Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – TV Review

Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is a high-powered lawyer who is unaware of how unhappy she is until she runs into the guy she dated one summer when she was on camp as a teenager. So, she chucks in her New York job, moves to a small town in California where Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) lives in the hope of winning him back. There, she gets a job with Darryl Whitefeather (Pete Gardner) and Paula Proctor (the amazing Donna Lynne Champlin) and tries to win Josh’s heart.

I avoided this for one main reason. The title. It sounds terrible – and the concept is quite awful – why can’t a woman be successful and why does she have to chase after her ex? Why should she be called crazy? Seriously, what about womanhood? But I kept hearing people talking about how fabulous it was, and these were people I respected, and then I heard Rachel Bloom interviewed and she was great, and I thought fine, I’ll give it a go. And I loved it. Firstly, I did not expect that it would be a musical. This allows Bloom to easily take the mickey out of the concept. Her songs are fabulous and the production is great. What’s more, the title sequence addresses the nature of the ‘crazy ex-girlfriend’ label and how offensive this is.  And what saves it is the character development. And Donna Lynne Champlin and Rachel Bloom together. Amazing.

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