Gary Unmarried: A Possible Hit in the Making

Gary Unmarried didn't strike me from the previews to be a great new comedy, but as a fan of Jay Mohr, I figured it had to have some laughs to it - and it did!


Still, not this season's best new comedy... well, actually I guess it could be considering the competition like Do Not Disturb, Worst Week, and Kath and Kim which all have shown or seem they will show to be pretty awful.


So, in Gary Unmarried, we have Jay Mohr playing a recently divorced dad dealing with how to raise his kids with his ex-wife. Gary's trying to date a girl he just met, aka slept with, but he's trying to be considerate of his wife's post-divorce rules like not dating for a while.


But of course, because it's a sitcom, there are plenty of fun twists. When he goes to talk with his wife about it being okay if they start dating, she says, "phew, now I can tell you I'm engaged - and wear this!" as she pulls out an engagement ring and pops it on.


As it turns out, his ex is engaged to their marriage therapist - rich for comedy? Well of course. While these comedic "twists" are a little predictable and corny, they aren't as bad as I would expect.


Gary is a funny and natural character who pulls off the cool (and a little bit dorky) yet involved divorced dad very well. He has a good rapport with the characters of his kids which makes it all more believable and enjoyable, and the kids seem like they could be fun characters as well.


The ex-wife, though, Allison, seems a bit too classic bratty sitcom wife/ex-wife. She's not so awful, but her lines in the pilot felt forced and over-acted. She doesn't seem to be the right fit for the role as she and Gary don't have a very interesting comedic chemistry.


But, throw in the therapist fiance, played by Ed Begley Jr., well, we just might have something. Who couldn't have a little laugh at the new fiance showing up at the ex's house to let him punch him, and then end up giving the ex and his new girlfriend a therapy session?


So there's hope for Gary Unmarried as long as it keeps the original aspects rolling and can keep the storyline interesting.


If you checked it out, what did you think? Does Gary Unmarried have potential?


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Sep 25, 2008 3:03PM EDT

loving it ... i was laughing out loud at some bits ... it was a real feel-good episode ... hope the standard does not fall

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Oct 23, 2008 3:10AM EDT

Potential?! I love this show, it's hilarious. As far as new shows go, it's the only thing funnier than Fringe. OMG just think if Fringe were actually a comedy instead of a pseudoscientific cop drama!And lay off Kath and Kim, dude. I like that show. It is a bit hit and miss sometimes but it has its moments.

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Oct 23, 2008 12:54PM EDT

Fer cryin' out loud (a Garyism), this is a funny show! Jay and Paula are a perfect fit as the bitter, but loving exes, who know how to use the dirt on each other. Paula Marshall is --as always -- sexy and hilarious; this is best role for her. The kids are great. Ed is um...interesting, but the only character I don't care at all for is Vanessa, who is about as interesting as a box of Cheerios.
drunkA: "I never kissed a black man before *snap* but I win again!"
A: "I'm hungry. You know what? *snap* I'mgonna make a bundt cake."
A: "Hey! You know what else is good? Cinnabun."
kissingG: "Okay on the count of three. One, two--"A: "Can we not make this like we're lifting a couch here?"

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Jun 7, 2016 4:58PM EDT

I wanted to hate it (because although I LOVE Jay Mohr I was sort of hoping it would totally tank and he would return to Ghost Whisperer!) but I love it! It's one of the first new comedies I've seen in years that makes me laugh out loud.Couldn't have expected any less I guess, Jay Mohr is so charmingly sweet and funny...and I was VEEEERY impressed with the hanging doorframe moves!Wish he could do both though, because while I'd hate his new show not to work out Ghost Whisperer just isn't the same without him!

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Nov 5, 2008 10:59AM EST

I think this show is gonna stick around. I compare it to How I met your mother. In the sense that it's always light-hearted hilarious stuff and that's a winning combo. CBS recognizes funny and they won't let this show go.

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