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5 reasons to watch ‘Undateable’

NBC has been airing back-to-back episodes of Undateable for the last three weeks. As a result, I’m nervous for the show.

In this day and age of immediate gratification, newbie sitcoms must prove they can play with the big boys in just a handful of episodes. We no longer live in a world where we tune in each week for an entire season, cheering for the writers and actors to find their voice. Social media has become a litmus test for popularity. If it doesn’t have a hashtag, it never happened. #truth

I’ve watched Undateable from its debut, and if the fact that it’s created by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City, Cougar Town) and Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made of Honor) doesn’t make you want to tune in, I’ve come up with five more reasons to give this show a shot.

cdName: Chris D’Elia
Where do you know him from? I would guess from the sitcom Whitney.
Quotable one-liner: “For this to work, there will be no tap shoes in the house.”
Why you remember him: D’Elia is a master of physical comedy, but it’s the subtle way he executes a bit that makes the moment so funny. Why fall down the stairs when you can garner a laugh by just a simple plié? He has the ability to play the obnoxious jack wagon with a vulnerability that makes you want to smack him first and then hug it out.

2013_0408_Undateable_Bio_BrentMorin_900x900_ACName: Brent Morin
Where do you know him from? Chelsea Lately or Conan
Quotable one-liner: “This is the most fun I’ve had. And I went to Space Camp!”
Why you remember him: Justin is the sweet, adorable guy who owns his own bar and happens to love singing any top hits from the LITE FM station on Spotify. Brent Morin plays the perfect straight man to D’Elia’s crazy. I totally believe their bromance and have written a strongly worded letter to Lawrence and Sztykiel that a duet to Lionel Richie’s “Hello” performed by these two would be television gold.

2013_1120_brett_bioimages_1230x1230_GYName: David Fynn
Where do you know him from? Unless you live across the pond, you probably don’t.
Quotable one-liner: “I’ve got topsies!”
Why you remember him: David Fynn may not have much screen time, but he certainly makes it count when he does. There’s a certain sophistication that exudes from his performance, even when he’s not speaking. If he’s given a sentence, prepare for laughter.

2013_0408_Undateable_Bio_RickGlassma_900x900_ACName: Rick Glassman
Where do you know him from? Time Out New York identified him as one of the “Best of the New Faces.”
Quotable one-liner: “I mermaided that girl and got my first date in months! [truth check] In years!”
Why you remember him: I feel that Rick Glassman is the dark horse for whom a hysterical storyline will be whipped out at just the right time. He does have his moments. Even if most of them are spent secluded in a booth far away from the others for being a misogynistic pig.

2013_0408_Undateable_Bio_RonFunches_900x900_ACName: Ron Funches
Where do you know him from? He’s the homeless guy that sang “Father Figure” to Winston on New Girl.
Quotable one-liner: “We talk about your lady hips, button nose and Lego-man hair.”
Why you remember him: Ron Funches understands the importance of a good pause. His zingers have bite, but they are delivered with an adorable, squishy demeanor that makes you smile. He brings heart to the ensemble.

I think one of the reasons Undateable works is because the cast is made entirely of stand-up comedians. They understand timing and delivery. They can read a moment. And you can tell they genuinely make each other laugh.

Tweet this if you’re watching the show. And remember to hashtag #undateable — or it’s like it never happened.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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