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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. Despite its 1980s ambiance, you can't simply dismiss the show. It has some genuinely funny lines, though it's not clear who to thank for that.
  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. 60
    Mohr is too frantic, and Marshall is too harsh, but Ed Begley Jr. delights as a goofy therapist.
  4. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    50
    Mohr knows how to deliver a sarcastic one-liner, the pilot has a few laughs and the characters are all likable. But despite modern references to things like "Second Life," the whole show comes across as a bit antiquated.
  5. Their recently divorced characters have all the stereotypical sitcom tsuris, plus she's engaged to their marriage counselor--ho, ho--who turns out to be Ed Begley Jr., who actually is a little funny. As is Ryan Malgarini, who plays Gary's son, who at 14 is more confused about females than his dad. He's the best part of the show.
  6. 40
    There are errant laughs floating around, but for the most part Gary Unmarried is Gary Unfunny.
  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 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 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 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 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 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. 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