Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn’s Fleeting Comedy Series: A Short-Lived Gem That Deserved More


“Free Agents,” based on the British comedy series of the same name, premiered on NBC on September 14, 2011, with high hopes, boasting a talented cast led by Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn. Set in a Portland advertising agency, the series revolved around two PR executives navigating the complexities of love and relationships after personal setbacks.

Despite its potential for success with its strong comedic elements and compelling chemistry between Azaria and Hahn, the show struggled to gain viewership. The narrative followed the aftermath of a one-night stand between the co-workers, blending elements of romance and comedy. Unfortunately, NBC pulled the plug after airing only four episodes due to poor ratings.

Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn delivered outstanding performances, showcasing their comedic prowess. Azaria, known for his versatile roles and notable work on “The Simpsons,” brought his comedic brilliance to the show. Similarly, Hahn, with her impeccable timing and commitment to her roles, proved to be a perfect comedic counterpart to Azaria.


The writing, helmed by John Enbom, demonstrated promise with its intelligent and witty content. The pilot episode set the tone by diverging from typical rom-com structures, immediately uniting the main characters, which added an interesting twist to the conventional ‘will-they-won’t-they’ storyline.

The supporting cast, including Natasha Leggero, Al Madrigal, Joe Lo Truglio, and Anthony Head, complemented the main stars brilliantly, contributing to the show’s potential for success.

Despite its initial struggle to find an audience, many successful shows have faced similar challenges in their first seasons before gaining traction and achieving success. Shows like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” encountered initial difficulties but eventually found their footing.

However, “Free Agents” faced scheduling changes and only had a limited run of four episodes before being canceled. This abrupt decision deprived the show of the opportunity to evolve and find its audience. The shift in time slots and the subsequent loss of viewership highlighted the challenges faced by the series in gaining a stable viewership base.

In today’s streaming-dominated landscape, shows often have the chance to grow and succeed over time, a luxury not afforded to “Free Agents.” Had the series been released on a streaming platform, it might have garnered a larger following and allowed the show to flourish.

Ultimately, despite its potential and talented cast, “Free Agents” did not receive the opportunity to showcase its full potential. The premature cancellation hindered the show from finding its audience and gaining the momentum needed for success.

Unfortunately, “Free Agents” is not available for streaming in the U.S., depriving audiences of the chance to rediscover or discover this potentially promising comedy series.