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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.
"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.
[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.
Women are shrill killjoys out to destroy fun. That's the concept that animates the formulaic new CBS comedy "Gary Unmarried."
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."
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.
"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.
So it doesn't seem fair to review Gary Unmarried at all: as a social statement, it was already cancelled a long time ago.
The premiere episode is pretty lackluster overall, with obvious punchlines and predictable characterizations.
Audience Reviews for Gary Unmarried: Season 1
Jan 30, 2014Good show, got cancelled though