Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Should Be Your New Fav Show

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Have you ever wanted to watch a successful lawyer, who seems to have everything, throw it all away in the pursuit of being reacquainted with her one true love? No? Not your style? Okay, well what if I also told you that there are full musical numbers every episode? Yeah, that’s right. Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is not playing around.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows Rebecca Bunch as she leaves her successful New York City life to chase after the boy she was in love with at sixteen years old. She’s conniving, unstable, and self-destructive; everything you’d want to see in a rom-com gone bad.

This show is smart, hilarious, and relatable. Rebecca Bunch unapologetically says all the crazy shit we’ve ever thought. In some ways, Rebecca is us at our very, very worst. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend also deals with mental health issues in a  very peculiar way – Rebecca doesn’t. Many of us probably have personal issues that we like to avoid and put away in a box. Rebecca does this, quite literally, until it comes back and bites her in the ass.

Season 3 has been showing us how detrimental it can be if we avoid our problems. Season 1 and 2 have been building up to this explosive moment where Rebecca goes batshit crazy.  It’s fun, entertaining, and laugh out loud funny.

My favorite part of the show is the musical numbers. Bloom has done something quite unique in making a musical dramedy successful. Many shows have tried to do it, but most don’t last more than 2 seasons. Each episode we get a couple of hilarious songs that spoof popular genres. For example, they’ve has sexy songs, Broadway songs, country songs, and boyband songs just to name a few. The list really goes on and on, and I don’t think there’s a genre they’ve left out.

For every lover of rom-coms, musicals, and strong female leads, this show is one you have to start watching.

You can watch the first 2 seasons on Netflix. Season 3 can be found at The CW, and catch new episodes every Friday night at 8/7c on The CW.

More Crazy Ex-Girlfriend reviews:

Rotten Tomatoes 

Vulture

The New York Times 

The Good Doctor Pilot Review

As a huge fan of Bate’s Motel, Freddie Highmore is on my must watch list for fall TV shows.  The Good Doctor is about, as IMDB’s synopsis states, “A young surgeon with autism and Savant syndrome is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. The question will arise: can a person who doesn’t have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?”

I was impressed with Highmore’s portrayal of a young doctor with autism. He was believable throughout the episode. Highmore’s acting ability is not what went wrong in this pilot. That spot belongs to the rest of the characters in the show.

First, I want to say that I was very excited about the diversity on this cast. Nicholas Gonzalez (Pretty Little Liars; The Flash), Antonia Thomas (Misfits; Northern Soul), Chuku Modu (Game of Thrones; Snatch), and Hill Harper (CSI: NY; Homeland) are all non-white lead actors on The Good Doctor. The other three actors that are in all six episodes are Freddie Highmore, Beau Garrett (Entourage; TRON: Legacy), and Richard Schiff (The West Wing; Man of Steel).

To me, the other characters outside of Shaun felt phony. It felt as though the writers were trying to make the hospital staff’s relationships with one another exactly like Grey’s Anatomy. There were doctors who were sleeping around with each other, the bosses who fought about every minute detail, and the surgeons who went on frequent power trips. It was too much information vomited onto us in the pilot. The storylines would have been much stronger if the writers would have rolled out the plot lines in a neater and better defined way.

Overall, the pilot did what it was supposed to do: keep me watching. Dr. Shaun Murphy is such an intriguing character, and I can’t wait to see more from him. In the pilot, Shaun saves a young boy’s life after a tragic accident in the airport. He is a genius who knows what to do in every medical situation, but not necessarily how to verbalize it. It asks a tough question, how can we as a society learn to communicate more effectively with one another no matter the “disabilities” we may or may not have?

I’m thrilled to see shows like this and Young Sheldon pushing the boundaries on what stories writers and creators get to tell on network television. These shows will open many doors for creators who come after them as well as the fans who may feel like they’re at a disadvantage in our world because of their disabilities.

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Check out other The Good Doctor reviews here: Variety    Rotten Tomatoes    Vulture