TV Review: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy ex girlfriend

Airs: Mondays at 8/7c on The CW

Review: Pilot

There is a fine line between creepy and charming.  On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rebecca explores this line from several miles beyond creepy.  Rebecca is about to become a junior partner in a prominent New York law firm, but is still unhappy with her life.  When she randomly bumps into a summer fling from 15 years ago, Josh, she realizes that was the last time she was happy – so she follows him to California to work at a tiny, inept law firm in West Covina, California.  Can you say “stalker?”

I can’t say I understand why she follows him – he doesn’t seem intelligent (certainly not nearly as intelligent as Rebecca), and who knows if they even have anything in common.  I guess he is cute, but is that really worth stalking?  Surely, there was someone more recent that was “the one that got away” that might actually be a good match for her.  It is hard to root for a crazy, stalker lady, especially when you don’t think she should be with Josh.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is not without its charms.  It was funnier than most of the sitcoms that started this year (looking at you Dr. Ken), and it almost mocks itself.  Crazy Ex-Girlfriend knows it is bad and ridiculous – it is shooting for a “so bad it is good” show – which is very difficult to do, because sometimes it is just bad.

WWYT Rating: 5.0

Nielsen Rating: 0.3 Even by the woeful CW standards this rating is low.  I can’t see it surviving at these levels, but then again, I am not sure how The CW network survives at all with any of their ratings (except maybe The Flash.)  The underlying economics of the network make it more difficult to predict if it survives or not, but I will lower my chance of renewal to 40% from my initial estimate of 80%.

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