The Unicorn: Season 1 (2019)

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The Unicorn

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Warm and funny, The Unicorn finds humor in unexpected places and shows off a whole new side of the talented Walton Goggins.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 89

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Air date: Sep 26, 2019

Wade is a middle-aged widower who, a year after his wife's passing, decides to start dating. Helping him navigate his new reality are his friends and two adolescent daughters.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2019

Wade suddenly finds himself in a "relationship" he has no interest in when he has trouble turning down a second date. Also, Wade tries to understand when Grace struggles with her social media posts.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2019

Wade's friends encourage him to join a support group for partners who have lost a spouse to help him deal with his anger, and he's shocked by the advice he's given by the host of the support group, Caroline.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2019

A widower is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he's utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2019

Grace gets the lead in the school musical, but Wade realizes that the teachers are giving her special treatment after he hears her sing. Also, Michelle and Ben persuade Delia and Forrest to volunteer for the chaotic snack bar duty at a school function.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2019

Wade visits a local hot spot to meet people instead of using his dating app; and Forrest and Ben decide to be his "wing men."

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Air date: Nov 14, 2019

When Wade goes out of town for the day, he panics at the realization that he is the sole caretaker of his children. Also, Delia picks up the girls from school for Wade but is thrown for a loop when Grace tells a clever lie to hang out with her friends.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2019

Wade and the girls tackle hosting Thanksgiving dinner for friends and extended family. Also, Ben attempts to make a fried turkey for the very first time.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2019

Wade pretends to be dating Caroline to avoid being set up on blind dates by Delia. Also, Ben and Michelle throw an anniversary party for themselves, but have issues with the catering.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2019

Wade is giddy, his daughters are amused and his friends are excited when he has his first crush since becoming single again. Also, Grace and Natalie take advantage of their dad going on dates by having friends over and it starts to get out of hand.

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Critic Reviews for The Unicorn Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12)

I'm happy to say that [Walter] Goggins makes the shift into conventionality and rectitude effortlessly.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

[Walton] Goggins fares fairly well in this very tamped-down mode, even if a number of his previous characters clearly would want to choke Wade Felton to death.

Sep 30, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Just the type of series that'll make parents happy they don't have to drive to the theater for their dinner-and-a-show date night.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Of course, we shouldn't be surprised that Walton Goggins can anchor a family sitcom. He's a great actor, that's what great actors do.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Goggins is good in this sitcom, surrounded by a solid cast that works hard to sand the edges. He does too. When he pulls out a frozen parm, the last of the dinners he got after the death of his spouse, he starts to tear up.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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The cast all do lovely work - [Walter] Goggins is entirely at ease playing a person not entirely at ease with the new rules of romance, and his castmates are reliably funny as they push him along and offer secondhand advice.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

So what goes wrong? It's his friends. They're insufferable and the worst cutouts since cardboard was invented.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

What really makes The Unicorn special is its ability to successfully navigate the cliche-laden landscape of domestic dramas and family comedies - and occasionally, transcend them in subtle, exciting ways.

Jan 9, 2020 | Full Review…

On paper, this show sounds dreadful, but it rises above its premise largely thanks to [Walter] Goggins.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Unicorn" is funny, smart, sweet and engaging.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

[Walter] Goggins underplays his role, going for a meek and sweet approach - and it works, at least enough to have you watching, and rooting for him.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The show is pleasant, if unexceptional, though it's nice to see Goggins playing an average nice guy - instead of a silver-tongued crook, as in "Justified." He's so average, though, that the show threatens to become a sleep aid.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Unicorn: Season 1

  • Nov 20, 2020
    It's strange watching Walton Goggins actually play a good guy, a single father of two at that? The role is literally the complete opposite of the usual characters that he plays... I'm so used seeing him as the obnoxious evil bad guy(Vice Principals, Sons of Anarchy, Fatman). But he actually does an OK job on this family sitcom because he is good in comedies IMO... But if I had never seen his previous shows and movies I might have actually believed he was a good guy. Side note: Half of the male cast in The Unicorn is from the show Ballers on HBO. So you know it will have some good laughs! Maybe The Rock will make a cameo lol.
  • Oct 20, 2020
    Super entertaining, not at all morally reprehensible, more clever than you might expect. Really like it.
  • Aug 16, 2020
    Funny and not too corny like so many sitcoms that have come out lately.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    Funny and likeable cast
  • Jun 11, 2020
    I don't know why I was so surprised to really like this show, maybe because the main actor usually plays the bad guy. He has really turned it around here. Great acting by the whole cast and the storylines really ring true. Very funny and quite touching, I wouldn't miss an episode.
  • Mar 20, 2020
    Great ensemble cast from the youngsters to the adults. The cast optimizes good warm, clever, timely writing. Best family sitcom in a long time. It will be interesting to see how the show will develop and diversify the main premise - widower moving on.
  • Mar 12, 2020
    Wow! That went downhill fast! Interesting first 2 episodes but by the 5th its like pulling teeth. A terrible script accompanies formulaic plot. You can feel the actors screaming inside.
  • Feb 08, 2020
    Best new show of the season !
  • Jan 31, 2020
    The first few episodes were pretty good. Now it us really just unwatchable to me. Very boring.
  • Jan 30, 2020
    This is such a hilarious show. Great writing and performances and cast

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