I started watching "Mixology" with a giant chip
on my shoulder; I didn’t want to find it
charming, funny or incredibly whip-smart, but I
did, and I am optimistically smitten with it.
The story surrounds ten young(ish) singles over
the course of one night in an upscale bar, Mix.
Structured into vignettes that focus on one
couple an episode, the story follows the
evolution of these characters’ relationships
over the course of the night and, presumably the
season. Mixology is chasing a pretty specific
audience (think Happy Endings in a bar) with its
generational humor, breakneck pacing,and smarmy
charm, and it is my hope that this show will
finds it footing across demographics, and not
just among folks my age.
This show is far funnier than I thought it would
be, but in a dark, laughing-at-you kind of way.
The humor is not for the faint of heart, by any
means, delivering inappropriate material without
flinching with lines like, “He’s so hot I would
let him degrade me” without apology or
qualification. The show’s premise is pretty
cheesy and the writing might seem insincere if
it wasn’t for the actors working hard to make us
care about these characters, but Mixology is
pretty funny, in spite of itself. I am
especially enamoured with the show’s tendency to
play fast and loose with sexual politics and
poke fun at the arbitrary rituals these singles
are playing out. It’s good-looking people trying
to pick up other good looking people and doing
silly and unspeakable things in the process --
note the pick up attempt that starts out with,
“You girls pro-choice?” This show is straddling
the line between scatalogical and incredibly
wry, and I feel like its striking a balance.
This balance creates a charm that is undeniable
and I cannot begrudge this show its charisma. In
the two episodes I watched, I became smitten
with how completely unselfconscious the
characters present their identities. They are
presented as deeply complicated individuals and
nothing is off limits as they reveal more and
more about themselves just to make us laugh.
They do gross stuff like puke in their date’s
purse, yet are so good looking and so incredibly
witty, that we forgive them just so we can keep
If you like shows like Happy Endings and The
Mindy Project (and what How I Met Your Mother
used to be) then this show will appeal to you.
Its not for teenagers or grandmothers, but it is
for folks firmly in Generation X -- the subtle
reference MTV’s Real World in the lead-in is a
nod to its audience and I, for one, am glad for
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