• Marry Me: Rapid-fire, Mean-spirited Dialogue — and Profanity

    by  • September 11, 2014 • Paleyfest, Profanity, Sex • 4 Comments

    The “romantic comedy” Marry Me has no genuine warmth or realistic dialogue…but does contain insults and profanity galore.MarryMe

    Stoic Jake and drama-queen Annie have been dating for years, but have never married. On their sixth anniversary as a couple, Annie explodes in a lengthy tirade about Jake’s unwillingness to commit, during which she insults his family and all his friends, unaware that Jake is on his knee ready to propose that very moment – and that his family and all their friends are in the room. Later, Annie tries to redeem herself by proposing to Jake at his workplace, thus causing him to lose his job. The two decide to hold off on their engagement until they can figure out exactly where they are as a couple – thus setting the stage for the series, which will explore their long, awkward, and very bumpy ride on the way to the altar…assuming they get there.

    Once again demonstrating that the adage “write what you know” rules Hollywood, Marry Me is loosely based on the courtship of the show’s creator David Caspe (previously producer of the sitcom Happy Endings) and its star, Casey Wilson. The major difference separating Marry Me from a hundred other relationship comedies is the show’s allegedly clever writing, delivered at the speed of sound – a mixture of emotional diatribe, obscure allusion, and mean-spirited insult which results in dialogue totally unlike anything spoken by any real human being in the entire history of the universe, ever. The show’s nasty tone is demonstrated by the following exchange between Annie and Jake’s mother (who, during her tirade, Annie called a “bitch”):

    Annie: “I only called you that because the easiest way to hurt a guy is to go after his mother. That’s the way I fight.”

    mother: “I admire your strategy. That’s the way I always used to fight with Jake’s father. Though we were bitterly divorced and he died, I regret nothing.”

    Other typical dialogue includes lines like, “You’re like my little exploding Challenger” and “We can’t get away from each other, like Paula Deen and the n-word,” and references to erections, sperm, urine, masturbation, and venereal disease. Profanity is also frequent, with the f-word used liberally, along with “s***,” “bitch,” “bastard,” “ass,” “titties,” and many others. During a Paley Center panel, Caspe confessed that “there will have to be LOTS of bleeps when it airs,” and boasted about the show’s “super-messy, dark, drag-out crazy fights” between Jake and Annie, admitting he wants the show to be “funny and uncomfortable at the same time.”

    There is little doubt that Marry Me will be praised by other Hollywood writers and so-called TV critics for its “edgy” writing and supposedly “subversive” (read: smutty, mean-spirited, and inappropriate) humor; but most viewers at home will likely find the show’s nastiness, lack of realistic language, and smug tendency to pat itself on the back off-putting. Totally inappropriate for children and unappealing to many adults, Marry Me contains zero heart, zero warmth, zero sincerity – and 1000% snark.

    Marry Me premieres Tuesday, October 14, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.

    Take a look yourself and tell us what you think in our comments below!



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    4 Responses to Marry Me: Rapid-fire, Mean-spirited Dialogue — and Profanity

    1. Barbara Dirlam
      October 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      I will never watch this again. The jokes made about the Challenger explosion were very disrespectful to the families. Wow just very bad taste.

    2. Dusty
      September 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Ever heard the word, “STUPID” ?? I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe this non-sense. Same as 99 percent of the new sit-coms & hour long sex/ dramas coming out this fall. Think I’ll got back to reading a good book.

      • William Warfield
        September 17, 2014 at 10:13 am


        I’ll most likely be buying the *entire series* box set of “Here’s Lucy,” now that I own all 6 seasons of “The Lucy Show” on DVD. At least that’s *clean,* as well as funny, and I can watch that anytime I like.

    3. Joan
      September 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Looks like ok to me. Very realistic.

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