Uncoupled

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Uncoupled
Uncoupled logo.jpg
GenreRomantic comedy-drama
Created by
Written byJeffrey Richman
Directed by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
  • Jeffrey Richman
  • Darren Star
  • Lilly Burns
  • Neil Patrick Harris
Production locationNew York City
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time27–31 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio format5.1 surround
Original releaseJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29) –
present (present)

Uncoupled is an American romantic comedy television series created and written by Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman that premiered on Netflix on July 29, 2022.[1][2]

The series stars Neil Patrick Harris as a newly single gay Manhattanite navigating the dating scene for the first time in 17 years after getting abruptly dumped by his long-term partner.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Neil Patrick Harris as Michael Lawson, a New York City real estate agent
  • Tisha Campbell as Suzanne Prentiss, Michael's business partner
  • Brooks Ashmanskas as Stanley James, an art dealer and one of Michael's best friends
  • Emerson Brooks as Billy Burns, a weatherman and one of Michael's best friends

Recurring[edit]

  • Marcia Gay Harden as Claire Lewis, a wealthy woman who was recently left by her husband and becomes a client of Michael's
  • Tuc Watkins as Colin McKenna, Michael's ex-boyfriend
  • André De Shields as Jack, an older man who is Michael's down the hall neighbor at 44 Gramercy Park
  • Colin Hanlon as Jonathan #1, engaged to Jonathan #2 and one of Michael's best friends
  • Jai Rodriguez as Jonathan #2, engaged to Jonathan #1 and one of Michael's best friends
  • Nic Rouleau as Tyler Hawkins, a real estate broker and rival to Michael and Suzanne
  • Jasai Chase Owens as Kai Prentiss, Suzanne's son

Guest[edit]

  • Stephanie Faracy as Lisa Lawson, Michael's mother ("Chapter 1", "Chapter 4")
  • Byron Jennings as Ben Lawson, Michael's father ("Chapter 1", "Chapter 4", "Chapter 5")
  • David Pittu as Dennis, Colin and Michael's marriage counsellor ("Chapter 1", "Chapter 4")
  • Gonzalo Aburto de la Fuente as Wyatt, Billy's love interest ("Chapter 1", "Chapter 8")
  • Gilles Marini as Paolo, an Italian businessman whom Michael has a one-night stand with ("Chapter 3")
  • Peter Porte as Josh Gibson, a dermatologist whom Michael briefly dates ("Chapter 5")
  • David Burtka as Jerry, Billy's co-worker and Stanley's love interest ("Chapter 6")
  • Dan Amboyer as Luke, a third grade teacher who is Michael's love interest ("Chapter 6")
  • Bruce Altman as Henry, Claire's ex-husband ("Chapter 7")
  • David A. Gregory as Corey, a realtor Michael re-connects with on a ski trip ("Chapter 7")
  • Tamala Reneé Jones as Mia, Suzanne's friend ("Chapter 7")

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Chapter 1"Andrew FlemingDarren Star & Jeffrey RichmanJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
Michael hosts a surprise 50th birthday party for his partner of 17 years, Colin. Colin tells him that he is moving out to a new apartment to "figure things out". Michael worries that he will be divorced after meeting with Claire, who is selling her apartment after being divorced by her husband. He attends couples therapy with Colin and dominates the conversation. Colin breaks up with Michael afterwards. Michael's business partner Suzanne tells him that she found the apartment Colin is living in and who he is with.
2"Chapter 2"Andrew FlemingDarren StarJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
Suzanne says she found Colin in his apartment with Tyler, Michael's rival real estate agent. Michael confronts him in a company charity event, but Tyler explains that he only helped Colin choose the apartment. He also says that it doesn't seem that Colin is with anyone else, frustrating Michael as it meant that Colin had only wanted to leave him. Michael beats Tyler in getting Claire's listing for her apartment, after explaining to Claire how their situations are similar.
3"Chapter 3"Zoe CassavetesJeffrey RichmanJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
Michael's friends, Billy and Stanley, encourage him to hookup with someone to forget about Colin. He is hesitant at first but downloads Grindr when he learns Colin is also hooking up with people. Michael and Suzanne help buyer Paolo find an apartment. Michael and Paolo receive notifications of the other being a Grindr user; Michael agrees to Paolo's invitation to hookup. Michael meets up with Stanley to talk about the hookup but is furious to learn that he attended a dinner party from Colin.
4"Chapter 4"Zoe CassavetesAbraham HigginbothamJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
Claire had only received one offer for her apartment and wants to wait for a better one, but Michael suggests that she is holding on to the apartment because she can't imagine a new life for herself. Michael sees Colin again and they have a friendly chat that turns into an argument. Michael finds his couples counselor and angrily tells him that Colin broke up with him after their session, but the counselor suggests that Michael drove Colin away. Suzanne and Claire bond at a party and Claire agrees to sell the apartment. Michael apologizes to Stanley.
5"Chapter 5"Andrew FlemingDon RoosJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
Michael went to a spiritual event with Suzanne. They did not think it worked until the next day when he woke up feeling better than ever, met a hot dermatologist that his dad set him up with, and hit it off. Meanwhile, Suzanne realized that the man on her bed that the spiritual guru referred to was her own son. All seem to went well for Michael and his dermatologist date until he found out the dermatologist was more than what he was open for.
6"Chapter 6"Andrew FlemingAeysha Carr & Robin SchiffJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
While attending a roller disco event hosted by Billy, both Michael and Stanley find prospective love interests. Michael breaks his toe and is forced into a boot when his, handsome teacher Luke, accidentally runs over his toe. The two bond over the negative traits of their exes, but Michael breaks it off when he thinks they're going too fast. Stanley discovers Jerry, an annoying co-worker of Billy, follows his art gallery. The two set up a date, but it falls apart when Jerry tries to seduce him into buying his mother's art. Claire tries to search for apartments, but with little success; she finds one she loves next to Michael.
7"Chapter 7"Peter LauerAbraham Higginbotham & Ira Madison IIIJuly 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
Michael, Stanley, and Billy decided to go on a gay ski trip where Michael spotted a handsome realtor that he met years before named Corey. As he started to get close to Corey, he also got very distracted by the revelation from Horst that Colin was in Miami with his new boyfriend, a hot and successful architect. Michael got very drunk and Billy's vanity could not save Michael from getting a souvenir on his face from the ski trip.
8"Chapter 8"Peter LauerStory by : Darren Star & Jeffrey Richman
Teleplay by : Jeffrey Richman
July 29, 2022 (2022-07-29)
The Jonathans are getting married! The day is finally here, Michael had Suzanne to come over and help him cover up his bruises with makeup. They arrived at the party and Michael tried to preempt the awkwardness by approaching Colin. He mistakenly thought a random stranger was Colin's new boyfriend when he actually went alone. To Michael's surprise, he did not feel much animosity towards Colin anymore and even danced together. Michael left the party and arrived at his house only to find an even bigger surprise waiting.

Critical reception[edit]

On the aggregator website Metacritic, Uncoupled has a score of 63 out of 100 based on 24 professional reviews, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[4] The Washington Post and The Guardian found the show "flat and lifeless" while the LA Times described it as "a sweet, grown-up entertainment".[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brathwaite, Lester Fabian. "Neil Patrick Harris is a gay man dumped after 17 years in 'Uncoupled' trailer". EW.com.
  2. ^ White, Peter (July 13, 2022). "'Uncoupled' Trailer: Neil Patrick Harris Gets Unceremoniously Dumped In Netflix Series – Update".
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (2021-10-25). "'Uncoupled': Tisha Campbell, Emerson Brooks & Marcia Gay Harden Among Five Added To Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  4. ^ a b "Uncoupled". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 August 2022.

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