Finding love is hard. Finding love the second time around? Even harder. When a recently divorced guy, rebounding from the ugly breakup of his marriage, has a drunken one night stand with a woman who’s trying to move on after the death of her fiancé, it makes the whole thing complicated. Making it even trickier is that they happen to work together. You know that morning after when you realize you’ve made a big mistake? Try facing your mistake every single (work) day. Can you say, awkwaard!
This crooked, romantic comedy is NBC’s Free Agents, a re-make of a British workplace sitcom of the same name that follows the lives of two overworked public relations executives trying leap back to the whole dating scene. Adjusting to being newly single, office romance, a whole lotta past relationship baggage and meddling friends who mean well are some of the themes you will see in this series.
Alex is struggling with a recent divorce and a newly empty home trying to keep himself together as he misses his kids. He is not yet over that rough experience (he breaks down in tears at the thought of his kids while still in bed with Helen).
His co-worker, Helen, thinks she has it together, but she drinks too much in order to cope with her fiancé’s untimely death. In their sorrow and loneliness they end up drunk and sleeping together. They have an attraction to each other but they decide to keep their one night stand a secret as they figure out whether they’re ready for a new relationship, especially with a colleague.
They have an array of co-workers who are both helpful and meddling at the same time. Their boss, Stephen, is concerned about Alex’s emotional stability, yet needs him to focus on his work. There is Dan who is a bachelor and is in search of a wingman; Gregg, the nerdy and lone husband of the group; Emma, Alex’s spitfire assistant, always ready with a quick comeback; and Walter, the building security guard who is always ready to share a little advice and lets Alex spend nights in his office when he doesn’t want to go home.
September 14, 2011 (WEDNESDAY), 10:30/9:30c on NBC
Let’s start with the good… the show’s idea/concept can be potentially funny and they have a really great and strong cast. But… the premiere episode was a a disappointment for me. Something’s wrong somewhere… It could be the writing and the lines… it’s not very crisp and witty and they tend to get too wordy. Some of the characters were annoying and too stereotype-y. Maybe they just couldn’t get the dark comedy the British version had? But then, if it took The Office a few episodes to find its footing and get the right formula in converting good British show into a good US show, then, let’s not write this one off just yet.
It will be assuming its regular time slot on September 21 (still Wednesdays), 8:30/7:30c
- Hank Azaria as Alex
- Kathryn Hahn as Helen
- Anthony Head as Stephen
- Natasha Leggero as Emma
- Joe Lo Truglio as Walter
- Al Madrigal as Gregg
- Mo Mandel as Dan.