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Please Like Me is an Australian television comedy drama series starring Josh Thomas. The series premiered on 28 February 2013 on ABC2 in Australia. The show explores realistic issues with humorous tones and the executive producer Todd Abbott originally pitched the show as a drama rather than a situation-comedy series. The show later aired on the United States network Pivot, who then helped to develop the show from second season onwards. The show has attracted praise from critics and has garnered three awards and numerous nominations.
Please Like Me is written by Josh Thomas, who also plays the main character Josh. It is produced by Todd Abbott and all episodes were directed by Matthew Saville (The Secret Life of Us, The Surgeon). Thomas and Abbott developed the series together for four years. They held a series of consultation meetings with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Abbott was careful to pitch the series as a drama rather than a sitcom. It portrays a set of circumstances that could happen to a young person but has humorous themes. Thomas envisioned an original show, something he had not seen on television before. The actor, also a known comedian in Australia, wanted honesty in the script and wrote the comedy as so. He also wanted the actors to not intentionally react to the scripted jokes.