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