But they actually didn’t create the show which looks at a group of newly single friends learning the lessons of starting over in their 30s.
The comedy opens with a gag about being violated by a baby ape, and reviews are already talking about the ‘primate’ style-humour and gross-out gags from the two hit filmmakers.
Most of the reviews have been negative, leading with various headlines with titles like New Fox sitcom just plain stupid, Fox comes Unhitched, Unhitched is just unfunny, and Farrelly Brothers don’t translate well to the TV sitcom genre.
The comedy is set to air on the Network TEN this year.
The Hollywood Reporter said, “The cast, a pastiche of different personality types, comes together to form a smooth laugh machine. Jones is fetching enough to attract eyeballs, and yet it’s still possible to believe she could have a bumpy love life. Bierko is a perfect everyman, and Sneed is hilariously horny. That leaves Majumder, who fares pretty well considering that his character, the clueless guy from India, is a species that threatens to overrun TV comedies….Normally, you never know if the rest of the series can match the mix of romance and anarchy in the pilot, but there’s reason to be optimistic with Unhitched.”
Daily Herald: “Viewers who don’t expect too much — and have a high tolerance for bodily functions — might be pleasantly amused….The hallmark of the Farrelly brand is humor that’s not stupid but stoopid, deliberately dumb, idiotic with a purpose and gleefully addicted to the gross and the tasteless. That’s all there in Unhitched, but it also has a wry, bemused, observational tone all its own. It displays a warmth for its characters that sets it apart from other, more typically cruel Fox sitcoms. It’s not quite as polished an ensemble piece as CBS’ more conventional How I Met Your Mother, but it’s not trying to be.”
But there were many more reviewers that weren’t laughing.
Variety said: “The show feels completely derivative, it’s wholly unconvincing that the central quartet would hang out together, and I’m frankly still fuzzy (mostly because after 10 minutes it’s difficult to give a damn) on what connects them beyond the not-that-jarring status of being single again in their 30s and, well, Seinfeld did it. Although Fox’s promotion bills the show as “outrageous,” the Farrellys also seem oddly shackled compared with even their lesser bigscreen endeavor.”
New York Daily News: “Explaining what’s wrong with the Farrelly brothers’ new sitcom, Unhitched, which debuts Sunday on Fox, can’t be done with words like “crude” and “obvious” – because in the Farrelly universe, those aren’t criticisms…….Some parts of Unhitched would be great as beer commercials, 30 seconds and out. The problem is that they have to fill 30 minutes, which conversely isn’t enough time to develop the subtle touches of humanity that made “Mary” or “Dumber” into more than just crude laughs.”
Winnipeg Sun: “Unhitched, however, is shockingly lame…..In a broad conceptual sense, Unhitched seems like something the Farrellys burped up one day after lunch. Majumder, Craig Bierko, Johnny Sneed and Rashida Jones play four newly single pals who rely on each other to navigate the goofy waters of dating in their 30s. Wow, ground-breaking, eh?”