I have about two weeks before school starts, and less than one until I move in. So I should probably be preparing, right? I mean, there’s still so much to do! I have to plan out what I’m going to fit in my room, I have to pack it all up, and then I need to prepare for class of course. I should probably give that book list another look before heading back to school.
I know all of this. I know what I should be doing, and I’ve just barely started it all, but then good old Philip DeFranco recommended “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on Netflix–and he highly recommended it. So, me being me, I decided to start watch it.
And holy shit.
To be fair, I had pretty low expectations of the show. I hadn’t heard that much about it and the last thing I watched because Philly D said to (David Cross’s standup) wasn’t spectacular. So, I just started it because why the hell not? I’m between shows anyway so might as well.
Now here I am four episodes in and obsessed. Let me explain why.
First of all, it’s a musical. And it’s not like Glee where they’re all covers or like Scrubs or HIMYM where there’s one episode in the whole series where everyone sings a lot. No, every episode has like two original songs that are super funny in their social commentary style.
It reminds me a lot of Amy Schumer or SNL, actually. One of the first songs is all about the effort it takes to get ready for a date and it just seems like the type of song that people would share all over Facebook, tagging their friends like “@Sarah omg this is literally me last night.”
But also–and this is important–they can actually sing! And not in the way like you give a Disney star a song just because she can carry a tune. No, these people were born for shows like this because they’re funny, they’re good actors, and they’ve got amazing voices.
Also, the lead is a normal sized human. WHAT? Yeah I know, my standards for TV these days must be super low for me to be impressed with actors who can actually act and people who look like they eat like me, but honestly. When I watched Gossip Girl I wanted to skip meals and try diet pills (no joke–well, half joke–but to be fair I was in a bad place during my freshman year of college). When I watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and see her jumping around trying to fit into spanx and then thrashing around in a leopard-print leotard in the next cut, it’s comforting.
When I see her walk into a grocery store looking like this
I feel at home. I feel like my demographic is being represented, okay? It’s important.
Also, back to the singing, freakin’ Santino Fontana is on the show. AKA Hans from Frozen. Yep, that voice is speaking every episode, which is honestly enough for me to watch. Plus he’s the good guy now–the one I’m rooting for–so I’m proud of his redemption.
Like I said, I’m only four episodes in, but I really went into this thinking it was going to be stupid. I mean, a girl quits her job and moves across the country to chase a guy she dated for a summer when she was fourteen. A show like that can’t hold up, right?
So I thought.
Anyway, I thought I’d share my new obsession because I just want it to be appreciated by others. Maybe it’s because I sort of grew up listening to Broadway (thanks Mom) but this show really speaks to me, okay? If you can make a point and be funny in an original song, you’ve won my heart.
Also the production value of this show must be crazy so I’m thinking they’re going to need a pretty big audience if it’s going to keep getting renewed.
EVERYONE WATCH IT–SEASON 1 IS ON NETFLIX!
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I just started watching this show, too, Sammy! I was feeling rather down and out after finishing the last season of Friends (it was a very emotional experience for me, having gone through all ten seasons for the first time in my twenty-three years of living) and decided to scour Netflix for something new. I, too, had low expectations. I wasn’t super in love with the first episode and I’m also usually not into musicals. However, I continued to watch it out of curiosity and have started to enjoy it way more. I think each episode has gotten better and Rachel Bloom’s quirky sense of humor is super awesome!
I remember reading this comment back when you posted it but I’m so sorry I forgot to respond!! Have you finished it yet?? I’ve already shown all of my friends all of my favorite songs from it and pushed them to watch it too haha
Haha, that’ okay–life gets busy.
I actually haven’t watched any episodes in a while. I moved across the country this summer and have been SUPER busy with house hunting/job hunting/general figuring my life out these past few week. Haven’t made much time for Netflix.
Someday, I will get around to finishing the first season! 🙂