At the end of the day, I think I’m just the wrong demographic for Married. Bear that disclaimer in mind throughout this review.
Married debuted last year on FX alongside You’re the Worst. Of the two, I thought I’d far prefer Married because it was loaded with funny people I loved: Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, Jenny Slate, Brett Gelman, John Hodgman, and more. But that’s not how things worked out.
Married is a comedy, but it’s about a really heavy and, at times, depressing subject matter: parenthood. It’s a bleak look at what happens to a marriage when you muddle everything up with kids, and how difficult it is to make ends meet as a young family in Los Angeles when you’re living paycheck to paycheck. It’s funny to be sure, but it’s funny in a way that would be at its best if you’ve been there and can relate.
Like I said at the top, I’m the wrong demographic. I’m not married, I don’t have kids, and I haven’t experienced a lot of the tough times that these couples have been through. I made my way through the show’s first season, but gave up halfway through its second. I feel like this is the type of show I can revisit in 10 or 15 years and see it through fresh eyes at a different point in my life. If you’ve got a young family, Married may be exactly what the doctor ordered. For everyone else, it’s not worth your time.