'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.

Cover Image Credit: CW

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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