The collection complies with Jimmy (Chris Geere), a self-involved writer, as well as additionally Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive Public Relations director, as they attempt a link, along with their friends Edgar (Desmin Borges) as well as additionally Lindsay (Kether Donohue). The collection premiered on July 17, 2014. On September 30, 2014, FX brought back the program for a thirteen-episode second duration, which premiered September 9, 2015, on FXX. The second duration concentrated on clinical depression as well as additionally its result on modern collaborations. In September 2016, FX brought back the collection for the fourth duration, which premiered on September 6, 2017. In November 2017, FX brought back the collection for a 5th as well as additionally last period which premiered on January 9, 2019. The last episode broadcast on April 3, 2019.
Jimmy as well as Gretchen satisfy at the wedding celebration of Vernon as well as Becca Barbara. Becca denied Jimmy's marital relationship proposition 2 years previously, as well as he's persuaded she just welcomed him to toss her marital relationship to Vernon in his face, yet he turned up anyhow, established to spoil her day as repayment. Gretchen came as the visitor of Becca's sis Lindsay, that is Gretchen's buddy as well as the enabler of her sex-drugs-and-rock'n'roll way of living. Gretchen is the press agent for a rap triad as well as resides in a disorderly home, while Jimmy, an author, can sustain himself in upscale Silver Lake as well as drive a BMW regardless of having actually released just one book, composed throughout his post-breakup clinical depression, that has actually offered little as well as been remaindered at the regional book shop. He sustains himself by creating for shiny publications, along with the small aristocracy checks that periodically show up in his mail box.
He as well as Gretchen satisfy as Jimmy is being tossed out of the wedding party after murmuring something offending to Becca, while Gretchen has actually determined to run off with among the bride-to-be's covered presents (to her dissatisfaction, it's a blender or food processor as opposed to a food mill). Claiming to have no rate of interest in a connection, both link that evening. Over the following couple of weeks, regardless of laying out to simply “hang out and have fun” without commitment, they discover themselves ending up being more detailed.
In an identical tale, Lindsay is wed to wealthy, standard Paul, that is respectable yet ordinary with somewhat nerdy interests like astronomy, beer-brewing, and cycling. The loveless marriage was mainly Lindsay's attempt to outdo her older sister Becca by marrying first and having more material goods. The marriage falls apart when Lindsay returns to drinking and drug-using and cheats with another man. For her part, Becca is no happier with her husband Vernon, an immature man who is only interested in hanging out with friends in his man-cave, drinking while watching sports and videos.
Jimmy also has a friend named Edgar, an Iraq War veteran suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), living in his house. Throughout the first period, it is hinted that Jimmy expected the arrangement to be temporary and he sometimes wonders aloud when Edgar will move out. Over time it becomes clear that Jimmy has come to rely on Edgar's cooking and also housework, as well as his friendship.
- Chris Geere as Jimmy Shive-Overly, a selfish and insensitive British writer living in Los Angeles. Jimmy excuses his insensitive behaviour as merely “telling it like it is”.
- Aya Cash as Gretchen Cutler, a cynical and reckless music PR executive with clinical depression she mostly keeps hidden.
- Desmin Borges as Edgar Quintero, an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD and Jimmy's best friend and roommate.
- Kether Donohue as Lindsay Jillian (née Cottumaccio), Gretchen's “loose” best friend who “sold out” by marrying a nerdy man for his money.
- Janet Varney as Becca Barbara (née Cottumaccio), Lindsay's sister and Jimmy's ex-girlfriend.
- Todd Robert Anderson as Vernon Barbara, Lindsay's brother-in-law and Becca's immature husband. Vernon is an orthopedic surgeon who “performs hip replacements for old ladies”. In season 4, he loses his license due to a fatal medical accident.
- Allan McLeod as Paul Jillian, Lindsay's independently wealthy ex-husband. Officially, Paul works for a bank as “Executive Vice President of Wealth Management”, however, he seems to have no duties to take up his time.
- Shane Francis Smith as Killian Mounce, Jimmy and Edgar's pre-teen neighbor. By the end of season 2, Killian's parents have split up and he hangs out at Jimmy's house. In season 3, Killian tells the group his father left home with no explanation. In season 4, Killian makes an appearance as a mascot for an Irish theme bar, working to pay off his father's debt to the owner.
- Brandon Mychal Smith as Sam Dresden, Gretchen's main client. Sam leads a rap trio and projects a “street” image, yet his tastes run to Craft Movement furniture as well as fittings.
- Darrell Britt-Gibson as Shitstain, a member of Sam's rap trio as well as his friend. His real name is Dale.
- Allen Maldonado as Honeynutz (season 1-3), another friend of Sam as well as a member of his rap trio. His real name is Zachary. In season 4, it is revealed that Honeynutz is 45 years old, which causes Sam as well as Shitstain to dismiss him from the trio.
- Colin Campbell as “Barfly”, often seen drinking when the action takes place in a bar.
- Collette Wolfe as Dorothy Durwood (season 2–3), Edgar's girlfriend, whom he meets while working with an improv comedy troupe as part of his therapy for PTSD. A frustrated actress, she breaks up with Edgar as well as returns home to Florida at the end of season 3.
- Stephen Schneider as Ty Wyland (season 1–2, 4), a movie director who was Gretchen's lover before she met Jimmy, as well as who occasionally attempts to re-insert himself in her life, to Jimmy's dismay.
- Mageina Tovah as Amy Cadingle (season 2), Paul's girlfriend after he leaves Lindsay.
- Tessa Ferrer as Nina Keune (season 2), former champion skier and owner of Jimmy's favorite bar, who takes a romantic interest in Jimmy.
- Giovonnie Samuels as Brianna (season 1), Gretchen's assistant at the PR agency.
- Steve Agee as Dutch (seasons 1–5), a character who misinterprets a chance remark as an invitation to abandon his current job and begin a new venture.
- Doug Benson as himself (seasons 3–5); Edgar begins working for him as a sketch writer.
- Samira Wiley as Justina Jordan (season 3 and 5), Gretchen's therapist.
- Kathleen Rose Perkins as Priscilla (seasons 3–4), a stylist who hires Lindsay as her assistant.
- Colin Ferguson as Boone (season 4), friend of Ty's who also befriends Gretchen. Gretchen begins to have sex with him to get back at Jimmy.
- Anne Dudek as Whitney, Boone's ex-wife. (season 4)
- Brendan Jennings as Neil (season 4), Whitney's current husband, who is bullied mercilessly by Boone.
- Johnny Pemberton as Max (season 4), a fellow sketch writer for Doug Benson and Edgar's toxic new work friend.
- Phil Abrams as Steeb Corniglia, the pretentious host of the in-show Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! parody Tip of My Tongue (season 1 and 4).
- JoNell Kennedy as Yvette, Gretchen and Lindsay's boss. Lindsay begins a sexual relationship with her (season 5)
- Notable visitor stars
- Thomas Middleditch as “Hipster Ringleader”, a man who becomes Edgar's rival during Sunday Funday (seasons 1 and also 5)
- Marc Evan Jackson as Vernon and also Becca Barbara's therapist who recommends that they cut out the toxic people in their life (season 1)
- Sandra Bernhard as herself (season 1)
- Henry Rollins as himself (season 2)
- Erik Griffin as Trace, a radio host who has Sam and the other rappers hash out their feud on-air. (season 2)
- Ben Folds as himself (seasons 3–5)
- Brian Posehn as himself (season 3)
- Raymond J. Barry as Burt, a resident of a trailer park retirement community whom Jimmy befriends (season 4)
- Dee Wallace as Gail, Burt's neighbor at the retirement community (season 4)
- Merrin Dungey as Candace, Jimmy's new publishing rep (season 4)
- Zosia Mamet as Heidi, Gretchen's friend from middle school. (season 4)
- Robin Riker as Faye Cottumaccio, an actress, Lindsay and Becca's mother (season 4)
- Lou Diamond Phillips as himself, who fictitiously is one of Faye's former lovers (season 4)
- Lucy Montgomery as Katherine, one of Jimmy's former classmates from England (season 4)
- Amy Pietz as Adrienne, an erotica author whom Jimmy encounters at a book expo (season 4)
- Andy Daly as himself (season 4)
- Paul F. Tompkins as himself (season 5)
Production on the pilot for You're the Worst, written by Stephen Falk, was initially announced on July 17, 2013. It was announced that casting was completed on September 19, 2013. The network announced that it had ordered the pilot to series on January 24, 2014, ordering an additional nine episodes for the initial period. On December 2, 2015, the show was renewed for a third period, which premiered on August 31, 2016.
Most scenes are shot on-location. The home representing Jimmy's home is in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. For period 3, a replica of the interior of the house was produced on an audio stage, a bit larger to enhance digital cam ease of access.