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  • Premiered: 
    October 7, 2015
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  • Network: Hulu
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Zander Lehmann 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

CASUAL is a single-camera, half-hour comedy series that follows the story of a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother, Alex, and his newly divorced sister, Valerie. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (on-line and off), while living under one roof again and raising Valerie's teenage daughter, Laura. Complicating their situation is their mother Dawn, an austere and emotionally calculating woman, who can manipulate her children into feeling any way she wants. Plus, there's Leon, a newly single man looking for true love who is Valerie's first one-night stand -- but becomes close friends with Alex. Jason Reitman is an executive producer of this series, and also directed the premiere episode. Hulu released the first two episodes on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 -- one available for free and the other available only for subscribers -- and then debuted one additional episode each subsequent Wednesday. CASUAL returned for its second season on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, when Hulu released the first two episodes of the 13-episode new season. After a season full of disastrous dates and their parents' surprise wedding, Alex, Valerie and Laura try to rebuild their lives outside the home. But new friends, business partners, boyfriends and girlfriends can only do so much to distract them from a shared and recurring history of dysfunction. In the season opener, "Phase 3," Alex's troubling new obsession leads Valerie to take matters into her own hands. Laura investigates switching high schools. Then, in the second episode, "Trivial Pursuit," Alex embraces his new role as Laura's teacher but his methods are questionable. Valerie reaches out to old friends and makes an unsettling discovery. Hulu premiered the 13-episode third season of CASUAL on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, releasing the first three episodes of the new season. Season 3 opens with the surprising consequences following Charles' death and Valerie's decision to move out propel the trio to rebel, exploring different jobs, partners, and unfulfilled passions. As they adjust to a new normal, can they maintain boundaries or will they revert to the comfort of codependency?
On Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, Hulu released all eight episodes of the fourth and final season of CASUAL. Season 4 takes place several years in the future following the end of Season 3: Alex and Rae are raising a child, Laura is returning from her time abroad with a new job and serious girlfriend, and Valerie is about to make a big life change of her own. The technology may be streamlined, but the relationships are messier than ever. In the season opener, "Carrie," Laura returns following an extended period abroad, and Valerie quickly discovers that restoring their fractured relationship might prove more difficult than she had hoped. Meanwhile, Alex's attempts at controlling his new family order are thwarted when an unwelcome presence enters the equation.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Lionsgate