The Greatness of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a series where even the title is playing with our preconceived notions, is a parody of our expectations.
Make no mistake, this show knows EXACTLY what you’re expecting. With a treasure trove of tropes culled from years and years of finely worn music genres, film, television, and musical plots, this show subverts your expectations at every turn. A romantic comedy that slowly makes the case against romantic comedies, it’s an outstanding rumination on self deception and the lengths people will go to avoid facing their real issues. Plus it’s really funny.
I will say the advertising does not in any way make this clear, so the wide audience this should appeal to doesn’t even know about it. Thank goodness for Netflix.
A show called “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” that asks you not to be so dismissive. A brightly designed show with epic musical numbers that refuses to present unhealthy behavior as “cute”, but does ask you to consider the underlying reason someone might behave that way. This show isn’t just creative, it’s helpful. A lot of therapists love it. People may tune in for the laughs, or the killer musical parodies (my favorites are the parodies of R. Kelly and Fifth Harmony) but end up recognizing themselves or someone they know. While it may be at times uncomfortable to see a character do something that avoids the real problem, and realize you have done something similar, it’s a little easier to face when you’re laughing.
I’ll end with my favorite song from last season, an ode to the music of Burt Bacharach, as the main character Rebecca searches for assurance from the UPS guy when getting everything she thought she wanted isn’t making her happy.