“After weeks of ignoring Netflix’s incessant recommendation that I watch ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ I caved in and checked it out. Well, wow – Netflix really read me like a book. It’s everything I needed: diverse af. The thing I hated most – it’s title – is now my biggest love because it shows that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend isn’t patting itself on the back for being diverse, it just is, because the story is, because it contains people and PEOPLE ARE DIVERSE. This programme is the future of diverse television and I fucking love it.
The protagonist, Rebecca Bunch, eats. She’s 5”3” and busty -
her body resembles the ones I see around me every day.
She eats doughnuts, is a formidable pole dancer and isn’t afraid to be naked in front of men, i.e. displays none of the tired typical conflicts we’re always being force fed by mainstream media. The positive impact of more realistic beauty standards is as necessary as it is limitless.
The heartthrob of the series is a Filipino man.
The Filipino experience is too often absent from American television let alone in a lead romantic role.
Josh’s family provide some of the best one-liners and the programme wouldn’t be the same without them. One of Rebecca’s best friends is Heather who’s mixed race and her love interest (and arguably the man I’ve loved most in my life) is an Italian, Greg. Rachel herself is Jewish. The list goes on. Like seriously, it actually does.
3. Mental Health
Rebecca’s anxiety and depression are a central focus of the programme. Her struggles waver from hilarious to terrifying and as the series goes on we start to see what she needs.
Many of us will also see ourselves in her.
In tandem to Rebecca’s dance numbers about trips to the therapist, other characters are going through their own issues more subtly, showing there’s no blanket experience of mental health but through honesty and humour we can demystify the conversations around it.
It’s hard to discuss this one without plot spoiling but there’s an LGBT storyline which refreshes everything we’ve seen before, is hugely touching and re-imagines what ‘coming out’ looks like.
Rebecca’s best friend is Paula – a significantly older mother and wife.
Paula is a badass – she breaks all previous television mum stereotypes and drives the most unpredictable moments of the series.
The sisterhood her and Rebecca share is inspiring and provides a shining example of what female solidarity can look like: when women get together we will break into your restaurant and steal your butter.
This is just the surface of what this series covers. If you’re still not interested then I blame myself for not doing the series justice enough. Go on, binge watch, you know you want to.”