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If you're thinking of engaging in a physical and emotional relationship with another human being—and particularly if you're white and mid-to-upper-class—FX's new double-feature of Married and You're the Worst would be a good place to start doing some research. The brand-new sexual comedies (romance isn't blooming on either series, and it really only shows up as an accidental byproduct) explore two different relationships in two very different stages. 

Married follows a couple (Ben and Kate's Nat Faxon and Archer's Judy Greer) who tied the knot long ago, and whose love life is on life support. His sexual energy is still crackling, but hers has been worn down by three kids and a severe case of the sex fatigue that's common among TV wives. Meanwhile, You're the Worst might be the prequel to the prequel to the prequel of Married. It's about two horny young-ish people (After Earth's Chris Geere and Wolf of Wall Street's Aya Cash) who meet for the first time and have a lot of sex, but aren't seeking a relationship. Since the two shows are airing back-to-back, with Married leading into You're the Worst, the pairing is somewhat of an "after & before," a cautionary tale about the consequences of slapping your private parts against another person's groinal area. And for the most part, it works, though one show is much more enjoyable than the other. 

We'll start with Married, since it airs first at, 10pm. Russ and Lina have been married long enough to have an 11-year-old daughter (plus two more kids); Russ still likes to have his penis touched, while Lina would rather stick to a pre-bedtime routine of burying her face in a vampire book. But the FX twist is that Married is presented with gritty authenticity rather than a Hollywood sheen. Filmed with handheld cameras and minimal lighting, Married seeks to keep it real, y'all, avoiding rom-com conventions by putting the show in the art house rather than on a studio set. And it works well. Despite Russ and Lina's lack of intimacy, Married feels intimate for the viewer; that's essential, as it's what allows us to feel both the tension and the still-smoldering love between Married's centerpieces.


And that's what the show is all about. (Full disclosure: I am married with a kid!) Married delves into that rough period where couples transition from partying newlyweds to prisoners of adulthood and parenthood. Though it relies on the convention of "Man still want sex! Woman not want sex!" Married is worth a watch for its cast (which also boasts the amazing supporting trio of PC guy John Hodgman, Kroll Show's Jenny Slate, and Eagleheart's Brett Gelman, who all play friends of Russ and Lina), as well as its surprisingly touching moments about re-exploring old lives and settling back into the comfort of your spouse. If there's an actual premise to the show, it's that Lina gives Russ permission to get his jollies elsewhere, a prospect that dominates the first episode as Russ quickly finds himself propositioned by a pretty little lady. 

At the outset, Married falls dangerously close to being all about Russ, but the excellent second episode, "The Shower," (I didn't watch beyond that) gives Lina and Russ an equal amount of weight to carry. That's great news for all of us Judy Greer fans as well as for the show, because Married can't sustain itself on being a hubby-centric, one-way comedy about marriage. In "The Shower," Lina and Russ face the exciting prospect of spending a night out together, but then they're willfully separated to embark on separate adventures, where they have more fun apart than they would have had together. But even as the chasm between them grows wider and wider, it's obvious that these two, now more friends than lovers, still belong together. The episode is touching and sweet in how it handles the inevitable decay and transformation of marriage.


If Married is intimate, You're the Worst is pornographic. Taking advantage of cable's more relaxed attitude toward nude intertwining, You're the Worst is a few inches of perspective away from being hardcore in its sex scenes, of which there are several in the pilot. The raw, carefree sex acts form the foundation of the not-quite-a-relationship between English writer Jimmy (Geere) and publicist Gretchen (Cash). Jimmy and Gretchen are two wretched souls who want nothing to do with each other (or anyone, really) outside of a one-night bone, so naturally they'll end up hanging out together for an entire television series. 

There's doesn't seem to be much more than that to You're the Worst, which lacks Married's deeper meaning; the series is more content to set these two trolls loose on Los Angeles and let the hijinks proceed. Some of the side characters in their lives (including a rapper who Gretchen represents and Jimmy's boy neighbor) are there just to be there, adding very little to any central conceit of the show. Geere and Cash are fine together, with Cash more of a draw than Geere's British bad boy, something we've seen before. However, You're the Worst might be more innovative than Married in its occasional and impressive style, with its raw sex scenes and one particularly impressive split-screen shot accentuating the inevitability of Jimmy and Gretchen's coupling. And there is some joy to their relationship; they may be horrible people, but even horrible people deserve someone, especially each other. The end of the second episode, in which Jimmy and Gretchen take over a movie theater in the most annoying way possible, actually left me more excited about the series' future.

Both Married and You're the Worst are non-storybook entries into the rom-com genre that has fizzled on networks, and both shows take advantage of their home on cable (there's cocaine and under-the-sheets masturbation in each). But Married, with its sense of heart and great cast, is the one that deserves your first look. 


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AIRED ON 10/1/2015

Season 2 : Episode 12

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You're the Worst is a hoot, I liked it. Married, on the other hand, I found atrocious and I gave up on it after the second episode. Nat's character is just a carbon copy of Steve Little's in Eastbound & Down.
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You're the worst had me laughing during the pilot, but the second episode really hooked me on the witty back and forth. I'm praying it will hit it target audience and continue.
Married is decent. You're the Worst is awesomely in-your-face with just the right touch of sincerity.
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I liked You're The Worst even if the guy is basically Everyday British Guy. I guess like they say, "Here...we're exotic!!" Anyway, it was fun enough, but I almost liked Mixology, so...

Married was really the worst, though. I don't like people so dumb I wanna punch them, especially in a comedy. I didn't even have this problem with Joey. This guy's a basic manbaby, too stupid to trust with a fish and likely whatever job he may or may not have. The eldest daughter's already smarter.

And the American's the lead actor with stalactites for teeth. Stereotypes be damned.
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Just watched both. I like You are the worst. It has been done many times in movies but I have yet to watch something like that on TV. I will stick with it for a while. If they continue to do the same thing over and over again then perhaps I will stop. BTW, the sex scene wasn't at all erotic. They were quite funny actually.

Married was average.
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Agreed on both points.
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And I finished You are the Worst and its good. Gave up on Married after the 2nd episode.
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I was pleasantly surprised by You're the Worst and will definitely stick around for more. I still have to watch Married just for Judy Greer.
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but hers has been worn down by three kids and a severe case of the sex fatigue that's common among TV wives

This is actually true even for real wives who have kids.

I have not seen them yet but I think I will give them a try, seems to be something different from normal sitcoms.
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Just got done with them. Married didn't feel like a pilot, it felt more like episode 3 or even four. There really wasn't any introduction to these people we just kind of jump into their lives. On some shows, that works, on this show it didn't. We are left with a man boy in the husband that happens into a potential affair and Greer as the wife that is just kind of there at this point to laugh at man boys jokes and read Twilight. We don't know who they are we don't even know if they have jobs. Seriously all I kept thinking the whole episode is what does this guy do, how did he get someone like Greers character and why in the world should I care about him. The back up characters were the same way it took me their third meeting at the either super close bar or the man boy has the secret to LA traffic to figure out that they weren't together. That isn't good. This show, with all of its talent should be better.


As for worst. This has been done before. These characters have existed in many movies. The Brit is kind of silly and stereotypical I could walk out of my flat, go a block and either direction, throw a rock and hit 12 guys that would stratify as follows; 3 would be this guy, 4 would think they are this guy, 4 would kill to be this guy and 1 would be gay. And they are already together, can't they spend at least half the season having hate sex and deriding each other before they slide into the relationship, come on that is just slopp and lazy on the writers part.

I will ill give Married the 4 Ep test because of who is involved but Worst is a no go for me.
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I just watched both of them, and both are really bad.
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Married wasn't good at all, what kind of person would tell her husband to go find "sex" somewhere else. What kind of world are we living in? You're the Worst is just 2 single people having fun. It was actually pretty good and fun to watch
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Actually many woman asked their husband to find sex elsewhere. It is more common than you think.
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I kinda liked Married, certainly more than I thought I would. I should really have low expectations for everything -- it makes things seem so much better. But yeah, I like the cast... it was well paced... there wasn't anything LOL funny, but it was okay. I can see myself getting bored of it really quickly though... so hopefully I can enjoy it for a while.
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I barely made it through Married. I think the show has potential, though. I'm really just not interested in a show where the husband is desperate for sex and the wife is too tired to give it to him. I hope there's more to it than that, because I think the actors have good chemistry.

I didn't bother with You're the Worst. Maybe I'll catch a rerun, but it doesn't seem like something I'd be interested in.
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married is okish... but to be honest I would love if they would do a she still wants sex and he doesnt thing.. this he wants, she doesnt is so boring... seen it a 100 times
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Having now watched both pilots, I thought Married was okay. It definitely suffered from having a Faxon-to-Greer ratio that was way too high. Looking forward to seeing a better balance of husband and wife in future episodes. If Judy takes a back seat to Nat on a regular basis, it'll be hard to keep me tuning in.

Worst surprised me by being better than I expected. Future episodes may have a tougher time keeping the leads awful people while still trying to make us root for them but I'll stick around a while to see how that goes.

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I liked You're the Worst better. It was more entertaining and a little more funny imo. Married was good, though.
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Married has the potential to become a charming show, in a Trophy Wife kind of way. Unfortunately, it may follow the same fate as Trophy Wife, though it's early to tell. Of course, it can turn into something dull, but I guess the 4-episode text should work well there.

Regarding You're The Worst - yes, it is kind of mediocre, but I am surprised that the review started with the sex scenes. I don't know, maybe because I am European, but I didn't see anything pornographic there. Game of Thrones is more explicit than this show, but I guess if it is in a medieval setting, it's ok; if it's a modern setting - no way. It is actually refreshing to see a show treat sex like it's a normal thing (which it is), not as something shameful.

Anyways, I think You're The Worst has fewer chances to make it, since it is very difficult to balance between keeping the characters bad and charming at the same time. Meanwhile, Married may turn out to be dull, but it may also evolve into something really funny, if handled right.
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Please FX make more shows that actually not remember me of my crappy live make something that use imagination, I want to see Sci-Fi, Fantasy, horror, superhero shows something so far from my real life that I can enjoy it not this real life "funny" crap that is done over and over and over!
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Watched the first five minutes of Married. Turned to my husband and said WTF and turned it off.
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Wow you was able to get pass the 5 minutes mark of that!
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PS - why the hell did FX create a second network for comedy only to not put any new original comedy on it? At best, FX putting out sitcoms confuses the FXX message and viewers on where to look for this sort of thing; at worst, FXX is already a forgotten byproduct and has wasted some new series trying to build another channel.
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I completely agree and I've said this time and time again here. They want FXX to be their comedy channel but just won't fully commit to it. They should move every single one of their comedies -- both old and new -- over to it. When people say to themselves, "I want to watch an FX comedy," it should be a reflex by now to know to tune to the FX channel with the extra X. In for a penny, in for a pound.

They could immediately make FXX a solid, frequently watched entity if only they made a bright-line delineation between FXX and original recipe FX with regards to their programming. You're right that they're killing great opportunities to develop good bases for new comedies by burying so many of them on the ugly stepsister channel. Maybe Legit would still be alive if they had handled things better.

I'm both surprised and really disappointed that they've handled the second channel so very, very badly. I never would have expected them to be so hesitant and stupid about it. FXX should be a household name by now.

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Yeah, pretty much spot-on comment there.

For me, honestly, I don't even think FX should have diluted their brand by splitting off, they should have just put up 5 or 6-day programming for a minimum of 2 hours a night instead of launching a new channel. Once they can match what The CW does, once they have enough regular programming year-round to match a broadcast network, then they would have been in a position to fork their business, but right now it just makes fans of Legit and It's Always Sunny wonder what is going on with their shows, and there's nothing else to stay around for.
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Again, agreed. I never saw any need at all for creating FXX. There were (and still are) plenty of vacancies in FX's schedule in which to add every new show that they've added and then some. (Witness The Strain being added to Sunday nights, a heretofore unused day for them.) But what's done is done and as much as I'd like to see this failed FXX experiment terminated, I highly doubt it will be, at least anytime soon. So right what's currently so very wrong with the scheduling ship and have FXX fully live up to its raison d'etre.

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The simple fact that these geniuses thought a new channel with an extra "X" was a good idea is proof how stupid this was. Why is FXX even needed? It's yet another stupid example of spreading the audience, and even creativity, thin. And networks and people wonder why ratings get lower and lower.

FOX should be bolstering the FOX channel itself, first and foremost. Then FX channel should be for material they really can't put on mainstream network TV, but skirts the limits of premium channels. FX has how many hours of programming to fill? You can't tell me they need a separate channel for comedy. I think any new network should have to fill about 35 to 49 hours of original programming a week. Filling it with marathons of old shows and movies is ridiculous. Do we really need two FOX cable networks trying to do this? I strongly feel all networks should consolidate their programming for more originality and diversity, which could better justify the parent company pulling viewers away from their sister stations. There should only be FOX, FX, and a FOX movie channel not unlike TCM. The idea of an FXX channel was asinine to begin with. Any and all original programming they can, or need to, put on FX is far better and smarter than doing this piecemeal network by needless network.
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I don't think your assessment of FX is accurate. FX has built its own specific brand, its own voice, people know what to expect from both comedy and dramas on the channel and it's not just cast-offs from Fox, it's a programming language all its own. Hell, even FX presentations of movies have their own feel, that's a great job of building a unique brand right there. I'm surprised they didn't just build FX Movies out of the network, but I suppose the investment would have been more money for less diversity.

You are right that they obviously don't need a separate comedy channel though, you can't build a real name-brand network around 2 shows and old syndicated reruns. Fox Sports did this as well, too much diversity, too many splinter ideas, don't try to be ESPN or CSPAN.
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This confirms what I had surmised from the glut of ads FX has run for this duo, in that Married looks better than Worst.

Great news that Gelman, Slate and Hodgman are the supporting members of the former. I would've watched it anyway just for Greer, and Faxon was good in B&K but I like all three of the peripheral characters a lot. (It's too bad so few probably saw Brett's recent and very funny one-off special on [adult swim], Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends.)

I'll also give the latter I try, though I'm less enthused in theory about (seemingly) superficially unlikeable hipsters in lust. Yes, the movie theater scene shown briefly in one of the ads was indeed pretty funny.

By the way, I guess it's fair to still be calling John Hodgman the PC Guy but that's a little dated. He's far more memorable to me as The Daily Show's resident insane millionaire. I'd watch an entire show based on that character. It's one of my favorite recurring bits on TDS. He kills it (in a good way) every time.

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Wait. There are people who are not Judy Greer fans? I don't understand.
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Ehhhhhhhh........ I dunno, the ads have held light appeal for both, but also a sense of yuck to each that may be overpowering. Plus, Nat Faxon is always a no as a lead.
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Married looks great. Hopefully this is a show that can let Judy Greer be the genius actress that she can be. She has been criminally misused by Hollywood time and time again. Cast merely as the bitchy friend of mild antagonist. It is horrible, she is hilarious and she should be given something great and this looks like it could be that great show.

You're the Worst, reminds me of many of my relationships in my twenties except they actually seem like they like each other.
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Agreed on Greer being ignored, underused and/or miscast for too long. She did star in her own show at least once before -- ABC's Misguided (IIRC) -- but it wasn't great and died quickly. If anyone is likely to let her shine, it's FX. I'd also argue that Cheryl/Carol/Cherlene Tunt is a terrific character but a voice-only part is a different animal.

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Keep in mind that Greer makes her own choices on what she thinks would be a good career decision. It could be she goes in to a project thinking it a great choice, but maybe the show's other creative personnel let her down, but she is very much responsible for what she does plus she has to eat too, so she may be taking what she can.
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Oh without a doubt she is great on Archer. But I agree that a Voice over part is a different kind of thing.

Never heard of Misguided.
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She played a quirky (of course) guidance teacher at a high school with her own set of career/life issues.

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Below: Sorry, I got the title a little wrong. It was Miss Guided (haw haw). Should've done my research and known better than to trust my memory. Mid-season replacement in 2008.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Guided

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On ABC? I presume this was before Modern Family?
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I love the entire cast in Married. Also, I would like to pretend I am married to Judy Greer, so this show will be perfect for me! The other one... No.
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Those both sound terrible.
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Lina must be a very uncommon name in America? how would you guys even say it. I guess something like you say "Linus"? I must watch this to find out. :)
In Sweden it is a very common name, both on its own and as short for Karolina or Karoline or any variants like that. I like Greer and Faxon so this might be watchable, even if i am not that interested in watching sex-relationships-things.
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