Here’s the thing: I’m just
as likely to laugh at the clever brilliance of Oscar Wilde as I am at
someone slipping on a banana peel. Of course, for the latter, there
are caveats, like who is the someone, where is the banana peel and
under what circumstance has that certain someone slipped. I’m
admitting to my range of humor because this Sunday night, Rashida Jones’ new show Unhitched,
debuts on Fox. If all the caveats align with the
appropriate constellations, I might even find the show funny. What I
do know is that the show was not written by Oscar Wilde, but rather
by the Farrelly brothers, of Something About Mary and
Dumb and Dumber fame. See, there is the rub. Caveats may abound
for this show.
Fox’s synopsis of the show follows:
"Dating in your 20s
is like going to the farmers’ market — if you get there early, there’s
plenty of fruit, all ripe, juicy and yours for the taking. But dating
in your 30s is like getting there at closing time. The remaining fruit
has been sitting in the sun all day. It’s been dropped, squeezed and
handled by a thousand different people."
Well, OK, then. Now that
we’re clear on that, let’s move on to the pilot, which airs Sunday at 9:30. We are
encouraged to watch the four thirtysomething friends as they try to find love
once again. One goes on a blind date. Kate starts dating an NBA player,
and apparently another guy goes out on a date with the woman of his
dreams. See, none of that sounds so bad, does it? But as they
say, it’s all in the execution.
Jones plays Kate, an attorney
who has handled the various divorces of the other characters. Kate
is supposedly the voice of reason on the show, so I may be spared
from cringing into a ball of embarrassment or from watching the show through
the thin openings in my fingers, which of course will be covering my
eyes if the humor drops below middle-school level.
Unfortunately, none of the promos for the show focus on Rashida’s character.
That’s really too bad, because based on the promos alone, I would probably
stay as far away from this show as I would from Dick Cheney on a friendly
hunting trip. But because of the Rashida Jones factor, I can’t summarily
dismiss Unhitched just yet. Take a look.
So did you laugh at all?
Come on, the intervention? Stopping cold turkey? Huh? How about the
jungle noises? The ape getting lucky? No? Oh, OK.
Anyway, I don’t want to get
in trouble and have to apologize for saying something
about a show that I have yet to see (like the writers at Maxim magazine who
give ratings for albums they have never heard), so I will have to place
disclaimers in every sentence about the reasons I may or may not like
It’s very tiring to disclaim
everything one says, but here goes … IF the show can showcase the
funny but not the ridiculous side of Rashida Jones, then I can add the
show to my rotation of DVR musts. But IF the show is so debased of intelligence
and too heavy on gutter humor, then it will wear thin before I can even
program my DVR. But IF the humor is sophomoric but has an ounce or two
of cleverness so that even Oscar Wilde (or, better yet, the Marx Brothers
might give it a thumbs up, then I can suffer through the more inane parts,
especially IF Rashida Jones is featured in each and every episode. Goodness,
I am worn out after that disclaimer marathon!
If you’re looking for real
reviews, go here and here, but if you’re looking for reasons
to watch, these reviews won’t give you many. OK, fine, they don’t give
you any. But I will … Rashida Jones. The
show also stars Craig Bierko, Johnny Sneed and Shaun Majumder.
So, in conclusion, I’m watching on
Sunday. That’s Sunday, not Sundays, because that plural thing I can’t
promise. But hey, I’m
always up for a good laugh. So, here’s to hoping the laughs are good!
And not just cheap and easy.