As a sitcom, it’s a funny show about Rebecca Bunch, a lady lawyer from Scarsdale who drops out of the Big Law rat race in Manhattan to move to midscale suburban West Covina, California to cajole into marriage the Filipino-American boy she briefly fell in love with ten years before at high school theater camp. Josh is athletic and good-hearted, but not particularly smart, and therefore never really ponders why exactly he keeps running into this Harvard Law School graduate at his favorite sports bar in Nowheresville USA.
Granted, everybody has parodied Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, which might be the apogee of the American entertainment industry.
For example, Rebecca’s mother, played by Tovah Feldshuh, is wealthy and respectable, but has given up The Ordeal of Civility and is shtetl-crass. (In the video at the top, Broadway legend Patti Lupone plays the more suave Reform lady rabbi.) Josh’s family, in contrast, will never be as classy as Rebecca’s, despite their strenuous gentility.
But if Rebecca is so intent on downward mobility, maybe she ought to marry instead the witty bartender Greg, who turns out to be estranged from his rich Beverly Hills family. Unlike Josh, Greg is bright enough to get Rebecca’s jokes.