Undateable

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Undateable
Undateable.jpg
Genre Comedy
Created by Adam Sztykiel
Directed by Scott Ellis
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Undateable is an American comedy television series. It is airing mid-season on NBC as part of the 2013–14 American television season and premiered on May 29, 2014.[1][2] The multi-camera comedy was created by Adam Sztykiel and is 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.[3][4][5]

On July 31, 2014, Undateable was renewed for a ten-episode second season.[6]

Premise[edit]

Danny Burton is a 30-ish carefree single guy who has watched most of his friends move on to serious relationships. When his last remaining friend Shannon moves out to get married, Danny searches for a new roommate. A promising candidate is Justin, the owner of Black Eyes Bar in the Ferndale section of metropolitan Detroit (frequently mispronounced "Black Guys Bar"). Justin and his friends – the nerdy Burski, oddball Shelly, and recently out-of-the-closet gay guy Brett – all have certain qualities that make them appear "undateable". While Danny himself has good luck getting women into bed, he is unable or unwilling to form a lasting commitment with any of them. Danny's attractive sister, Leslie, has similar fears about being undateable, having the "baggage" of being a mid-30s divorcee.

Cast[edit]

  • Brent Morin as Justin Kearney, Danny's roommate.
  • Bianca Kajlich as Leslie Burton, Danny's sister.
  • David Fynn as Brett, Justin's employee and friend.
  • Rick Glassman as Burski, Justin's friend.
  • Ron Funches as Shelly, Justin's friend.

Recurring[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29) July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03)
2 10[6] N/A N/A

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(million)
1 1 "Pilot" Scott Ellis Adam Sztykiel May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29) 276068 3.84[7]
Danny's current roommate is getting married and moves out, forcing him to find a new one. He meets his new candidate, a bar owner named Justin, and they hit it off. Danny tries to teach Justin the fine art of picking up women, and suggests they and Justin's friends – Burski, Shelly, and Brett – go to a wine-tasting party that Danny's sister Leslie is hosting. The move backfires when Justin brags the next day about sleeping with a woman from the party, and it turns out to be Leslie. Danny later learns from Leslie that the two literally just slept together, and no sex was had.
2 2 "Pants Buddies" Scott Ellis Adam Sztykiel May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29) 4X5552 3.82[7]
Knowing that Justin has a crush on Nicki, Danny grabs Justin's phone and texts Nicki a request for a movie date. Justin suggests that Danny doesn't understand friendship, revealing that he and Burski are "pants buddies". (Justin once spilled a beverage on Burski's pants, then loaned him his own pants as a show of friendship.) Meanwhile, Danny's sage advice to Burski is that he not speak at all when trying to pick up a woman, and it actually seems to work when Burski encounters a girl from his building.
3 3 "Three's A Crowd" Scott Ellis Craig Doyle June 5, 2014 (2014-06-05) 4X5553 2.99[8]
After Danny convinces Justin that he's in the "friend zone" with Nicki, Justin becomes committed to revealing his true feelings. He learns from Nicki that she is interested in being "more than friends" with someone, but the someone turns out to be Danny. To prove he is a good friend, Danny tricks Justin into announcing how he feels about Nicki, while Nicki is listening in Justin's office. After hearing Justin's passionate speech, Nicki runs out of the office embrace him. Meanwhile, Leslie gets on Shelly's bad side after she verbally trashes Detroit.
4 4 "The Switch" Linda Mendoza Courtney Lilly June 5, 2014 (2014-06-05) 4X5554 2.86[8]
After sleeping with Sabrina, Leslie's college friend who is back in town to attend a PhD program at the University of Michigan, Danny feels like he's actually made a connection with a woman. But Sabrina pulls a "Danny" on him, and evades his attempts to make a second date. In another twist, Justin, now in a committed relationship with Nicki, feels compelled to give Danny relationship advice. Elsewhere, Brett feels that his coming out has made Justin uptight about their friendship. When Justin denies this, Brett has an odd suggestion for making Justin prove it.
5 5 "The Hero is Me" Phill Lewis Adam Sztykiel June 12, 2014 (2014-06-12) 4X5555 3.22[9]
Justin proclaims to Danny that he's in love with Nicki, unaware that Nicki has walked up behind him. Justin then proclaims his love to Nicki's face, but she simply responds, "Cool." Danny advises Justin to remain aloof and Nicki will come around, but that backfires. Nicki finally says "I love you" to Justin, explaining she was afraid to respond the first time because she has to leave Detroit for a while to care for her ailing mother. Meanwhile, the gang begins to notice that Burski is "accidentally" touching Leslie's body a lot lately.
6 6 "Leader of the Pack" Ted Wass John Quaintance June 12, 2014 (2014-06-12) 4X5556 2.97[9]
Danny encourages Brett to ask out a hot, gay electrician named Steve who is working on the bar's lighting. When Steve says he isn't interested, Brett takes it hard. Making matters worse, Brett discovers that Justin took some pleasure in Steve's rejection because it showed Danny was wrong. Meanwhile, Leslie and Sabrina coach Justin on how to have better phone sex with the out-of-town Nicki.
7 7 "The Move" Steve Zuckerman Adam Sztykiel June 19, 2014 (2014-06-19) 4X5563 2.54[10]
Nicki is back in town, so she and Justin immediately hit the bedroom. Justin expresses insecurity over being good enough for Nicki, especially with her spending so much time away from him, so he reluctantly uses a sexual "move" that Danny offered to diagram for him. Nicki is thrilled, but Justin becomes infuriated upon learning that Danny took credit for the move in a conversation with Nicki. Elsewhere, Shelly resolves to make Burski cry, after the latter proclaims he hasn't cried since he was five years old.
8 8 "The Julius Effect" David Trainer Jackie Clarke June 19, 2014 (2014-06-19) 4X5557 2.54[10]
Leslie is distraught over her ex-husband Julius (Josh Hopkins) being in town to finally sign their divorce papers. Danny hides the fact that he's still hanging with Julius as a friend, which Justin opposes until Julius wins him over with his singing ability. Danny and Justin come around and decide to apologize to Leslie, only to find that she has just slept with her ex. Meanwhile, Shelly demonstrates a remarkable ability to control his friends' dreams.
9 9 "Low Hanging Fruit" David Trainer Austen Faggen June 26, 2014 (2014-06-26) 4X5558 2.63[11]
Justin pushes Danny to take his relationship with Sabrina to a new level, causing Danny to react in a destructive yet predictable way. Moments after the two break up, Justin announces he hired Sabrina to take Nicki's position at the bar. Meanwhile, Brett needs help figuring out a good name for his man parts.
10 10 "Daddy Issues" Ted Wass John Quaintance June 26, 2014 (2014-06-26) 4X5561 2.45[11]
Justin's dad (Tom Cavanagh) is in town, and Danny gets involved in their complicated relationship. Not knowing the past friction between the two, Danny's efforts only make things worse. Elsewhere, Shelly lets Sabrina know that her job is too easy to be complaining about it so much. Sabrina makes a bet that he can't handle two days at her job, which leads to hilarious consequences for Shelly.
11 11 "Let There Be Light" Shelley Jensen Michael Hobert July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03) 4X5559 2.24[12]
Danny and Justin deal with an obnoxious neighbor (Rory Scovel) who shines his huge pot-growing light at all hours. Their friendship is tested when each has a different approach to solving the problem. At the bar, the gang all tries to avoid getting on Sabrina's bad side by making fun of Danny in her presence.
12 12 "Danny's Boys" David Trainer Heather Flanders July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03) 4X5560 2.07[12]
After Justin reveals that the bar is barely breaking even, the gang all pitches in to pay off his remaining loan amount. But Danny takes his new status as an investor a bit too seriously and starts to make changes. Justin gets angry, but is then surprised that Danny has been able to fill the bar with patrons -- albeit almost all gay men.
13 13 "Go For Gary" Eric Dean Seaton Laura Moran & Joel Church-Cooper July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03) 4X5562 1.99[12]
Danny's jaw drops when a cute young woman walks up to him at the bar and asks about Justin's availability. It turns out that Justin's devotion to Nicki makes him irresistable. Justin is thrilled that Nicki is returning home to Detroit, but his elation is short-lived when she later tells him she found a job in Lansing, allowing her to stay close to her mother. She suggests they take a break, leaving Justin heartbroken. Meanwhile, the friends all look up their scores on an internet date-rating site, and are shocked to find that someone gave Burski a 9.9 score.

Season 2[edit]

On July 31, 2014, Undateable was renewed for a second season.[6]

Development and production[edit]

NBC purchased the script from Bill Lawrence in October 2012.[5][13] Casting for the pilot began in early 2013, with Brent Morin and Rick Glassman being cast in February and Bianca Kajlich and Chris D'Elia being cast in March.[14][15][16][17] Matthew Wilkas was also cast in March as Brett, Justin's gay friend.[18] Aly Michalka was originally cast as Maddie, a waitress in Justin's bar and Justin's love interest, but she left the show in April 2013 and was replaced with Briga Heelan in a guest star role as the similar character Nicki.[19][20]

In May 2013, NBC placed a series order for Undateable.[21] After the series was ordered, Wilkas left and was replaced with David Fynn in the role of Brett.[22] When both Undateable and Ground Floor, which stars Heelan, were picked up as series, Megan Park was cast to replace Heelan in the Nicki role.[23] However, by September of that year, the producers were able to arrange the schedules of the two shows so that Heelan could appear on Undateable as Nicki on a recurring basis, and she replaced Park.[24]

In March 2014, Lawrence, Morin, Glassman, Funches, and D'Elia launched an 8-city comedy tour to promote the show.[25][26][27]

Reception[edit]

Undateable has been met with mixed to negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a 38% rating, based on 16 reviews, with the consensus reading: "Largely bereft of originality or humor, Undateable is underwhelming." Despite the critics' reviews, the show has an 92% audience score on the site.[28] Similarly on Metacritic, the show has a score of 50 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[29]

References[edit]

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