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‘Unhitched’ off to lackluster start for Sunday night television

If you thought the Farrelly brothers would be able to make a TV show nearly as funny as some of their movies, you would be wrong.

The stars of Fox’s “Unhitched,” a show about four singles navigating the tumultuous dating scene.

Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the creative force behind hit movies like “There’s Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber,” have come up wanting with their new Fox show “Unhitched.”

The show needs better writing, and most of the cast are in dire need of acting lessons. “Unhitched” tries to be funny, but most of the time, it doesn’t work.

“Unhitched” is about four single friends trying to navigate the dating scene. The so-called comedy has its moments but overall lacks humor.

The main character Jack is mediocre, but he isn’t interesting enough to be the main focus of the show as he is. The stereotypical dumb guy, Tommy, is just as stupid as Joey from Friends, but not nearly as charming or funny.

The one girl in the group, Kate, is over-shadowed by guest stars who are actually funny while she is not. Of the four main characters, the only one who is genuinely funny and worth watching is the stereotypical Indian doctor, Freddy, who is definitely looking for love in all the wrong places.

The show has some good ideas and a few good jokes, but overall it just doesn’t come together. “Unhitched” has the potential to be a decent show if the actors and writers could get their timing and humor together.

The funniest characters in the first two episodes were not the main four, but people like Alonso, the bouncer, and Bobby, the air guitarist. Johnny Knoxville also outshined the cast in his cameo in the first episode as a pimp.

The pilot episode of the show feels like it’s starting off in the middle of something that’s never fully explained, and the show starts off right in the middle of the main character being sexually assaulted by a monkey. Yes, really.

The attempted rape of a human male by an animal is one of the funniest parts of the first episode, along with another politically incorrect scenario involving crippled jokes about a man in a wheelchair, and a short guy who dresses up like a leprechaun.

Other than Alonso, a large, usually silent and likely gay bouncer who does Dakota Fanning impressions, and the air guitarist, Bobby, who is the next “Eddie Van Halen,” the second episode also features Jack’s perfect woman, flawless except for the shrimp-shaped skin tag on her back.

Though television does put decidedly more restrictions on the humor the Farrelly brothers can use in the show than in their movies, the show could still manage to be more witty while still being suitable for the air.

The characters are not as interesting, genuine, or downright hilarious as some of the characters in their weaker films like “Me, Myself ‘ Irene” and “Shallow Hal,” both of which possess characters whom are infinitely funnier than the ones on “Unhitched.”

For fans of the Farrelly brothers’ usually outrageously funny work, the show will be something of a disappointment.

Give the show a chance if there’s nothing better to watch on a Sunday night, but you’ll probably end up being bored.

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