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Are The Critics Keen To Hook Up With The Farrelly Brothers’ New Fox Sitcom UNHITCHED??

Published at: March 2, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!! A sitcom from writer-producers Kevin Barnett (“The Heartbreak Kid”), Chris Pappas and Michael Bernier and director-producers Peter and Bobby Farrelly (“Stuck on You,” “Fever Pitch,” “The Heartbreak Kid”), “Unhitched” tells the tale of four recently divorced friends in Boston. They are played by Craig Bierko (“Boston Legal”), Rashida Jones (“The Office”), Johnny Sneed (“The Heartbreak Kid”) and Shaun Majumder (“Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle”). Uninspired and too frequently predictable, the project helps one understand why networks continue to ditch sitcoms in favor of reality shows, most of which come with a healthier laugh quotient than “Unhitched.” USA Today gives it one star (out of four) and says:
… The actors do their best, but most of what they're doing is hopelessly, witlessly predictable. …
The New York Times says:
… demands simple sentience to be disliked. … expends a wrestler’s energy aiming to offend and provoke, but no amount of outrageousness can mask its conformity. …
The Los Angeles Times says:
… All in all, it is pretty thin and flat; there are jokes that work, and the cast is able, but not in the service of anything substantial. …
The Washington Post says:
… Instead of exploring the comedic and emotional potential of starting over, the show relies on stereotypes and cheap gags. … It won't take long for those who tune in to "Unhitched" to ask for an annulment. …
The Chicago Tribune says:
… just isn't particularly original or funny. …
The San Francisco Chronicle says:
… much funnier than you might expect and Fox, finally, has found a sitcom that reflects the glory years of its brand. …
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
Imagining the meeting that led to the creation of Fox's "Unhitched" is more fun than actually watching the show. …
The Boston Herald gives it a “C-minus” and says:
… let me add my hope that “Unhitched” turns out to be a one-night stand for Jones. She deserves better. …
The Boston Globe says:
… alas, in their politically incorrect glory, the guys forget to bring on the laughs. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… The cast, a pastiche of different personality types, comes together to form a smooth laugh machine. … The second episode of the series, confidently sent to critics by Fox, is just as strong, with the predicaments equally embarrassing and unpredictable in a gut-busting way. …
Variety says:
… 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. …
9:30 p.m. Sunday. Fox.





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  • March 2, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Zerath

    Woo. Won't watch this, though.

  • March 2, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Rashida!

    by chromedome

    The reason to watch!

  • March 2, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Jones!

    by haggardatbest

    This is not going to be a good show, but I will watch for Rashida. It doesn't matter if it is funny or not anyway, when she is on screen I won't be able to hear the show over the celestial choir in my head.

  • March 2, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    This is why

    by johnnyangelheart

    we were desperately waiting for the end of the writer's strike?

  • March 2, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    san francisco chronicle?

    by newc0253

    their tv reviewer is obviously a discerning fellow/lass.

  • March 2, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    the dude licking the ice cream off the baby's head ...

    by Toe Jam

    almost had me ready to watch this show. then i saw the promo in which the orangutan jumped on the dude's back while he was having sex. i won't be watching.

  • March 2, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Sixth!

    by Spinmove

    Wow, RSS feeds do wonders for quick posting...

  • March 2, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    SPINMOVE

    by filmgenius

    why art thoust hating upon this there sitcom? I happen to have majored in television AND film when i adhered to the university system and i think this will be cohesively brilliant. dont hate just because thoust are jealousl.

  • March 2, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    filmgenius

    by BadMrWonka

    a) spinmove didn't say anything about the show, that I can see.<p>b) just say "thou"...no one ever said "thoust" before 1995.

  • March 2, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    give it a shot...

    by rartus

    ...the creators have a decent track record, and having a likable cast can carry an early show until the story lines get worked out and....mhhmph, ok I can't hold it in anymore. Yea this is a turd.

  • March 2, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    RARTUS

    by filmgenius

    first off and most foremostly, gag off. I would like to pose a question to you in those which are terms in how you understand: Are you ever made a sitcom? Are you even ever seen one? Doesn't seem like it by what you am saying. This was grate when i watched it, and i think everyone agrees withi me on ujpon this boare.d

  • March 2, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Wire talkback?

    by Pennsy

    ??

  • March 2, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Shooting's to good for it - lets hang it instead.

    by Yeti

    Sounds like the new Quarterlife.

  • March 2, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    A bad sitcom? On Fox?

    by Jor-El23

    The bad sitcom network? That Fox? I am shocked to my very core.

  • March 2, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by Psyklop

    I've seen the first six episodes...hilarious! Perfect companion to follow Family Guy. Way better/edgier than the other foursome crap that's come down the pike like In Case of Emergency. Bierko and Jones rule, the other two are good too. Give it a shot before you rip me.

  • March 2, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Rashida Jones in HD is the only reason I'm watching.

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I might have to fast forward through the scenes without her. Lets just hope The Office producers are smart enough to bring her back more often.

  • March 2, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST

    newc, He actually is

    by GrandpaShampoo

    Tim Goodman is the best TV critic in the business, because he doesn't follow what the other hacks are doing. He gave a bad review to the snoozefest that is In Treatment while the other critics fell over themselves saying it was great when it's really just bad theater. I'm sure Unhitched will be a fun show, and Tim's review of the show has put it on my radar.

  • March 2, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Hrmm.

    by Almega

    Didn't really think there was anything special about this pilot.

  • March 2, 2008, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Just watched it.

    by WhiteyFord

    I agree, Almega. Nothing about it was original, the characters fed into stereotypes to common for sitcoms, like: The hot girl who can find a normal guy. The womanizer. The shy, inexperience nerdy guy, and the nice guy. If this show were to somehow make it to a first season finale, it will be a cliffhanger where the nice guy and the hot girl aren't sure if they love each other or not. With that said, Rashida Jones is the hottest thing alive, so I will continue to watch.

  • March 2, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST

    The Farrelly Brothers?

    by Aquatarkusman

    Involved with something unfunny? Wow, only had a decade of movies to set me up for THAT surprise.

  • March 2, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Not sure....

    by Almega

    ...that I can convince myself to watch a show consistently just because there is a very attractive woman in it, but I do know that I will give it a couple of eps. Saw a good bit of Rashida in "The Office", although I suppose that they will be dressing her in a more sexy manner in this show. I found it somewhat entertaining that they grabbed Knoxville for this one. Is that a bad attempt at holding a new crowd or what? <p> Gotta agree with Aqua as well... I haven't found the Farrelly bros funny in a while.

  • March 2, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Better then the Winner

    by Series7

    Not as good as the loop. But Breaking Bad is the best show on TV right now. Its even funnier then this flop.

  • March 2, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST

    This is one of the worst sitcoms

    by Kirbymanly

    I've ever seen. Didn't even get a "hmmph" out of me. Typical dreck.

  • March 3, 2008, 12:17 a.m. CST

    was this actually on?

    by Napoleon Park

    I taped Fox between eight and ten and didn't catch it. What happened?

  • March 3, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Napoleon Park...

    by Kirbymanly

    Here's what happened: the gates of comedy hell opened and "Unhitched" came out.

  • March 3, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Newspaper critics hate everything

    by skywalkerfamily

    but give free passes to shit like Scrubs and My Name is Earl.

  • March 3, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    The 2nd episode the skin tags was HILARIOUS

    by JeffManSixtyFo

    It wasn't that bad.I saw this show at a test screening months ago.What I saw will be the second episode.IT WAS FUNNY AND PERFECT FOR FOX...but from last nights episode I see that Rashida Jones character will be the running gag of dissappointing relationships.Sounds cool to me.

  • March 4, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Real answer for Napoleon

    by WhiteyFord

    The nascar race went long pushing the airing back to a little after 10

  • March 4, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I laughed

    by Miss Red

    I thought it was funnier than any episode of Arrested Development, and that seems to have a lot of hardcore fans on here...

  • March 4, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Thanx, Whitey. And Kirbymanly.New Amsterdam?

    by Napoleon Park

    people actually tune in to watch cars go around and around? Seriously?<p>Forget "Unhitched", though. I just came here today looking for a "New Amsterdam" article and talkback. Okay, the world doesn't need another cop show. And the "immortal who watches everyone he knows grow old and die" is already a cliche both from Superman "imaginary stories" and the Vampire fiction genre, but they might be trying something different with the "can't die until he finds true love" fairy tale angle. I don't expect this to be as good as "Saving Grace" or "Pushing Daisies" but I just might give it a try since there's nothing else on tonight anyway. Not like I'm going to tune in to American to catch the "Accordian Jim/Cupholders" double feature.<p>Actually if ABC had a show about a guy named "Accordian Jim" and a show actually about cupholders, that would probably be better than what they have now. When does "Cavemen" come back?

  • March 4, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    3.5 hours later...

    by Napoleon Park

    and still no New Amsterdam article or talkback? I thought AICN was all about the fantasy shows.

  • March 5, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Watched Unhitched just now....

    by chromedome

    Very Light on the Rashida Goodness--not nearly enough time with her on screen. The rest is completely forgettable, uninteresting, and not even a little funny, except for a muffled "don't pull that finger!". This may not last long enough to evolve into The Rashida Show (as it should). Hope the next one, as a poster above says, is much better. very slow start, that is for sure.

  • March 5, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    No New Amsterdam monkey rape?

    by Napoleon Park

    Fox now holds the record for number of consecutive debuting new series featuring monkey rape stalled at "one". We'll have to wait until Fall now to see what ABC has in store.

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