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Togetherness - S02E03

Comedy . Drama


Episode Title: Advanced Pretend
Airs: 2016-03-06 at 22:30
  • David Wiegand

    Togetherness is easy to like on one level and probably a little more challenging as the Duplass brothers explore the quiet discontent among people who are just trying to do they best they can. It’s worth the effort. The emotional payoff is enormous.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The four lead characters don't come off as deliberately, purposefully awful. In fact, they're so likable that their self-sabotaging almost adds to their charms. You're rooting for everyone, even when they're at cross-purposes.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    Togetherness finds a lovely, inspirational cohesiveness in a remarkably brief amount of time. By the end of the second episode, it's clear something special is happening among the cast--Lynskey is the true standout, though Pappas and Peet won't be short of fans--and the two brothers leading them in front of and behind the camera couldn't be more in tune with everything they've created.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    I'm reluctant to praise Togetherness too much, because the smallness of the story and the performances doesn't really work well with overhype.... But it's a really well-executed version of what it is.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    It's a slower-paced, smaller-scale show about the sad reality of sticking it out in Hollywood into middle age. It also veers into weirder territory that would feel impossible outside California. But thanks to the chemistry between Peet and Zissis, it's endlessly engrossing.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    A beguiling new comedy beginning Sunday on HBO, is an intimate, bittersweet look at the travails of a clique of disaffected middle-class friends.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    There are moments in Togetherness where it's extremely impressive witnessing the layered nuances that Zissis and the Duplasses create. Though Peet and especially Zissis get the funnier lines and situations, there's a very palpable element of sadness to their characters as well.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The first must-watch series of 2015.... Togetherness is one of those programs that starts off interestingly enough to warrant a recommendation from the premiere, but it also really improves as it goes along. Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Togetherness threaten to become too familiar; it isn’t rote, but feels like it could become rote at any moment before swerving away from the expected outcome with seconds to spare.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    If anything, the depth of the show is enhanced by the humor, and vice versa.

    Salon Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    Togetherness is a really, really well-executed version of this particular story [somewhat affluent white married couple in Los Angeles], with the Duplass brothers' inimitable directorial style meshing perfectly with the sorts of comedies HBO often embraces. Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    There is so much quick-fire dialogue and subtle physical comedy in Togetherness, the four stars sometimes seem like a full-functioning comedy machine.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Togetherness can be hard to watch at times, given that it looks unflinchingly at the difficulties of marriage and friendship as middle age approaches, but the show is absolutely worth sticking with, if only for the virtuoso performance from Zissis, whose failed-actor character is one of the finest new creations to arrive on television in some time.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Four adults, tied together by blood, marriage, or friendship, all begin living under one roof, where they filter the sexlessness of marriage, the awkwardness of friend-zones, and the dread of potential spinsterhood through their very specific personalities--which just so happen to be winning enough to make the show addictive.

    Slate Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    [A] complex, pathos-filled and very funny comedy series

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    It's almost a shrug of an opener, a bit diffident, a bit unfocused (not unlike Brett, in his less lucid moments). But Togetherness does gets better, and funnier.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    So much of Togetherness hung together with a very deft blend of humor and angst. But then the angst took over, the loopiness kicked in too hard and schmaltz came charging up through the backstretch.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    None of this is groundbreaking, and that’s Togetherness' biggest weakness.... But Togetherness improves as it goes, on its excellent performances, well-observed writing and--a strength of all HBO’s best shows--specificity, both of setting (quasi-suburban Eagle Rock) and of personality.

    Time Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Togetherness is very L.A., and very of the moment. For some it may feel too true.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    HBO’s mildly funny yet thematically redundant half-hour series.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Not that the show doesn’t yield some insights, moments and even laughs, but it generally falls within a limited range of people who talk a lot about their feelings and, in the case of the central couple, don’t let more general comforts get in the way of agonizing about their problems.

    Variety Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    The acting is strong, but the show strains for deeper meaning when its best modes are relaxed and observational.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Tiresome though well acted Togetherness finds HBO falling back into the niche rut of whiny indie-film malaise. [5-18 Jan 2015, p.16]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review