Neil Patrick Harris is an actor best known for playing the iconic Barney Stinson in the series How I Meet Your Mother, and after years away from the screen, his big comeback comes in the form of a sitcom starring an openly gay character with problems in his love life.
We find Uncoupled, which is the first sitcom whose main character belongs to the LGBT community, a man named Michael who has just separated from his partner of 17 years. Colin (Tue Watkins) leaves Michael with no apparent explanation. And as expected, this shatters the supposedly perfect life of our protagonist, who was completely convinced that Colin was his soul mate.
In addition, Colin does not seem to have much finesse, because he chooses the worst possible time to leave Michael, on his 50th birthday. With all this, the protagonist ends up entering fully into the world of gay singles in the Big Apple, where he must learn to move after almost two decades of a stable relationship.
Of course he is not alone, he has the help of his friends to face this new challenge in his life. Among them are his colleague Suzanne Prentiss (Tisha Campbell-Martin), weatherman Billy Jackson (Emerson Brooks) and gallery owner Stanley James (Brooks Ashmanskas). They are all key to Michael’s understanding of how a certain dating app works while, like anyone in his situation, he tries to find an explanation as to why Colin has left him in such a sudden way. And let’s not even talk about his competition in the working world of real estate.
The latter leads the protagonist to find a new soul mate, as a friend of course, in whom he takes refuge, as he meets Claire Lewis (Marcia Gay Harden), a recently divorced woman who is going through the same thing he is.
All this succession of work and love misunderstandings guide eight chapters of an entertaining, innovative and easy to follow series, where Neil Patrick Harris‘ ability to make Michael someone as complicated as he is seductive stands out.
The series is written and directed by Jeffrey Richman and produced by Darren Star, Jax Media and MTV. And since July 29th it is already available on Netflix.