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Gary Unmarried – The Complete First Season (2008 – 2009/ABC-Disney DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: C-



Since the 1980s, any stand-up comic who can survive in the entertainment business long enough becomes respectable enough to suddenly be the star of a usually bad situation comedy, and they are worse than ever.  For Jay Mohr, the series is the amazingly childish and dull Gary Unmarried, here in its Complete First Season in what is Disney’s attempt to do their answer to Two & A Half Men, a bad show in its own right that is successful for the worst possible reasons.


Gary has a painting job and has just divorced Allison (Paula Marshall), who is now seeing the obnoxious Walter (Ed Begley, Jr.), a Doctor who has his own issues and only adds to the adjustment disorder Gary is going through.  They have two kids to help, but the way he talks to them is so phony, it is amazing they do not file for divorce either.


Mohr is funny, but these teleplays are not allowing him to show off his comic talent, so he (like the rest of the cast) seem like they are just reading lines to each other and never are convincing for a moments in any of the 20 half-hours here.  This has the ABC Family label, which is usually the label of boredom and death on most programs bearing it and whether this will be a hit remains to be seen, but it is the nadir for just about all involved because the makers are not even trying.  Let’s see what happens next.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is softer than a new production should be, whether it is a sitcom and shot in High Definition or not.  Detail is an issue, color is not so good and it is just plain dull and flat all the way.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 is really stretching the audio thin, while the dialogue sounds too confined to the center channel.  Extras include Bloopers and three behind the scenes featurettes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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