Debuting in 2015, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been captivation audiences with its representation of women, people of color, and those with mental illness. This musical comedy is told from mostly a female point of view, with most of its characters being racially diverse or mentally ill.
Told from primarily Rebecca Bunch’s perspective, it gives a humanizing nature to what people refer to as a “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” All of the women in the show behave naturally, openly discussing subjects such as mensuration, abortion, and sex. It seems strange to say “this show humanizes women,” but this is the only show I’ve seen where the women behave like women do 100% of the time, unlike most tv shows when they just attempt to pass the Bechdel test. There’s even a song in the second episode of season 3 that satirizes how women get together every once in a while to complain about men, and although what they is inconsistent and untrue, it’s a bonding ritual. With a great line like “Why do men never listen and only think about themselves, as opposed to women who always listen and never think about themselves?” one can’t help but laugh.
As I stated before, the cast of this show is racially diverse. It features a hispanic woman in a relationship with a Philippino man, with a next door neighbor that’s half black, and those are just the main characters. There’s even a character named “White Josh” because he’s “white and looks a little bit like Josh,” who is Philipino. His name is also Josh. Every character in the show fits perfectly in their role and their cultures are shown as completely normal, like in real life. In one episode, Rebecca goes to Josh’s mother’s house for Thanksgiving and says how she’s never felt more accepted in her life by a family, as her parents were always cold to her growing up. In another episode in season 3, Heather is asked by her boss to attend a seminar for “Home Base,” a bar chain she works at. They requested a more racially diverse pick of representatives, so her boss attempts to ask in the most politically correct way possible what her ethnicity is. He ended up sweating so much from stress he wound up almost passing out before Heather stated, “My mom is white, my dad is black. Put your shirt back on.”
The show is based somewhat on the creator, Rachel Bloom’s, real life experiences dating a guy living in Southern California. She, like the character she plays, has anxiety, depression, and OCD. The show was originally going to be for Showtime, thus the show constantly pushing the envelope for what can be discussed on a major network rather than a more private one. After casting various broadway stars and a few character actors as it’s main cast, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was ready to begin production.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a critical darling. It’s rumored to have the lowest ratings in major television network (ABC, CBS, CW, NBC, Fox) in history to keep getting renewed. The last two seasons have a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (with season 1 getting a respectable 96%) but has the ratings of a tv show on the brink of being cancelled. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has won multiple Emmy’s when it comes to the musical numbers, and appears to be what’s keeping it afloat. The final season is currently airing and I cannot wait until later this month to see how they wrap up such a great show.