It is possible be crude and funny. The Farrelly Brothers have proved that with movies such as "There's Something About Mary," "Stuck on You" and "Dumb and Dumber."
But they're only half successful with the new Fox sitcom they're executive producing, "Unhitched." It's certainly crude, but it's not funny. Certainly not funny enough the batting average on the attempts at humor is so low it's not worth half an hour of anyone's time.
We're talking about a show that opens with a man and woman getting, um, intimate. And then the woman's monkey, um, joins in.
Bobby and Peter Farrelly also directed the premiere of "Unhitched" (Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Ch. 13), which centers on Jack "Gator" Gately (Craig Bierko), who unwillingly finds himself on the dating market after he's blindsided by a divorce. He hangs out with Tommy (Johnny Sneed), a crude oaf who's thrice divorced; and Dr. Freddy Sahgal (Shaun Majumder), an awkward immigrant who also got dumped.
The three share not only crude adventures but a divorce lawyer Kate (Rashida Jones), who just got dumped after a seven year engagement.
The first couple of episodes are loaded with, um, gags that I can't even describe in a family newspaper. And, while being funny can make up for almost anything, not being funny just makes "Unhitched" painful.
"Here Come the Newlyweds" (Sunday, 9:02 p.m., Ch. 4) sounds like one of the dumbest things to hit network TV this season ... and yet it's oddly entertaining.
Seven newlywed couples say funny things, like on "The Newlywed Game." The couples all live together in the same fabulous house, like on "The Real World." They compete at various challenges and vote one couple off each week, like on "Survivor."
Did I mention it's laugh-out-loud funny in spots?
The couples are an eclectic group, including high-school sweethearts, couples who fell in love at first sight, an arranged marriage, an interracial couple, a couple who lived together for a decade, and a husband and wife who each have three divorces on their resumes.
In Sunday's premiere, blindfolded husbands are kissed by all seven women and have to identify their wives' kiss. And then the blindfolded husbands have to parallel park a minivan with their wives telling (yelling) them what to do.
Yikes.It's silly. But it is oddly fun.
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