UNSTABLE: SEASON ONE
Starring: Rob Lowe, John Owen Lowe, Sian Clifford, Aaron Branch, Rachel Marsh, and Emma Ferreira
Creators: Rob Lowe, John Owen Lowe, and Victor Fresco
Much like Apple’s Shrinking, Netflix’s Unstable attempts to find humor in the struggle with grief and parent-child conflict, and it proves to be the better of the two because it’s not as sappy and the humor has an edge to it. Also, I enjoy Rob Lowe’s schtick (pretty boy buffoonery) more than Jason Segel’s (lovably downtrodden schlub). The series also works the “workplace comedy” angle better because the characters’ eccentricities make them true individuals that are compelling to watch. John Owen Lowe (Rob’s real-life son) struggles a bit as co-lead, but it oddly works for the character dynamics, even if it’s more by accident than design.