Well, well, well, well, well…NBC, I was not ready for this little morsel you have given to the masses to help pass the hot Summer Thursday nights!!! Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, if you have not already experienced it, let me introduce you to the world of Undateable! This amazing ensemble cast combined with stellar writing has made this Bitch literally LOL at least once in every episode, and that’s no easy feat, being as Judgy as I am. Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztylkiel are a phenomenal pairing that has brought an interesting and original show to my standing Thursday lineup. This show chronicles a group of friends struggling through ‘undateable’ times in their lives for various reasons. Whether it’s recently divorced, player, or out and out social awkwardness, there is something we can all relate to in this show. Let me introduce you to the players:
Danny Burton, played by the hysterical Chris D’Elia, is one half of the hero duo in this show, is fast talking, quick witted, and stupidly attractive. He’s got opinions for days on how everyone around him should live his/her life and is far from shy on expressing those opinions, and he does so in the best way possible: with judgy humor! (a man after my own heart!) He does look like, to quote the show, “Jesus if he lived in Seattle”, complete with Fonzy leather jackets and super tight hipster pants for most of his ensembles, and I’m not mad about it! A new woman every night, a new quip for every situation, this is my favorite character in the show!
Danny’s favorite target for judgment is his new roommate, Justin, aka Baby Bird, played by the incomparable Brent Morin. Boyish good looks, conservatively dressed, and with a voice like an angel dropped from a 90s boy band, this little whipper snapper is a perfect yin to Danny’s yang. He’s sweet, sensitive and understanding. And when it comes to dating, he’s down right pathetic, but in the most adorable way. He yearns for Danny’s knowledge of women and life, but yet walks around like he knows stuff on his own. *Spoiler Alert*, he doesn’t. But watching him drink from the fountain of Danny’s street smarts and feminine manipulation makes for damn good television, especially when it comes to wooing the beautiful barmaid who works at the bar that Justin owns.
Enter Nicki, played by the beautiful and voluptuous Briga Heelan (some of you may know her from the hilarious Ground Floor on TBS), who is the object of Justin’s affection, and as is per usual in any good series comedy, is completely clueless about how he feels. Moment of silence to remember the grandeur of the Rachel and Ross days. Siiiiigh. Ok, back to Nicki and Justin. Sad attempt after sad attempt to woo Nicki has Danny stepping in and meddling to get Justin the girl of his dreams, and shocker, it totally works. Justin and Nicki are quickly a sugary sweet couple who make you want to throat punch them both, but they just are so damn cute together you just smile and wish them well along with the rest of the gang.
First up from the gang, is the other bar tender at Justin’s bar, Brett, played by David Fynn. Oh, this beautiful Brit has a sexy accent and twisted sense of humor mixed in with the insecurity of recently coming out of the closet! He’s awkward and funny and a total pussy when it comes to approaching any man. I do love the newbies. He is lovable though, and we are hoping he gets a boyfriend stat, because that bear needs him a big daddy to show him the way!
Next, we have the irritatingly misogynistic, and hopelessly pathetic Burski, brought to life by comedian Rick Glassman. This kid looks like the goofy glasses kid from the Robin Williams movie Jack all grown up and getting shut down by women on the daily. Well, more like on the hourly by Burski. For being as socially awkward as he is, there’s a certain confidence about him that will make you crack up when he throws out a gangsta saying, or something to blatantly offensive without a care of who it offends. And good for him! He’s not as judgy as Danny, but he’s close. I’m a fan. And my most favorite part of Burski’s role is his ‘relationship’ with Danny’s older sister.
Enter Leslie. One of my favorite actresses, Bianca Kajlich of Rules of Engagement fame, plays Danny’s recently divorced older sister. She’s sassy and brassy and yet sweet at the same time. She’s the den mother to this gang of misfits, and fits right in with them. She’s doing what a lot of women in their 30s do, which is re-enter the dating world after a stupid marriage ends. Not that I’d know, or anything. Winky face. She has a non-moment with Justin in the pilot episode, and is the object of Burski’s desire through all the episodes thus far. Her relationship with her brother is both heart warming and realistic in the way they connect. She isn’t afraid to call him on his shit, and hard as he tries, he can’t bullshit her, cuz she knows him too well. She bonds with all the boys in the bar, as well as has a great rapport with Nicki. But the best writing for Leslie is that for the scenes she has with the character played by Ron Funches: Shelly.
Shelly is a large and in charge Detroit native who is so proud of his city, every article of clothing he wears has Detroit on it somewhere. He fills the token black guy card and does it brilliantly. His lines are short and sparse, but pack a punch because his delivery and timing are spot on! This man’s facial expressions and slight lisp narrate the moments in the episode fantastically! He’s silly, nosey, judgy and honest to a fault, and j’adore him!
So, for those of you virgin to the series, now you know! Get out there and pop that Undateable cherry and let me know how it goes! It’s On Demand, on NBC.com and Hulu as well! If you like to laugh, this will satisfy your craving. And be sure to come back here and comment and let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did.
If you’re an Undateable addict already, tell me your favorite moments in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Verdict: Emmy worthy! Look out Modern Family, this group of nerds are coming for ya!