Undateable is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from May 29, 2014 to January 29, 2016 and originally premiered as a mid-season replacement. The series was created by Adam Sztykiel, based on the book Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't Be Dating or Having Sex by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle. On May 8, 2015, NBC renewed Undateable for a third season that consisted entirely of live episodes, which premiered on October 9, 2015. On May 13, 2016, NBC canceled the series after three seasons.
|Also known as||Undateable Live|
|Created by||Adam Sztykiel|
by Ellen Rakieten
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||36 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||21–23 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||May 29, 2014 –|
January 29, 2016
Danny Burton is a 34-year-old carefree single guy who has watched most of his friends move on to serious relationships. When his last remaining single friend Shannon moves out to marry, Danny searches for a new roommate. A promising candidate is Justin, the owner of Black Eyes Bar (frequently mispronounced "Black Guys Bar") in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale. Justin and his friends – the creepy Burski, oddball Shelly, and recently out-of-the-closet Brett – all have certain qualities that make them appear "undateable". While Danny himself has good luck getting women into bed, he is unable or unwilling to form a lasting commitment with any of them. Danny's older sister, Leslie, has similar fears about being undateable, having the "baggage" of being a mid-30s divorcee.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||May 29, 2014||July 3, 2014|
|2||10||March 17, 2015||May 12, 2015|
|3||13||October 9, 2015||January 29, 2016|
- Chris D'Elia as Danny Burton, a charming, womanizer guy
- Brent Morin as Justin Kearney, Danny's roommate who is a bar owner and is awkward with women
- Bianca Kajlich as Leslie Burton, Danny's recently divorced and alcoholic sister
- David Fynn as Brett, Justin's gay co-worker and friend
- Rick Glassman as Adam Burski, Justin's nerdy friend who has a crush on Leslie
- Ron Funches as Shelly, Justin's oddball friend who moves into the upstairs loft at the bar
- Bridgit Mendler as Candace (Season 2–3), Justin's eccentric new bartender and later fiancée; she often scares the gang with bizarre stories from her childhood, living in cars and eating paper – but always delivers these tales with a strange optimism
- Briga Heelan as Nicki, Justin's ex-girlfriend (Season 1; guest in Season 2)
- Eva Amurri as Sabrina, Danny's ex-girlfriend and Justin's new employee (Season 1)
- Adam Hagenbuch as Trent, Candace's ex-boyfriend who wants her back and Justin rival (Season 2–3)
- Whitney Cummings as Charlotte, Justin's friend from school whom he sets up with Danny (Season 3)
Development and castingEdit
NBC purchased the script from Bill Lawrence in October 2012. Casting for the pilot began in early 2013, with Brent Morin and Rick Glassman being cast in February and Bianca Kajlich and Chris D'Elia being cast in March. Matthew Wilkas was also cast in March as Brett, Justin's gay friend. Aly Michalka was originally cast as Maddie, a waitress in Justin's bar and Justin's love interest, but she left the show in April 2013 and was replaced with Briga Heelan in a guest star role as the similar character Nicki.
In May 2013, NBC placed a series order for Undateable. After the series was ordered, Wilkas left and was replaced with David Fynn in the role of Brett. When both Undateable and Ground Floor, which stars Heelan, were picked up as series, Megan Park was cast to replace Heelan in the Nicki role. However, by September of that year, the producers were able to arrange the schedules of the two shows so that Heelan could appear on Undateable as Nicki on a recurring basis, and she replaced Park.
On May 5, 2015, the show was presented live in a one-hour episode that featured numerous guest stars. Based on the reception to that episode, NBC made the decision to feature all live episodes for Season 3, with each episode featuring a musical guest. Starting with season 3, Undateable aired two feeds, one from the East Coast and one from the West Coast, both of which were available online after the show aired on its linear broadcast.
On November 13, 2015, 30 minutes before air time, a decision was made to pre-empt the then-upcoming live program due to the November 2015 Paris attacks. The next week, during the November 20 live episode, references were made about the attack.
The Sixth LeadEdit
The Sixth Lead is a five-part webseries starring Rick Glassman. Each part runs for 4–7 minutes. It is described as "A web-series about an NBC Sitcom actor who doesn't really talk much." It is about Glassman wanting to contribute more to Undateable and become a more important cast member on the series. The first episode is titled "Meeting With The Showrunner" and has been viewed 1,254 times.
Undateable initially received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 38% rating, based on 16 reviews, with the consensus reading: "Largely bereft of originality or humor, Undateable is underwhelming." On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 49 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The third season finale "averaged a 0.8/3 in 18–49 and 2.7 million viewers overall, placing fourth among the Big Four but matching the show's top score since mid-October." Due to the success of the Season 2 finale going live, the decision was made to renew Undateable for an all-live Season 3, broadcasting live for both the East and West Coast feeds.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Rank||Avg. viewers|
|1||Thursday 9:00 p.m.||13||May 29, 2014||3.84||July 3, 2014||1.99||2013–14||N/A||2.78|
|2||Tuesday 9:00 p.m.||10||March 17, 2015||6.43||May 12, 2015||4.01||2014–15||109||5.11|
|3||Friday 8:00 p.m.||13||October 9, 2015||2.54||January 29, 2016||2.73||2015–16||133||3.23|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2015||Art Directors Award||Multi-Camera Television Series||Undateable – Episode: "Pilot"||Nominated|||
|Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety or Unscripted Series||Cabot McMullen (production designer), Jeffrey Beck (set designer), Susan Bolles (graphic designer), Amber Haley (set decorator)||Nominated|||
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