Joining HBO’s Sunday night line-up, Togetherness rounds out an evening of slice-of-life programming. Accompanied by Girls and Looking, both peeks at the melodramatic and desperate lives of a group of directionless friends, Togetherness is an LA-based dramedy that looks into the window of two overwhelmed couples living under one roof. One is a married duo trying to keep the flame burning, and the other are two stragglers who’ve stuck together, both fighting age to keep the dream of youth alive. At a half-hour an episode, with eight episodes in its first season, the series is nuanced family TV that’s not quite for the family, and one you absolutely need to get familiar with.
Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey play husband and wife Brett and Michelle Pierson, a seemingly perfect couple with two kids whose problems are hidden behind closed doors.
Even before their domestic life by their two new roommates, Brett and Michelle have been struggling to keep their sex life healthy. The comfort of domesticity has taken its toll on the pair, who now seem to have desexualized each other. With Brett being a health conscious dork who rambles his way through the awkwardness of foreplay, Michelle is often left to pleasure herself. It doesn’t help that she’s a stay-at-home mom struggling to find purpose, as her husband records bird calls on Hollywood Blvd. for his job as a sound tech in the movie industry. Soon enough, Michelle’s quest to redefine herself sees her campaigning for a charter school, alongside a charming divorced dad (John Ortiz), who could prove a wrench in her marriage. But she’s not the only one, as Brett starts taking to a New Age cliche named Linda (Mary Steenburgen).
Amanda Peet stars as Michelle’s sister older Tina Morris, the resident bachelorette, and an aging party girl still trying to live forever 21.
Unlucky in love, Tina moves into her sister’s house to get her life together. Still one to dress in mini skirts, cowboy hats, and tight cleavage-baring tops, Tina often finds herself investing way too much emotion in what would otherwise be a random hook-up in hopes that guy-of-the-week would turn into husband/father-of-her-children in no time. One such prospect becomes Larry (O.C. alum Peter Gallagher), a cheesy Hollywood producer who accessorizes with a Pomeranian. When she’s not trying to detach from her disappointing single life, she focuses on her day job: party planning.
Gallagher stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live to discuss his varied film and TV roles.