Review of The Unicorn

Maybe some of you fine readers have already noticed, but there is a new TV show on CBS called “The Unicorn.” I have seen a couple of episodes and read the blurb on the program…I feel very close to this guy! Now, there are as many differences as similarities between us. I am not in the dating scene, or even ready for such a thing, where he is embarking on finding a relationship. When, and if, the time comes I won’t be quite as “free” with dating as Wade, the main character, is. I’m still pretty conservative, no matter how much things may be different in single-dom these days. But, otherwise…we have a lot in common! So, let me share my review of The Unicorn, Episode 6, aired on 11/7/19.

Here is the premise of the show, from the CBS site:

The Unicorn is a single-camera comedy about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who help Wade (Walton Goggins) embrace his "new normal" in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago. As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again. To Wade's amazement, he's a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he's the perfect single guy—a "unicorn": employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment. With his daughters and best friends rooting him on and hoping he'll find happiness again, Wade and his healing heart are ready to try life... and love... again.

Tonight’s episode was a little out of my wheelhouse. I’m not really into the bar scene, or picking up women, but many of the widower experiences are similar.

Some notes from the program:

I liked the cameo from Paige Davis, the host of Trading Spaces for so many years, in the bar. Jana and I loved to watch that show, and it’s reboot more recently.

Wade’s friends all talk about him. These couples will consider Wade and what might be good for him at the time. They are well meaning, sometimes right, and always looking out for Wade. I find this in my close friendships and family. They care. What a great feeling!

Wade wants to go out, he wants to be “spontaneous”, but his friends are family men that have responsibilities at home. Wade is trying to figure out where he belongs, feeling awkward out alone as well as awkward with his friend’s families. This “in-between” feeling is very real. Not quite sure which category I belong in anymore…

Wade and his buddies show their age and their lack of “game” in this episode. This feeling is real, regardless of any other circumstances! They are funny in their view of themselves and the type of men they actually are now.

Overall, I enjoyed the episode. I do like the way they are able to portray some of the feelings associated with being a widow/widower. It also gives us a laugh, which is nice.

It’s quite ironic that this program would be on now. I had to watch it. Of course, I wonder…am I a unicorn?! Maybe by their definition. Proven commitment, proven husband, etc. Funny. I don’t mind being different.

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