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Tuc Watkins as Colin McKenna and Neil Patrick Harris as Michael Lawson in Uncoupled. (Photo: Netflix)
Tuc Watkins as Colin McKenna and Neil Patrick Harris as Michael Lawson in Uncoupled. (Photo: Netflix)






3/5 Stars


Michael thought his life was perfect until his partner blindsides him by walking out the door. Overnight, Michael has to confront two nightmares — losing what he thought was his soulmate and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-forties in New York City.


A couple who were together for 17 years breaks up when one of them turns 50 and has a sudden mid-life crisis. The other is left to pick up the pieces and has to make sense of the devastation left behind. Plus, how do you enter the dating scene again when you were set for life with the man of your dreams?

That's what Michael Lawson (Neil Patrick Harris) has to figure out when his hunky boyfriend, Colin McKenna (Tuc Watkins), packs up his stuff and moves out of their perfect New York City apartment on the night Michael throws him a surprise birthday party.

Luckily Michael has friends like Suzanne (Tisha Campbell), Stanley (Brooks Ashmanskas), and Billy (Emerson Brooks) to help him back on his feet.

Uncoupled is a quick eight-part romantic comedy made up of 30-minute episodes. It explores the lives of middle age gay men through a quirky and playful lens. Do not expect an in-depth exploration of what it means to be openly queer in modern-day society. The show doesn't spend much time on existential exploration. Instead it focuses on funny punchlines and witty remarks.

I struggled at first to bite. I had to force-feed myself the first two to three episodes. It was all just a bit too fluffy and sanatory for me and I struggled to really have any sympathy for Harris' Michael. At one stage I even sided with Colin. I’d have packed my bags too. (His therapist even says the same) 

As Michael goes through the stages of mourning, he faces periods of denial, revenge, and even acceptance. He enters the dating scene again and has casual hook-ups with men who are apparently all very well hung, and all find him “very attractive”. The main plot is centred on finding someone to date again and not “dying alone”. I’d have loved to see Michael embrace his singledom and the freedom of being comfortable by yourself. But that would probably be scratching a little too deep for this show.

Tisha Campbell as Suzanne is hilarious, fun, and was the reason I kept watching until the end where two massive cliff-hangers mean I’ll have to tune in for the second season because I need answers.

Uncoupled is uncomplicated viewing fun with plenty of dating jokes and a lot of naked butts – if you’re into that thing. You don’t have to think too much, you can just watch and relax.


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