It would be too easy to make an "Undateable? More like UNWATCHABLE!" joke here, wouldn't it? Oh, well, too late. Plus, Jacob kind of already beat me to the punch.
Undateable hits every single beat you can possibly imagine. Non-committal "ladies man" loses another one of his friends to something "terrible" like "marriage." He gets a new wing man, who turns out to be a weenie "baby bird" of a man. He also somehow inherits this guy's ragtag group of socially awkward friends and teaches them how to live. But you know what? Somewhere along the way, they teach him how to live too.
Oh, and there's a hot chick. I'll allow a pause for high fives and those fist bumps where you blow it up.
You know, you can just watch About A Boy on the same network for all of that but better. Plus, there's no extremely male chauvinistic nerd character (like, where the hell did that come from?!?) in that one. Just Al Madrigal.
Hell, even The Night Shift brings more laughs.
There's nothing inherently wrong with multi-camera sitcoms. Bill Lawrence is executive producing another one (also featuring the always wonderful Briga Heelan) on TBS called Ground Floor, and it's actually ridiculously charming. But to reach for the lowest common denominator and call it funny, that's not funny. We're in a post-Whitney world, you guys. Let's act like it. Bill Lawrence is better than this. Briga Heelan is better than this. Ron Funches is better than this. As you can probably guess, Chris D'Elia really isn't better than this. But the rest of the cast and crew seem like they may be.
One thing Undateable did have in abundance (since laughs weren't really the case)? Gesticulating. Lots and lots of it, actually. At one point, I thought maybe the show was possibly targeting the deaf community, but then I thought better of it because none of the gesticulating actually made any sense.
Here, you be the judge. Apply your own laugh track liberally.
These were all just from the pilot. There were two episodes of... this.
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