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Unhitched aired from March 2-30, 2008 on FOX.
Dating in your 20s is like going to the farmers market "if you get there early, there's plenty of fruit, all ripe, juicy and yours for the taking. But dating in your 30s is like getting there at closing time. The remaining fruit has been sitting in the sun all day. It's been dropped, squeezed and handled by a thousand different people.
From the creatively fruitful minds of the Farrelly Brothers ( Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber, Stuck on You ), UNHITCHED followed a group of newly single friends living in Boston and learning the painful lessons of starting over in their 30s. They would have all loved to get remarried, if they could just find their true loves.
Jack Gator Gately (Craig Bierko) was a charismatic, optimistic guy who never expected to be single again. But now that he was, he was determined to make the best of it until he could find the one.
Joining Gator in bachelorhood redux were his best friends: thrice-divorced Tommy (Johnny Sneed), the founder and brewmaster of an upstart microbrewery, who had a voracious appetite for food, beer and women; and Dr. Freddy Sahgal (Shaun Majumder), a successful surgeon who could execute a triple bypass in his sleep, but was all thumbs when it came to the opposite sex.
Rounding out the group was Kate (Rashida Jones), a smart, successful attorney who handled all three of the boys divorces. Having just turned 30, Kate found herself dumped after a seven-year engagement and reluctantly joined the guys in negotiating the treacherous waters of dating. With Kate owning the brownstone next to Gator's, this pair, over time, hoped that the one was just a brick wall away.
A Review from Variety
(Series -- Fox, Sun. March 2, 9:30 p.m.)
By BRIAN LOWRY
Filmed in Los Angeles by Conundrum Entertainment and Watson Pond Prods. in association 20th Century Fox Television. Executive producers, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Bradley Thomas, Brad Johnson, Mike Sikowitz; co-executive producers, Chris Pappas, Michael Bernier, Matt Silverstein, David Jeser, Kristin Newman; producers, Kevin Barnett, Katy McCaffrey, Randy Cordray; directors, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly; writers, Pappas, Bernier, Kevin Barnett.
Jack "Gator" Gately - Craig Bierko
Kate - Rashida Jones
Tommy - Johnny Sneed
Dr. Freddy Sahgal - Shaun Majumder
Having struggled to gain a toehold with live-action comedy, Fox attempts to do the next best thing by enlisting the Farrelly brothers to help launch into its popular animation lineup a live-action half-hour with all the attributes of a cartoon. An amorous orangutan makes the most indelible impression in the opening installment, but "Unhitched" is pretty dumb and uninspired even by the standards of lower primates, for whom the show is clearly intended. Frankly, it's the kind of lame sitcom that gives scripted programming a bad name.
Originally titled "The Rules of Starting Over," the show itself actually starts somewhere in the middle. The focus is on four friends (with a three-to-one "Seinfeld"-style gender mix, although the resemblance ends there) recovering from divorces and simultaneously hitting the dating circuit.
In typical Farrelly fashion, the jokes are broadly aimed and then some: Jack (Craig Bierko) dates a primate expert with an ape roommate; Dr. Freddy (Shaun Majumder) falls head over heels for a paid escort; Tommy (Johnny Sneed) hits on an underage girl; and Kate (Rashida Jones) struggles with dating a guy shorter than she is -- a concern he augments, unwittingly, by taking her to a basketball game.
Bierko ("Boston Legal") and Jones ("The Office") both have the distinction of parachuting from clever, well-written shows into this one, which certainly represents a step back down the evolutionary ladder.
There's nothing wrong in theory with a big, dumb comedies, and "Unhitched" almost inadvertently stumbles across something mildly funny once or twice (Tommy's encounter with a sex addict, for example, in a subsequent episode) thanks to the relentlessness of that tone. Still, the show feels completely derivative, it's wholly unconvincing that the central quartet would hang out together, and I'm frankly still fuzzy (mostly because after 10 minutes it's difficult to give a damn) on what connects them beyond the not-that-jarring status of being single again in their 30s and, well, "Seinfeld" did it.
Although Fox's promotion bills the show as "outrageous," the Farrellys also seem oddly shackled compared with even their lesser bigscreen endeavors -- enough to make one pine for the genuinely poor taste of "Shallow Hal" or "Me, Myself & Irene."
Granted, the network can't rely on animation to carry its comedy standard forever, but with its live-action efforts proving so consistently one-dimensional, maybe it's time for a trip back to the drawing board.
A Review from The New York Times
So There's This Orangutan, a Little Shy but Nice
By GINIA BELLAFANTE
Published: March 1, 2008
On Sunday evening the Farrelly brothers, Peter and Bobby, will arrive on network television, as executive producers of Unhitched, a new Fox show that feels less like a comedy than an exercise in lawyerly manipulation. A look at the lives of four newly single friends in Boston, Unhitched is practically a game, an experiment in just how big a mud bath a few feral minds can make dating seem before inviting parental disinheritance or future fines from the Federal Communications Commission.
The show crosses the line at bestiality and then hops right over the pylons of misogyny, ethnic incorrectness and dermal malady. The best of the Farrelly brothers films (and I'd rank Shallow Hal among the most poignant romantic comedies of the past eight years) require only a suspension of prudishness to be enjoyed. Unhitched demands simple sentience to be disliked.
The half-hour format turns out to be the wrong one for the Farrellys, not because their sensibility is too icky but because their hearts bleed a thousand misty colors. In their films, the reformed and well intentioned are rewarded, but the kind of high television comedy to which they aspire is no place for decency's conquests. Warmth, they see, is the fiercest enemy of all that Larry David has wrought, so they compliantly muzzle their fuzziest selves here, leaving only the bleak goop of their most puerile impulses.
The show revolves around a 30-year-old divorce lawyer named Kate (Rashida Jones, formerly of The Office ), who has been dumped by her fiance, and three male friends whose wives have left them, presumably because house plants seem more apt to restock a fridge or pay a cable bill. In an interview in the electronic press kit that arrived with the first two episodes of the series, Ms. Jones distances herself from the project before it is even under way, suggesting that she was never going to do anything as good as The Office again so she thought she might as well try something broad.
Broad indeed. Jack, known as Gator (Craig Bierko), is the ringleader and disciplinarian of the group, the kind of person whose nobility begins and ends with his efforts to keep his colleagues from hitting on 15-year-old girls. The grown women who fall into their orbit are usually drunks or hookers or nut jobs (one of the good ones has a protrusion on her back in the shape of a sickle).
The first episode has Jack seduced by a cute wacko who is crazy enough about primates that she begs him to make ape noises during their first and only sexual get-together. This results in his getting sodomized by her orangutan.
And you can see where this is going, can't you? It is going right into a rectal exam administered by Jack's friend Freddy Sahgal (Shaun Majumder), a surgeon, presumably of Indian descent, who speaks as if he learned English from a menu in a Chinese restaurant that wasn't Mr. Chow's.
Unhitched is the latest in a spate of shows that make freaks of the divorced ( Nip/Tuck and Carpoolers are two others), as if to suggest that singleness is itself a deformity. It is a show about dating that leaves you to wonder if Sex and the City belonged to the era of Western Union. Unhitched expends a wrestler's energy aiming to offend and provoke, but no amount of outrageousness can mask its conformity.
Fox, Sunday night at 9:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 8:30, Central time.
Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Bradley Thomas, Brad Johnson and Mike Sikowitz, executive producers; Chris Pappas, Michael Bernier, Matt Silverstein, David Jeser and Kristin Newman, co-executive producers; pilot directed by the Farrellys. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Conundrum Entertainment and Watson Pond Productions.
WITH: Craig Bierko (Jack Gately), Rashida Jones (Kate), Johnny Sneed (Tommy) and Shaun Majumder (Dr. Freddy Sahgal).
To listen to the full theme song go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8hUUtJL0qg
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