The title superimposed above two shirtless boys, one blond (Joel) and one brunet (Gary), dancing.
The main characters. Joel Zymanski (left) and Gary Garrison
Created byDavid Hornsby
Rob Rosell
Scott Marder
Voices ofJustin Long
David Hornsby
Kristen Bell
Romany Malco
Theme music composerDJsNeverEndingStory (credited as D. Scorch'd)
Steven "Minks" Burton
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producersDavid Hornsby
Scott Marder
Rob Rosell
Adam Reed
Matt Thompson
Rob McElhenney
Glenn Howerton
Charlie Day
Running time22–23 minutes
Production companiesFloyd County Productions
RCG Productions
The Professional Writing Company
FX Productions
Distributor20th Television
Original networkFX
Original releaseJanuary 19 (2012-01-19) –
December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20)

Unsupervised is an American adult animated sitcom created by David Hornsby, Rob Rosell, and Scott Marder which ran on FX from January 19 to December 20, 2012.[2] The show was created, and for the most part, written by David Hornsby, Scott Marder, and Rob Rosell.[3]

On November 17, 2012, the series was canceled after one season.


The series follows two 15-year-old best friends, Gary and Joel, as they try to navigate through teenage life while also trying to do the right thing without the help of any parental supervision.

Cast and characters



Unsupervised was created by David Hornsby, Scott Marder, and Rob Rosell, who also serve as executive producers alongside Adam Reed, Matt Thompson, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day. The series was produced by Floyd County Productions (who also handled animation services), RCG Productions, and FX Productions.[4][5]

Unsupervised appeared on the FX Network development slate in March 2011 under the title Townies, and was eyed as a companion to the current FX animated comedy Archer.[6] On September 15, 2011, the series was given a series order of 13 episodes under the new title Unsupervised.[7] Hornsby, Rosell, and Marder were the executive producers, with Rosell and Marder acting as show-runners. Musician DJsNeverEndingStory was hired as the composer for the animation's hip-hop-influenced music.[8]

On October 17, 2011, FX released a preview trailer of Unsupervised titled "Fresh Men".[9] The series premiered on January 19, 2012, at 10:30pm following Archer.[10] FX officially announced the season finale to be aired on March 22, 2012, bringing the first season to 10 episodes.

Later, the 3 remaining episodes, which were scheduled to be aired between "Jesse Judge Lawncare Incorporated" and "Youngbloods", were written during the first production cycle. However, due to a production issue with Archer, they were postponed in conjunction with FX wanting to end the two shows in sync. These episodes ultimately aired from December 6–20, 2012. In November 2012, Hornsby and Howerton confirmed on Twitter that the show would not be renewed for a second season.[11][12] Reruns of the series briefly aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block in 2015.[13]


No.TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"Pilot"David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob RosellJanuary 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)XUN010010.86[14]
Joel and Gary raise money to throw a party that quickly gets out of hand.
2"Rich Girl"David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob RosellJanuary 26, 2012 (2012-01-26)XUN010030.59[15]
When Gary and Joel realize that they're poor, they try to set up Gary's stepmother with the rich father of a new student at their high school.
3"Field of Dreams.... and Dogs"David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob RosellFebruary 2, 2012 (2012-02-02)XUN010020.62[16]
Attempting to surround themselves with good influences, Gary and Joel decide to manage the high-school baseball team.
4"Fires & Liars"David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob RosellFebruary 9, 2012 (2012-02-09)XUN010050.55[17]
Gary and Joel light a fire and blame it on the homeless people in order to help out two firefighters who used to be popular following the 9/11 attacks.
5"Stupid Idiots"David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob RosellFebruary 16, 2012 (2012-02-16)XUN010060.77[18]
When Gary and Joel discover that the school segregates people based on how quickly they learn, they protest the injustice by demanding to take the latest standardized test.
6"Nits"David Hornsby, Scott Marder & Rob RosellFebruary 23, 2012 (2012-02-23)XUN010040.60[19]
A lice outbreak threatens Gary and Joel's plan to hook up with girls at the school dance.
7"The Magic of Science"John Carcieri & David HornsbyMarch 1, 2012 (2012-03-01)XUN010070.50[20]
Gary and Joel enlist a psychic to help them win the science fair.
8"My Brother Brian"Rob Rosell, Scott Marder & David HornsbyMarch 8, 2012 (2012-03-08)XUN010080.53[21]
Joel's 40-year-old brother Brian moves back into Joel's bedroom and Joel strives to be more tolerant of him despite his contemptible behavior.
9"Jesse Judge Lawncare Incorporated"John Carcieri & Rob RosellMarch 15, 2012 (2012-03-15)XUN010090.59[22]
Gary and Joel try to acquire sweet tans and mad paper by hooking up with a young lawn-care entrepreneur who has a serious problem.
10"Youngbloods"Rob Rosell, Scott Marder & David HornsbyMarch 22, 2012 (2012-03-22)XUN010100.51[23]
Gary and Joel get fake IDs so that they can give blood.
11"The Great Traveler's Road"Rob Rosell, Scott Marder & David HornsbyDecember 6, 2012 (2012-12-06)TBAN/A
Gary and Joel learn the meaning of school pride when a turf war with prep-school kids erupts over their prized food mart.
12"Black Squirrels"Rob Rosell, Scott Marder & David HornsbyDecember 13, 2012 (2012-12-13)TBA0.27
When Joel's brother Brian gets out of prison, the boys get him a job as head of security at their school.
13"Reggie Dog Bites"Becky Mann & Audra SielaffDecember 20, 2012 (2012-12-20)TBA0.69
The boys save Carol's ex, Reggie, from being buried in an unmarked grave--but have to dispose of his body themselves.


Unsupervised received many mixed to negative reviews from critics upon its premiere with its pilot, holding a 3.5 or "Awful" rating on IGN. Alan Sepinwall gave the show a mixed review, noting that he liked the way Gary and Joel (and their classmates, generally) were presented as decent kids, instead of default stereotypes of poor troublemakers, but that the show was not also that funny. Although critics were disappointed with the premiere, later episodes of the season were given much higher marks, with The A.V. Club giving the season one finale an A−. Currently, Unsupervised holds a 46 out of 100 score, based on 16 reviews, from Metacritic.[24]


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