Season two of Rebecca Bloom’s musical sitcom Crazy Ex-Girlfriend debuts on the CW Network on Friday, and some of the episodes are on Hulu already.
Each episode has about three song-and-dance numbers, typically new melodies arranged in the style of famous hits. For example, here’s Greg the bartender doing an impression of Billy Joel’s Piano Man:
As a musical, it’s not La-La Land, but it’s above sketch show plain parody musical numbers in quality.
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.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is pretty acute on class and IQ in 21st Century America.
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.
Or maybe she should marry her sexy Haven Monahan-like new boss, Nathaniel Plimpton III, CEO of her law firm, Plimpton, Plimpton, & Plimpton.
Rebecca is not getting any younger or skinnier, so she’d better hurry up and make up her mind.