Imaginary Mary

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  • TV-PG
  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 5.5  (1,258)

Imaginary Mary is a family comedy television series that aired on ABC in 2017. The show tells the story of Alice (Jenna Elfman), a successful public relations executive who has spent her entire life avoiding serious relationships. Alice has always relied on her own wit and intelligence and has never allowed herself to be vulnerable enough to let anyone into her life. However, everything changes when she meets Ben (Stephen Schneider), a divorced father of three who challenges her beliefs about love and relationships.

As Alice’s relationship with Ben progresses, she is forced to confront her own fears and insecurities. However, she is not facing these challenges alone. Whenever she feels overwhelmed or uncertain, an imaginary friend from her childhood named Mary (voiced by Rachel Dratch) appears to offer her guidance and support.

At the start of the show, Mary is merely a voice in Alice's head, but as the series progresses, she becomes increasingly real, eventually taking on a physical form. Mary provides Alice with advice and encouragement, but she also has her own agenda. She is not always supportive of Alice’s relationship with Ben and often tries to sabotage it.

One of the show's most significant themes is the idea of growing up and learning to let go of the past. Alice's relationship with Mary represents her connection to her childhood and the innocence she has lost. However, as Alice's relationship with Ben deepens, Mary becomes increasingly anxious and desperate to hold on to Alice. This tension between Alice’s past and her present creates a compelling narrative arc that keeps the audience engaged.

The show is also notable for its unique visual style. The scenes in which Alice talks to Mary are shot in a distinctive way that blends live-action footage with computer-generated animation. This technique brings Mary to life and makes her feel like an integral part of the show’s world.

Imaginary Mary is a charming and witty comedy that explores the complexities of relationships and growing up. The show’s strong cast, led by Jenna Elfman, brings the characters to life in a way that makes the audience deeply invested in their stories. While the use of an imaginary friend as a major character may seem unusual, the show uses this device to great effect, providing both humor and emotional depth.

Despite its many strengths, the show only lasted for one season, leaving viewers wanting more. Nevertheless, Imaginary Mary remains a beloved and unique entry in the world of television comedy.

Imaginary Mary is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on March 29, 2017.

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Sleep Over
9. Sleep Over
May 30, 2017
Alice is ready to sleep over at Ben's when his kids are in the house, but Ben worries the nightly rituals will put her off; when Alice gets rattled, she gets Mary's help in an attempt to fix the situation.
Last Dance with Mary
8. Last Dance with Mary
May 16, 2017
When the kids donate the shoes Ben hid the engagement ring in to a charity drive, Alice worries the delay in his proposal is due to his cold feet.
The Ex X Factor
7. The Ex X Factor
May 9, 2017
Ben's divorce has been smooth sailing, but it hits rocky waters when his ex-wife, Renee, finally meets Alice. Renee doesn't believe Alice is a good influence on Dora, Andy and Bunny, so Alice goes overboard to prove her wrong. Meanwhile, Andy and Dora fake being sick at school and devise a plan.
Alice the Mole
6. Alice the Mole
May 2, 2017
As Alice struggles to connect with Dora, she faces a dilemma of whether or not she should play the role of parent or friend. Mary is sure she has the right answer while Ben has his own agenda to have Alice be his personal mole. Meanwhile, Andy's own unique identity is challenged when the one place where he feels cool is taken from him when Bunny tags along.
In a World Where Worlds Collide
5. In a World Where Worlds Collide
April 25, 2017
Although Alice wants to meet Ben's friends, he is skeptical. Meanwhile, Ben reveals he concocted a plan to impress her.
4. Prom-Com
April 18, 2017
Andy has a hard time finding a prom date while Dora keeps turning away a guy who persistently asks her, but Alice tries to convince her to go. Meanwhile, Ben struggles to deal with kids growing up and tries to scare away Dora's date.
The Parent-y Trap
3. The Parent-y Trap
April 11, 2017
When Andy considers auditioning for the school musical, Alice becomes involved and experiences the emotional highs and lows of parenting. Meanwhile, Dora creates her own feminist musical when she disapproves of the underlying message of Andy's show.
The Mom Seal
2. The Mom Seal
April 4, 2017
When Ben asks Alice to pick up Bunny from dance class, Mary discovers the simplest parental tasks are fraught with difficulty. Later, Ben is disappointed to learn Alice can't help with the kids anymore, but things change when Andy enlists Alice's help to overcome his fear of taking a driving test.
1. Pilot
March 29, 2017
In the series premiere, a thirtysomething woman's life is turned upside down when her imaginary friend she created in her childhood shows up after she begins dating a divorced father with three kids.
Where to Watch Imaginary Mary
Imaginary Mary is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Imaginary Mary on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 29, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    5.5  (1,258)