FX has a history of bringing the laughs with comedies like “Louie” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” -- and the network’s new series, “Married,” is no different. The half-hour-long comedy is the network’s foray into the rom-com world. The only catch? It’s the most unromantic -- yet hilarious -- thing you'll see on TV.
“Married” stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina Bowman, a couple who have three kids and have hit a rough patch in their relationship. This might not seem like an original idea, but with Faxon and Greer at the helm, it’s a ridiculously funny and realistic take on the everyday struggles of a married couple.
For someone who was not fond of Fox’s 2012 venture with “Ben and Kate,” Nat Faxon shines as Russ, a freelance graphic designer who can’t do anything right to please his wife -- whether it be dressing up like the vampires she’s obsessed with (“I want to suck your junk”), to failing to partake in a “quickie” in the appropriate amount of time. But he’s not just an inadequate husband, he’s also an awful father, especially when it comes to his daughter’s pet fish, who he manages to kill by pouring an offensive amount of fish food.
Greer, who many see daily on-screen in those oddball Sprint commercials, is hilarious as Lina, a stay-at-home mom who can only find pleasure in supernatural romance books and movies. After refusing to have sex with Russ (once again), she makes a suggestion that puts the pair on a sidesplitting path -- telling Russ to get a mistress.
The premiere of “Married” follows Russ as he has an inner struggle with himself over seeking sex outside of his marriage. As if your wife telling you to hook up with people wasn’t difficult enough to begin with, Russ gets no help from his friends -- AJ (Brett Gelman), Jess (Jenny Slate), and Bernie (John Hodgman) -- who have their own relationship problems. AJ can’t move on from his ex-wife; Jess married a man who is so old that he has to wear a knee brace when they have sex “doggy style”; and Bernie tells his wife everything, including that he lent Russ $400 for a “whore” (really a puppy).
From raunchy sex jokes, inappropriate sexting and disturbing miscarriage stories, FX’s “Married” is a fun summer comedy that your significant other won’t cringe about.
Catch “Married” when it premieres on FX on Thursday, July 17, at 10 p.m. EDT. Tweet your thoughts to @AmandaTVScoop after the show airs.