I’ve been waiting for this show for a while now. Finally, Marry Me premiered last night on NBC. I was somewhat nervous because of the late premiere of this new show. Anything having to wait until October generally isn’t thought to be very strong by the network. Getting buried with an October 14 premiere date just can’t be a good sign. I was worried.
As it turns out, the Marry Me pilot was much better than I thought it was going to be. In fact, it was at the level I had hoped it would be. It was good.
Marry Me stars two of my favorite people, Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Ken Marino (Role Models) as a couple who are having trouble getting engaged. That is the premise to the show but I am confident they are going to quickly get away from that premise. I didn’t really care for that story line and I’m sure I’m not alone.
What made the show good was Wilson and Marino and their supporting cast. Marry Me is a comedy that was created by David Caspe who was also the creator of one of my favorite comedies of recent years, Happy Endings. If you are a fan of Happy Endings, you will also like Marry Me. It had a lot of the same feeling to it and that’s a good thing.
Casey Wilson continues her disaster of a character performance similar to what she was on Happy Endings and again, bravo. She plays a disaster so well. The opening of the show is her going on a good 10 minute rant about how she didn’t get proposed to on vacation by her long-time boyfriend played by Marino. Unbeknownst to her (but knownst to us, kudos to anyone who gets that reference), Marino was prepared to surprise her with a proposal and had all of her friends there and their families to be surprise witnesses. The rant was not well-received. It was incredibly uncomfortable but also so well played and funny by all involved.
My hope is that they quickly transition away from the proposal part of their relationship and just make Marry Me a relationship comedy with a strong ensemble cast. The ratings for the Marry Me pilot were pretty strong which is a good sign. It at least didn’t open up in cancellation territory. The true test will be next week to see if they hold on to their ratings. If they do, then Marry Me will survive.
I’m hoping it survives. I enjoyed it and will be adding it to my regular list of comedies to watch each week. If you are unfamiliar with the show, here is the funny opening scene. It is worth watching.
Marry Me Pilot Review – Trailer
Marry Me airs on NBC Tuesdays at 8:00.