Saturday, February 4, 2017

TV Show Review: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 2)

This hilarious comedy musical continues for a great second season of songs and strange romance. Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) continues to woo her ex-boyfriend Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III). She left her life behind in New York and traveled to West Covina where she now works as a lawyer with her best friend Paula Proctor (Donna Lynne Champlin) for the law firm run by Darryl Whitefeather (Pete Gardner). The biggest obstacle for Rebecca achieving her dream is Josh's current girlfriend Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz).

The music is great with a series of catchy songs and the humor is wonderful with tons of subtle jokes and pop culture references. The songs range from all sorts of odd topics including period sex and boobs and viewers never know when they will break out into an outrageous song with plenty of fitting puns. Rebecca's affection for Josh is strong but her romantic inclinations bounce around from Greg (Santino Fontana) back to Josh to her new asshole boss Nathaniel Plimpton (Scott Michael Foster). 

Rebecca's trials with romance lead her through a wild ride of emotions and she depends on her friends like Paula, Heather (Vella Lovell), and even Valencia when Josh breaks up with her and gets a new girlfriend that they both spy on through social media. Rebecca is not the only indecisive as her constant obsession with Josh finally pays off when he realizes that Rebecca is the girl for him and they begin to date. Happy to achieve her dream, she rushes to marry him, which drives her nearly mad.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of the funniest shows on television and the music helps bring out the great humor. There is no denying the genius of the creators Bloom herself and Aline Brosh McKenna. The show tackles the difficulty of dating in the technological age and the fear of being single. Rebecca has her own secrets that come out in the finale that put an extra stress on the craziness.

I would recommend Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to fans of romance and musicals that have a solid sense of humor. The show had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions. Bloom has a growing career and I look forward to seeing what they do in season 3. The CW has several hit shows that are taking off and receiving critical acclaim but Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a shining star in that crowd.

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