Review: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

| January 13, 2016
source: CW

source: CW

If you haven’t been watching “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” you need to watch “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

In December, my wife and I spent our honeymoon in Los Angeles. It was unseasonably chilly and unexpectedly dirty, but we left with fond memories and an understanding of a simple fact of west coast life: you can’t escape the ads.

Seemingly every square inch of Los Angeles was covered with billboards promoting a new movie or television show. Ads for the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy “Daddy’s Home” was particularly ubiquitous while we were there.

But one advertisement stood out to us while we spent an evening being cliche tourists at the Hollywood Walk of Fame: a small billboard for the CW show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” I had somehow missed the fact this show had been on the air since October, so I vowed to watch it when I returned to Georgia.

Well, I have not been disappointed.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was created by and stars Rachel Bloom as successful New York attorney who abruptly quits her job to essentially stalk a high school crush in a California suburb. The move was prompted by a chance encounter with Josh, a one-time summer camp boyfriend, and a rather insightful commercial for butter (Don’t worry. It all makes sense when you watch the episode).

Bloom is immediately likable as a confident woman who struggles with the juxtaposition of her successfull career and “garbage” personal life. Exuding constant charm is hard enough, but Bloom goes the extra mile and ropes you in with hilarious and heartfelt musical numbers.

That’s right. “Crazy Ex-Girlfirend” is a musical comedy, but think more Weird Al than “Glee.”

“I Have Friends” is one of my favorites.

Bloom gained a cult following a few years ago when she released a music video for her hilarious and hyper-sexualized tribute to sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury. She has excellent comedy chops, and her songs are stick-in-you-head catchy. She writes many of the numbers performed on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

The show’s secret weapon is that it is grounded in the familiar. If “Glee” plot lines were wild roller coasters of unrealistic high school drama, then “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is an enjoyable Sunday afternoon drive through moments you probably recognize from your own life. They’re funny because they’re true.

This week, Bloom won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy, and the show has been nominated for a People’s Choice Award.

You can catch up on the shows first eight episodes over at Hulu. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” returns from its winter break this Saturday night on the CW.

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