The main characters. Joel Zymanski (left) and Gary Garrison
|Created by||David Hornsby
|Voices of||Justin Long
|Theme music composer||DJsNeverEndingStory (credited as D. Scorch'd)
Steven "Minks" Burton
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||David Hornsby
|Running time||22–23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Floyd County Productions
The Professional Writing Company
|Original release||January 19– December 20, 2012|
Unsupervised is an American animated sitcom which ran on FX from January 19, 2012 to December 20, 2012. The show was created and, for the most part, written by David Hornsby, Scott Marder, and Rob Rosell. On March 30, 2012, Unsupervised was renewed for a second season. However, on November 17, 2012, Glenn Howerton said via Twitter that the show would not return. A later message stated that three new episodes produced for the first season would air on December 6, 13, and 20 and would serve as the end of the series.
The series follows two 15-year-old best friends, Gary and Joel, as they try to navigate through teenage life, while also trying to do the right thing without the help of any parental supervision.
Cast and characters
- Gary G. (played by Justin Long): Gary's father has abandoned him and he lives with his pot-smoking stepmother, who is often absent and takes no responsibility for him when she is physically present. Gary is very idealistic and he and his friend Joel always support each other.
- Joel Zymanski (played by David Hornsby): Generally more excitable than Gary, and a little less mature, Joel lacks subtlety. An optimistic humanitarian like Gary, Joel loves to dance and is particularly proud of his ability to spin on the spot.
- Megan McKinley (played by Kristen Bell): A self-centered, snobbish, stiff, and negative girl who wants to be popular and "cool." She complains about her well-meaning mother.
- Darius Jenkins (played by Romany Malco): An excellent student who is defensive about his weight. Darius is a realist (except where his weight is concerned). He has a strict mother.
- Russ Brown (played by Rob Rosell): A mentally ill, impulsive classmate of Gary and Joel's. He perpetually has one arm in a cast. He sniffs his cast when uncomfortable.
- Carol (played by Kaitlin Olson), Gary's irresponsible stepmother.
- Danielle (played by Kaitlin Olson), also called "Rocket Tits", a disinterested student at Maynord High, considered a lust-interest of Joel Zymanski and sometime best friend of Megan McKinley.
- Martin Rivera (played by Fred Armisen), Gary's middle-aged Latino next-door neighbor, a widower.
- Christina Rivera (played by Alexa Vega), Martin's rude, rebellious teenage daughter.
- Rachel (played by Maria Bamford), Christina's friend.
- Jojo Venetti (played by Scott Marder), the toughest kid in school; a bully who gets wasted with any/every substance available.
- Mrs. McKinley (played by Maria Bamford), Megan's mother.
- Sid (played by André Sogliuzzo), Gary's tough Australian neighbor, a retired ecological /corporate lawyer and kangaroo researcher.
- Dirt (played by Glenn Howerton), Jojo's friend, a slightly-old "bad" boy.
- Principal Margaret Stark (played by Sally Kellerman), the cynical principal of Maynord High, Gary and Joel's school. Nicknamed "The Skunk" because of the white stripe in her hair.
- Coach Durham (played by Clifton Powell), the baseball coach (and teacher) who lives in his car just outside the school field.
Unsupervised was created by David Hornsby, Scott Marder, and Rob Rosell, who also serve as executive producers alongside Adam Reed, Matt Thompson, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day and the production companies, Floyd County Productions, RCG Productions, and FX Productions. The series was not renewed for a second season.
Unsupervised appeared on the FX Network development slate in March 2011, under the title Townies and was eyed as a companion to the current FX animated comedy Archer. On September 15, 2011, the series was given a series order of 13 episodes, under the new title Unsupervised. Hornsby, Rosell, and Marder were the executive producers, with Rosell and Marder acting as show-runners.
On October 17, 2011, FX released a preview trailer of Unsupervised, titled "Fresh Men". The series premiered on January 19, 2012, at 10:30pm following Archer. FX officially announced Unsupervised season finale to be aired on Thursday, March 22, 2012, which brings the ending of the first season to 10 episodes. Three remaining episodes were written during the first production cycle, and were scheduled to be aired between "Jesse Judge Lawncare Incorporated" and "Youngbloods". However, due to a production issue with Archer, they were postponed in conjuncture with FX wanting to end the two shows in sync. The episodes were later animated and burnt off. They aired on December's 6, 13, and 20th.
|No.||Title||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|1||"Pilot"||David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob Rosell||January 19, 2012||XUN01001||0.86|
|Joel and Gary's party gets out of hand.|
|2||"Rich Girl"||David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob Rosell||January 26, 2012||XUN01003||0.59|
|When Gary and Joel realize they're poor, they try to set up Gary's stepmother with the rich father of a new student at their high school.|
|3||"Field of Dreams.... and Dogs"||David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob Rosell||March 9, 2012||XUN01002||0.62|
|Attempting to surround themselves with good influences, Gary and Joel decide to manage the high-school baseball team.|
|4||"Fires & Liars"||David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob Rosell||March 16, 2012||XUN01005||0.55|
|Gary and Joel light a fire and blame it on the homeless people in order to help out two firefighters who used to be popular following the 9/11 attacks.|
|5||"Stupid Idiots"||David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob Rosell||March 23, 2012||XUN01006||0.77|
|When Gary and Joel discover that the school segregates people based on how quickly they learn, they protest over the injustice by demanding to take the latest standardized test.|
|6||"Nits"||David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob Rosell||March 30, 2012||XUN01004||0.60|
|A lice outbreak threatens Gary and Joel's plan to hook up with girls at the school dance.|
|7||"The Magic of Science"||John Carcieri & David Hornsby||April 13, 2012||XUN01007||0.50|
|Gary and Joel enlist a psychic to help them win the science fair.|
|8||"My Brother Brian"||Rob Rosell, Scott Marder & David Hornsby||April 20, 2012||XUN01008||0.53|
|Joel's 40-year-old brother Brian moves back into Joel's bedroom and Joel strives to be more tolerant of him despite his contemptible behavior.|
|9||"Jesse Judge Lawncare Incorporated"||John Carcieri & Rob Rosell||April 27, 2012||XUN01009||0.59|
|Gary and Joel try to acquire sweet tans and mad paper by hooking up with a young lawn-care entrepreneur.|
|10||"Youngbloods"||Rob Rosell, Scott Marder & David Hornsby||November 29, 2012||XUN01010||0.51|
|Gary and Joel get fake IDs so they can give blood.|
|11||"The Great Traveler's Road"||Rob Rosell, Scott Marder & David Hornsby||December 6, 2012||TBA||N/A|
|Gary and Joel learn the meaning of school pride when a turf war erupts with prep-school kids over their prized food mart.|
|12||"Black Squirrels"||Rob Rosell, Scott Marder & David Hornsby||December 13, 2012||TBA||0.27|
|When Joel's brother Brian gets out of prison, the boys get him a job as head of security at their school.|
|13||"Reggie Dog Bites"||Becky Mann & Audra Sielaff||December 20, 2012||TBA||0.69|
|The boys save Carol's ex, Reggie, from being buried in an unmarked grave--and get stuck disposing of his body themselves.|
Unsupervised received many mixed to negative reviews from critics upon its premiere with its pilot, holding a 3.5 or "Awful" rating on IGN. Although disappointed with the premiere, later episodes of the season were given much higher marks with The A.V. Club giving the season one finale an A-. Unsupervised currently holds a 45 out of 100 score from Metacritic based on 16 reviews.
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