so carefully choreographed — but it’s vividly memorable, in part because of how well Swanberg captures the city Martin is so eager to explore. You may have seen Millennium Park in a few movies before, but never quite like this.

Grade: B

“Utopia” (Episode 6)

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Starring: Orland Bloom, Malin Akerman, Kate Micucci

Holy shit, do Orlando Bloom and Malin Akerman go at it. The impossibly attractive couple spends at least a third of “Utopia” getting busy — so much so, the title itself may refer to the literal space these two occupy when their genetically perfect bodies writhe around in passion. More importantly, the episode serves as an actively fun break from some of the weighty issues tackled in other entries, as the two stars play a married couple looking to experiment with Tinder (because they never got to when they were single). What could have been rife with anxiety is instead packed to the gills with love, making “Utopia” a light and sultry treat.

Grade: B+

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“Hop Dreams” (Episode 8)

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Starring: Hannibal Buress, Dave Franco, Zazie Beetz, Aya Cash and Evan Jonigkeit

One of two episodes that shifts drastically from one subject to another, “Hop Dreams” slowly overcomes that awkward transition (without fully justifying the initial character’s inclusion) to tell a tragic tale of one man’s thwarted utopia. (No, Bloom and Akerman do not reappear.) Its partner episode, “Brewery Brothers” (which we’ll get to next), sets the stage, as we revisit Jeff (Franco) and Matt’s (Jonigkeit) illegal garage-based brewery through the eyes of a curious reporter played by Hannibal Buress. Only this time, we get to hear Jeff’s side of things more clearly; seeing how a simple life filled with simple pleasures can be more than enough for those self-aware enough to realize it.

The performances are terrific all around, as certain sides of previously-established players are slightly tweaked after the shift in perception. Franco, especially, makes excellent choices in balancing his character’s emotional arc, taking us from euphoric highs to dejected lows with a precision undoubtedly aided by Swanberg’s guiding hand. It’s an interesting final note, considering the turns between optimism and pessimism the series deftly makes, but “Hop Dreams” certainly makes us want more from Swanberg — and more from these characters.

Grade: A-

“Brewery Brothers” (Episode 3)

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Starring: Evan Jonigkeit, Aya Cash, Dave Franco and Zazie Beetz

Though the ending’s emotional beat is affected by the story’s continuation in Episode 8, “Brewery Brothers” offers up a balanced deconstruction of stereotypes as it skillfully illustrates how secrets can fester into something larger, and clear communication can overcome just about anything. Starring Jonigkeit and Franco as brothers Matt and Jeff, with Zazie Beetz and Aya Cash as virtual sisters-in-law, the group forms a de facto family as Jeff looks to escape his boring job while reconnecting with his brother over a shared passion for brewing beer. Familiar story beats lead to unexpected (and sharply cut together) scenes, but nothing can compare to a conclusion as satisfying as it is level-headed. Again, your perception may be changed by what comes next, but this stands alone as a superb short.

Grade: A-

“Chemistry Read” (Episode 7)

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Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jane Adams, Michael Chernus and Jake Johnson

Two specific, personal stories get their due in a juxtaposition of what it’s like to be coming out of a long-term relationship and what it’s like to crave one. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is torn between her comfortable life and something more, as the allure of the unknown tempts her both romantically and professionally. Meanwhile, Jane Adams (who we first glimpsed as Marc Maron’s friend in Episode 5), appears agonizingly lonely. Sipping whiskey and biting her tongue as her co-star contests the positive attributes of singledom, a life she’s never really had, Adams’ character has seen the other side and wants to switch places.

Swanberg does a remarkable job remaining nonjudgmental, as well as balancing both stories without losing the power of either. It’s clear neither desire is wrong, but time, experience and individualism keep us from agreeing to one preeminent path. Single and free or coupled and cared for — we all must decide for ourselves and hope the other option is available if we should choose to change our minds.

Grade: A

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The Series, Overall

Swanberg’s choice of character ages and demographics is impeccable, providing a diverse group any series would envy — I failed to mention above that Episode 4 is told almost entirely in Spanish. More importantly, this isn’t casually-incorporated tokenism. Each person is consciously and purposefully included, which becomes doubly important given the setting. Chicago isn’t a city historically ignored by Hollywood (or the media), but its demographic breakdown is akin to a melting pot more than an Irish stew.

“Easy” captures all of the Midwestern capital’s glory, showcasing its variant neighborhoods, hidden gems and tourist attractions with an eye toward equality. Swanberg sees the city from a viewpoint of someone who’s long appreciated the open spaces and utilitarian splendor, making the series pulse with raw magic.

For as easy as it would be to get lost in the look and feel of the new series, Swanberg has a lot to say with “Easy.” Some arguments may be more compelling than others, and “Easy” itself is distinctly understated in almost every regard (much like its setting). “Easy” isn’t preoccupied with answering questions as much as asking them, which may frustrate a few viewers. But when the questions are this well-contextualized around a subject that’s anything but easy, what’s valuable are the questions — so we all can answer them on our own.

Grade: B+

All eight episodes of “Easy” Season 1 are streaming now, exclusively on Netflix. 

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Easy Review: Out In The Open Feeling Lonely.


Easy Season 3, Episode 5, “Swipe Left”, is an outstanding piece of drama, providing further conclusions to Andi and Kyle’s open marriage.

This review of Easy Season 3, Episode 5, “Swipe Left” contains spoilers. The third season of Easy is going to be the final to land on Netflix. You can read our recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

After reviewing Episode 1, I wasn’t sure if Kyle (Michael Chernus) and Andi’s (Elizabeth Reaser) open marriage was on the frays, or if they were evolving through the processes an agreement like this would bring. Little did I know that Easy Season 3, Episode 5, “Swipe Left”, would give us a 51-minute episode providing those answers. Easy Season 3 gives this relationship the justified limelight – it frankly deserves to be discussed more – it’s a great story.

Following on from Episode 1, Andi pursues her “thing” with Ryan, even though he is in a monogamous marriage with his wife. She’s excited and buzzed by the prospect of sleeping with her childhood crush. She straddles him in his car, but due to the guilt weighing on his shoulders, she teases him instead.

“Swipe Left” provides moments of tension between Kyle and Andi; following on from her date with Ryan, she returns home and tries to have sex with Kyle, stating that she didn’t get any at all with Ryan. Understandably, Kyle feels like a stand-in. The following scenes provide outstanding drama, as they discuss that night in couple’s counseling; Kyle states that he never imagined that Andi would start something with someone who is considered a friend, and who is in a monogamous marriage. Kyle is threatened and wounded by this new challenge in their open marriage.

There are more tense moments between the couple that immerses you into the story; it comes to a boiling point when one of them has to arrange a baby sitter for their children, and they spend more time arguing about who should text, that it feels like wasted energy.

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While Kyle meets up with Amy for a chat to reconcile, Andi is fragile, learning that Ryan’s wife has seen the photos she sent at the start of the chapter. When she meets him, he is willing to give up his entire marriage and relationship with his children to have a third-wheel relationship with Andi.

Purely out of coincidence, Kyle and Andi find each other at a bar after a night with their other relationship and the next 15 minutes most likely secured the best episode of Easy Season 3. Andi describes how Ryan was not at all shaped up to what she imagined him to be, and that it did not work out and as Kyle apologizes, she comes to life, accusing him of apologizing like a friend.

I don’t know how they brought this scene together so well; maybe it’s the intimacy of the bar, the clinks of nearby glasses or the murmur of other people’s conversations, but when Andi describes how much she wants to be loved, and how sad their situation is, it not only absorbs you at that moment but you genuinely feel the sadness seeping out of her. We learn that Kyle is 100% committed to an open marriage, and his love for Amy is outstandingly tragic for Andi, considering she suggested open marriage in the first place.

“Swipe Left” is the mark of worthy drama, interlacing the painful struggle of processing an open marriage. Episode 5 is not built to persuade to team up with either of them, but more to sympathize with their situation; neither of them wants to sacrifice what they’ve built just for sex and excitement, but as Andi blurts out “I’m lonely”, it’s hard-hitting and suddenly raw. “Swipe Left” leaves them with hope, as they decide to leave the bar, they declare their love for each other, and Kyle promises to make the rest of the night just about her.

You can read the review of the sixth episode by clicking these words.


Sours: https://readysteadycut.com/2019/05/10/netflix-review-easy-season-3-episode-5-swipe-left/

Episode easy guide netflix

The Observer

“Easy” is easy to watch. The Netflix series’ short, episodic format and realistic, if “yuppie,” content channel half-hour Instagram stories: aesthetically-curated in a “real-life,” personal way. Shots of The Bean, lattes and brunch flood the series, each episode opens with colorful title art designed by a different artist and episode five even features a selfie artist.

One season of eight half-hour installments, you can watch “Easy” episodes as stand-alone relationship studies and in any order (however, you do need to watch episode three before episode eight — an odd hiccup in the series’ structure).

As someone who didn’t hop on the “Mad Men” bandwagon until after the finale (I know, I know), I’ve been wading through the show’s six seasons of hour-long episodes for years. “Easy,” a Netflix original, is wrapped into a neat one-season package that will requires approximately the same viewing period as a sub-par Notre Dame football game. This is the second Netflix original series to take an episodic approach on a usually binge-reliant platform: “The Characters” gave six comedians free reign over half-hour slots, creating a variety of skit comedy held together only by a similar title sequence.

Although”Easy” has a similar format to “The Characters,” every episode was written and directed by Joe Swanberg in his hometown, Chicago. The show’s sense of rooted place shines and intrigues, especially as many Notre Dame seniors consider living in the city after school. The episodes shout out Dark Matter coffee, Half Acre brewery and Don’t Fret art, supplying viewers with just enough material to satisfy the “insufferable yuppie” title that The Ringer gave the series based on the “sure sign we’re in the presence of yuppies: Orlando Bloom as a hot dad.”

Speaking of Bloom, the show’s casting is impressive. Swanberg employed big names for half-hour showings and manages to avoid residual typecasting effects with ease: Aya Cash (a fumbling adult-in-the-making in FX series “You’re The Worst”) acts as a surprisingly “normie,” pregnant character in episodes three and eight. Marc Maron (host of “WTF Podcast”) gets it on with Emily Ratajkowski (model in the “Blurred Lines” video) in episode five.

The series’ character structure resembles “High Maintenance,” a web series turned HBO show — there are some intertwined story lines but as much by the chance of “small world” mentality. Essentially, Swanberg’s direction and development of place function as much to unite episodes as The Guy, “High Maintenance” creator Ben Sinclair’s friendly marijuana deliveryman character.

Swanberg has experience in content that is easy to watch, his film “Kissing on the Mouth” sparked the beginnings of mumblecore, a film genre focused on naturalism that encourages improv amongst conversational “likes” and “umms.” Swanberg has two mumblecore films currently on Netflix, “Happy Christmas” and “Drinking Buddies.” Although “Easy” is his first foray into television, he called on some actors he’s cast in his films: Orlando Bloom (“Digging for Fire”) and Jake Johnson (“Digging for Fire,” “Drinking Buddies”).

Mumblecore films essentially leave you questioning the outcome and effect of what you just spent an hour and a half watching — and “Easy” does the same. Episodes end with a character chopping vegetables or Skittles pieces spinning into oblivion.

The realistic aspect of mumblecore is striking at points, especially since I fall into the “Chicago-looking senior” category mentioned earlier. The poignant work-life balance struggles in a city where many of us will soon be working and living is illustrated throughout the series. In the first episode, a husband and wife struggle to make time for each other between phone calls regarding jobs and kids. In the seventh episode a female actress breaks up with her longtime boyfriend — whom we impressively feel for although we only see him (Jake Johnson) on Skype calls — to pursue new developments in her career.

The relationships examined in “Easy” span relationships, family and friendships, and the proximity of place makes their careful understanding even more poignant. Take the time to watch this series and jot down notes for how to pursue your own Swanberg-approved “insufferable yuppie,” Instagram story-worthy trip to Chicago.

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Easy - Season 2 - Official Trailer [HD] - Netflix

Easy (TV series)

Easy is an American comedy-dramaanthology series written, directed, edited and produced by Joe Swanberg.[1][2] It consists of 25 half-hour episodes.[3] The series is set in Chicago.[4]

The first season was released on Netflix on September 22, 2016.[5] In April 2017, Swanberg revealed the series had been renewed for a second season,[6] which was released on December 1, 2017.[7] In August 2018, the series was renewed for a third and final season that premiered on May 10, 2019.[8][9]


Easy follows several individuals living in Chicago who are trying to navigate issues such as love, relationships, and general knowledge.[10] A review described the series as a microscopic portrayal of the different varieties of modern love.[11] It has an episodic anthology format, with standalone episodes that do not require previous ones to watch.[12] The series does include recurring narratives such as the story of the married couple Kyle (Michael Chernus) and Andi (Elizabeth Reaser), which was first introduced in Season 1. The story was revisited in Season 2 and Season 3, with their respective episodes focusing on the development and effects of their decision to enter into an open relationship.[12] While some characters were created completely from scratch by the producers, others, such as Odinaka Malachi Ezeokoli, Karley Sciortino, and Jane Adams's characters in Season 2, are based on the real-life personas, personalities, and/or jobs of the individuals cast in the roles.



Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Season 3[edit]


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.[13]


Some characters appear in one or more episodes as the protagonist, and in other episodes as background characters.

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

Season 3 (2019)[edit]


The first season of Easy received positive reviews from film critics. It holds an 85% approval rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 7.53/10.[15] On Metacritic, the season holds a rating of 72 out of 100, based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]

The show's second season received similar reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an 86% approval rating based on 14 critical reviews, with an average rating of 9/10.[17]


  1. ^Ariana Bacle. "Drinking Buddies filmmaker Joe Swanberg gets his own Netflix series". EW.
  2. ^Swartz, Tracy (May 7, 2019). "Easy Creator Reflects on the Chicago TV Show Ahead of Netflix Premiere of Final Season". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  3. ^Lesley Goldberg. "Mumblecore Master Joe Swanberg Sets Star-Studded Comedic Anthology Series at Netflix". Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^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.
  5. ^Petski, Denise (July 27, 2016). "'Black Mirror', 'One Day At A Time' & More Get Premiere Dates On Netflix – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  6. ^Perez, Rodrigo (April 7, 2017). "Joe Swanberg Talks 'Win It All,' 'Easy' & His Fruitful Creative Collaboration With Jake Johnson". The Playlist. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  7. ^Goldberg, Lesley (October 5, 2017). "Netflix Anthology 'Easy' Sets New and Returning Cast for Season 2 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  8. ^Goldberg, Lesley (August 22, 2018). "'Easy' Renewed for Third and Final Season at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  9. ^"Anthology Series 'Easy' Back on Netflix for Final Season May 10". broadcastingcable.com. March 29, 2019.
  10. ^Greene, David (May 13, 2019). "'Easy': How Director Joe Swanberg Improvised A TV Show". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  11. ^Hernandez, Christina (2019-05-08). "The 3 Best Episodes from Seasons 1 & 2 of Netflix's 'Easy'". Study Breaks. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  12. ^ abTravers, Ben (2019-05-14). "Joe Swanberg on the End of 'Easy,' Anthology Series Going Out of Vogue, and Hope for the Future". IndieWire. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  13. ^Andreeva, Nellie (March 14, 2016). "Netflix Sets Joe Swanberg Anthology Series 'Easy'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  14. ^"Easy – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  15. ^"Easy: Season 1 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  16. ^"Easy: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  17. ^"Easy: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 10, 2019.

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_(TV_series)

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