Josh Thomas to make directorial debut on Please Like Me


Filming is currently underway on Season 3 of Please Like Me with creator Josh Thomas set to add Director to his list of credits.

Thomas, who stars and co-writes, will direct one of the episodes along with original director Matt Saville.

10 new episodes co-produced by ABC and US cable network Pivot, will air later this year on both networks.

Returning cast includes Caitlin Stasey, Thomas Ward, Hannah Gadsby, Keegan Joyce, Debra Lawrance, David Roberts, Renee Lim and upstaging star, ‘cavoodle’ John.

One of 3 new cast members is British-born actress Emily Barclay (Light Between Oceans, Suburban Mayhem, Glitch).

“Somehow we’ve managed to swindle a third season, which is fun. This time around I’m going to direct an episode for the first time, which I’m pretty sure will involve me wearing a monocle and yelling action into a cone. Also we’re welcoming Emily Barclay to the cast. She is funny and adorable and great,” Thomas said.

ABC Head of Comedy Rick Kalowski, “We’re delighted to see one of ABC Comedy’s most acclaimed TV series make the move to ABC TV’s main channel for Season 3, and into the hearts of a whole new national audience.”

Named one of the best shows of the year by Entertainment Weekly for two years running, Please Like Me is lauded by critics around the world. It has earned nominations for the International Emmy Awards, the Rose d’Or Awards, the GLAAD Media Awards, the Logie Awards, and nine AACTA Awards (Australian Academy awards) where it has won trophies for Best Comedy Series, Best Screenplay in Television and Best Performance in a TV Comedy.

Inspired by the standup comedy and real life experiences of its writer/creator Josh Thomas, Please Like Me explores the world of a young man who’s in no hurry to grow up. But as he navigates a bipolar mother, a father in a mid-life crisis, a newish baby sister, an anxiety-ridden boyfriend, a peripatetic ex-girlfriend and an unmotivated best friend, he may just be the sanest person he knows.


The original key creative team is back: award-winning film and TV director Matthew Saville (The Slap, Felony), producer Todd Abbott, and executive producers Josh Thomas, Todd Abbott and Kevin Whyte. Executive producers for the ABC are Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh, and for Pivot, Jeff Skoll and Chris Loveall. Please Like Me is a Pigeon Fancier / John & Josh International Production of a Pivot Original Series in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


  1. I really enjoy this show – it’s original, and quite well written. It’s also the most accurate portrayal of mental illness that I’ve seen on television – at least, most accurate portrayal compared to my own experiences with mental illness. Because of this, I find it incredibly relatable, and applaud Josh Thomas for writing so honestly.

  2. TasTVcameraman

    I applaud the third series……..good for our crews and industry, that being said I do not watch it at all, I do not find it funny but as David says we need to make some niche programmes that appeal to the younger generation.
    Look at Empire great series…..very low ratings….but people like myself who watch it love the show. Perhaps I am a bit of a strange one….heck I dont even like The Beatles.
    I would hate to see MKR 52 weeks of the year with the to me most irritating person ever.
    but I like the smaller artists, the smaller niche TV shows that appeal to me.

    • ABC2 was a smaller footprint than ABC yes, but the show gets good traction with younger viewers via iview and US sales. Perish the day we decide to only make broad shows for mass audiences, it would be wall to wall Reality, Sport and News.

          • I said the same thing when they only announced two previously commissioned Australian shows at the upfronts. They have now aired. The second channel is just about international shows or repeats. Bit of a shame but they wasted some of okay stuff on ABC2.

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