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"Crazy Ex Girlfriend" review by Suzanne 10/22/15
Airs Mondays 8/7c on The CW

I really loved the first episode of this show, and I hope it does well. It might be a little too off-beat for some people.  Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) is a very driven young woman, but we learn that she's been pushed all of her life by her mother. Rebecca is a little "crazy," so she takes a punch of pills to keep herself in her ambitious legal career.

We see in flashbacks that Rachel fell in love with this guy, Josh, at camp one summer, and then he broke up with her at the end. She runs into him and realizes that she still loves him. So she turns down her great job (and the partnership offer that she was getting) and moves to West Covina, California because Josh told her that he was moving back there. She gets a job in a really small legal firm. The only part of the show I didn't like was her boss. He's too annoying.

In the show, West Covina is a tiny little town without much going for it. In reality, it's not a bad place. It's got a nice mall and has over 100,000 people; it's right near Los Angeles. It's not New York City, of course, but it's not Lubbock, Texas, either.

Rebecca tries to track Josh down, but he's already avoiding her. She goes out with his friend, a bartender, only to learn that Josh has a girlfriend. She unexpectedly makes friends with a woman that works in her new law offices.

What really sets this show apart, though, is that it's also a musical!  This is not Glee. People sing all of the time, for no apparent reason (especially Rebecca, who we know is crazy, so a lot of it must be in her head). I know that some people don't like those type of musicals. Tough, it's a good show with great music. It's way better than, say, Galavant. It's funnier.

Now, we lived in Riverside for 8 years, and I'm from San Diego, so I found all of this to be hilarious, especially the song about West Covina. But you don't have to have lived in California to enjoy it. It's fun, the acting is good, the singing is great, and you really pull for crazy Rebecca to figure out what she really wants to do with her life and get on with it. It's kind of like a fairy tale, but she just hasn't found the right Prince Charming yet.

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MORE INFORMATION:

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is an American musical comedy-drama television series, that premiered on October 12, 2015, on The CW.The series was created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, and stars Bloom in the lead role.

Rebecca Bunch is a single woman who still longs for her longtime soul mate Josh, who dumped her after their summer fling during summer camp in 2005. In 2015, after being inspired by a TV commercial for a butter spread, she restarts her pursuit of Josh after she spots him in New York City. When he tells her that he is moving to West Covina, California ("Just two hours from the beach, four hours in traffic"), Rebecca decides to move there too, hoping that it will give her a fresh start and hopefully bring her closer to the still-elusive Josh.

The series was originally developed for Showtime, and a pilot was produced, but Showtime opted not to proceed with it on February 9, 2015. The CW picked up the series on May 7, 2015 for the Fall 201516 season. The series has been extensively reworked for The CW, expanding the show format from a half-hour to a full hour and adjusting the content for broadcast television as the original pilot was produced for premium cable. On October 5, 2015, The CW placed an order of five additional scripts, before the series premiere.

On September 30, 2014, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III and Michael McDonald joined Rachel Bloom in the series regular cast. With the move to The CW, the series went through casting changes and McDonald departed the cast. Shortly afterwards, Vella Lovell and Pete Gardner were added as regulars; with Lovell in the role of Heather, Rebecca's underachieving neighbor; and Gardner replacing McDonald in the role of Darryl, Rebecca's new boss.


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