My favorite new show of 2014 was You’re The Worst. This dark romantic comedy that centers around two young and dysfunctional people, Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash), who attempt a relationship together was still one of the funniest, most entertaining TV shows this year. Created by Stephen Falk (Weeds, Orange is the New Black), You’re the Worst has remained under the radar, but this month it received several nominations for Critics’ Choice TV Awards, including Best Comedy Series, Best Actress and Supporting Actress, and rightly so.
While you catch up on You’re the Worst‘s first two seasons, and in celebration of the news about it being renewed for a third season on FX for the Summer of 2016, you should know: Why do I think You’re the Worst is one of the best shows right now?
One of the keys to gaining a following in anything is being consistent. It isn’t an easy task, especially on television where a lot of different directors take on every episode. But all through season 1 this show kept the tone it set on its premiere, full of wacky and hilarious moments. In season 2 there was maybe one episode where the comedy took second place after more serious topics, but it still kept going strong to the finale, which was one of the best episodes of the whole show.
2. Unapologetic and bold humor.
Watching You’re the Worst feels like having those cool, bohemian parents who tell you about sex and drugs like it’s the most natural thing in the world. There’s really no taboo topic in the show and it certainly doesn’t shy away from raunchy scenes or crude humor. I love that!
3. Real vs Surreal storylines.
As much as the characters in You’re the Worst seem like they only represent an exaggerated version of people who could be real, I’m sure viewers can relate to the many traits depicted in them. The crazy situations they end up getting into, along with the boldness and honesty of this series is what makes it unique and interesting. Because the more you get to know these characters the more you realize how delusional they can be about real life, and that’s funny.
4. How it treats the audience.
One of the things I appreciate most about comedy shows (and any kind of show or film, really) is when they treat the viewers like adult human beings, capable of figuring out the punch line of sarcastic jokes and being invested in more serious topics without losing that dark humor. You’re the Worst delivers both, threading the line of being offensive… but only if you let it. They don’t have to feel the need of explaining every single thing to make people understand. They know their audience is smart enough to get it.
5. Mental Health topic.
Mental health problems are a reality. That’s why I love You’re the Worst tackling issues like PTSD war veterans and clinical depression, and always treating them fairly. It’s one thing to joke about those topics out of ignorance and another is to find the little things that represent people with mental health issues and those around them in a humorous way.
What do you enjoy most about You’re the Worst? If you haven’t, watch it!