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Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life

the-series-philosopher-cooper_barretts_guide_to_surviving_life_titleCooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (originally announced as The Guide to Surviving Life before reverting to its original working title) is an American single-camera comedy television series created by Jay Lacopo. It debuted online on December 21, 2015, and made its television premiere on January 3, 2016, on Fox, with 13 episodes ordered. The series follows Cooper Barrett (Jack Cutmore-Scott) and his friends and family while exploring what we all go through on our way to figuring out what life is all about. On May 12, 2016, Fox canceled the series, leaving three episodes unaired. The network burned off two of the unaired episodes on June 12, 2016, with the last one airing on June 26, 2016.

Main cast

  • Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cooper Barrett
  • Meaghan Rath (Rogue, New Girl, BansheeBeing Human) as Kelly Bishop, a neighbor of Cooper who steals his heart.
  • James Earl (Glee, ER) as Barry Sandel, a roommate of Cooper who can’t stay out of trouble.
  • Charlie Saxton (Betas, Hung) as Neal Fissley, a roommate of Cooper who seems to fail at love.
  • Liza Lapira as Leslie Barrett, mother of two children and married to Josh.
  • Justin Bartha (The New Normal, Teachers) as Josh Barrett, Cooper’s 37-year-old brother with two kids.

Recurring cast

  • Marshall Manesh (Will & Grace, How I Met Your Mother) as Virgil, the landlord
  • Victoria Justice (Zoey 101, Victorious) as Ramona Miller, a corporate shark who befriends Kelly
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