Characters / Go On

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.

Lauren Bennett (Laura Benanti)

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

Anne (Julie White)

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

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.)

Owen Lewis (Tyler James Williams)

A Deadpan Snarker whose brother went into a coma after a skiing accident. Starts out as The Quiet One, but gradually comes out of his shell after Ryan joins the group.

Mr. Benjamin K (Brett Gelman)

A Cloud Cuckoolander with a Mysterious Past that gives some really creepy vibes to everyone else in the group. Acts like a Stalker with a Crush to Ryan.

Steven (John Cho)

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

Sonia (Sarah Baker)

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

Carrie (Allison Miller)

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

  • Better as Friends: Never spoken out loud, but that's apparently how things stand between her and Ryan.
  • Betty and Veronica: Plays the Betty to Hannah's Veronica to Ryan in episode thirteen.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She's the Light Feminine to her friend Hannah's Dark Feminine.
  • Hollywood Homely: 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.
  • Nice Girl: 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.
  • Only Sane Woman: Between Ryan and Steven, she's got her work cut out for her.
  • Sassy Secretary
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Episode thirteen.
  • Ship Tease: Has some with Ryan and Steven.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Has some with Ryan.

Fausta (Tonita Castro)

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

  • Brutal Honesty: Seems to think not understanding English gives her a free pass.
  • Comically Missing the Point: 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.
  • Funny Foreigner
  • Gratuitous Spanish
  • Narcissist
  • Shipper on Deck: For Ryan/Lauren, but it's Played for Laughs.
  • Spicy Latina: Seems to think of herself as this. The others disagree.
  • Stepford Smiler: Seems to be one of those, but it's ultimately Subverted. Before the tragedy she's going through, she can either choose to smile or cry, and she chooses to smile.
  • Team Chef
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Mr. K seems to think she, Sonia and Yolanda are going to go to hell. Apparently thought this of Anne, since she doesn't invite her to her niece's birthday party, but they've gotten over that by now. Also thought this of Ryan at first, but apparently got over that too.
    • In the case of Anne 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.
  • You No Take Candle: Her understanding of English is limited.
  • You're Drinking Breast Milk: 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.

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 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.

  • As Himself
  • The Cameo: 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.