Imaginary Mary

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Imaginary Mary
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This show ain't imaginary at all! Get it?
Genre: Fantasy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 29 – May 30, 2017
Created by: Adam F. Goldberg
David Guarascio
Patrick Osborne
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Television
Starring: Jenna Elfman
Erica Tremblay
Matreya Scarrwener
Nicholas Coombe
Stephen Schneider
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 9

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

  1. 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.
  2. In addition, Mary is not a well-fitting name for an imaginary friend.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Elfman could've used more help from the writers, who present Alice as stressing out over child care and behaving in bewildering ways.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good acting.
  2. The CGI animation for Mary is okay.
  3. At least Adam Goldberg tried to make a good TV show.
  4. At least Mary's design was improved to make her look much better than her original design.
  5. The live action cast is more likable than Mary herself.


The series received a generally negative response from critics. On review aggregator site Metacritic, Imaginary Mary has a metascore of 39 out of 100 based on 13 critics signifying "generally unfavorable reviews". On another review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a 26% approval rating, based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 3.77/10. The site's critical consensus: "Imaginary Mary's appealing cast is canceled out by uninspired material and a ridiculous premise whose deficiencies are compounded by an unfunny, ill-advised CGI creature."