Review: Gary Unmarried – Series Premiere on CBS

Show: Gary Unmarried (CBS)
Episode: “Pilot” – Series Premiere (Season 1)
Premiere Date: Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Rating: 2.5 out of 4 Stars

Quick Synopsis: Dealing with divorce can be funny.

Long Synopsis: Gary is recently divorced and meets a woman that he likes, but has a deal with his ex, not to start dating too soon after the divorce. He decides to stand up to her, only to find out that she has been dating as well and is getting remarried. Meanwhile, their son invites a girl he likes over at the prompting of his father.

Review: Gary Unmarried is a pretty good comedy, but with potential to be better. It is however, the best new comedy of the Fall TV season. Although, I’ve yet to see NBC’s Kath & Kim, but it is far and away better than either CBS’ Worst Week or FOX’s Do Not Disturb.

One problem for me was Jay Mohr (Ghost Whisperer), who plays Gary. It’s not that he wasn’t funny, he is. It’s that he looks like a deer in headlights for most of the episode and I don’t think that is what they were going for.

Paula Marshall (Out of Practice) has great comic delivery, but I could watch her in just about anything, so her being funny in the role is a bonus. This stems from her being on the short-lived Cupid back in the late 90s. Just have always liked her since then.

There isn’t really anything new here, but I laughed quite a few times. Something that can’t be said about the other new sitcom offerings this Fall. Given time, I think it will gel together and could become a solid performer for CBS.

Overall, it makes a great pairing with The New Adventures of Old Christine in the first hour of primetime, a good marriage of divorce comedies, if you will. But, it falls to the third best option behind ABC’s Pushing Daisies and FOX’s Bones. Even though, I plan on continuing to watch.

Gary Unmarried premieres tonight, Wednesday, September 24th on CBS after the season premiere of The New Adventures of Old Christine.

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