October 21, 2015

You're The Worst - Not Terrible

You’re The Worst is a comedy on FXX[1]. The first season aired last year. The second season is currently about halfway finished. This show completely flew under my radar until a few months ago when, seemingly in unison, the Internet started sigging its praises. Season one is available on Hulu[2], so I started watching it.

I had no clue what to expect with this show, but a lot of people I respected seemed to like it. I watched the first 2 episodes on my own, then I watched them again with my wife. I liked it right away. It seemed different somehow, and it legitimately made me laugh.

The first season is only 10 episodes long, and each episode only has a 20 minute run time. It is a quick and easy watch. We finished it in a few evenings of watching 2–3 episodes at a time. Overall I enjoyed the first season. It is way less consequencial than I thought it would be. I was expecting You’re The Worst to (at least attempt to) say something profound, but ultimately it is fairly mindless fun.

As we moved into the second season the stupid got worse. I went from laughing at most of the jokes to cringing and trying to figure out why this show even exists. You’re The Worst started out with the premise of two horrible people getting together and finding out they were a match. We got to watch their apprehensive love blossom. Once that initial bit was worked out the show seemed to unsure of where to go next.

In season two we spend a lot more time with secondary characters. By the third episode of season two I found myself hating the show. Specifically I cannot stand Gretchen’s best friend Lindsey. She is the worst. To its detriment, the show has decided to focus more on her plot line.

As I watch I still search for meaning… themes… anything. This season has focused on Gretchen’s fear of getting “old”. She is unhappy. Her friends are maturing while she is clinging to the irrisponsiblity of her youth. I am not sure were Jimmy fits into that equation, but he surely wants no part of her internal struggles.

Episode 7 airs tonight. Season two appears to have 13 episodes, so we are at the halfway point. S2 has been much less funny and engaging. Maybe it is a sophomore slump, but it has quickly fallen off of the list of shows I’m excited to watch. I am nowhere near giving up on the show. It is still worth watching and offers a good laugh from time to time.

  1. I’m not sure what the extra “X” means. I guess it is supposed to be edgier than the standard FX.  ↩

  2. Where I no longer have to watch the annoying repetitive commercials. The extra $4 to Hulu every month is totally worth it. At least for now.  ↩

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