Marry Me: Will You Commit to NBC's New Romantic Comedy?

Marry Me on NBC

A wise woman once said, “If you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it.”

And on NBC’s Marry Me, which debuted Tuesday, our protagonist Annie has really taken that to heart.

Played by Happy Endings‘ Casey Wilson, Annie’s is more than a little antsy to be engaged to longtime boyfriend Jake (Veronica Mars‘ Ken Marino), a point she makes quite clear after Jake doesn’t propose on their luxurious vacation… or so Annie thinks. Completely oblivious to the fact that Jake is on bended knee behind her, Annie goes on a cringe-inducing rant once the pair returns home, criticizing all of their friends and family — including Jake’s mom. (Gasp!)

Once Jake gets Annie to turn around — and the loved ones that Annie just skewered come out from their surprise-party hiding spots — Jake decides he doesn’t want to be engaged, at least not to this version of Annie, and not for a few more days. And as we learn through flashbacks, Annie has always had a knack for stealing the relationship spotlight in a number of awkward ways. Hypocritically reprimanding Jake for eating at a Mexican restaurant that she frequents herself? Check. Fumbling her way through the first “I love you”s? Check.

Annie’s streak continues when she tries to surprise Jake with her own proposal at his office — but it only ends up getting him fired for lying about vacation time. Oops.

Throughout the series premiere, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking that Jake and Annie aren’t meant to be, something the couple acknowledges when a few bad omens get in their way. But by episode’s end, Annie sees the error of her ways — mostly — and she and Jake are able to celebrate their successful engagement with their closest friends and family. (Who forgive Annie remarkably quickly, might I add!)

OK, your turn. Will you settle down with Marry Me this fall? Grade the episode via our poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. LADY_in_MD says:

    Super cute show will be giving it a try I needed something to pick up on Tuesdays :-)

  2. Jenna says:

    A for awesome from me. The funniest opening ever! Couldn’t stop laughing. Casey Wilson is like a modern day Lucille Ball, getting herself in hilarious, embarrassing situations. Can’t wait for more!

  3. schu says:

    Love Casey Wilson’s quick wit, still missing Happy Endings on my tv, but glad to see her and doing, what I thought, very well! I was never a big Ken Marino fan, but I found him likable here and am happy with the feel of the show!

  4. Mika02 says:

    Sooo Funny I think it would have paired better with A to Z then About a Boy.

  5. ... says:

    I thought it was really grating. Overly manic, laboriously written, beyond pleased with itself. The worst of Happy Endings’ tics bottled into one episode of television.

    • TV Gord says:

      You first line is exactly how I felt about Happy Endings, but I think this one is somewhat better (less smug). As long as it doesn’t get as bad as Happy Endings did, I’ll stick with it.

    • Julia says:

      never watched Happy Endings, but found this to be trying too hard. Your description is perfect. Plus, the goofy yoga friend with all her silly hairstyles seemed super nuts.

  6. Tran says:

    I give Marry Me an A. This could give a big boost for a Voice lead-in and NBC is destined to have a breakout sitcom which they haven’t done so in a few years. I adore Casey Wilson during her time on SNL but she was so hilarious as Penny on Happy Endings and her new show should potentially put her back in the comedy spotlight.

  7. hipster says:

    Funny enough for now. Annie is practically an engaged version of Penny, so I’m cool with that. Definitely room for improvement, especially from the pacing. Looking forward to find out more about the supporting cast. I have a feeling one of the female friends is gonna get cut eventually.

  8. Tom says:

    A for Ah-Mahzing!!

  9. Eric7740 says:

    Absolutely hilarious! Loved it! Season pass, granted!!!

  10. rebecca says:

    Casey Wilson had me at ahmahzing

  11. Nicole says:

    That opening was so funny!!! Laughed so hard even watched it twice!

  12. Meh says:

    The two leads are too funny to not give this show a chance. Casey Wilson and Ken Marino are legit comic talents, have been for years! As it turns out, I happen to think the pilot is great and will 100% be watching going forward. Sorry New Girl fans, this is my Mindy Project lead in.

  13. Edna says:

    loved it!

  14. DJ Doena says:

    That was very awkward to watch and not in the good sense. It’s like watching a car crash unfold and you don’t want to see the mutilated victims when the firemen cut the car apart.

  15. lori says:

    Loved it.

  16. David Finucane says:

    The tuesday comedy line ups have been working for nbc maby they should move abc and bad judge there too at 8 and 830

  17. Infinite says:

    A for Awesome! I love it!

  18. I miss Happy Endings and have missed Casey Wilson on my TV. This was an amazing comedy pilot! Easily one of my favorite comedy pilots in the last 3 years!! I am definitely tuning in next Tuesday!! Also, James from Scandal playing one of Annie’s dads was fun to watch!

  19. leahbh says:

    I forgot to record it! Hopefully nbc has already put it on-demand and I’ll be able to watch tonight. Or this weekend. Probably this weekend

  20. jj says:

    this is another niche comedy, personally I loved (although there were definite pacing issues) but I don’t see it becoming a huge hit

  21. Davey says:

    This is a not a good pairing with About a Boy. The thing is, About a Boy doesn’t try so hard t be funny. It’s one of the least cynical sitcoms on TV right now. It’s not a easy show to find a pair with.

    Though I laughed at the end of the Marry Me pilot, I found most of the half hour hard to take. And I liked Happy Endings.

  22. MiaB says:

    I didn’t dislike it, but I guess I thought it would be more like Happy Endings than it was. I didn’t feel like the main characters had any chemistry. I will give it another shot, because there’s really not much to watch on Tuesdays, but I hope it gets better. SN: I miss Happy Endings.

  23. j says:

    I guess better then a reapeat. But I was tired of the Marry Me premise, after the first several times they first half of show!

  24. Hayes says:

    Casey Wilson. Give that woman an Emmy!

  25. matty says:

    Loved it. I think it could be this generations “Mad About You”, if it evolves correctly into an ensemble comedy with this couple at the center of it. It’s quirky like MAY was, and if the writing is strong enough could be a long-term hit.

  26. Kate says:

    This show will air the proposal of the man who drugged me and raped me. He prosed to Julie in Maitland, FL. I have until December 2012 to make the police do an actual investigation otherwise I will never get justice. He proposed to Julie in Maitland, FL. Please, help me stop this woman from making the biggest mistake of her life.

  27. Kate says:

    This show will air the proposal of a rapist. Help me stop this woman from making the biggest mistake of her life. I have until December 2014 to convince the police to actaully investigate my case and open my rape kit.

  28. Tom says:

    In the first 2 minutes they say “tough titties?”… are you kidding me? and not in a good way. You can’t get a laugh without resorting to tacky humor? Sensors? On a network show?
    Get some class please.

  29. Jenna says:

    I enjoyed this first show; now I’m watching & in the first 6 minutes there were two f*** and a sh***. My kids can’t watch it, parents are surprised and put off, so… not watching it, it’s off. When will writers wake up and realize that if you can’t make it funny without swears, it’s not funny? Such a bad, bad ploy for a cute show. Tramping up cute just ruins it. Like Lucile Ball wearing something see-through. B’bye.