HBO has made the first episode of comedy Hello Ladies, c0-created by and starring Stephen Merchant (The Office), available for free on its Youtube channel following the show’s series premiere last night.
The series follows British web designer Stuart Pritchard as he moves from his hometown to Los Angeles in search of the romance and glamour that has eluded him thus far in life. As hopeful and optimistic as ever, he thinks that the change of scenery will do him some good and allow him to become the man that he was always meant to be; however, once he arrives there, getting a foothold in the image conscious Los Angeles dating scene proves to be more difficult than he previously imagined. Still, Stuart refuses to give up and continues plugging away with the intention of being accepted by the exclusive world of beautiful people he’s longed to be accepted by, even if it means he’ll be having a series of awkward, sometimes painful experiences with women until then.
In addition to Merchant, Hello Ladies stars Christine Woods (Perfect Couples) as Stuart’s tenant Jessica, an unsuccessful actress and aspiring web series creator-director; Nate Torrence (Mr. Sunshine) as Wade, Stuart’s friend currently undergoing divorce proceedings; and Kevin Weisman (Alias) as Kives, a man who uses his disability to his advantage in the dating world.
Hello Ladies airs Sundays at 10:30 on HBO. A preview of the second episode, where Wade hires a limo in an attempt to woo his estranged wife back and Jessica tries to change the tone of a get-together with friends, is below.
Will you be watching Hello Ladies? Should networks make more than the first episode of new series available for free/in advance? If you’ve seen the first episode already, how does Hello Ladies compare to fellow HBO comedies Veep, Girls, and Family Tree?