f you’ve ever imagined your life was a West End musical then this is the show for you. From the outside Rebecca Bunch appears to have it all; looks, brains, money and a job at the best law firm in town. But all is not what it seems.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical comedy, with a healthy splattering of showtune style interludes. It’s the type of show you will either love or hate, but for me it’s a winner.
The premise of the show is that successful lawyer Rebecca Bunch moves across the country to West Covina, California in search of happiness. West Covina happens to be where Rebecca’s ex-boyfriend, Josh Chan lives. After a chance meeting on the streets of New York she up-routes her life to follow Josh back to his hometown, in the hope of finding happiness and rekindling their romance. Not crazy at all, right?
Three seasons of the show are currently available on Netflix, which takes the story to a suitable conclusion. I’m not sure how the writers could continue the story further. Season 1 is the best offering by far, with fast paced comedy and witty interplay between the characters.
Season 2 and 3 take on a more sitcom style, with some more serious moments and exploration of some political themes. However throughout, the show remains true to the fantasy musical style, with nearly thirty original songs written for season three alone.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is full of rich characters with intelligently put together back stories, flaws and desires. From the bored office worker enabling Rebecca’s obsession, to the man-child crush who unwittingly encourages Rebecca’s interest. Each character has their own motivations, and this draws the viewers in. There is a host of good actors, with each one bringing something new to the story.
Ultimately, this show is a refreshing change. Yes, it is random, and slightly strange… but it’s funny. Follow Rebecca on a musical journey to reclaim her lost love, through every crazy obsessive moment.
Is Rebecca a crazy ex-girlfriend? Well… you’ll have to watch it to find out.