'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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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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Why I Am Not A Black Friday Shopper

You either do it every year or you don't do it at all.

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Thanksgiving is quickly is approaching and I can already smell all of the delicious food. Though the dreaded day after where you have to suit up in your battle armor to charge into the giant crowds is something I'd prefer not to do. Black Friday is one of those days during the year where you either do it every year like a tradition or you don't do it. I'm one of those people who wouldn't do it because I like to be safe and I don't feel like risking it for some okay sales that I'd have to fight for.

1. People are crazy.

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Some people are just crazy when it comes to Black Friday shopping. Enough said.

2. It gets way too crowded.

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There are too many people in one space that I'd rather not be in their with all of them.

3. It takes away from family time.

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The workers who have to go in really early to work during the black Friday sales miss out on the time they could have with their families. Those who choose not to go black Friday shopping can spend more time with their family after the holiday especially if they don't get to see them often.

4. Why go out when I can just order online?

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Advertisements seen from e-mails have a lot of the deals that are the same, if not better, for online stores. I could get great deals just waiting for cyber Monday than potentially getting stepped on trying to get one product from in a store.

5. I like sleep way more than early sales.

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I prefer sleeping than having to get up very early just to wait in a line for hours on end.

6. It destroys the holiday spirit.

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Some people are more set on the chance to shop and don't realize that there is more to the holidays than that. The ability to be able to see family instead is an option that I'd take in a heartbeat.

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