Why you should be watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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That premise, combined with that title? You can perhaps understand why people might get the impression it’s a little simplistic. But, of course, as any fan of the show would attest – it’s a lot more nuanced than that. 

Across the course of its first two series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has examined and deconstructed all those old romantic tropes – a clever consideration of just what makes the genre tick, and how a lot of those time-worn ideas are more than a little bit problematic. It does so through a whole cast of vivid and vibrant characters who are practically jumping off the screen – if nothing else, the show is never anything less than wonderfully entertaining.

A piece I wrote a while back, before Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 3 started; it went out under a different title to how I pitched it (which is above), which I think compromised the piece a little, but still.

I’m a huge, huge fan of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Rachel Bloom, and it’s been a real pleasure to see both the show and her gain such high levels of acclaim recently. I do genuinely believe that, in the years to come, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will go down as one of the best television shows ever. Ever!

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Love, Mental Illness, and why you’ve got to face the music: the subversive genius of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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And yet while our eponymous character shies away from her issues, the show itself never has; it’s always been confident and open in its depiction of Rebecca’s mental health issues. Indeed, it’s built into the very fabric of the show itself, with the various musical numbers of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend acting as a representation of Rebecca’s dissociative episodes, and often explicitly dealing with the programme’s darker themes. This “juxtaposition of extreme lightness and extreme darkness”, Rachel Bloom put it, informs the way Crazy Ex-Girlfriend depicts anxiety and depression, and is perhaps why the show can tackle these issues so directly – there’s always a veneer of whimsy, even when the addressing serious subject matter. There’s something quite significant about the fact that a mainstream television programme is confronting these themes at all, let alone quite so regularly and openly.

An article I wrote today about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and mental health. I’m likely to return to this in future; there’s so much to be said about this show that one article can’t quite cut it.

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