No one is watching Married. I get it, even as it’s undeniably a shame—this is a low key show, whose structure and vibe is practically designed to turn off anyone looking for easy sitcom yuks. Here’s my AV Club review of the latest episode, which wasn’t entirely successful, but which afforded the uniformly overqualified cast with ample opportunities to shine. I am still genuinely shocked and disappointed that John Hodgman’s masturbating robot dance is not represented on the internet in gif form.
From the thing:
So why is Married funny? Greer is the biggest reason here, naturally, her portrayal of Lina always allowing the merest glimpse of recklessness under the weary wife and mother dutifulness that makes her scheming tonight plausible. She plays especially well with little Rachel Eggleston tonight, the girl’s resigned way of arguing with her mom a perfect depiction of how kids take on both the speech patterns and worldview of their parents. When Lina pushes the girl into helping with, “Do you know how many shitty moms I’ve had to hang out with because of you?,” Maya’s weary sigh is a precise echo of her mother’s, a dynamic that’s both terribly sad and sort of sweet. As Lina tells the miserable girl on the way to the playdate, “You’re really taking one for the team right now… you’re my hero,” it’s an inappropriate thing to say to a kid, sure, but it’s also honest.