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June is only a few days away and that means were headed straight toward the generally lazy, hazy, and crazy—but also surprisingly promising!—days of summer TV. And with such a varied mix of new programming up ahead, we suspect you might appreciate some help in separating the worthwhile stuff from the unscripted reality shows about marrying fake princes and celebrities singing while dressed up like a celebrities. NBC is about to debut a new comedy called Undateable—which it originally ordered to series a year ago. But does that mean it's definitely a good-for-nothing summer burn-off, or will it turn out to be a hidden gem like your favorite dive bar? Well, that's what we're here to discuss in this latest version of TV.com, Should I Buy This Show a Drink or Just Go Home?!


Undateable? Is this some wacky new game show on MTV?

As much as I'd love to hate-watch such a show, no. Instead, Undateable is a new half-hour comedy based on the book Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t Be Dating or Having Sex by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle. It follows a group of friends who hang out at a bar and talk about their love lives... or lack thereof. One member of that group is the bar owner himself, Justin, a sweet guy who's prone to overthinking his exchanges with women. But everything changes when Justin moves in with a new roommate named Danny. Danny is an overconfident ladies' man, and when he offers to help Justin improve his stature with the opposite sex, he becomes something like the Mr. Miyagi of love, doling out advice and life lessons to Justin and all of Justin's friends.


Who's the proprietor of this establishment, and who's among its regulars? 

Undateable comes from the mind of Bill Lawrence (ScrubsCougar TownGround Floor) and stars Chris D'Elia (Whitney) as Danny, the bombastic love guru who's in a bit of a rut himself. Standup comic Brent Morin plays Danny's new roommate Justin, the socially awkward bar owner who's unlucky in love. The rest of the cast is comprised of oddball supporting characters like comedian Ron Funches' (Kroll ShowShelly, who loves both the city of Detroit and candy; comedian Rick Glassman's (@midnight) Burski, who struggles in his interactions with women because he's too aggressive in his approach; David Fynn's (Game of Thrones) Brett, a newly out gay bartender, and Bianca Kajlich's (Rules of Engagement) Leslie, who stars as Danny's recently divorced older sister Leslie. Briga Heelan (Ground Floor) recurs as Nicki, a waitress at the bar who Justin has eyes for.



When time does Undateable's bar open?

Undateable premieres with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, May 29 at 9pm. The show has a 13-episode order that will air over seven weeks. 


Who might like to buy Undateable a drink?

Fans of Lawrence's other comedies, probably, but also fans of shows about unlikely friends who sit around, drink, and eventually become a family. 


What makes Undateable worth flirting with?

The show is sporadically very funny, mostly thanks to Morin and Funches. This is Morin's first TV role and he brings a certain likability to Justin, a stereotypical nice-guy character who's easy to root for. Morin's dedication to selling the show's physical comedy, as well as the moments in which his character sings (Justin went to choral camp every summer and was the first male Annie!) help distinguish what could've been a rather dull sitcom role. However, it's the series' supporting cast members—Funches' Shelly, in particular—who have the best lines and garner the most laughs, likely because they were encouraged to draw on their comedy backgrounds and improvise quite a bit during filming.



What will make viewers want to dump Undateable?

Other than the overbearing laugh track? Well, remember how I just told you that the show is sporadically very funny? It's pretty uneven in its execution, and that's largely because it relies too heavily on D'Elia to carry the weight. I've seen the first four episodes of the series, and while D'Elia is very good, we've seen the Danny character a million times before, and the show doesn't do much to set him apart from those prior incarnations. Danny is stuck in a state of arrested development, which the show treats as if it's just a cute character trait. Aside from a few throwaway lines in the pilot about getting his life together, Danny is portrayed as if has all the answers, but all he does is sleep with random women and dispense his special brand of advice to Justin and the rest of the cast. Even though Danny never really acts like a jerk and is clearly well-intentioned, Undateable struggles to balance the character (and D'Elia) with the rest of the cast.


So, should I watch it?

Sure—there's no harm in DVRing Undateable for a rainy day. But it's not anything you can't miss.


Can I see a trailer? 

As you wish!


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Undateable premieres Thursday, May 29 at 9pm on NBC.


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 1/29/2016

Season 3 : Episode 12

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I get they use a recording track to boost the laughter (which is a bit much sometimes) but it doesn't annoy me because I'm entertained. All the behind the scenes when the guys go out to warm up the studio audience everyone is in stitches. But normally studios have too much say in a show. I enjoy it and I think it really appeals to my own random sense of humour. I love it but get it wouldn't be everyones cup of tea!
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NBC had the right idea of keeping this show even though it did not premire this past fall now it needs to do the right thing and put this show on it mid season list because with shows like the M.J. Fox show and Sean Hayes show getting canceled this one is funny with a capital F and if it does not get picked up NBC can go f themselves with a capital F.
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On episode 4 and have finally realized what I don't like about this show. Unfortunately it's the two main characters (and the laugh track)!

Between Justin's singing and Danny's constant 'baby bird' and stupid faces I'm ready to shut it down.

But I actually like the supporting cast. Shelly is funny, don't care who disagrees!

I'm now torn. I'm enjoying parts but is it worth it when the 'main two' piss me off so much?
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I watched the first two episodes and found it funny and entertaining enough.
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I DID NOT like Undateable, it was uncomfortable, and I found myself skipping over a lot of it, thank goodness for DVR!
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Was hoping there wouldn't be a laugh track. Whenever I felt like I was going to laugh it seemed to be a mood killer and threw me off. I'll give it some time but not liking what I've seen thus far.
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Didn't hate it. But it doesn't have a long-term Friends-like future. They might get a couple of seasons out and then it'll either be canceled or the cast will find something better to do. As it is, this seems like their summer job.
Of note, "Brett" continues the average-gay dude trend that was practically defined by Happy Endings' Max.
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Scrubs is my favorite sitcom,Cougar Town's first few seasons were really good,Spin City was very good and I would even go as far as saying there is a possibility Ground Floor could become watchable with a few adjustments like getting rid of most of the cast.I just wanted to establish that I have great respect for Bill Lawrence's talent,but Undateable was awful.

Chris D'Elia,Bianca Kajilch and Briga Heelan did a good job with very weak material.As for the rest of the cast they were terrible.The concept of the show is ridiculous and the writers along with Bill Lawrence should be ashamed of themselves.
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gag reflex! And laugh tracks have no use in this PRESENT day and age!
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I remember now that D'Elia wasn't the main reason I liked "Whitney". His character in "Undateable" seems a bit overcompensating, so it may turn out he's gay (hehe luckily that jibe will bounce right off him and not harsh his happiness). Show has some promise due to what looks like a decent ensemble, so I'll give it a chance.
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It wasn't bad. It just wasn't that good. I like Funches and I like Heegan, but the premise is just so unbelievably stupid that I am not sure I could take the rest of it.
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Well, I watched both premiere episodes last night on the DVR, and that was disappointing to say the least. Ron Funches was great and needs more screentime... on a better show. Everything else was flat and uninspiring. The relationships didn't really gel, the settings weren't engaging, the premise felt stale, and the writing was underwhelming and uneven. Nothing sparkled, and some of it seemed like it would have benefited from not being a multi-camera format.
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I'll give it a shot, but only Bianca Kajlich (since I miss Rules of Engagement).
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And the role of "City of Detroit" will be played by "City of Boston".

C'mon -- D'Elia grew up in Southeast Michigan. He should have some idea what Detroit is like.
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Just when you thought you saw the worse show on tv then comes this show, serious how does this show get past 1 episode?
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Bill Lawrence continues his slow decline.
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Scrubs season 9 then this! Seems like a rapid decline to me!
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I can't believe they still use laugh tracks. Firm no on this show. Wasn't too thrilled about it in the first place. Now I don't have to waste any time. Yay!
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They don't use a laugh track! It's a multi-cam shot in front of a live audience so all the laughter you hear, though it may be overused, is real. I've been to a taping of the show and it was hilarious. Give it a try! :)
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The laugh track is the recording track of the audience that would otherwise not be picked up by the stage mics, so even a show shot in front of a live audience still has a laugh track because someone mixed that track into the final cut - both to "sweeten" the comedy, and to explain the specific beats and pauses that the actors are using as they take cues and energy from the live audience.
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Maybe. Only because I can relate to the subject matter. =)
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I'm probably the only one who likes 'Whitney', which was mainly because of Chris D'Elia. So I'm going to give it a try (although the trailer did not look very promising)
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Another "women don't like nice guys" trope. Booooring. Of course, a laugh track is a surefire way to put me off.
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Laugh track? No, thank you. I won't even thank, actually.
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It's not a laugh track! It's a multi-cam taped in front of a live audience... and I agree, the laughing on the show can be overused, but it's not a laugh track. I think this author inadvertently misrepresented. I've been to a taping and it's was surprisingly hilarious... and yes, they asked us to laugh loudly! give it a try :)
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The source of the laughter makes very little difference: including laughter on a TV series is cheesy and old-fashioned. Any time the studio audience laughs about something the TV audience doesn't find funny, it becomes noticeable and off-putting. I can enjoy a comedy show even if it doesn't make me laugh every 20 seconds, but if there are loud laughs every time a joke is made, I feel like I'm being told I should be finding everything super-hilarious. It's just feels like the show doesn't trust the audience.
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Also - and this is entirely guesswork, but the concept of the show seems really likely to head into 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus' territory. People are people. There's no real secret to talking to women that needs to be handed down by a 'ladies man' guru-type character.
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One date I will pass on!
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Ron Funches is so damned funny and out-there, Bill Lawrence is amazing when he's getting it right, but Chris D'Elia - while funny - is just not a leading man, he's never getting it right for me; meanwhile, Bianca Kajlich can be funny with the right cast, while Rick Glassman (who is not really "from" @midnight, he was on 1 episode promoting this show) and Brent Morin were exceptionally uneven on the aforementioned @midnight, swinging wildly from fairly funny to total misfires: http://www.cc.com/episodes/3osw6o/-midnight-tuesday--may-20--2014-season-1-ep-01068

So um... I... um... I have no idea if I'm watching this or not still. NBC's marketing materials have made it look like generic crap, this article is wishy-washy about it as true viewing material, and the talent is a total mix. If this was on during midseason, it'd be an easy pass, but the last few days have forced me to turn to *GASP!* reading.
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I got discouraged when the monster NBC cancelled my fave shows (Crisis, Community, BELIEVE!!) but i think i will give this a chance. I kinda love multi-camera sitcoms despite the laugh track.
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Me too, i am angry with NBC for canceling good shows, but i'll give this show a chance although deep inside me believe this show will be cancelled before the season end, for Scrubs sake, dose this mean Ground Floor has been cancelled???
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I loved Scrubs, but Ground Floor was an absolute waste of time. Probably won't give this a go if the laugh track is as bad as the one in Ground Floor was.
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I gave Ground Floor a whole season, and it did get better. Mostly because of Rory Scovel. And it's kinda hard to take your eyes off Briga Heelan.
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I'll give it a go for Bill Lawerence' influence. Despite being very uneven in later seasons, I still love Scrubs and hope there will be some magic here in the long term.

Not holding too much hope based on descriptions however ;)
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i watch any thing going on NBC after first season is completed and renewed for second season
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Do you mean Jerome Flynn?
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I will check out any new show on NBC because I like most shows on the network so I will be watching.
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Why would I want to watch any new NBC comedy? Like, ever?
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