I'll be using the same characters I've been using lately for this, plus some of the others from their story.
The main premise of the story is that it follows the lives of several graduate students in the Chicago area (for the most part, they probably go to Northwestern University, since I live close to there when I'm not in school in Massachusetts). It has a "dramedy" tone, with a lot of funny situations and usually sarcastic humor mixed with serious issues. I've done much more character development and plotting than actual writing, but I see it as working best in TV format.
The five main characters are:
Spencer H. Montgomery IV, who is a law student from the Boston area. He is wealthy, slightly eccentric, highly intelligent, openly gay, and rather cynical (although he's actually using the cynicism as armor for his natural idealism). He hopes to go into politics, and his ultimate dream is to become president. He was even more eccentric as a teenager, because he has some attention-seeking tendencies. Nothing scares him more than the thought of wasting his chance to do good in the world, even if he thinks it might be pointless. He has a sister named Haley who is seven years or so younger than him, and they're pretty close despite that. She has his intelligence and sarcasm, and wants to dance professionally.
Roman Malinowicz, a violin student who was born in Poland but moved to Chicago at age five. He's very musically talented, intelligent, nice, and cheerful, but is prone to moments of pessimism. He was raised Catholic, and is not religious now, but his upbringing has left him with a great deal of guilt over some things, particularly his bisexuality, which he keeps a secret until more than halfway through his second year of grad school, and eventually he starts a relationship with Spencer and comes out to his family, who are more accepting than he expected. He is the second of five children.
Maya Solomon, a medical student from New York City (Manhattan, specifically). She's very high-strung, intellectually competitive, and bossy, but is quite nice and well-meaning behind all of that (and quite aware that she can be a very stereotypical Jewish girl sometimes). The Solomons an the Montgomerys have summer homes near one another, so she and Spencer have been friends for most of their lives, eventually realizing they are best friends as teenagers. He's the closest to a sibling she has.
Caleb Hayashi, a biology student who wants to be a high school teacher from San Francisco. He was a popular, nerdy jock as a teenager, and now he's slightly nerdier and less of a jock, but is still the same nice, laid-back person he always was (he's the most emotionally balanced of the main characters). He and Maya argue a lot, because of how different their personalities are (even if he's usually non-confrontational), but it's the sort of argument that turns out to be a strange way of flirting, and after a year of it, they start dating. He's Roman's roommate.
Veronica Medina, a journalism student from Denver, Colorado [probably, anyway]. She's bubbly, clever, and loves learning about and exploring the world, and was a bit tomboyish when she was younger. She and Maya went to school together as undergrads, and they are roommates now. Her boyfriend, Brandon McCall, is a computer geek from the South who currently has an internship in California.
And some supporting characters:
Jonas Harper, Spencer's roommate. He's a book smart (but not at all life smart) business student who went to the same boarding school as Spencer when they were teenagers, and, to Spencer's annoyance, he still acts like the frat boy he used to be. He has a sort-of girlfriend named Kayla Abernathy, Jonas's kind-of girlfriend, who really wants a gay best friend and thinks Spencer is perfect for the job.
Martin Weiman, Spencer's fellow law student from Washington, D.C. He's sometimes cocky, but is generally nice, smart, and funny. He is also gay, and goes on one rather disastrous date with Spencer, but they eventually become platonic friends.
Asher Cohen, a literature student who starts his PhD during the third year of grad school for the main characters, and doesn't appear until then. He becomes friends with Martin first, and, despite the fact that Martin is somewhat hesitant to start a relationship, eventually ends up as his boyfriend (and I seriously need to fix the sexual orientation ratio in this story). He's generally nice and relaxed, and has a tendency to over-dramatize his language and be sort of absent-minded.
Sorry that's so long, but this should help you come up with more alternate universes for me.
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