Fox’s new sitcom “Unhitched” looks bad

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Fox sitcom unhitchedFox has a new sitcom that airs tonight by the Farrelly Brothers called “Unhitched”. It is about dating in your 30s.

Here is the beginning paragraph for the description on Fox’s site:

“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.”

Who writes this shit?!?

It is quite possibly one of the most ignorant similes that I have ever read. On top of that, there’s nothing dumber than insulting your target demographic.

Anyone who reads this blog knows my view on age and can guess how I would pick apart that paragraph so I’ll save you all the time and just give you a more fitting simile for this show:

“The Farrelly Brothers’ comedy is like fruit in the farmers’ market - back in the 90’s their movies were fresh and juicy but now they are tired and suck and they have to resort to a TV show that no one will buy and will be thrown in the garbage in a matter of weeks.”

OK, maybe it wasn’t the best simile but you get the drift icon_smile.gif

If you want watered down fart, sodomy, fecal and body fluid jokes that have already been done a million times before check it out.

I admit this humor does well because it is the lowest level and thus accommodates the biggest audience but I prefer more sophisticated and original comedy.

You can download full episodes at Amazon and at Unhitched - Unhitched, Season 1.




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  • Gregory Arkadin
    March 2nd, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    “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.”

    Who writes this shit?!?”

    Media slime bags.

    One of the reasons I avoid tv, not only is it not entertaining, it fills your mind with mental toxicity..limiting beliefs, in effect, “pathological trance”. Live your life on there terms, not yours. so the institutions of soceity can control you for THEIR OWN BENEFIT.

    In effect, what they are saying is if you pursue an un married lifestyle in your thirties, all you will get are unwanted, physically/personally unattractive men/women So by default , find a women in your twenties and marry her, because the good ones will all be taken when you are thirty.

    Tell that to Mystery (31) the little bald guy (35) or RJ (47)

  • no
    March 3rd, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Mystery is 37!!!

    I like TV.

  • Mack Tight
    March 3rd, 2008 at 9:59 am

    GA,
    Yeah, you pretty much summed up my opinion.

    I agree that TV is basically a pacifier for people. They live their lives vicariously through the characters on Grey’s Anatomy or Entourage. They get the romance or adventure they are missing in their lives by watching it. It gets their minds off of the mundaneness of their lives and helps them avoid their own reality. I think time watching TV could be better spent creating adventure and drama in your own life.

    Don’t get me wrong though; I’m guilty of watching TV. The key is moderation.

    no,
    Mystery’s birthday is actually 9-24-1971 which makes him 36, but it doesn’t matter because we get GA’s point which is that he is over 30.

    You like TV, I like monkeys. Let’s hold hands and dance around in a circle!

  • Matt Savage
    March 3rd, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I’d have to agree with you guys, TV is mostly a waste of time, although I do think that there are some brilliantly written shows worth watching but unfortunately they are far and few in between the rest of the drivel that is put out.

    The writers guild isn’t helping their cause much by writing this stuff, it’s no wonder the TV execs gave them such a hard time. If you were the head of FOX would you really be giving a raise to the people who write “Unhitched”? Probably not.

  • Gregory Arkadin
    March 3rd, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    “Yeah, you pretty much summed up my opinion.

    I agree that TV is basically a pacifier for people. They live their lives vicariously through the characters on Grey’s Anatomy or Entourage. They get the romance or adventure they are missing in their lives by watching it. It gets their minds off of the mundaneness of their lives and helps them avoid their own reality. I think time watching TV could be better spent creating adventure and drama in your own life.

    Don’t get me wrong though; I’m guilty of watching TV. The key is moderation. ”

    Most TV serves the purpose to reiterate cultural conditioning..there is a very specific formulae that writers must stick to..ultimately everything must in some way support consumer consumption which means supports certain mechanisms that support “buying shit”…that and commercials are a complex form of propaganda. Like George Orwell said in 1984
    “to keep people drunk on cheap beer and entertained on pornography” .

    don’t get me wrong, if I find something unique and entertaining I will watch it, but this is coming from a guy who likes the Marx Brothers, Monty Pythons Flying Circus or the science fiction classic from the ’60s “The Outer Limits”, Although Seinfeld and few others were entertaing as well.

    I think at some point all tv shows will be written by a software program, they really are that predictable

    “no,
    Mystery’s birthday is actually 9-24-1971 which makes him 36, but it doesn’t matter because we get GA’s point which is that he is over 30.”

    There goes my career as a pua biographer.

    “You like TV, I like monkeys. Let’s hold hands and dance around in a circle!”

    Personally I’d rather sit on a bench at the zoo with a bag of popcorn and make faces a a 600 pound gorilla and watch it pound the glass windows surround it’s cage…..

    wow, what a fitting methaphor for the human race!!!

  • Mack Tight
    March 3rd, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Matt,

    The sad thing is the brilliant shows get shitty ratings and get canceled (i.e. Arrested Development, Friday Night Lights) and shows like American Idol and Flavor of Love ( and possibly Unhitched although I hope not) get good ratings and continue forever.

    Any show that stands out is often too advanced for the majority of America to appreciate.

    One show I like is Family Guy. They pump in a lot of low level sex, violence and body fluid jokes into the show to accommodate the masses but a lot of the humor is higher level. You actually have to have an understanding of pop culture over the past 30 years to get most of the jokes.

    Last night there was a flashback about Cleveland being in “Black Box”. Black Box is a dance music group from the early to mid 90’s similar to C+C Music Factory. I venture to say that I was part of only 10% of the audience who got the reference.

    GA,

    I like the Orwell reference. Animal Farm and 1984 are two of my favorite books.

    I understand that TV exists to push products. That’s what pays its bills and that is why you can get the big four free using your antenna. That is why I write this blog for free; to push products and get paid. It is why Google, web email, online newspapers and various online services are provided to you for free. It is a fact of life and I understand why it is essential.

    I do think it is important to think for yourself and make your own decisions as a consumer. I do not suggest you buy the new “The Fray” album because WB paid ABC to put one of their songs in Grey’s Anatomy so it is now “cool”. If you generally like the song though I see no reason why you shouldn’t buy it. Any path music takes to get into my ear generally involves a paper trail of some sort so what’s the difference.

  • !DER FUNT!
    March 3rd, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    From the moment I saw a preview I declared it would be crap. And Twas!! I did watch it, for the sake of seeing crap, and then decided to bet on when it would be cancelled. That time slot is ideal for the networks putting out a shit show with a half-expectation of it even lasting a week. Who can reach into their minds and pull out memories of multitudes of those pilot-only shows that faded into oblivion? Let’s see. .. ‘quintuplets,’ ‘free ride,’ . . . and now this one shall be added to the list!!!
    Who here wants to make a bet to see how long it will last??!?! COME on, Give me somethin!

    It’s just another one of those, ‘Hey, we’re cool guys, we’re friends, we hang out, we goof, we goof off, we get into problems, we’re friends, our sex life is quirky, but hey, we’re friends, we sit in a designated space in designated chairs and talk about how our sex life is quirky’
    And ofcourse TGIF is in it, which is the epitimy of the resturaunt filled with hip memorobilia and kneeling waitresses that get ‘up close and personal and fun!’ and ‘hey, let’s have a good time, work is stressfuly, hey, let’s go out with friends!!’ that would advertise to those same group of people that the show does. THEY ALL WORK TOGETHER!!
    And ofcourse, they have the classic recycled character that everyone loves, the comical side-friend who is clueless and gets into all sorts of shennanigans!!! Why he just messes everything up, doesnt he?? But he doesn’t even know he’s doing it!! OH what a RIOT!!!!

    And with all of the cool and great things put into this pilot, I can just picture the writers thinking, “But we need a HOOK! We need something taht will keep the people watching. . . a hook. . .” one says, “Something with a monkey!! Everyone loves a monkey!! Monkeys are the perfect hook!” and then the guy goes “And we also need something edgy, something with sexual humour, something that’ll make people go “woaah, they did not just go there!” . . . . . . . ..finally someone declares, “A monkey sodomizing someone!” (Note: i missed the beginning and dont know exactly waht the monkey does, but someone told me the monkey did something with the guy’s asshole.)

    WELL aint that a hook!! The writers, exhausted from releasing zero creativity, then go off to CHILIS or FRIDAYS or RUBY TUESDAYS or FLAAPPERS or FRITTERS or ZINGERS and have guy beer hip cool fun!

  • Mack Tight
    March 3rd, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Wow! I’m so glad I just kept my mouth shut on this one because you guys takes on the show are priceless!

    !DER FUNT!,
    I especially love the kneeling fun TGIF waitress reference. It reminds me of “Office Space”.

  • Gregory Arkadin
    March 4th, 2008 at 7:51 am

    “the classic recycled character that everyone loves, ‘

    hhahah funny line do you mind i I steal it…would work great as a mug line

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