Third-episode verdict: Free Agents

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 4

In the US: Wednesdays, 8.30/7.30c, NBC

Well, three episodes into Free Agents and I have to say, this is not a funny show.

The first episode was an odd combination of the dark British original and a standard US ensemble sitcom, the former being good, the latter being the opposite. It didn’t quite fit together and whatever good qualities there were in the former were more than neutralised by the ridiculously bad qualities of the latter.

Episode two, however, while a slightly smoother affair thanks to old Friends producer Ira Ungerleider, lost darkness in favour of attempts at one-liners that didn’t quite work. And episode three was a completely unremarkable affair whose one big stab at comedy was having a therapist called Dr Hu. Imagine the hilarity.

It’s a shame, really, because the pairing of Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn is a good one, Anthony Stewart Head is marvellously over the top, and the show does make perceptive, intelligent comments. It’s just not funny. And when it tries to be funny, it’s painful.

Given its ratings are somewhere near absolute zero, I don’t think it’s going to be long for this world, so I’m going to say give this one a miss.

Carusometer rating: 4
Rob’s prediction: Dead before the end of the season


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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