Gary Unmarried

Gary Unmarried is an American sitcom created by Ed Yeager, which ran on CBS from September 24, 2008 to March 17, 2010.[1] The series focuses on a recently divorced couple (Jay Mohr and Paula Marshall) sharing custody of their kids while starting new relationships. The show was produced by ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, and Yeager and Ric Swartzlander served as executive producers for the first season. The series was known as Project Gary during tapings before premiering on television.

Gary Unmarried
Also known asProject Gary
Created byEd Yeager
Theme music composerKingsize
ComposerPaul Buckley
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes37 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Ed Yeager
  • James Burrows
  • Rob DesHotel
  • Ric Swartzlander
  • Ira Ungerleider
  • Jill Cargerman
  • Dionne Kirschner
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2008 (2008-09-24) –
March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17)

On May 18, 2010, CBS canceled the series after two seasons.[2]


The series centers around the life of Gary Brooks (Jay Mohr) and begins three months after he and his ex-wife, Allison Brooks (Paula Marshall), officially divorce. Gary owns a house painting business and bought his own place after his divorce. Now his life revolves around trying to move on from his marriage and get back out into the dating scene while constantly having to deal with his ex-wife because they have two children together.

For these reasons, he has difficulty adjusting to life without Allison, and matters are not helped by their still-antagonistic relationship. Despite their acrimonious relationship and constant flinging of cracks at each other, Gary and Allison affectionately make up at the end of most of their conflicts, as the two seem to have a soft spot for each other underneath all their hostility.

Their teenagers are sent back and forth between them so as to spend time with each parent. Their teenage son, Tom, is a brash 14-year-old who's already had a girl in his bedroom (though at the advice of his father), has tried drinking beer, spoken to Gary as if he's Gary's father, and has even spoken to one of Gary's girlfriends (Vanessa) in a flirtatious manner. Louise, their precocious 12-year-old daughter, is an intellectual who plays the cello, keeps photos of Mahatma Gandhi, Al Gore and Che Guevara on her bedroom walls, and watches C-SPAN.

Allison considers Gary to be irresponsible in his parenting while Gary considers Allison to be boring in her parenting; this is shown whenever they pick up their kids from the other's house. In the pilot episode, Gary starts dating a young divorced mom, Vanessa Flood, while Allison reveals that she's engaged to their former marriage counselor, Dr. Walter Krandall (Ed Begley Jr.). Tom begins a romance of his own when he invites a girl over for the first time. The three couples move forward uncertainly. Vanessa, however, breaks up with Gary after a short-lived relationship because of his inability to quit worrying about Allison.

In Season 2, Gary lands an on-air job at a local sports talk radio station, and eventually starts dating the station's new, young manager, Sasha.


The first season ran from September 24, 2008 to May 20, 2009. The series aired Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET, following fellow CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. They replaced the reality show Kid Nation. After an initial order of 13 episodes, CBS announced its order for seven more episodes of Gary Unmarried on November 14, 2008, calling it a full season pickup.[3] On January 7, 2009, the show won the "Favorite New TV Comedy" award at the 35th People's Choice Awards, beating one season cancellations Kath & Kim and Worst Week. On May 10, 2009, it was announced that executive producers Yeager and Swartzlander had left the series over creative differences.[4]

On May 19, 2009 it was announced that Gary Unmarried was officially picked up by CBS for a second season.[5] Season 2 premiered on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm ET.[6] It was replaced on the schedule by Accidentally on Purpose in March 2010, and was officially cancelled on May 18 of that year (alongside Accidentally on Purpose and The New Adventures of Old Christine).


Main castEdit

  • Gary Brooks (Jay Mohr): A juvenile, wisecracking, loving, but sneaky, scheming, dishonest divorced father, who's often on some misadventure to keep out of trouble. Despite his deceptiveness and sneakiness, more often than not Gary is caught and fails miserably, resulting in him forcefully trying to justify his actions at the end of most situations. Gary enjoys drinking beer, sports, and playing games with his guy friends.
  • Allison Brooks (Paula Marshall): Gary's troublemaking, cynical, sarcastic, and condescending ex-wife and Louise/Tom's mother, who once went on a trip to revisit an "old friend" that she admittedly never got along with—even forcing Gary to involve himself in it. Although generally seen behaving antagonistically and spitefully towards Gary, Allison has a tender side and is needy in terms of love, affection, and emotional support.
  • Curtis (Keegan-Michael Key): An old friend of Gary who works at a radio station. (Season 2).[7]
  • Sasha (Brooke D'Orsay): The young, gorgeous, overwhelmed radio station manager. (Season 2).[7]
  • Tom Brooks (Ryan Malgarini): Gary and Allison's brash teenage son who can be just as loving and caring as his mom but can also be just as witty and quick on the draw as his dad.
  • Louise Brooks (Laura Marano in the pilot; Kathryn Newton from episode 2 onward): Gary and Allison's sassy daughter; a straight-A student and precocious environmentalist.
  • Mitch Brooks (Rob Riggle): Gary's half-brother, a former Marine coming back to the United States. He lives in Gary's house, bunking in his nephew's room. He also works with Gary as a house painter.

Former main castEdit

  • Vanessa Flood (Jaime King): Gary's first post-divorce understanding, affable girlfriend, whom he has a lot in common with and met when his company painted her condo. Much like Gary, she has a child from a previous marriage and has a negative relationship with her ex-husband. Though Vanessa is good-humored for the most part, she isn't the easiest person to get along with when discussing her ex-husband and once almost got into a quarrel with Allison, but Gary broke it up out of concern that Allison would hurt Vanessa. (Season 1)
  • Dr. Walter Krandall (Ed Begley Jr.): A nerdy, instructive psychiatrist and former marriage counselor to Gary and Allison. He and Allison were engaged, but broke up before getting married. He's fifteen years older than Allison, which Gary doesn't hesitate to make insults about. (Season 1)
  • Dennis Lopez (Al Madrigal): Gary's witty best friend and coworker. (Season 1)[8]

Notable guest starsEdit

  • Mitch / Ronnie (David Denman): Vanessa's husband whom she has a very contentious relationship with. In episode 6 (Gary Meets The Gang), Mitch unwelcomely shows up at the restaurant where Vanessa works. Unaware that it was Vanessa's ex-husband, Gary befriends him. Later on in the episode, Mitch treacherously reveals to Vanessa all the comments Gary made about wishing to play the field despite the fact that he knew Gary was dating Vanessa.[9]
  • Parker Flood (Charles Henry Wyson): Vanessa's violent only son with her ex-husband, Ronnie Mitchell. Parker is first seen when Vanessa brings him over to Gary's house to use the restroom. In episode 9 (Gary Gives Thanks) Parker persistently assaults Tom despite being younger and much smaller than Tom is.[10]
  • Jack Brooks (Max Gail): Gary's eccentric father, who visited him for Thanksgiving (episode 9). He was lured away by Allison to celebrate Thanksgiving over at her place, in effect causing a lot of chaos.[11]
  • Joan Plummer (Kathleen Rose Perkins): Louise's favorite teacher who Gary dates after his relationship with Vanessa ends. Gary was originally attracted to Joan's sexy teaching assistant, rather than Joan, who appeared rather plain. To prove to Louise that he wasn't shallow, Gary asked Joan out, discovered that her dowdy clothing hid her attractiveness, but was confronted by Joan, who revealed that she knew Gary was originally interested in the assistant and not her.[12] They eventually dated, however Joan was reluctant to pursue the physical aspect of their relationship.[13]
  • Charlie (Martin Mull): Allison's discontented, henpecked, fun-loving father. Charlie is a man who's kept from many of his desires because of his wife. He is first seen on Thanksgiving as well. In retaliation for Allison luring Gary's father to her house, Gary lured Charlie to spend Thanksgiving over at his house. Charlie reveled in the freedom he had away from his wife, Connie. Charlie doesn't hesitate to show his dislike for Allison's fiancé Walter. His nickname for Allison is "Alligator."[11]
  • Ira (Senyo Amoaku): A bouncer at Vanessa's work.
  • Joe Torre (himself): Torre stars as himself in an episode. Torre visits Gary at the station and gets attacked twice by Gary's brother.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 20 September 24, 2008 (2008-09-24) May 20, 2009 (2009-05-20)
2 17 September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23) March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17)

U.S. ratingsEdit

Ratings based on Live+Same Day.

Seasonal ratingsEdit

Season TV Season Season Premiere Season Finale Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 2008–2009 September 24, 2008 May 20, 2009 #74[14] 7.2[14]
2 2009–2010 September 23, 2009 March 17, 2010 #72[15] 6.65[15]

Season 1: 2008-2009 weekly ratingsEdit

# Episode Air Date Timeslot 18-49 Viewers
1 Pilot September 24, 2008 Wednesday 8:30 pm 2.3/6 6.84
2 Gary Gets Boundaries October 1, 2008 2.2/6 6.97
3 Gary Marries off His Ex October 8, 2008 2.2/6 7.43
4 Gary Gets His Stuff Back October 15, 2008 2.4/7 7.71
5 Gary Breaks Up His Ex-wife and Girlfriend October 22, 2008 2.5/7 7.85
6 Gary Meets The Gang November 5, 2008 2.1/6 6.44
7 Gary and Allison's Restaurant November 12, 2008 2.1/5 6.71
8 Gary and Allison Brooks November 19, 2008 2.7/7 8.14
9 Gary Gives Thanks November 26, 2008 2.2/7 7.72
10 Gary Goes First December 10, 2008 2.4/7 8.03
11 Gary Toughens Up Tom December 17, 2008 2.3/7 7.55
12 Gary Dates Louise's Teacher January 14, 2009 2.1/5 7.07
13 Gary Moves Back In January 21, 2009 2.2/5 7.07
14 Gary and Dennis' Sister February 11, 2009 2.1/5 6.86
15 Gary's Ex-Brother-In-Law February 18, 2009 2.1/5 7.26
16 Gary Uses His Veto March 11, 2009 2.3/7 7.71
17 Gary Hooks Up Allison March 18, 2009 2.3/7 7.57
18 Gary and the Trophy April 8, 2009 2.2/7 7.30
19 Gary and His Half Brother May 6, 2009 2.0/6 6.66
20 Gary Fixes Allison's Garbage Disposal May 20, 2009 1.7/5 5.55

Season 2: 2009-2010 weekly ratingsEdit

# Episode Air Date Timeslot 18-49 Viewers
21 Gary Has a Dream September 23, 2009 Wednesday 8:30 pm 2.4/7 7.37
22 Gary Promises Too Much September 30, 2009 2.3/7 7.08
23 Gary's Demo October 7, 2009 2.2/6 7.17
24 Gary Shoots Fish in a Barrel October 14, 2009 2.4/7 7.38
25 Gary on the Air October 21, 2009 2.2/6 6.76
26 Gary Tries to Do It All November 4, 2009 2.0/5 6.29
27 Gary and Allison's Friend November 11, 2009 2.4/6 7.30
28 Gary Apologizes November 18, 2009 2.4/7 7.00
29 Gary Keeps a Secret November 25, 2009 1.8/6 6.68
30 Gary Gives Sasha His Full Attention December 9, 2009 2.3/6 7.01
31 Gary Is a Boat Guy December 16, 2009 2.5/7 7.76
32 Gary Feels Tom Slipping Away January 13, 2010 1.9/5 5.59
33 Gary Has to Choose January 20, 2010 1.8/5 5.89
34 Gary Lowers the Bar February 10, 2010 2.4/7 7.49
35 Gary's Big Mouth March 3, 2010 2.0/5 6.02
36 Gary Tries to Find Something for Mitch March 10, 2010 2.2/7 6.83
37 Gary Unmarried? March 17, 2010 1.8/5 5.70

DVD releaseEdit

On February 9, 2010, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the complete first season of Gary Unmarried on DVD in Region 1.[16]

International distributionEdit

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere Weekly schedule (local time) As
  United States CBS September 24, 2008 Wednesday 8:30 pm
  Brazil Sony Entertainment Television October 9, 2010 Saturday 4:30 pm
  Canada CTV January 3, 2009 Monday 8:30 pm
  Croatia Fox Life Monday to Friday 12.40- 13.05, Monday to Friday 20.15-20.50 Rastavljeni Gary
  Ireland RTÉ Two May 23, 2011 Monday 8:30 pm
  Arab World Fox Series September, 2009/January 23, 2009 Saturday 9:30 pm/Tuesday 8:00 pm
  Germany Comedy Central October 6, 2009 TBA
  Netherlands Veronica January 5, 2009 Monday-Friday 7:30 pm
  Poland Comedy Central Fall 2009 TBA Rozwodnik Gary (Gary divorcée)
  Sweden Kanal 5 March 5, 2009 Thursday 8:00 pm Gary
  Norway TV Norge 11 January 2010 Monday 10:00 pm Lykkelig skilt (Happily divorced)
  Turkey Comedy Max August 21, 2009 Monday 8:00 pm
  Italy FOX June 2009 Wednesday 9:50 pm Provaci ancora, Gary! (Try it again, Gary!)
  South Africa M-Net January 2009 Tuesday 7:00 pm
  New Zealand TV 2 August 21, 2009 Friday 8:00 pm
  Australia Seven Network September 3, 2009 Tues/Thurs 7:30 pm
  Portugal RTP2, Fox Life October 19, 2009, June 9, 2010 Monday 8:45 pm, Monday-Friday 5:05 pm
  Estonia FOXlife January 12, 2010 Wed 9:50 pm
  Denmark Kanal 5 March 16, 2010 Tuesday 9:55 pm
  Hungary Viasat3 Spring 2010 TBA Elvált Gary
  Austria ORF 1 March 13, 2010 Saturday 4:30 pm
  Serbia RTS 1, Fox Life November 2010, June 2011 Monday-Friday 11:00 pm, Monday-Friday 3:00 pm Разведени Гари
  Indonesia Star World July 2012 Monday-Friday 7:00 am IWT
  Bulgaria Fox Life July 3, 2010 All Weekdays 15:50 Two Episodes Разведен (Divorced)
  India Zee Cafe Monday-Friday 9:00 pm
  Latvia Fox Life Everyday noon

Awards and nominationsEdit


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  11. ^ a b "Listings - GARY UNMARRIED on CBS |". 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-12.[permanent dead link]
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  13. ^ "Gary Unmarried: Gary Fixes Allison's Garbage Disposal Episode Summary on". 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
  14. ^ a b "Season Program Rankings from 09/22/08 through 05/17/09". ABC Medianet. May 19, 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  15. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2010-05-27). "Full Series Rankings For The 2009-10 Broadcast Season". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  16. ^ "Gary Unmarried- Official Studio Press Release for The Complete 1st Season on DVD". Archived from the original on 2009-12-30.

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