Are You Wedded to FX's Married?

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The honeymoon’s over — and it has been for a while on FX’s newest comedy, Married.

So when Lina (Judy Greer, Arrested Development) tells her husband Russ (Nat Faxon, Ben & Kate) he can “be with someone else” — albeit discreetly — he decides to take her up on it. 

Unfortunately, that isn’t the worst of Russ’ problems (according to his friends, it’s not even a real problem) in the show’s premiere, which aired Thursday at 10/9c.

We want to know what you thought of the episode, but first, a recap.

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STRANGER BEDFELLOWS | When Russ’ many attempts to engage Lina sexually prove unsuccessful, he turns to his friend Bernie (The Daily Show‘s John Hodgeman), who tells him to “find out what she’s into” and “pretend to like it.” So Russ takes a page out of Lina’s books, dressing up like one of the vampires she’s always reading about — fangs and cape included. Sadly, his wife’s literary tastes skew more True Blood and less Dracula, causing her to laugh at his terrible accent and shirtless attempt at role-playing. The next day, Lina apologizes, citing her full-time job as a mom to their three daughters as the reason behind her lack of sex drive. That’s when she tells him he can have his needs met elsewhere.

DOGGED DEVOTION | Giving into peer pressure Empowered by his friends’ encouragement to”get a mistress,” Russ goes to get his ear hair waxed, becomes quite taken with his wax technician, and buys her ice cream, then a puppy — which she names “Charlie”… after the child she miscarried. (There is no appropriate response to this.) But just as things are heating up at her place, Lina calls, telling Russ to come home immediately. As he leaves, Russ’ new “mistress” gives him her underwear and asks him to buy dog food.

SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES | Russ returns home to find that his daughter’s fish, Norman, is dead and that they’re having a funeral. As he and Lina smile at each other over the girl’s adorable eulogy, they have an almost affectionate exchange (“You make cute kids.” “So do you.”), which makes Russ realize he loves her too much to stray. Too bad he can’t stop himself from actually buying the dog food and driving it over to his mistress’ place.

WHO LET THE DOG OUT? | After an exchange with the mistress’ muscled ex, Russ returns home with the pooch. Just as he and Lina are about to watch a movie, his daughter excitedly reveals the puppy (I’m not sure what’s worse: Russ’ leaving the puppy in the car, or his daughter’s randomly searching his car… at night.) He offers to take the puppy back, but Lina refuses. Later that night, Russ gets a flurry of provocative texts from his sort-of tryst. The next morning, he shows up at the hospital, lies about the dog’s demise, then returns home to attempt to seduce his wife.

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Married gets off to a rocky start, and Lina’s limited presence in the first episode doesn’t help. But while Russ and Lina seem to be a couple disconnected on every level, Greer and Faxon are able to maintain an undercurrent of affection for each other. We’ll give this couple a second chance.

That’s what we think, but what’s your take? Grade Married via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice.

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19 Comments
  1. MEG says:

    Wow. Why get maried if you’re gonna tell your husband he can go cheat on you? no thanks.

    • jbj says:

      Clearly that wasn’t in her mind three children earlier, so I’m guessing she’s choosing the less painful alternative to divorce.

  2. Rodg says:

    So did they show any of Judy Greer’s framily commercials during the show?

  3. Ron says:

    I didn’t really enjoy the show. I may check out next week’s episode to see if I like it better, but as of right now, I’m not gonna be a regular viewer. I think I may just be sticking to Louie, IASIP, and The League for FX (FXX) comedies.

  4. tp says:

    It reminds me of This is 40 which I found kind of depressing. I will try it one more episode before I make a decision.

    • HSM says:

      I agree. It was darker than expected, but I am a big Judy Greer fan and would love to see something that she is in be a success. She and Nat Faxon have a nice chemistry, I just hope we see more screen time together. And I’m not sure how I feel about the friends at the bar, especially the female friend. I’ll give it one or two more episodes because it is the summer.

  5. Kim R says:

    Some things I just don’t need to see.

  6. Zach says:

    Judy Greer is my favorite actress but… this wasn’t great. It wasn’t bad either, but that was basically just because the cast (which was great all around) made up for the subpar writing and worse directing.

  7. jo jo jo says:

    i thought it was more about a marriage, but then BAM first episode he cheats… lame just lame

    • tp says:

      Is it cheating when you’ve been given permission? More like an open marriage, no? Whatever you call it he doesn’t end up doing it. He loves his wife.

  8. Television says:

    Stopped watching 5 minutes in. I refuse to watch shows with such terrible camera work. Don’t need to see someone hand holding a camera and it moving around constantly.

  9. tp says:

    I wish you guys would have reviewed You’re the Worst. It was hilarious. I’m on board for the whole season of that.

  10. hud says:

    Who writes this tripe?

  11. John Moshier says:

    love judy hate her husband didn’t like him on his other show either ben and kate

  12. Rachel says:

    Enjoyed the show that followed it. I think its called You’re the Worst, or something like that. I just dont see any wife that will tell her husband that its okay to have sex with another women. It’s sort of funny, because in the trailers I thought married was suppose to be funny, while YTW wasn’t and it became quite the opposite.

  13. Boiler says:

    I like Judy Greer in most anything but not sure here yet. I thought her best show was Mad Love. They should have made her and Tyler Labine the leads.

  14. Alex says:

    Stank. Terribly!