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TV Series Review

It’s been a hard year.

Wade Felton lost his beloved wife one year ago and he and his two adolescent daughters, Natalie and Grace, are still trying to figure out how to move on.

Grace and Natalie are liking this more relaxed version of their dad, given that he’s been in “just get through it mode” for an entire year. But they’re sort of sick of the dogs lounging on the countertops and they could do without another frozen lasagna for dinner. As for Wade…well, Wade’s doing the best he can at being a single parent, given his grief. Except parenting is really all he does outside of work. And his friends are concerned.

So two couples—Forrest and Delia along with Ben and Michelle—sit Wade down and have the hard talk: It’s time to move on. Which means creating a dating profile so Wade can get back on the market.

And man alive is he marketable. You might not know it by looking at him, but they call his type the unicorn: The elusive, desirable creature that every single woman wants. The kind of guy who isn’t cheating, having a midlife crisis or driving a Porsche to make up for his flaws.

Wade checks all these boxes, sure, but it doesn’t do him much good. Because even while the number of interested females continues to climb, Wade’s still left with this one fact: He doesn’t know how to date. In fact, he doesn’t really know who he is anymore. Especially without his wife.

If he has any hopes of conquering this new challenge, he’ll have to depend on the help of his loving friends and family to make it through an endless number of learning curves.

A Common Breed

CBS’ latest single-camera comedy focuses on a genuine dad working to repair the life of his family after his wife’s tragic death. And while The Unicorn gives us an unusual story, it’s certainly not one-of-a-kind.

Wade is genuine, compassionate and (so far) seems to really want a steady, loving relationship–not just meaningless sex. In fact, in the first episode, he turns down an interested woman because he realizes that he wants more than just a casual fling. And that’s admirable. Wade is also a loving father who tries his best to fill the role of both parents to his two daughters. We can offer some praise to Wade’s friends, too, who have stepped in to help Wade raise his kids. And they’re all loving, married couples raising good kids.

However, this new sitcom isn’t squeaky clean. Wade’s a good dad and a good man, true, but he has trouble setting boundaries for his daughters and being “dad” instead of “friend.” And since this whole show is based on Wade’s new dating life, there’s a lot of talk about sex.; sexual innuendo permeates the script and light language is littered throughout. And while Wade may want a committed relationship, it’s unlikely he’ll stay chaste until he gets married.

Like the titular mythical animal, CBS’ The Unicorn can look and feel pretty impressive at times. But this sitcom is not exactly pure.

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Sept. 26, 2019: "Pilot"



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Walton Goggins as Wade Felton; Rob Corddry as Forrest; Omar Benson Miller as Ben; Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle; Ruby Jay as Grace Felton; Mackenzie Moss as Natalie Felton; Michaele Watkins as Delia; Devin Bright as Noah; Nolan Smiley as Nolan; Princess K. Mapp as Sahai






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Kristin Smith

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