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  • Summary: One year after friends Sofia, Daphne, Lou, Raviva, and Miles (Michelle Ang, Sarah Habel, Jared Kusnitz, Inbar Lavi, and Diego Boneta) made a pact at graduation to meet again, sure their dreams will come true. However, the reality is, they all are struggling to get a foot in the door.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 16, 2012
    80
    These young Chicagoans are seriously, but amusingly, Underemployed--the title of a disarmingly scruffy new MTV hour-long dramedy from Six Feet Under's Craig Wright that nails the confusion (sometimes sexual) and disappointment (usually economic) of a generation raised to expect more than today's society is offering.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 15, 2012
    80
    Underemployed is one of the most enjoyably upbeat twentysomething scripted dramas to hit prime time in ages.
  3. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 16, 2012
    70
    The plotting of the pilot is a bit too pat at times, but two subsequent episodes bolster the argument that Underemployed deserves a shot at going full-time.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 12, 2012
    50
    We've been down this road before and all the signposts of Underemployed look the same.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 16, 2012
    50
    There is a story to be made from this, about aspiration and achievement and what goes on in the gap between them, but that is not a story that television, or any other form of American mass culture, particularly likes to tell. Underemployed flirts with it but more often settles for flattering its audience, reflecting not only its hopes but also its resentments.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 12, 2012
    50
    Like a lot of newly minted grads, Underemployed doesn't qualify as an instant success. Yet viewed in the context of its ambitions, neither can it be dismissed as an underachiever.
  7. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 15, 2012
    25
    The show's humor is tepid at best. The characters are mostly annoying--and bereft of the vulnerability and honesty that make you want to root for the similarly self-involved twentysomethings in "Girls."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 3, 2013
    10
    I really like this first season!
    The 5 actors are really well and the story of this 5 guys seems so real!
    Some parts are pretty foregone
    but, anyway, the story is really good.
    The bond beetwen the 5 friends is really fantastic and I hope that a new season will be made!
    Anyway, good job!
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  2. Jan 10, 2013
    10
    This show grew up so much since episode 1. I've just watched episode 11 and I found the plot really catchy. It's simply close to reality and it's worth watching. The stories of these 5 friends are just getting better each new episode and for common newbies in real world... I found it helpful, if you get it. Daphne's story line couldn't get any better and what it goes for Miles, who's now sort of hooked up with the messed up girl with no control on spending matters(Daphne)... Well, they turned out to be a great couple in the end. Right, I had some doubts because of the friendship background history they had. Sophia is taking risks, getting more wild and out of her shell... basically she is starting to live, and this couldn't have been more right for her writer career. Lou and Raviva are dealing with so much at the same time... They are such a catch to keep up with. And by the way Raviva's songs are a cool add to this show that has all the ingredients to work out. I just hope MTV doesn't cancel it. Expand