Imaginary Mary is a short lived American live-action/CGI-animated fantasy sitcom television series that ran on ABC from March 29 to May 30, 2017. Created and executive produced by Adam F. Goldberg, David Guarascio, and Patrick Osborne, the Sony Pictures Television/Happy Madison Productions/21 Laps Entertainment/ABC Studios co-production was greenlighted to series order on May 12, 2016. A first-look-trailer was released on the same day. ABC reduced the number of episodes from thirteen to nine on September 28, 2016.
On May 11, 2017, ABC cancelled the series after one season due to negative reviews.
The series follows Alice when an imaginary being from her childhood, named Mary, reappears when she is now a single public relations executive falling in love with a single father of three children. Mary hopes to guide (or misguide) her.
Why It Sucks
- Mary, Alice's imaginary friend gives Alice bad advice, such as to run from Ben, which isn’t going to happen. She is also unfunny and ill-advised.
- In addition, Mary is not a well-fitting name for an imaginary friend.
- The show feels like it's made up of pieces from several different jigsaw puzzles, the tabs jammed into the blanks with zero regard for compatibility.
- The show also feels most often like a family sitcom that is haunted by its own flawed idea, personified by a mostly cute but sometimes terrifying white-and-blue creature who usually has really bad advice. It also demonstrates how a screwy concept can defeat a charming cast.
- Elfman could've used more help from the writers, who present Alice as stressing out over child care and behaving in bewildering ways.
- Good acting.
- The CGI animation for Mary is okay.
- At least Adam Goldberg tried to make a good TV show.
- At least Mary's design was improved to make her look much better than her original design.
- The live action cast is more likable than Mary herself.