Gary Unmarried: Season 1 (2008 - 2009)

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Gary Unmarried

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A lackluster, clichéd sitcom, Gary Unmarried features overly quirky characters in tired, less-than-amusing situations.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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Air date: Sep 24, 2008

Painting contractor Gary (Jay Mohr) and his ex-wife (Paula Marshall) navigate kids and new relationships in this comedy, which opens with Allison announcing she is remarrying and Gary getting involved with a client who isn't convinced that he's ready to start dating again.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2008

When Gary disrobes in front of Allison they realize they're still too familiar with one another. Determined to put some distance between each other, they set up new ground rules for their postdivorce interactions.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2008

Gary pushes Allison's fiancé to set a wedding date when he realizes that their nuptials will mean the end to his alimony payments.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2008

Gary wants Allison to return his pool table and threatens to show off some racy photos she once gave to him if she refuses.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2008

Allison and Vanessa's growing friendship is making Gary nervous because of its potential to color Vanessa's impression of him. To stave off any embarrassing revelations, Gary urges the women in his life to look elsewhere for female bonding.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2008

Gary and Allison's new relationships reach a milestone: meeting the friends. But neither feels confident in the first impressions they made.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2008

Gary honors Vanessa's request to go on a real date, but ends up in the doghouse when he takes her to the restaurant he and Allison often patronized.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2008

As a favor to Allison, Gary pretends they're still married when they attend a friend's vow-renewal ceremony. But the plan goes awry when Gary finds himself attracted to a fetching guest.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2008

It's Gary's first Thanksgiving as a single father, but with Allison hosting her own gathering, the exes find themselves competing for guests.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2008

Gary tries to outdo Allison when he learns she is taking the kids to their first concert. He counters by planning to share significant life events with them such as helping Tom with his first shave and purchasing Louise her first bra.

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Tv Season Info

Gary Brooks (Jay Mohr), a recently divorced man, adjusts to being single again after 15 years of marriage in this sitcom. In the first season, Gary discovers that simple things like dating have become a bit more challenging, and juggling his ex-wife (Paula Marshall) and kids (Ryan Malgarini and Kathryn Newton) doesn't help.

Critic Reviews for Gary Unmarried Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (12)

Not good. This rare family comedy ranges from sweet humor to jarring innuendo to jaw-dropping shock. Mohr is too frantic, and Marshall is too harsh.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Gary" is a throwback to a time when laugh tracks were provided by evidently demented studio audiences; when sitcoms had a beat, pace and predictability so primitive that they engaged only the reptilian part of our brains.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

[Paula Marshall] gestures so madly with her hands, as if somehow motion equals funny, as if she could magically make the new CBS sitcom take flight.

Sep 24, 2008 | Full Review…

The domestic family jokes flow easily on "Gary Unmarried."

Sep 24, 2008 | Full Review…

Women are shrill killjoys out to destroy fun. That's the concept that animates the formulaic new CBS comedy "Gary Unmarried."

Sep 24, 2008 | Full Review…

Stealing scenes on this show is petty theft indeed.

Sep 24, 2008 | Full Review…

Boiled down to a personal ad, "Gary Unmarried" would read as follows: "Divorced white male seeks audience. Has two kids, quarrelsome ex-wife, and one-night stand/possible g.f. Those looking for anything fresh, new or consistently amusing need not apply."

Sep 24, 2008 | Full Review…

Despite these iffy characterizations and sometimes-biting quips between the exes -- plus some innuendo, drinking, and marital tension -- the show offers an optimistic, heartfelt view of one man's life and relationships.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Gary" would seem to be offering equal time to guys on the tricky subject of post-divorce relationships. But the writing's not there, and neither is anyone who can play at the level of "Christine's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

So it doesn't seem fair to review Gary Unmarried at all: as a social statement, it was already cancelled a long time ago.

Sep 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

The premiere episode is pretty lackluster overall, with obvious punchlines and predictable characterizations.

Sep 24, 2008 | Full Review…

I'm saying that there are signposts that prevent me from writing this one off.

Sep 24, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gary Unmarried: Season 1

  • Jan 30, 2014
    Good show, got cancelled though

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