New CBS Series, “GOD FRIENDED ME” is Respectful, Believable, and Inspirational

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Social media provides the unique opportunity to bring together people who are long-time friends, reconnect with long-lost friends, or connect with people we’ve have never met. Those on social media for any length of time will occasionally get strange friend requests from people with whom they have no mutual friends.

But; what would you do if you received a friend request from God? Would you consider it a joke and ignore it…or would you accept it?

That is the premise of GOD FRIENDED ME, a respectful and inspiring television series premiering on Sunday, September 30, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT, on CBS.

Created by Bryant Wynbrant and Steven Lilien, the producing team behind GOTHAM, HAWAII FIVE-O, and ALCATRAZ, GOD FRIENDED ME is produced by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Marcos Siega. It stars Joe Morton (Justice League, The Good Wife), Violet Beane (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi, Homeland), Javicia Leslie (MacGyver), and newcomer Brandon Michael Hall.

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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 (Hall)is intelligent, hopeful and optimistic, but he doesn’t believe in God. This puts him at odds with his father, Reverend Arthur Finer (Morton), 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 (Beane), 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 (Leslie), a doctoral psych student by day and bartender by night, and his best friend, Rakesh (Sharma), 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.

I was intrigued when I saw the trailer for this series. I mean, seriously, how many prime-time series has the Almighty as a character?

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However, as a person of faith, I was concerned how the filmmakers would handle faith, especially Christianity, which—according to a wise friend—has become acceptable to ridicule. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the show was respectful to all the characters’ faith, including Christianity. Okay, so far so good, I thought, but will you actually include a New Testament reference? Again, I was surprised.

GOD FRIENDED ME gets high marks for production values, especially the script. It was believable, with a wide range of human experiences and emotions. The acting was natural, with kudos to Brandon Micheal Hall, Joe Morton, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, and  Javicia Leslie for giving their characters credibility.

There are many people like Miles who, due to tragedy or hurt, have turned away from their faith. Many are like Miles, determined to prove that people don’t need God in order to have a productive and compassionate life. This show does not cop-out, it asks the hard questions, and doesn’t provide pat answers, at least not in the first episode.

GOD FRIENDED ME is an inspirational show about hope, faith, and the questions we’ve all asked ourselves. I was wiping tears away several times throughout it. I am interested in seeing where they take the storyline. It promises to be a new favorite show.

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