Gary Unmarried (2008–2010)
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The relationships between Gary and Allison works so well. Gary plays this simple man's man that works as a tradie, loves his beer and sports. Allison plays an uptight ex-wife that was in charge of everything and continues to nag at Gary. The sub-relationships with the kids and other characters compliment it perfectly meaning a great overall comedy.
There's a few surprising reviews I've read complaining about the fact the acting isn't perfectly Oscar worthy brilliance. I mean seriously, this is a sitcom that's suppose to be light hearted. It's not The Hurt Locker. Some people have these preconceived opinions of particular actors and won't like them regardless of what they're in.
Personally I find the humour in this very smart and funny. I'm really disappointed that this show was canceled as after only 2 seasons you're left a bit high and dry.
Gary divorced his wife of 15 years, Allison after built up tensions and hatred from the last few years. They have two children - a girl and a boy. I loved the girl as she's so compassionate towards environment, people and life in general. The boy is hilarious whenever he comes on screen (wat will I do when she expects me to tap it?!!). Gary is a type of jock and we all know that he is not cut out for the mature acting part, and I really liked him. His 40 year old wife, Allison is hot and she is also a really likable character. Gary is playing the field for now as he is a free man and just one month after the divorce, he is already in a relationship with another single mom.
Even though the show is about middle aged parents problems with their life, the writers have wonderfully concocted a very lovable family with some good writing. We don't have dumb beautiful girls every episode like in Two & A Half Men and the characters are fleshed out as well as you can expect out of a comedy sitcom. Nobody in this show is someone who you would love to hate, maybe Allison, but she's also pretty likable for me. The acting is OK for the most part, but sometimes Gary comes across as just delivering his lines, but it can be overcome because the screenplay is so much fun. The daughter's character is my favourite because she's so cute, loyal to her cause, and very positive towards life and the one scene I really like is when Gary tells her that she is beautiful and she blushes and tells him 'I knooooow. My friend's lazy eye totally corrected itself when he saw me.' That was actually really cute. I have seen 14 episodes of 'Gary Unmarried' and I am looking forward for the rest of the season. Though not a great sitcom like my favourites, this is a perfectly fine entertaining show for me to pass time in the evenings when I come back from college.
So overall, an interesting concept. It has its hilarious moments, but tends towards suicidally irritating when the kids are in the picture. 7/10.
By the way, Jay Mohr's portrayal of the character Gary is fantastic. Good on ya Jay!
But it's funny! It's really, truly funny! It's interesting family dynamics, with a flare of those good ol' sitcom family antics. Ryan Malgarini is hysterical, a young talent with great comedic timing. The writers put a lot of sass in it, and it's the kind of comedy that makes you laugh big.
It's a good laugh; you're going to smile all the way through the whole show. It doesn't take itself seriously, and it's funnier for it.
The supporting cast is great, mostly because of the two kids. The children are involved a lot in the plot lines and can hold their own.
However, I am not one of those that tunes into TV for the story lines to all tie in together well or to check on the congruity of it, I tune in to be entertained, especially when it comes to comedies. This is not a show that is going to make the world a better place, but it does make me laugh.
I'm not about to compare it to other shows after only a few episodes, any of you out there that remembers Seinfeld?, they almost canceled the show but they stuck with it and it became one of the best show ever. Not all sitcom starts off really strong like Friends, give it time people.
Anyway, I think it has a lot of potential, even though it's kind of hard to stay original on television these days.
I have liked Jay Mohr in most of the things that I have seen him in.
There have been many posts that indicate how mad people are over the portrayal of the relationship between Gary and his ex-wife, Allison. I don't know what is wrong with people.
If I wanted reality television, I wouldn't tune in to a sitcom (which stands for situational comedy, for those idiots out there that don't think the show is true enough).
I want a show that I can tune into and it will make me laugh. This show does that.
I thoroughly enjoy "Gary's" son Tom. The actor who plays Tom, Ryan Magarini, does a great job.
I hate it when writers try too hard to make kids funny on television. This seems to be a right mix of smart comedy for a kid his age.
Paula Marshall is absolutely fantastic in this show. I hope this show will stick around for a while.
Perhaps Jay Mohr's character does go a little too far at times, but it gets me laughing. I don't want this getting canceled like last fall's show with John Lithgow and Judith Light.
I think there is a better title out there for Gary Unmarried. Although it was the title that caught my eye. I don't feel Gary Unmarried really goes with what the show is about. Two parents who are divorced and taking care of their kids.
First off, the acting is great, despite some opinions. And second, some people are forgetting what these shows are all about. To help you relax, make you laugh and put you in a good mood. The show DOES that. And yes, if you sit there and start searching for things wrong with it, you will find some but that is not the point of the program. It doesn't matter that there are "loose ends" with the script or that somebody found a joke stupid. The show has a lot of originality in terms of comedy. If you are picky enough you will find wrong things even with the king "Friends", but if you want to enjoy a funny show watch Garry Unmarried.
I will put it right along with "2 1/2 Men" because he struggles with things but isn't constantly apologizing for it. His character is in line with "Charlie Harper" in that respect.
The only thing I would change is to pull back on the attack of the ex-wife. That too is like "2 1/2 Men". Even though this ex-wife isn't as bad as that horrific one on the other show (she adds nothing to the show) it could go sour and she could become like her.
I wish the people on this show many happy and funny seasons to come.
Gary Unmarried undoubtedly deserves a 9/10.
Ed Begley Jr. is rarely in good form. I think the only exception was Veronica Mars, and that's because the writers gave him some good lines, and he was killed off before he could act himself over a cliff.
Jaime King is still a mystery to me, but only because she's only been in bad shows (The Class anbody?).
Paula Marshall is the exception here. Almost always worth watching, she lights up her scenes, even with Mohr trying his hardest to pull her under. She's a relatively well fleshed out character, for a show of this type. If they made her the protagonist, I might give this another shot, but she's not, so I won't. Oh, and go back and watch Veronica Mars for her as well.
Why we need to use ten lines to say something is terrible is beyond me. Bad is bad. As I go on with these lines I don't want to keep putting nails in Mohr's coffin as that is not nice, Three lines to go now.
The premise of the show is fine, but they need to take some time off and get new writers as the ones they have do not produce funny lines. One to go. And, here we are, thankfully.
Oh, am really surprised James Burrows is associated with this.
I've seen all 3 episodes that have been aired and have to say,its simply not as entertaining as most other popular shows,except for the few funny moments thrown in!!
If the script & acting doesn't get any better ,I'm sure this will go off air eventually..
Finally,an episode that was just about good.. Add in a few more laughs and obviously a better script and this might just get it going !