Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, musical romantic comedy with sweet star, depth.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The main character looks to men for happiness, and though it's tongue-in-cheek, it still sends a message. Some ethnic stereotypes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rebecca is confused but finding her way in the world with a good attitude.

Violence

Occasional humorous references to suicide. Arguing and yelling.

Sex

Strong innuendo, some humorous, some not. Sexy dancing, women in underwear.

Language

"Bitch," "ass," "damn," "whore."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, beer), prescription meds, drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a romantic musical comedy that has lots of teen appeal but contains some sexual innuendo, language ("bitch," "ass," "whore"), and drinking (wine, beer). Prescription drugs and references to suicide are occasionally featured. Though it's fun and the songs and star are charming, the show does offer some stereotypes ranging from ethnic references to strong messages about women's relationships with men.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycookiejar25 February 24, 2016

Great satire!

I think this show is fantastic, but your kids should be old enough to understand the satire. If taken at face value, the show may seem to portray women as depen... Continue reading
Adult Written bytesuji July 15, 2016

Entertaining but very raunchy

This is a very creative, witty, and entertaining romantic comedy. If you like drama, both emotional and theatrical, this show has it. It includes a couple music... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysknigh1402 March 30, 2018
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2018

Great!!!!

great show all though some inappropriate scenes but watching this as a 12 year old I would totally recommend it to my friends!!!

What's the story?

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is a musical comedy series starring Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a dramatic, overachieving New York lawyer who abandons it all in hopes of finding love and happiness. Ten years after breaking up with her boyfriend Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) at drama camp, Rebecca is profoundly unhappy despite being at the top of her professional game. After a chance run-in with Josh, she decides to leave it all behind and move to his hometown of West Covina, California, in hopes of rekindling their relationship. In between working with a new law firm headed up by the eccentric Darryl (Pete Gardner), and alongside the passionate paralegal Paula (played by Donna Lynne Chapman), she obsessively looks for ways to hook up with her high school crush. But her new life, and new friends such as Greg (Santino Fontana), are helping her rediscover herself along the way.

Is it any good?

This unique series combines romance, humor, and full-on musical numbers to create lots of laugh-out-loud moments. Thanks to solid writing and good timing, the Broadway-style performances work together seamlessly to create some entertaining zaniness.

However, beneath the bright lights and glitter are the old stereotypes about women looking to men for happiness and dropping everything for the love of a man. Rebecca Bunch's stalker-like behavior only adds to this. It's meant to be fun, but some may find it difficult to enjoy given some of the values it seems to reinforce.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about musical comedies. Is it hard to take Broadway-like performances and make them work for television? What are some of the challenges?

  • Why do television shows often rely on stereotypes to tell a story or for humor? What kinds of messages do they send about the world and the people in it? 

TV details

For kids who love romcoms

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