WHY I LOVE CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of my favorite new shows this season and if you aren't watching it I'm actively mad at you.
- •So many things that make me pause and say, "That is SO REAL and also something I haven't seen on TV before?" INCLUDING:
- •A main character who's an East Asian jock.I read an interview with the creator, Rachel Bloom, about how she grew up in Southern California and how her real-life Popular Dude archetypes were always Asian jocks, but she never saw that reflected on TV, so that's why she created Josh.
- •A main character who's been through the mental illness medication mill.I've already made a list about "You're the Worst" and its portrayal of depression as something I recognize (WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH "YOU'RE THE WORST") but one of the things I see in CEG that I don't see anywhere else is the whole, "I have tried EVERYTHING, I have seen many doctors, I've been on every pill imaginable, and something is still off." No one's meant to think that Rebecca is a paragon of mental health, but seeing her in the midst of that is really comforting.
- •That feeling you get when someone you're crushing on HARD has a partner, so somehow you need to be OBSESSED with that partner? To the point where you want to consume them?This song: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QNIUkO2o_p4 is what made me call one of my friends IMMEDIATELY and yell, "PLEASE WATCH THIS!" Because that encapsulates such a particular and common form of nonsense and I don't think I've ever seen a show go into it that explicitly? I immediately went through the laundry list of people I've decided to LOVE, LIKE, SOOOO MUCH just because they were dating someone I wanted to hump! And I know I'm not the only one!
- •My kind of east coast/west coast dichotomy.Yeah, the NY/CA differences aren't ever gonna be new ground in any sort of media, but there's so much I relate to HARD as someone who grew up in NJ with NY sensibilities, and has lived in the Bay Area for the last six years. My best friend works for a cupcake company in NY, which sounds like the most whimsical job in the world, and still works 60 hour weeks minimum. Whereas I work for a giant tech company and leave right at 5 every day.
- •Other than the OVERABUNDANCE of REALNESS, it's also just a hilarious show.The musical thing can throw people off. I get it. I'm not gonna act like it's not a huge part of the show or anything, but it does add to the magical realism of watching a smart, funny, ridiculous person up and move across the country based on one chance encounter. Also one of the songs involves an aside of "Ass blood!" http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hkfSDSfxE4o
- •The characters behave like people.There's a 💕love triangle💕 on the show, and it's handled in a way that makes actual sense and isn't just trumped up for the sake of drama.
- •PAULA.PAULA: http://youtu.be/MmWJ-e8uyoE
- •It's honestly the sort of show I'd love to write for, which is my highest recommendation.The grad school apps I just finished were for screenwriting (television writing specifically) and the reason I want to go down that path is because of shows like this.