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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 35
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  • Summary: Jay Mohr is Gary, a single father trying to juggle raising his children and start dating again.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. 70
    Gary Unmarried is pretty much business as usual, introducing us to a dude of simple pleasures.
  2. I like Gary Unmarried. It’s like other sitcoms I’ve seen of late involving newly broken-up households (remember when the sitcom single dad was widowed instead of divorced?).
  3. While they're entertaining together, the show needs other characters to avoid becoming just an endless exchange of the snarky things TV writers love to have exes say about each other.
  4. The performances, in and of themselves, range from solid (King's) to inspired (Marshall's)....But taken together, there is both too much and too little going on.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Mostly, though, Gary trades insults with his ex-wife (Paula Marshall, who really needs to stop jumping into the sack with uninspired series) and stammers toward the beautiful young woman (Jaime King) with whom he's in bed when the premiere begins. The prospects for transforming that slim premise into a satisfying show would seem less grim if those elements could survive a half-hour.
  6. This sitcom may elicit a few laughs, but the premiere episode is pretty lackluster overall, with obvious punchlines and predictable characterizations.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    25
    Gary is a throwback to a time when laugh tracks were provided by evidently demented studio audiences; when one-liners were stoked with double entendres about sexual functions; when sitcoms had a beat, pace and predictability so primitive that they engaged only the reptilian part of our brains. To some viewers, this may be comfort food. To others: Hell.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. JuliaB
    Dec 15, 2009
    10
    How cute is this blended family thing! I really love the hubby/ex/girlfriend/black guy friend/hippy dad/military brother/geeky kids circle that Gary has going on. And that he's following his dream and fought so hard for it in the radio career, and that he seems to be fighting for his girl...Everyone on this show is great.... Expand
  2. CrackinUpEveryWednesday
    Nov 5, 2008
    10
    Omg! The Critics 'need new writers' - - - lol! To quote Glenn Garvin of Miami Herald "It's hard to enjoy CRITICS in such dire need of a hard slapping. " (Note: I'm normally not a violent person - but c'mon . . . ) I'll be honest, I've NEVER been a fan of Jay Mohr but "Gary Unmarried's" writers have convinced me to give Jay another chance. The WRITERS should be awarded for EXCELLENCE. Old Christine, my favorite show before the writer's strike - has lost the laughter... Gary Unmarried - ALL of the cast literally have me giggling in my soup - and again, the writing is tight, ORIGINAL . . . bang on. I know funny and Gary Unmarried IS funny! Kudo's!!! Expand
  3. TinaT.
    Jan 8, 2009
    10
    This show ROCKS!! It received the People's Choice Award last night...so you critics who think you're GOD can eat your words...This show is GREAT!!! Expand
  4. ChrisG.
    Sep 24, 2008
    9
    Arrogant critics quickly dismissed this engaging comedy, although Jay Mohr is spot on with his one-liners and I agree that the show needs more characters, but I'll be watching. It's a far cleaner version of the often juvenile 2 1/2 men. Expand
  5. MikeB.
    Oct 7, 2008
    9
    So many new shows try to build around a concept. Gary Unmarried is built around great comedy writing and very solid acting. If you were a fan of Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond or are a fan of New Adventures of Old Christine, give Gary a try. Expand
  6. ChristopherK.
    Nov 15, 2008
    4
    The show lacks the staying power a sitcom needs at a somewhat prime time slot!
  7. ChrisJ.
    Sep 25, 2008
    2
    Oh, Man....Another divorcee falls for her therapist? Paula Marshall in another bad sitcom? Jay Mohr not funny? Tell me it's not true. Ms. Marshall could use better representation. That's it! I'm writing a sitcom. I can't do much worse. Expand