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Five best friends graduated together and decided after that to live together. A mother, a father, a lesbian, a model and a final one who tried everything to be a good worker.

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Series cast summary:
Michelle Ang ...  Sophia 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Diego Boneta ...  Miles 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Sarah Habel ...  Daphne 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Jared Kusnitz ...  Lou 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Inbar Lavi ...  Raviva 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Charlie Weber ...  Todd 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Scott Alin 12 episodes, 2012-2013
Matthew W. Allen ...  Advertising Executive / ... 9 episodes, 2012
Dan J. Johnson ...  Jamel 7 episodes, 2012-2013
Julianna Guill ...  Bekah 7 episodes, 2012-2013
Danny McCarthy ...  Paul 7 episodes, 2012
Rachel Cannon ...  Deb / ... 6 episodes, 2012-2013
Angel M. Wainwright Angel M. Wainwright ...  Laura 5 episodes, 2012
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Five best friends graduated together and decided after that to live together. A mother, a father, a lesbian, a model and a final one who tried everything to be a good worker.

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USA

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2012 (USA) See more »

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Underemployed See more »

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After the fourth episode, 'UnderEmployed' really works!
29 November 2012 | by PaulVillaSee all my reviews

From the fourth episode onwards, 'UnderEmployed' just works. It finds the right tone, the characters become real, and the story arc becomes addictive.

The most important thing you need to understand about 'UnderEmployed' is that it is essentially a "teen" genre show. Given the seriousness of the title & age of the characters, many will likely expect the dark/cynical realism of HBO's "Girls" & "Hung". Instead, a better comparison would be shows like 'Pretty Little Liars', 'Jane By Design', or 'Vampire Diaries'.

If you have watched and enjoyed those teen shows, you will have noticed that most have rough starts. That is usually because the writers struggle with just how "obvious" to make things for a younger audience. The characters are introduced as annoying caricatures…they are either too perky, too morose, or too evil. The stories seem to be going nowhere interesting…there is no compelling arc that makes you excited for the next episode. This was a problem for all the teen shows I previously mentioned...and it is definitely a problem with the first three episodes of 'UnderEmployed'.

Thankfully (like a lot of successfully executed teen shows) 'UnderEmployed' finds itself by the fourth episode. As of this review, episodes 4/5/6/7 have aired. The characters have become comfortable in their own skin, so you begin to admire them as real human-beings. The dialogue has become more subtle & clever, which increases the emotional punch & LOL! factor of the scenes. Most importantly, you notice that each character MATTERS as an individual…despite their friendship, each is on a unique and compelling journey with no guarantee of success. All this leaves you wanting MORE after each episode.

One additional note about "characters"...'Vampire Diaries' viewers will know that the secret of the shows success is that the supporting characters are treated with as much care & respect as the main characters. They don't merely exist as "challenges" to the main characters…they have humanity of their own. I have noticed a similar thing with 'UnderEmployed'. From the fourth episode onwards, Lou & Daphne's bosses get "shades of grey"...and this makes the workplace scenes way more funny & interesting. More importantly, we are introduced to the compelling supporting characters of Jamel & Bekah. They are such unique & developed individuals, you will come to think of them as main cast members.

One note of praise about the acting & writing in recent episodes...there are a series of beautiful scenes between the new character Jamel & a regular character in the series (name withheld to avoid spoilers). The writers could have easily bombarded those scenes with snappy dialogue and raw physicality…but instead, they allowed the actors to employ silence & express awkwardness. As a result, we get scenes of great emotional poignancy & incredible tension. I hope 'UnderEmployed' continues to take creative risks like this.

To think...a few weeks ago, I was about to post a harsh review of this show. Now I am praising it and craving more!.


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