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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' on the CW

Rachel Bloom is remarkable as the star/writer of this unusual show, which is already on its 13th episode. She won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She won a Golden Globe too.

The running comedy is hit and miss, and a little goofy sometimes -- not as sharp and tight as mainstream shows like Big Bang Theory. At least there's no "augmented live" audience. The payoff is the musical numbers on the show, which pop up unexpectedly and often involve some kind of choreography. Kind of like Galavant, but better. The musical numbers range from cute to priceless (especially if you happen to live in Southern California).

Kinda cheeky and edgy to talk about a "crazy" ex-girlfriend. Good thing it's being done from the girlfriend's point of view. This show was nominated for the People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.
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I'm not surprised this thread has only one post. I recorded the show because it was new last year and just kept ignoring it because of the title. I've had it sat on my DVR until the summer TV drought hit. Going in the only thing I knew about it was that Bloom had won a Golden Globe ...

Having caught up this has become probably my favorite "new" show of er, last year. Blending the colorful characters of something like Suburgatory with meta gags and absurdist humor, acknowledging and mostly subverting the usual romcom tropes and an amazing playlist of song parodies that are better then nearly anything SNL has put out in years. I liked the first episode but wasn't quite sure about it until the Vampire Weekend payoff gag at the end, then I knew the show had real potential to be different to the usual cookie-cutter sitcom fodder. One simple gag with the title was just inspired. One of the funniest things I saw this year.

Youtube has a playlist just showcasing the musical numbers because they cover the gamut of the musical spectrum from your typical Broadway-style numbers and ballads to alt-90's rock, 80's glam and a wide range of amusing subjects from dating, text messaging, fight training montages to boobs and UTI's. One thing I really appreciated is that Bloom doesn't steal the spotlight, all of the characters (and some of the guest stars) get a chance to have their musical parody and they are not all the usual crop of ex-Broadway performers and trained singers.

Despite the dire ratings this show was renewed for Fall 2016 to a Friday death slot, but season one is now available on Netflix. I recommend you watch the songs in context of the episodes so you don't see them coming, but if you just want to sample some of them you can check out every song on YouTube.

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With election day around the corner every commercial and news report is just a constant barrage of vitriol, so I'm sticking with the "up" shows were possible. I am glad this show is back to feature Disney songs about ebola, having drunk sex with foliage and broomstick Darryl.

Barely anyone is watching this show on Friday night, but I predict it will be one of those that everyone will love in hindsight when Netflix revive it after cancelation in a few years or it starts to feature on "best shows you never watched" lists.

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I just "discovered" this on Netflix a couple of weeks ago. I normally don't care for sit-com-y type shows because usually once the humor of the initial premise wears off, you are left with the same old tired jokes and gags (e.g., someone doing something stupid to impress someone they like). Midway through season one, this is drifting into that territory (I'm not laughing as hard as I did the first three episodes), but it still pulls out a few surprises, and the song and dance numbers are always entertaining if not hilarious (I'm not much of a musical person either). As VisionOn pointed out, it's nice to have something "up" to take a break from all the political vitriol (well after the election). I also feel I'm getting a crash course in iGeneration cultural trends.
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We actually tried this last night and made it through about 25 seconds before shutting it off. Didn't grab my attention.

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We actually tried this last night and made it through about 25 seconds before shutting it off. Didn't grab my attention.
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We actually tried this last night and made it through about 25 seconds before shutting it off. Didn't grab my attention.
I think that statement says more about you than the show.
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I just "discovered" this on Netflix a couple of weeks ago. I normally don't care for sit-com-y type shows because usually once the humor of the initial premise wears off, you are left with the same old tired jokes and gags (e.g., someone doing something stupid to impress someone they like). Midway through season one, this is drifting into that territory (I'm not laughing as hard as I did the first three episodes), but it still pulls out a few surprises, and the song and dance numbers are always entertaining if not hilarious (I'm not much of a musical person either). As VisionOn pointed out, it's nice to have something "up" to take a break from all the political vitriol (well after the election). I also feel I'm getting a crash course in iGeneration cultural trends.
As someone who likes a variety of music from extreme ends of the spectrum I don't think I could take this show if the creators were not open to experimenting and up for using every genre. If this was just broadway tunes or Disney-esque songs I would probably have been done long ago, but you get a bit of something for everyone on this show. If you don't like one parody there's something else around the corner.

I'm not so thrilled next season is going to be about mental health but as long as it delivers ironic wedding songs like this I'll stay with it.



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