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The Girlfriend Experience

the-series-philosopher-the-girlfriend-experienceThe Girlfriend Experience is an American television drama series created, written, and directed by Lodge Kerrigan (The Killing) and Amy Seimetz (The Killing, Family Tree). The series stars Riley Keough as Christine Reade, a law student intern who also works as a high-end escort. Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh (The Knick), it is based on the 2009 film of the same name. A 13-episode first season premiered on April 10, 2016, and all episodes were made available on Starz On Demand.


Law student Christine Reade (Riley Keough), lands an internship at the law firm of Kirkland & Allen and struggles to balance her workload, expenses and classes. When her close friend Avery reveals that she has been working as an escort she encourages Christine to tag along and introduces her to a friend of one of her clients who is also looking for an escort. Christine eventually makes the decision to work as an escort initially working for Avery’s madam Jacqueline (Alexandra Castillo). Christine eventually strikes out on her own, experiencing pitfalls along the way as clients cross boundaries and she uncovers a scandal at Kirkland & Allen.

Cast and characters


  • Riley Keough as Christine Reade
  • Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards) as David Tellis
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub (Veronica’s Closet, 24) as Erin Roberts


  • Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards) as Avery Suhr
  • Alexandra Castillo (This is Wonderland) as Jacqueline
  • Amy Seimetz as Annabel Reade
  • Sugith Varughese (An American in Canada) as Tariq Barr
  • Michael Therriault (Covert Affairs, Heroes: Reborn) as Skip Hadderly
  • Sabryn Rock (Incredible Story Studio) as Kayla Boden
  • James Gilbert (The Tudors) as Jack
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