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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