Hulu Acquires Streaming Rights to Pivot’s ‘Please Like Me’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Hulu has acquired the rights for the first two seasons of Pivot’s series “Please Like Me,” Variety has exclusively learned.

Launching on Hulu on Oct. 11, the dramedy from Participant Media’s television network will be available for online streaming ahead of the show’s Season 3 premiere on Oct. 16.

“I’m excited that ‘Please Like Me’ is on Hulu because the more places this show is available in the USA the greater the chance Taylor Swift will stumble across it and then call me and then hold me,” said Josh Thomas who wears multiple hats as the series’ creator, writer and star.

Inspired by Thomas’ stand-up comedy and real life experiences, the semi-autobiographical series follows Josh (played by Thomas), who’s realistic issues are played on screen with a touch of humor. The first season saw Josh get dumped by his girlfriend, followed by him coming out to his parents and then moving back in with his bipolar mother, after her suicide attempt. The second season continued Josh’s story and welcomed a new love interest, dog, rabbit and baby sister into his life.

The cast is rounded out by Thomas Ward, who plays Josh’s best friend, Tom; Caitlin Stasey, who plays his ex-girlfriend, Claire; Hannah Gadsby, who plays his friend, Hannah; Keegan Joyce, who plays his love interest, Arnold; Debra Lawrance, as his mother; David Roberts, as his father; Renee Lim, as his step-mother; and, of course, Josh’s dog, John.

“Please Like Me” is a Participant Media Original Series, hailing from Pigeon Fancier, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and John & Josh International Productions. Matthew Saville is director and, in addition to Thomas, exec producers are Todd Abbott and Kevin Whyte. Debbie Lee of ABC exec produced Season 1. The network’s Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh, plus Pivot’s Jeff Skoll and Holly Hines were EPs on Season 2.

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