!! Ryan King (Matthew Perry)

The main character, Ryan is a sports talk radio host who has recently lost his wife in a car accident. In the first episode, he is trying to get back to work, but his boss will only take him back if he joins a support group for people who have suffered losses in their lives.

* [[spoiler:BelligerentSexualTension]]: [[spoiler:Between him and Simone. TheyDo.]]
* BenevolentBoss: PlayedWith. He does have a friendly relationship with Carrie, but seems to enjoy too much bossing her around. His invading her life in the second episode got so bad she had to put her foot down.
* BerserkButton: ''Do not'' text while you drive in front of Ryan. He'll hit you with fruit. He also doesn't like it if you mess with the support group's dynamics.
** In the first case, it's because that's how his wife died.
* BigBrotherMentor: For Owen.
* BrutalHonesty
* ChickMagnet: Has some ShipTease with most of the women who show up in the show.
* DeadPersonConversation: Sometimes talks to his dead wife.
* DeadpanSnarker: Well, it's Matthew Perry.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: InUniverse, people [[RunningGag keep mistaking Ryan for]] RachelMaddow.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: [[StalkerWithACrush Mr. K]] seems particularly interested.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: Looks to be permanently in stage one, but goes through some of them as an one-episode {{Aesop}}.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Was this at first to [[spoiler: Fausta, apparently.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Has this dynamic with [[LipstickLesbian Anne]]. He and Steven are a straighter case.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Has very little tact and is somewhat egocentric, but goes out of his way to help his friends.
* {{Metrosexual}}: Has some tendencies towards this.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Tries to stand away from the group's most crazy stuff, but often ends up joining in whatever hijinks are happening.
* OddFriendship: Between him and each member of the group in their own way; especially with [[LipstickLesbian Anne]], [[OnlySaneMan Owen]], and [[CloudCuckoolander Mr. K]].
* OnlySaneMan: Occasionally steps into this role.
* ShipSinking: For the first episodes, it looked like Ryan and Lauren were being set up as the show's OfficialCouple, but then we find out that she has a boyfriend, and, as of episode eleven, [[spoiler: they're engaged.]]
* ShipTease: Between [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect him and Lauren]], [[MayDecemberRomance him and Carrie]], and [[spoiler:[[BelligerentSexualTension him and Simone]].]]
* TheSnarkKnight
* StepfordSnarker
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Along with Steven and Amy.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between him and his friend Amy. Since he's not ready by then and she doesn't want to be the next girl after Janie, she decides she'll [[IWillWaitForYou wait for him.]]

!! Lauren Bennett (Laura Benanti)

The group's leader. Has a sweet and caring personality, but not much in the way of [[HollywoodPsych actual training]]; tries to help in any way she can, though. She is the one who convinces Ryan to join the group for good.

* ArchRival: In Margaret Hotchkiss who is apparently both more beautiful and better at helping people.
* BrainyBrunette
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Due to FlorenceNightingaleEffect.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Everyone in the group has/has had a crush on Lauren. It was the same with people on Weight Watchers. [[NiceGuy Wyatt]] just brushes it off when it happens.
* FormerlyFat: It shows sometimes.
* HollywoodPsych: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because she doesn't have an actual degree in psychology; the only experience she has is being a speaker for Weight Watchers. Often PlayedForLaughs, but she tries very hard.
* InsistentTerminology: It's a ''Holiday/End of the World Party''.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Ryan's Red.
* ShipSinking: It looked like Ryan and Lauren were being set up as the show's OfficialCouple, but then we find out she has a boyfriend, and, as of episode eleven, [[spoiler: they're engaged]].
* StepfordSmiler: Has a bad case of text anxiety, for the first few episodes was stuck with a job she didn't like, and, despite having a very NiceGuy for a boyfriend, is afraid of commitment, but tried not to let it show to her patients. Seems to be moving out of it, though.
* ShipTease: With Ryan until the sinking but "Go For The Gold Watch" introduces [[spoiler: a tease for Lauren and Steven.]]
* TeamMom
* YouMeanXmas: Tries to enforce something like this on the [[InsistentTerminology Holiday/End of the World Party]], but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryan]] and [[{{Narcissist}} Fausta]] aren't buying it.

!! Anne (Julie White)

A [[LipstickLesbian lesbian]] prosecutor whose partner has died of a heart attack. Has quite the [[SirSwearsALot foul mouth.]]

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Can't hold the snark around Ryan, but every now and then does something that shows [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming how much she likes him.]]
--> '''Anne''': And, King? I like you better than I like this guy. *points at Ryan's cardboard cutout that represents him as he was before*
** Exemplified at the end of "Matchup Problems", when they decide to help each other finally move on from the deaths of their respective spouses. They tie their wedding rings to the end of two balloons and let them sail up to the sky.
* BrutalHonesty
* CensorBox: As a RunningGag, so she can freely swear as needed.
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: Takes on this role sometimes.
* DefrostingIceQueen
* FiveStagesOfGrief: Represents anger.
* GrumpyBear
* HelloAttorney
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Has this dynamic with Ryan. When her nanny cancels at the last minute, the first person she looks towards and asks is Ryan (who responds as sympathetically as possible in the situation) before asking the rest of the group.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Due to the mouth, the hair, the glass, and most likely the personality, it might take a while to recognize Julie White as Judy Witwicky from the Transformers series of movies.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: A variant in that Anne is not attracted to Ryan at all, but gives him her FirstKiss after her partner's died just "to get it out of the way".
* JadeColoredGlasses
* MamaBear
* PrecisionFStrike: All the time.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Ryan's Blue.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Usually wears only masculine suits, but, when Fausta gets her to put on a dress, everybody comments on this.
* SirSwearsALot
* SoundEffectBleep
* StalkerWithACrush: In episode four, Anne is casually pursued by another lesbian woman. Since she's not ready for commitment after her partner died, she freaks out, complaining to the group about how the woman is a stalker.
* StepfordSnarker
* TheStoner: Use to do a lot of marijuana back in the 70s. Then at Lauren's bachelorette party, where she knows she'll be uncomfortable due to the wildness and the male strippers, she partakes in some special brownies to help her through the night.

!! Yolanda Mitsawa (Suzy Nakamura)

An anesthesiologist whose fiancé left her. Is a very anxious and awkward person who thinks everything is too sexual (including jazz and cats.)

* AbusiveParents: Her grandmother seems to be the verbally abusive type, which might account for her awkwardness and fear of authority.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: [[CrazyCatLady Sonia]] uses this as argument to get her to refuse going through a drug test... which was probably the worst argument she could use, given that Yolanda is very nervous around authority in general.
* EasyComeEasyGo: Tried to graduate from the group once, but came back very quickly. {{Subverted}} as she wasn't feeling very prepared and was forced by the group (who didn't want to disappoint Lauren) to go through with it.
* ExtremeDoormat
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: With [[CrazyCatLady Sonia's]] help, pretends to be this on her new job, but cannot keep up with it for very long.
* MyBelovedSmother: Implied to have one of those, though she calls her mom a "tiger mom".
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: [[CloudCuckoolander Mr. K]] insists on treating her that way.
--> '''Mr. K''' (at the End of the World party): I need to be with everyone I love and Yolanda.
* OddFriendship: With [[CrazyCatLady Sonia.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Sonia's Red.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: At least to [[CloudCuckoolander Mr. K]]. The other members of the group seem to have mixed reactions about her; [[SirSwearsALot Anne]] goes ''ballistic'' when [[NiceGuy Wyatt]] mistakes her for Yolanda.
* TheGadfly: Sometimes says things she doesn't mean just to look cool, or because of peer pressure.
* TheUnfavorite
* WeakWilled: Follows the shift of power, to [[HilarityEnsues hilarious results]].

!! Owen Lewis (Tyler James Williams)

A DeadpanSnarker whose brother went into a coma after a skiing accident. Starts out as TheQuietOne, but [[CharacterDevelopment gradually comes out of his shell]] after Ryan joins the group.

* AbhorrentAdmirer: [[CrazyCatLady Sonia]] and [[{{Narcissist}} Fausta]] have already expressed interest in his naked form. He's ''really'' disturbed.
* AshesToCrashes: Ryan makes him believe he's just [[spoiler: broken the urn with his wife's ashes. It's actually a comeback for the PracticalJoke he played on him earlier.]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Though he doesn't show it a lot, he appreciates his friends, and stands up for them when his mother tries to get him to leave during Thanksgiving dinner.
* BigBrotherMentor: Ends up seeing [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryan]] as one.
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: Shares this role with [[SirSwearsALot Anne]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Between him, [[SirSwearsALot Anne]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryan]], the sessions are usually a snark fest.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Apparently, he's Lauren's body double.
* MommasBoy
* MyBelovedSmother: Owen's mom is a mild version, but she seems very controlling of her son.
* OnlySaneMan: Best candidate for that, though he also shows every now and then he's NotSoAboveItAll.
* PracticalJoke: Liked to pull this on his brother's; pulls an ''epic'' one on Ryan in ''Videogame, Set, Match'', and also on [[StepfordSmiler Danny]] in ''Win at All Costas.''
* TheQuietOne: Talks very little in the first episode; after he opens up to Ryan about his brother's condition, Lauren mentions he had been coming to the sessions without sharing anything about his incident.
* RealMenWearPink: It takes a lot of confidence to wear a wedding dress. The dress store salesclerk thinks it's hot.
* StepfordSnarker

!! Mr. [[spoiler:Benjamin]] K (Brett Gelman)

A CloudCuckoolander with a MysteriousPast that gives some really creepy vibes to everyone else in the group. Acts like a StalkerWithACrush to Ryan.

* AmbiguousDisorder
* AmbiguouslyGay
* BrutalHonesty: Every now and then.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Might be a case of this, since he's designed the Curiosity rover sampling arm.
* [[spoiler: FormerChildStar:]] Used to be one, albeit briefly. This may or may not be the tragedy that drove him to group.
* CloudCuckoolander
* DisproportionateRetribution: Gives Steven a GloveSlap and flips his car for taking fifteen minutes out of Ryan's radio talk show.
** Later on, does the same thing to Ryan's Porsche at Steven's instigation.
* EarWorm: InUniverse, ''Electric Night''. Becomes part of the episode's soundtrack.
* GloveSlap: On Steven.
* HiddenDepths: Was responsible for designing the Curiosity rover's sampling arm, much to Ryan's surprise. He also sings very well, and is able to write a song on the spot.
* IdiotSavant: Goes by social rules no one understands, is so creepy and weird people of the group try to avoid his company, but was also the designer of the sampling arm of the Curiosity rover's, is able to make graphics and carry out philosophic conversations quite easily, is able to flip a car, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking doesn't flinch at Bob Costas's handshake.]]
* MayanDoomsday: His belief on it starts the End of the World party in ''The World Ain't Over 'Til It's Over''.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Keeps referring to Yolanda as such. That said... [[spoiler: when Yolanda is on a single's cruise and isn't succeeding in the least, K ends up boarding the cruise to help find her a date.]]
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Goes running around in Ryan's university in his birthday suit for Ryan's birthday's ScavengerHunt.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: InUniverse, that's how people react to him.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace
* NoSocialSkills
* NoodleIncident: No one is quite sure what happened for Mr. K to be in the group, because they're all afraid to ask.
* OddFriendship: With Ryan, and, sometimes, Owen.
* OneLetterName: Finally averted as of ''Comeback Player of the Year'', where his first name is revealed to be [[spoiler:Benjamin]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Him acting normal is considered a red alert sign.

!! Steven (JohnCho)

Ryan's boss. He's the one who convinces Ryan to go to group therapy. He is also more than a bit weird himself.

* AmbiguouslyGay: Holds Ryan's hand a tad longer than necessary in the third episode. Also, when doped after his colonoscopy, he and [[CrazyCatLady Sonia]] go on a shopping spree, winding up with 2000 dollars worth of [[CampGay trendy clothes]].
* BenevolentBoss: Is good friends with Ryan and genuinely cares about him and Carrie.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Takes out fifteen minutes of time from Ryan's three-hour long show. Receives a GloveSlap from [[CloudCuckoolander Mr. K]], who also flips his car.
** Later on, gets Mr. K to flip Ryan's Porsche in retaliation.
* GloveSlap: Is on the receiving end of one of these from [[CloudCuckoolander Mr. K]].
* GoingCommando: During said shopping spree. [[CrazyCatLady Sonia]] thinks his boxers are too conspicuous under his pants, and he agrees.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Ryan.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Ryan's boss is [[Film/StarTrek Sulu]]!
* HollywoodDateless
* [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly (for an Asian Guy)]]: Puts on a stereotypical "urban" accent to make George (who's blind) believe he's black.
* ShipTease: Has some with Carrie. [[spoiler: And Lauren.]]
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Along with Ryan and Amy.

!! Sonia (Sarah Baker)

A nurse who joined the group when one of her [[CrazyCatLady too many cats]] died. Is firstly presented as somewhat shy, but shows more backbone as the series go on.

* BerserkButton: ''Do not'' badmouth cats around her. Also, ''do not'' lose the group cat, or imply somehow that a cat's life is not as valuable as a person's life. She also doesn't like when people call her a CrazyCatLady.
* BrutalHonesty
* CloudCuckoolander: Her case is not as serious as [[StalkerWithACrush Mr. K's]], but has an unhealthy obsession with cats, fully believes she can speak "cat", and also has NoSocialSkills.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Tries to get [[ExtremeDoormat Yolanda]] to refuse to take a drugs test so as not to ruin her cool persona.
* CrazyCatLady
* HelloNurse: [[DiscussedTrope Discusses]] the concept on chapter seven.
* HiddenDepths: In ''The World Ain't Over 'Til It's Over'', demonstrates to [[NiceGuy Wyatt]] how to propose by practicting on Yolanda. She does it so well that [[LesYay Yolanda actually agrees to marry her.]]
* OddFriendship: With [[ExtremeDoormat Yolanda]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to [[ExtremeDoormat Yolanda's]] Blue.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Has a tendency to narrate her winks.
* ShipTease: With [[StepfordSmiler Danny]] and [[LesYay Yolanda]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Has some tendencies, but isn't as bad as [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Mr. K.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: [[CloudCuckoolander Mr. K]] seems to think she, Yolanda and Fausta are going to go to hell.
* ThoseTwoGuys: A decent way of describing the friendship between her and Yolanda, especially once the two become co-workers.

!! Carrie (Allison Miller)

Ryan's SassySecretary. Often has to put up with her boss and Steven's antics.

* BetterAsFriends: Never spoken out loud, but that's apparently how things stand between her and Ryan.
* BettyAndVeronica: Plays the Betty to Hannah's Veronica to Ryan in episode thirteen.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: She's the Light Feminine to her friend Hannah's Dark Feminine.
* HollywoodHomely: Not overtly, but the show sometimes presents her as someone Steven and Ryan won't even take into consideration. She's played by Allison Miller! Other occasions present it more as them treating her as a close friend/one of the boys rather than a sexual/romantic conquest.
* NiceGirl: Sure, sometimes she does feel annoyed when Ryan's acting his craziest, but here is a girl who is always around when her boss needs her, often goes way beyond her call of duty to help him, and, like Ryan states in episode thirteen, has been there for a him ever since Janie died.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Between [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryan]] and [[HollywoodDateless Steven]], she's got her work cut out for her.
* SassySecretary
* SheCleansUpNicely: Episode thirteen.
* ShipTease: Has some with Ryan and Steven.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Has some with Ryan.

!! Fausta (Tonita Castro)

A Latina lady who is grieving the death of her father and brother.

* BrutalHonesty: Seems to think not understanding English gives her a free pass.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Just won't realize that Anne is lesbian.
--> '''Anne:''' ''¡Soy lesbiana!'' I looked it up just for this.
--> '''Fausta:''' ''[Laughs]'' No, no, no. Wrong word, ''lesbiana.'' One day, I tell you what this means.
--> '''Ryan:''' I feel like she's trying not to understand.
* FunnyForeigner
* GratuitousSpanish
* {{Narcissist}}
* ShipperOnDeck: For Ryan/Lauren, but it's PlayedForLaughs.
* SpicyLatina: Seems to think of herself as this. The others disagree.
* StepfordSmiler: Seems to be one of those, but it's ultimately [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Before the tragedy she's going through, she can either choose to smile or cry, and she chooses to smile.
* TeamChef
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: [[CloudCuckoolander Mr. K]] seems to think she, Sonia and Yolanda are going to go to hell. Apparently thought this of [[GrumpyBear Anne]], since she doesn't invite her to her niece's birthday party, but they've gotten over that by now. [[spoiler: Also thought this of Ryan at first, but apparently got over that too.]]
** In the case of Anne [[spoiler: part of it was also an awareness that Anne wasn't ready to smile at something like a birthday party especially since she had set up a table for 'those who can not be here with us'. She points this out when Anne sits at that very table.]]
* YouNoTakeCandle: Her understanding of English is limited.
* [[spoiler:YoureDrinkingBreastMilk]]: The secret of her cakes.

!! Danny (Seth Morris)

A discharged soldier whose wife had a son with another man while he was on deployment. Faces all his problems by drifting away in his imaginary city, Harborville.

* BewareTheNiceOnes: Trashes his wife's lover's car in episode six.
* ButNotTooForeign: He's apparently 1/64 Chinook Indian.
* CloseKnitCommunity: Harborville.
* [[spoiler: DivorceAssetsConflict]]: During ''Comeback Player of the Year''. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that [[ExtremeDoormat he didn't want any conflict]], [[SirSwearsALot Anne]] raised the conflict.
* ExtremeDoormat: To unhealthy proportions.
* GratuitousSpanish: Is usually the one who explains what's happening to Fausta.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Runs around Ryan's university naked for Ryan's ScavengerHunt.
* NiceGuy
* OddCouple: Him and [[CrazyCatLady Sonia]].
* PerpetualSmiler
* PracticalJoke: Has one played on him by Owen in ''Win at All Costas''.
* PrecisionFStrike: Done to great effect in ''Comeback Player of the Year'', after [[SirSwearsALot Anne]] shows up to help him with his [[spoiler: divorce papers]].
--> '''Danny (to [[spoiler: his wife's lawyer]]):''' Call John Lithgow, tell them you're f*****!
* ShipTease: With [[CrazyCatLady Sonia]].
* StepfordSmiler: His wife cheated on him, the man with whom his wife cheated on him came to live with them, and was abusive to Danny. Yet, he was the most cheerful of the group; it's heavily implied his constant smiling is a way of avoiding facing his problems. He seems to be growing out of this and smiling for more genuine reasons though.
* StepfordSuburbia: Harborville is an odd variation, in that the town itself is perfect, but it's also a way for Danny to avoid facing his problems.
* TeachHimAnger: Ryan tries to do this on ''Big League Chew''. The result is mixed: at first, Danny takes it too seriously and starts taking it out on everything and everyone, but, later on, he realizes his way of coping is not that bad, he just needs to achieve some balance. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Which he achieves by trashing his wife's lover's car.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: His wife had a child when he was away at Afghanistan. He ended up missing the birth... and the conception.

!! Terrell Owens (Terrell Owens)

A future Hall of Famer wide receiver. He has something of a friendly love-hate relationship with Ryan. In the pilot, he gets tackled by Ryan. Half a season later, he ends up [[spoiler: flipping Ryan's car with Steven and Mr. K.]] As of of last handful of episodes of season one, he ends up as Ryan's temporary secretary.

* AsHimself
* TheCameo: Though in this case, it may be a case of becoming a recurring character since he's shown up in no less than three episodes so far.
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