Togetherness: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
Togetherness: What Critics Say
Actor, writer and film producer Mark Duplass at “Humpday” premiere, 2009.

Togetherness” begins its run on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on HBO. The comedy series stars Mark Duplass as Brett Pierson, Melanie Lynskey as Michelle Pierson, Amanda Peet as Tina Morris and Steve Zissis as Alex Pappas. It will be airing eight episodes for the first season. Find out what the critics think about this show in our round-up below.

HitFix cites Zissis as the one who carries the show, but generally considers all four leads as fantastic. The critic says that the show brings a sense of great intimacy, with a storytelling style that is easy to appreciate, but it’s not a unique show entirely.

Variety describes the show as “bawdy in places and melancholy throughout,” presenting the right amount of indie sensibilities. The critic singles out the performance of Lynskey. The critic also thinks this series is the kindred spirit of FX’s “Married.”

The Playlist’s critic considers “Togetherness” as another must-see TV, citing the show’s creators, the Duplass brothers, for their penchant for “mixing broad laughs with deep sentiment.” The critic also hails the ensemble cast and sees the chemistry between the actors. Even the supporting cast and semiregulars, like Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen, are a good fit.

San Francisco Gate’s critic commends the show for its great script, describing this as “rich in telling detail, and the dialogue rings true.” The main actors are also commendable; they are effective in allowing the viewers relate to their flaws. The critic described the show is a comedy with a heart.

Entertainment Weekly’s critic gives this show a high grade of A-, citing the series as a charming surprise, while also taking notice of the chemistry among the actors. While the show is set in Los Angeles, the critic notes that it doesn’t feel very Hollywood at all and can be relatable to just about every couple and everyone.

Thomas on Hollywood from Indiewire calls “Togetherness” the new “Modern Family,” describing the show as weird and wonderful. He also thinks the series complements the line-up for HBO on Sundays, with returning shows like “Girls” and “Looking.”

Columbus Alive’s critic is fairly impressed with the cast, especially with Peet’s performance. He, however, said that there’s some elements about the two main characters (Brett and Michelle) that should be tweaked in future episodes or seasons. Overall, the critic thinks the show is fun and smart.

That’s our round-up of critic reviews for HBO’s newest comedy. Catch the premiere of “Togetherness” on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on HB.  Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for the recaps and other updates about the show.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P