What if … you got a social-media friend request from God? That’s the premise behind God Friended Me, a new drama from CBS this fall.
I had the privilege of previewing the pilot for this series. I gave the story 5 stars (and required 3 tissues — your mileage may vary there).
When’s the premiere? The first episode will air Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 8 PM Eastern. It’s a 1-hour show.
What’s the story? God Friended Me is a humorous, uplifting drama about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from “God” and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.
Miles Finer is intelligent, hopeful and optimistic, but he doesn’t believe in God. This puts him at odds with his father, Reverend Arthur Finer, a beloved preacher at Harlem’s Trinity Church for 25 years who is stung by his son’s strong rejection of his faith. Miles feels he’s found his purpose in life hosting a podcast where he’s free to speak his mind, but that changes when he receives the ultimate friend request. After repeated pokes by “God,” Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom, an online journalist suffering from writer’s block. Brought together by the “God” account, the two find themselves investigating “God’s” friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Joining them on their journey are Miles’s supportive sister, Ali, a doctoral psych student by day and bartender by night, and his best friend, Rakesh, a sometime hacker who helps Miles and Cara research the enigmatic account. Miles is set on getting to the bottom of what he believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the meantime he’ll play along and, in the process, change his life forever. (courtesy of CBS Entertainment)
Will it make you think? Yes! A central theme in the episode I viewed was “coincidence vs. grand design.” That’s a great topic to discuss with your teens.
What should parents know? The pilot includes a “hooking up” episode (nothing graphic) involving a friend of the main character; the same friend brags about his abilities as a computer hacker, which is central to the plot. That’s enough to land it in the “not for preteens” category in my book.
Who will like it? Fans of Touched by an Angel and Early Edition.
Will you watch it? Yes! I hope this show will stick around for a long time. It’s clever, touching, and has just enough suspense — and no violence.
Copyright 2018 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS