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Why CBS' The Unicorn Is The Perfect Sitcom

Walton Goggins as Wade Felton in the second season premiere of The Unicorn.

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The Walton Goggins vehicle is the elusive series you're looking for.

By Nate Millado

A unicorn is that "elusive creature that all single women are looking for": a good-looking guy (with a good head of hair) who's a devoted father with a proven track record of fidelity and a steady well-paying job. In this case, The Unicorn is Wade Felton (Walton Goggins), a widowed father of two who's had sex with only one other woman in 20 years! "Factory fresh," his friend Delia (Michaela Watkins) calls him. And if a unicorn is a perfect man, The Unicorn is a perfect series. Let us count the ways.

Season 2 of The Unicorn premieres Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on Netflix and CBS All Access.

Reason #1: Walton Goggins Is Endearingly Likable

Wade singing into a broomstick

Walton Goggins as Wade.

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If you've seen Walton Goggins in Justified, The Shield, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight, you know what we mean: the characters he plays can be downright terrifying. But because Goggins is such a chameleonic actor, it should have come as no surprise that he could tackle an every-man role with aplomb. Wade misses his wife, loves his daughters—even if he doesn't understand them half the time—and appreciates his friends; you can't help but root for the guy.

Reason #2: Its Unique Premise

Walton Goggins with his TV daughters at a diner

Makenzie Moss as Natalie, Ruby Jay as Grace, Walton Goggins as Wade.

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The Unicorn isn't your typical sitcom—it expertly walks a fine tightrope between rom-com and family sitcom. It's got heart (without being hokey), funny (without being mean-spirited), and addresses loss (without being a downer).

And Wade isn't your typical sitcom dad. He's a single dad, though not by choice, dealing with grief, raising teens, and wading through the online dating pool. The fact that Wade hasn't been able to move on a year after his wife's death is efficiently set up within the first five minutes of the pilot—via a dwindling supply of donated frozen dinners.

Reason #3: With Friends Like These…

Wade and pals hang out at a backyard BBQ

Walton Goggins as Wade, Rob Corddry as Forrest, Michaela Watkins as Delia, Omar Benson Miller as Ben, Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle.

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Wade's got a solid support group—played by an all-star supporting cast. Among his circle of friends: nerdy Forrest (Rob Corddry) and his neurotic doctor wife, Delia (Michaela Watkins); gentle giant Ben (Omar Miller) and his no-nonsense better half, Michelle (Maya Lynne Robinson). They may be a little hyper-involved in his love life, but they always have Wade's back.

Reason #4: It's Family Friendly

Wade chats with his daughters.

Walton Goggins as Wade, Ruby Jay as Grace, Makenzie Moss as Natalie.

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With most of us hunkered down in quarantine, what a relief to have a series the entire family can watch. The jokes aren't too "adult" for the kiddos—nor are they too old-school to elicit eye rolls from the tweens. And the dynamic between Wade and his girls is completely relatable.

Reason #5: You Might Learn A Thing Or Two

Wade and Ben surrounded by single ladies at a bar

When Wade visits a local hot spot to meet people instead of using his dating app, Forrest and Ben decide to be his "wing men."

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Speaking of relatable, if you're as endearingly inept at dating like Wade, let The Unicorn be your handbook:

Lesson #1: Don't list your actual height, round upmake 5 feet 11 inches an even 6 feet!
Lesson #2: Do check the "widowed" box—it's catnip to singles.
Lesson #3: Don't accept friend requests from disastrous first dates.

And so on—navigate relationships alongside Wade!

Reason 6: It's An Easy Breezy Binge

The gang helps Grace prep for her first dance

Michaela Watkins as Delia, Makenzie Moss as Natalie, Ruby Jay as Grace, Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle, Omar Miller as Ben.

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With each episode clocking in around 22 minutes, you can practically binge the entire first season in one sitting! And with so much doom and gloom on TV these days, we could all use a "feel-good" series to stream in 2020. The Unicorn is the sitcom equivalent of comfort food. We especially loved the first season ender, when Wade leans on his friends to help Grace prepare for her first dance, in wife Jill's absence. All the feels!

Reason #7: We Can't Wait To See What Happens Next

Wades mystery woman at the playground

Natalie Zea recurs this season as Shannon, the mystery woman.

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Which brings us full circle to Season 2. We've already established how root-worthy Wade is…will he find love with a mystery woman he meets briefly in a parking lot? Goggins' Justified co-star Natalie Zea recurs as Shannon.

Season 2 of The Unicorn premieres Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on Netflix and CBS All Access.

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