TV Review: Married— “Murder”

 (l-r) Nat Faxon as Russ, Judy Greer as Lina, Brett Gelman as AJ, John Hodgman as Bernie. CR: Prashant Gupta/FX

(l-r) Nat Faxon as Russ, Judy Greer as Lina, Brett Gelman as AJ, John Hodgman as Bernie. CR: Prashant Gupta/FX

I love Martin Starr. I like Married a lot. This one just didn’t quite work. See?

Married often sets up a threadbare sitcom situation like this one in order to play around with expectations. Here, however, the expected payoff never comes, with the explanation that both Russ and Lina are really only so caught up in the caper because they’re both dodging some unpleasant tasks at work. (Russ is supposed to fire Bernie, who can’t stop showing off his “old man with a merkin” sight gag, while Lina doesn’t want to decide whether to accept a full time teacher’s aide position in lieu of her substitute gig.) Nat Faxon and Judy Greer, as usual, enliven the stale proposition with banter and hints of soulfulness, but the whole enterprise plays as rushed and thin.

Still—Married is pretty damned good. See the whole review here.

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