'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' Dark Comedy With A Broadway Twist

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' Dark Comedy With A Broadway Twist

CW Network comedy provides laughs and show stopping musical numbers.
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In this current “Golden Age of Television,” there has been a trend of comedies being produced about delightfully terrible people. Unlike the traditional sitcoms, the characters in these shows do not learn a lesson or make any strong moral changes after an episode. They just go back to being terrible. Some examples of shows that follow this formula are “Arrested Development” and “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.”

During pilot season last year, a new show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” entered the ring. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” shares some similarities with the previously mentioned television shows, but it adds some new elements that help make it one of the most unique shows out there.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” follows Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), a hotshot New York lawyer who decides to move to California after a run-in with her ex-boyfriend, Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III), from high school that she has not seen in 10 years. Realizing that the last time she was truly happy was when they were together (and that she is still in love with him), she gives up her promotion and city life to follow him to his hometown of West Covina.

As a part of her often frantic mental state, Rebecca breaks out into musical performances. In the first episode, she performs a musical number dedicated to the new town she has moved to in order to be with her former summer fling.


In West Covina, she finds a new job at a small law firm and befriends her co-workers, Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin), a bored housewife, and Darryl (Pete Gardner), her eccentric new boss. After finding out Josh has a girlfriend, Paula volunteers to be Rebecca’s wingman, which includes her getting Rebecca the invite to Thanksgiving with Josh’s family and breaking into Josh’s high school to find his grades.

As the show continues, Rebecca’s lies to herself and to those around her to put her into some tricky situations as she gets caught up in the fantasy of winning back Josh.

The Disney Princess style original songs within the show add to the delusion of Rebecca’s true love fantasy, and also utilizes the talent of the cast, including Broadway alumni Champlin and Santino Fontana, who portrays Josh’s friend, Greg.

Although the songs are cutesy and sweet, the characters are not. Each person on the show, along with Rebecca, has their own flaws and in one way or another, they all become wrapped up in Rebecca’s schemes.

Due to this fact, the show does not have a “good guy” or a “bad guy,” the characters are just human, and like most humans, they make mistakes. However, very few people on the show learn from the mistakes they make, which adds to the humor of the show.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has found a home on the CW Network and has been picked up for a second season. Even though TV audiences have been bombarded with musical shows, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has found an interesting way to incorporate songs with the plot line of the show and has used it as a fun tool to move character development forward.

In addition to the musical numbers, the show also takes the "overly attached girlfriend" stereotype and flips it on its head and provides a fresh take on modern romance.

As television viewers follow along with this new “Golden Age of Television,” different shows that portray all aspects of humanity are being produced and give audiences a different perspective on how they look at life. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” reminds the audience members that life is often complicated, quirky and ultimately, hilarious.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.

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One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

4. People waste their time pondering whether a glass if half empty of half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass. -Sophia Petrillo

5. I've been having a giood time, and there wasn't even a man in the room. -Blanche Devereaux

6. As they say in St. Olaf, Helgenbargenflergenflurfennerfen. -Rose Nylund

7. Have I given you any indication that I care? -Sophia Petrillo

8. I'm as jumpy as a virgin in a prison rodeo. -Blanche Devereaux

9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

12. Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. -Sophia Petrillo

13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

15. Everybody likes me. -Rose Nylund

16. Silly rabbi. Tricks are for kids. -Sophia Petrillo

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