The Exes is an American comedy television series starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, Kristen Johnston, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables, and Leah Remini. It debuted on TV Land on November 30, 2011, and originally aired on Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm. On February 2, 2012, TV Land renewed the series for a second season consisting of 12 episodes. The second season premiered on June 20, 2012. On December 13, 2012, TV Land picked up a 10-episode third season of The Exes, which premiered on June 19, 2013, at 10:30 pm EDT. On July 18, 2013, TV Land extended the third season of The Exes to 20 episodes, with the second block of 10 episodes to be paired with new TV Land original Kirstie (starring Kirstie Alley), beginning December 11, 2013. On February 3, 2014, TV Land renewed the series for a twelve episode fourth season that will premiere in mid-2014.
Divorce attorney Holly (Kristen Johnston) introduces her client, Stuart (David Alan Basche), to his new roommates: two other divorced men who share an apartment in New York City that Holly owns. At first Phil (Donald Faison) and Haskell (Wayne Knight) have reservations about Stuart moving in, but Holly is right across the hall to help when things start to go downhill. The gang usually hangs at a bar.
Cast and characters
Donald Faison as Phil Chase, a sports agent and a womanizing divorced man. While seemingly focused only on his own carnal interests, he often reveals a sensitive and helpful side when it comes to supporting his roommates and Holly. In season 3 he dates Eden for a few episodes until they broke up.
David Alan Basche as Stuart Gardner, a successful dentist and recently divorced man who is trying to get over his feelings for his ex-wife. Holly introduces him to Phil and Haskell, and suggests that the three become roommates.
Wayne Knight as Haskell Lutz, a lazy, divorced roommate of Phil's who makes a living selling various items on the internet. It is revealed in Season 2 that he used to be a professional bowler. In season 3 he falls for Stuarts' sister Nikki but it's unrequited.
Kelly Stables as Eden, Holly's legal assistant and a "party girl" who tries to get Holly to embrace the single life. In Season 2, she abandons her partying ways and becomes a surrogate mother for Holly's boss and his wife. In season 3 she dates Phil for a few episodes.
Kristen Johnston as Holly Franklin, a divorce attorney whose former clients and friends live across the hall in an apartment she owns. While often playing matchmaker for her divorced male friends, she is also recently single (having broken off an engagement) and struggles to meet the right man.
Leah Remini (Season 3-onwards) as Nikki Gardner, Stuart's sister and a divorcee like the other three. She is shown as Haskell's love interest and takes up the job of bartender at the bar where the gang usually hangs.
Development and production
Season 2 intertitle for The Exes
TV Land placed a pilot order on November 10, 2010. The series was created by Mark Reisman (Frasier), with the pilot directed by Andy Cadiff. The series is executive produced by Reisman, Franco Bario, Frank M. Garritano and Ben Raymond, alongside production companies Mark Reisman Productions and Acme Productions.
Casting announcements began in January 2011. First to be cast were Kristen Johnston and Donald Faison, with Johnston playing Holly Brooks, a smart and sexy divorce attorney and the landlord, and Faison playing Phil Chase, a sports agent and charming ladies' man who lives in the apartment across the hall. Next actor cast in the series was David Alan Basche, who plays Stuart Gardner, a caring but neurotic cosmetic dentist who moves in with Faison's and Knight's characters.Wayne Knight was then cast in the role of Haskell Lutz, a perpetual couch potato who hawks merchandise on the Internet while living with the two men. Knight's casting reunites him with Kristen Johnston, his former 3rd Rock From the Sun co-star.
On March 21, 2011, the pilot was given a series order of ten episodes. The series premiered on November 30, 2011, and the first season aired on Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm, following Hot in Cleveland.
On February 2, 2012, TV Land announced that it had ordered a second season of The Exes. Season two premiered on June 20, 2012, at 10:30 pm following The Soul Man, On November 13, 2012, TV Land ordered an additional 10 episodes for the second season. However, on December 13, 2012, TV Land announced that the 10 additional episodes ordered will be considered the third season. Season three premiered on June 19, 2013, at 10:30 pm EST. On July 18, 2013, TV Land extended the episode order of season three to 20 episodes.
On February 3, 2014, TV Land announced the fourth season renewal of The Exes. Season 4 will consist of twelve episodes and premiere mid-2014.
The series received a 49 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating mixed or average reviews, based on 14 critic reviews.